A few weeks ago I received an e-mail from a guy named Chris Kelly inquiring if I would be interested in trading personal training services for blogging about the experience. He said that he works with a number of runners to improve performance and prevent injury for races. Hmmm…what do you think? Sign me up!
Actually, I get lots of impersonal and somewhat insulting e-mail pitches in which some random PR person wants me to give them free (or cheap) advertising for their clients on my blog. Chris’ e-mail was not like that at all. He was very complimentary of my blog and I could tell that he was a real person who had actually taken the time to look around My Fascinating Life.
But, before I agreed to work with him I did a little investigation into Chris (check him out here) and his business, Peak Fitness. He actually owns two businesses…Peak Fitness Lakeland and a newly opened Peak Fitness Tampa, a personal training and sports performance company. He has developed a program called ModelFit and has really created a community at his gym in Lakeland.
So this morning I drove to Tampa to meet Chris. Peak Fitness Tampa is located in the Plaza Fitness center in the Bank of America building in the heart of downtown Tampa.
Downtown Tampa is so much more urban than downtown St. Pete. This one was my destination:
It’s fun to take pictures of skyscrapers.
The security guard inside the building had seen me taking pictures outside, and after directing me to Plaza Fitness, he told me that I could not take pictures in the building lobby. But he didn’t say that I could not take pictures of the fitness center! I made my way to the basement of the BOA building and found the Plaza Fitness location.
I actually asked at the front desk of the Plaza Fitness center if I could take pictures and David, the guy up front, said, “Sure!”
The gym is really nice and has all the bells and whistles.
Lots of mirrors!
We spent about 45 minutes together talking about my goals, time constraints, and physical limitations. Of course we talked a lot about the hip issues I have been having lately. He did an evaluation of my strength, balance, and flexibility and will be creating a customized training plan for me.
I decided that my primary goal over the summer is to lose some weight (he was really nice and said 10-15 pounds, but I know I could stand to lose closer to 25-30 pounds…but he was totally on board with me NOT WEIGHING) while also gaining strength and flexibility to help me start training later in the summer for all my fall and winter road races. My greatest desire is to be able to run long distances again without hip pain (or any pain).
Chris said that I was very strong (thanks!) and that there was no reason that my goals should not be achievable. I told him that I would trust him and follow his plan. He may even convince me to give up Bodypump! (huge gasp!!) He wants to help me train more efficiently, to get the most bang for my buck so to speak. He said that I need to switch things up in order to see results and I know that he is right. I just needed someone to help guide me out of my comfort zone and I think he is going to be that person.
Here is a little note from Chris himself…
ModelFit mission statement:
As a personal trainer and owner of a gym, I often get asked what is the best exercise or workout routine to get results? Should you stick with spin class, join a bootcamp, or maybe even invest in a personal trainer?
While any of these choices would be a great way to get fit, the problem I’ve found with
workout DVDs, fad diets/fitness programs, and conflicting info found on the web is paralysis by analysis for most fitness seekers.
What I can promise is that consistency (and plenty of burpees) is the key to achieve long term results along with choosing a program and approach which you can wrap your head around.
Some questions to ask include:
• How much time do I actually have to exercise?
• Am I making the most efficient use of my time?
• What exercises/activities do I actually enjoy?
• Have I plateaued with my current program?
• Do I possess any old injuries which are limiting my training?
I know the kind of angst these questions (plus the whole matter of your diet) can produce
because I answer them daily. My role as a trainer is not just to dish out killer workouts, but also to act as a filter of information and a social director for over 85 women on a weekly basis (from figure competitors to runners and my own mom).
At our gym, I have watched friendships develop, self confidence build, and problems overcome simply through the feedback and support provided by fellow members. I am so incredibly lucky to have built a community without walls that has fostered results far greater than I could ever achieve alone.
With this in mind, my intention is to share this atmosphere and support with the world. This is why I created the ModelFit project, a website devoted to providing the information and inspiration for strong women to achieve great results.
Whether you are a runner training for your first half marathon, an experienced figure competitor, or working out for the very first time, we offer a variety of resources to guide your daily journey:
• Daily motivation and fitness tips on our daily blog
• Our free e-book with battle tested fitness strategies easily applied to your daily routine..
• In our forum, you will find training logs and advice from women of all kinds
• Online fitness and nutrition coaching from yours truly and nutrition guru Graeme Thomas
In closing, I am always available to answer questions and provide support and I sincerely hope you will follow Caroline’s journey and share your story with us.
Ack! Burpees! You didn’t say anything about burpees, Chris!
So, Chris is working on my customized training plan and I should have it sometime next week. Over the summer I will be following his plan and putting it all on the blog, as I do just about everything in my life. This fall he is going to help me train for my races, with the crown jewel being Ragnar Relay Florida Keys just after the new year. I also plan to get involved with his ModelFit online community and I’ll fill you in on all that as I do it. I’m excited to be trying something new!
Thank you for your time Chris, and for being such a nice guy. Thanks for not taking one look at me and deciding that you had made a mistake!
With all that being said, I will be heading back to BodyPump tomorrow while I await my new “plan”. I am going to savor it!