Diary Of A Fat Man Training Needs A Personal Touch


“Give me two more.” The words that you really don’t want to hear, especially when your muscles are burning like a bonfire and you don’t know if you can ever move again. But... Then you hear “ You can do it,” and you know what? You dig deep and you do one! And then you hear: “You got it” and you know what... You do and the second one comes easier!

Where are these words coming from?

Who the hell is pushing me through the pain “for my own good?”

Well, in my case, they are coming from the mouth of Joey Calvani , a 22 year old, 150 pound guy who happens to be my fitness coach and is working side by side with me and is an integral part in my journey to get into shape. (Notice... I didn’t say BACK into shape... I was NEVER in shape...NEVER! And that NEVER encompasses almost 70 years. (Well truthfully when I was 6 months old I did have amazing quads from extensive crawling!)

That brings me to another benefit of working out with a trainer. I’m developing a whole new vocabulary: Quads, Pecs, Delts, Biceps,Traps. And... new meanings to old words like Burn and Dig and We!

“We” is the most important, because Joey makes it feel like he is on the journey right beside me. A twenty two year old kid who yesterday said to me that the pride he feels in my accomplishments makes him feel like a parent!! A parent of a 69 year old!!!

“We can do it.” “We can do three more.”

Sure, there is a method to his madness. But, after only a couple of workouts I bought into it completely and that is a great strength he has. He not only makes you feel he has your interests in mind.... HE DOES.

Personal training is more than just putting someone through a tough workout; it’s learning how to become a mentor, a motivator, and a friend. It’s finding out what makes people tick, what drives them to succeed, and, perhaps most importantly, what limits their capabilities.

What should one look for in a fitness coach/ personal trainer?

Finding a personal trainer who makes you feel comfortable enough to expose your biggest flaws is important. But they’re called “personal” trainers for a reason -- they’re there to guide you to your personal fitness goals, and to do so, they need to fit with your personality Joseph fits mine to a tee. We seem to be on the same wavelength all of the time. You would think that a old guy pushing 70 and a young man of 22 would not have much in common but we do. Two years ago Joey was a 200 pound out of shape kid, playing video games and eating entire pizza pies. Much like me, he woke up one day and said “Enough.” His journey mirrored mine ( except he is now well sculpted and strong, and I’m still a flabby mess.) But sharing this commonality makes training that much more satisfying! I do not think I am a masochist, but I actually look forward to my workout sessions. Well... a little.

I’m certain that without much hassle you can find a fitness coach in Rockaway that would be great to work with. I was lucky enough to find him here in Hallandale Beach. Or if you want, you can move to Florida ( or at least spend the winter here!!)

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