My Beginning Of a Never-Ending Journey
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I remember myself as a mother of a 4 year old toddler, walking into the Fitness Studio in 2011 to get rid of the stubborn sheaths of fats wrapped around me. Indeed child-birth and parenting had taken a toll on my health with a body weight of 72 kgs as against the ideal Body weight of (54 kg). It was now or never. As I was being counseled in the studio, I saw a board that read –“Become a Fitness Trainer”. It was on a course towards becoming a fitness trainer. I had often heard my husband using the phrase-“Instructor Grade Performance” for an action carried out perfectly and it was no surprise that he enquired about it. We both gave the board an immediate look and then looked at each other with raised eyebrows. Being an absolute fresher with my current fitness level, I was sure that there would be entry criteria that would deny my admission to the course. But to my surprise there was no pre-qualifications and so I was in for it.
It was a three months programme that included practical and theory sessions. While the theory sessions were a cake walk, the practical sessions would be a complete disaster. During the initial classes everything was a challenge. I was both lost even in the simple aerobic steps and acutely deficient in stamina. However as somebody has aptly said :-
“ Change is difficult in the Beginning,
Messy in the Middle and
Glorious in the End,”
I focused on my strong points and kept working on my weaker ones. Slowly there was a definitive improvement in each practical session. The collateral benefit was an improvement in my health as I rapidly shed those faithful layers of fats that till recently never seemed to go. I would excel in each theory session. Difficult and messy in the middle though, I gloriously completed the Reebok Fitness Certification and also lost a few kilograms in the process.
This certainly gave me a decent platform to begin with. Starting with group fitness classes for the neighborhood, I did not target financial gains in the beginning. Rather from a fitness point of view, there were remarkable improvements in me. The aerobic sessions with my clients, not only helped them lose weight, they did the same for me too.
For a year or so, things were smooth but there was an important thing that I was ignoring. That was a scientific diet. Partying, Junk food, late night binging were all a part of my lifestyle, as I knew that, a little extra effort in the next day’s cardio would be enough. This fallacy was exposed when a minor mishap, left me with a twisted ankle and knee injury. This implied a break from aerobics and all form of exercises that would have impact on the knee and ankle. It was major setback for me, but later turned out to be a blessing in disguise. I had to think beyond the traditional fitness manuals and textbooks and devise my own sets of exercises. The challenge was to transform the recuperation period from sedentary rest to an active-rest, with a target not to put on a single kilogram and also focusing on toning and strengthening.
Although the pain improved, there was a Vitamin D deficiency that caused an extremely slow recovery. With the weak ankle, I devised and practiced a set of free hand exercises that were a complete rehabilitation package for me. They gradually strengthened my joints, toned my muscles. I also started avoiding outside food and resorted to a healthier diet that included green veggies, fruits, salads with green tea. I would go very light on dinner every alternate day. These small changes- one by one implied a very gradual progression. My pace was slow albeit rock solid.
In the first two years of my fitness career, I humbly learnt the need to adapt to the pace of nature and her secret of patience and persistence. The journey that started with an obese body passed through a series of intrinsic transformations and continues. Ever since then and to-date, I take up new challenges, set and achieve fitness goals, try diverse fitness regimes etc and yet firmly believe that, “ Sometimes rock-bottom is best place to rebuild.”