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Q & A with the Accidental Trainer

Q: Amy, you must workout all the time. What do you do to stay fit?

A: Sadly, now that fitness is my job I feel like I workout much less than I did when I worked behind a desk. I teach classes but because I have to make it through the whole thing I don’t use as much weight or energy as I would if I was a participant. Also, the last thing I want to do when I’ve just spent 10 hours at the gym with clients is spend another couple hours there. What I have gotten much better at doing is squeezing in short, intense workouts in the hour or so I may have between clients. I have to be very flexible and “just do it” when I have the opportunity such as when a client cancels. For instance, I got up this morning to go to work and had a voice mail from my first client saying she wasn’t coming in. I could have gone back to bed but since I was half way through my breakfast already I decided to go for a run.

As for what I do when I workout, that depends – on time, on what I have in my locker clothes or equipmentwise, and what I feel like doing. I didn’t get to be in the shape I’m in by torturing myself through workouts I hate. Sure there were times when I didn’t want to do something but I either muscled through it or chose to do something else. There are days where the thought of getting on a treadmill makes me want to curl into the fetal position so instead I’ll get on a bike, go swimming, take a class, lift weights, or even run outside instead. For me it’s all about variety. That’s why the first thing I trained for was a triathlon. I could choose my workouts based on three different sports.

The best tip I can give a person who wants to start working out but doesn’t know where to start is to just start moving. It doesn’t matter what you do as long as you do something. Getting up out of your chair is the hardest part of the whole workout.

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