Seven Months In: 15 Years in the Making

“I’ve been a member of RVC since it opened in 1998. While I’ve attended various classes over the years, messed around with weights, climbed the stairmaster to heaven and beyond, and done my share of sweating, I confess that I have long hesitated to take the next step to personal training.

Maybe ‘hesitate’ isn’t the right word for something that took me about fifteen years to get up the nerve to try. Maybe I was reluctant to spend money on myself. Maybe I felt sort of foolish about the prospect of ‘having a trainer’ — which sounds so People Magazine. Whatever. Last April I hit the birthday that launched me into the numbers starting with six, and I decided it was time.

Seven months ago, I announced to Personal Trainer, Jen Karr, as I sat going nowhere on a stationary bicycle, that I wanted to talk with her about signing up for training sessions. I might also have told her I was motivated to get rid of the squish around my waist from my last pregnancy. In a dry voice, she asked how old my “baby” was, and I admitted she was about to turn 27.

I feel like Humphrey Bogart at the end of Casablanca, when he said something about “this is the beginning of a wonderful relationship”; that is what these seven months with Jen have been like.

We laugh a lot, she encourages me, I’m using machines I avoided in the past, my arms are getting hints of definition (OMG), my back muscles are pretty nifty (or so I am told — they are a tad hard to see…), and I have a bit of an attitude about my body and working out rigorously over in RVC’s free weights area.

Now, let me be very clear: I am never going to be a body builder. That was never my goal, but I do have a lot more upper body strength. There are lines starting to appear along the edges of muscles, and I am fairly confident that my abs are getting some definition (but you will have to take my word for it). There is also so much more variety to my workouts.

Intellectually, I knew that a good trainer would help me physically improve, but I never expected that my personal trainer would also become a good friend. Jen encourages me not only in terms of my fitness but also in ways that go way beyond the machines she has me use. She knows my family, my job, my sense of humor, and my grumps.

I can’t imagine a better use of my money in terms of doing something for myself that has lasting benefit. I am looking forward to wearing a dress that shows off my hard work when I attend my 40th college reunion in June!” Deb Nelson

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 Jennifer Packard
Jennifer Packard

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Terry Hall

‘Can’t’ is no longer in my vocabulary, and I have a sense of pride in my ability to work toward a goal and not only achieve it, but often exceed it.