I must say that this has been the best investment I have made

“As I reflect on this past year, I think the best thing I did was join the River Valley Club.

When I saw a picture that was taken at my daughter’s college graduation in May 2017, I thought, “Who is this person I’m looking at?” I didn’t recognize myself. I had gained so much weight but didn’t even realize it.

I have always taken different exercise classes in the past, such as Zumba and Spinning, but I needed motivation to get started again and wanted to add in strength training. So, I decided to join RVC with the goal of losing weight and learning some strength training exercises.

I made an appointment, signed up for the gym and then asked about signing up with a trainer. I was a little nervous but was told to think of it as an investment in your life. I thought, that’s true and it would be the push I needed. The only thing I asked was to make sure I had a trainer to keep me motivated! I tend to lose interest in things after about four weeks. And so I was introduced to Chris Wilder.

I was very nervous with having a trainer and even being on the gym floor because I was self-conscious of my size. Chris however, had a positive attitude and made me feel very comfortable from the beginning. We started out slow, as he assessed where my fitness level was.

He would show me different exercises and I would say, “I can’t do that.” He would respond, “Yes, you can.” I would try, and of course, I was able to do it. Chris was very aware of how I was feeling. He would ask me if I was I sore from the previous session before we met for our next session. He would listen to me if I felt pain doing an exercise move and then we would adjust the move. It was just great knowing he was listening to me.

We met three times a week at first and then went down to two times a week. He would write out a program for me to use on my third day. Meanwhile, on the two days off, I tried different fitness classes that were offered at RVC. Chris often would say consistency and hard work is what will get you to where you want to be. Boy, was he right!

As time progressed we started going down into the CrossFit area and learned how to lift weights. He taught me how to deadlift, complete a clean and a front squat, among other things. There were times when Chris would grab heavier weights to put on the bar and I would throw him a questioning look. I would say, “I don’t think so!” And he would say, “You can do it. You are stronger than you think.” He was right. I was able to lift the extra weight. Sometimes I would even surprise myself!

I had heard about CrossFit but didn’t really know what it was all about. Then when I saw it, I was intimidated. I thought I could never do that! However, every time I worked out with Chris, he showed me a little more of the different elements in a CrossFit class. I actually enjoyed it and felt strong! He always reminded me I could do a scaled version of what the actual Work Out of the Day (WOD) was. When the CrossFit Open workouts came up I decided that we should do this in our Friday sessions. So, for four weeks that’s what we did, just to see if I could do it. It was grueling, but I did it!

Chris also told me about the “Murph” Challenge and I wanted to give it a try. At the beginning of this process I thought I would like to do some kind of challenge. It looked intimidating but Chris said I could scale it and told me just think of it as exercising to raise money for a good cause.

My thought was to go in only doing half of it. However, when I got to RVC to sign in and saw all the energy, I thought, I’m going for it! It was tough, but I finished it!! Chris was very proud of what I had accomplished. I couldn’t have done it without him and his training!

As my trainer time is coming to an end, I must say that this has been the best investment I have made. Chris has been amazing and has gotten me to a place where I will continue to exercise on my own and in RVC classes. My goal of losing weight has been accomplished with a total so far of 30lbs and a total loss of 22inches and I feel amazing!”
Heather Arnold

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