Client Shout Out: Meet Megan
Tell us a little bit about yourself. What do you do? What is a typical day in your life like?
I am a Special Education Teacher at Ninth District Elementary School in Covington, Ky. During the school year, I spend my days helping kids with various abilities and needs to learn and interact with their peers. When I’m not working, I love to spend time with my niece and nephew.
What do you like to do on the weekends? Anything in particular for fun?
On the weekends I enjoy spending time with friends and family. When the weather is nice, I enjoy being outdoors walking, hiking, running and visiting wineries 🙂
What is your favorite “cheat” meal? 🙂
All of my “cheat” meals are my favorite:-) Pizza ranks pretty high.
What motivated you to decide to obtain a personal trainer?
I decided to find a personal trainer to have someone that would hold me accountable and keep me motivated. I have always been on and off with working out, and I wanted to become more consistent.
Was there any particular reason you decided to work with Reed’s Wellness and Fitness Training?
Reed’s Wellness and Fitness Training was given high regards in reviews. Everyone spoke very highly of their experiences, and upon my first consult, I felt comfortable and excited to begin.
What was your first time like in the gym? Were you nervous?
I always feel a little nervous when doing something new and out of my comfort zone. Josh helped me to feel more at ease by guiding me through each exercise and taking things at a pace good for a beginner. I remember feeling more confident about training and ready to go back again.
How did you feel about strength training before versus now?
I don’t think I ever fully knew or understood what strength training was before starting here. I think in my mind I always associated people who used weights with big muscles and being bulky. I now have a better understanding of the importance of combining strength training with cardio to best meet my goals and that it doesn’t mean I will look big and bulky.
What has helped you the most with continuing your journey?
Seeing that I have made progress and can do things I never dreamt possible has kept me going. I am not someone that likes to quit or fail at things, and I want to prove to myself that I can do anything I set my mind to.
What do you enjoy most about Reed’s Wellness and Fitness Training?
Training has taught me a lot about nutrition, fitness, and myself. I like that the workouts are tailored specifically to my abilities and goals and that they alternate so that I am not getting bored doing the same things over and over. It has also been helpful to have Josh check in outside of scheduled training and knowing that he’s always available for questions.
What are some health and fitness goals you have achieved since being here?
Since the beginning, I have seen a lot of progress and improvements with myself. I can see and feel a difference with the way clothes are fitting; I am increasing the amount of weight I use to perform exercises, I am running a little faster and longer, and I overall feel like I have more energy, sleep more, and stress less.
What were your goals when you first began and what are your next training goals?
When I first began my goals were to lose weight and become healthier. I wanted to start to run more, workout more consistently, and eat more proteins and vegetables. Many of my current training goals still involve these things. I want to eventually run a half marathon and be more consistent with my nutrition.
What has been your most memorable moment so far?
I am not sure I have one memorable moment that stands out. I have had many moments that I never believed would happen. Doing real push ups, running a 10k, surviving sprints, etc. Almost every session I say “I can’t” or “I’m dying” but I am very thankful that Josh continues to push me so all of these moments could be possible.
I love seeing clients progress to the ability of doing full push-ups — especially 5 sets of 10. 💪😎👍 Each coach and trainer might have a different approach toward helping his or her client achieve such a milestone. One way is to perform varying chest press variations via equipment like dumbbells, suspension systems, machines, and so forth. One option that is not beneficial toward achieving a full push-up is a modified push-up. A better approach is to perform push-ups with your upper body at an incline and progressively decreasing that incline until you reach a full push-up from the floor. Such an incline can be performed by placing a barbell in a squat rack with the bar at belly button height. From this height, you can then adjust the bar higher or lower depending on your starting strength. Place your hands on the bar about shoulder width apart. Take a few steps back. Lower your chest to the bar while keeping your body in a straight line and not bending at the hips. You can also perform at home from a countertop, step, coffee table, and so forth. Enjoy!!! Great job, @mnwmay27. #fitTips #LudlowKY #personaltrainer #onlinepersonaltrainer
What would you say to someone who is looking to get started or what tips would you offer someone looking to get started?
When anyone asks me about the training, I always tell them that this has been one of the best decisions I have ever made. I have learned so much about fitness and nutrition and have made more progress since starting than in years of trying to do things on my own. One of the easiest pieces of advice I would offer is to stay consistent. If I know I have things coming up on a normally scheduled training day, I work with Josh to find an alternate time and day. I try to always get my three sessions in each week as this helps me to stay on track. Training and working out is just a typical part of my weekly routine now.
What would you say to someone who is nervous or hesitant about starting their journey?
See above 🙂 ….Getting started is the hardest part, but it will be well worth it.
What inspires and motivates you?
Friends, family, students: I consider myself to be pretty lucky with the people who have been placed in my life, and each one has played some part in inspiring and motivating me.
Would you like to share anything else?
………I really dislike talking about myself 🙂