Week 1: Middle-Aged Personal Training at Encore Fitness

My body changed after I had kids. There’s no explanation other than hormones, change of daily eating habits and a combination of having less time to exercise and take care of myself. For both my husband and myself, it’s real work just to get to the gym. But you know how it is, the less you go, the lazier you get. It’s just so much easier to stay in bed for longer periods or do something else – anything else – other than working out.

But I know the importance of having a strict exercise regime, especially after enduring major health issues as I have over the past year. I also understand how precious life is and I want to be here a while.

So, it’s time to find the time. It’s time to make exercise and self-care a priority.

This is why I’m excited to be starting a weekly exercise regime with Robert Lankard, one of the two founders at Encore Fitnessa private personalized training studio located in Union Square in NYC, an easy trip from my house.


Together Robert and I are creating an individualized program that will achieve a higher level of fitness. I’ll be documenting my progress here on my blog.

I’m truly a middle-aged, out of shape female working to make some serious changes so this is truly going to be a challenge for both of us.

This week was our first session and it was primarily to get-to-know-each-other. I found out the importance of the Foam Roll, which I don’t love but realize the importance of for the proper progression of my muscles. We also discussed the importance of nutrition and a regular work-out schedule, which I’m going to adopt while working with Robert.


All I know is I have a lot of work to do. I sit a lot. It’s the nature of being a Marketer and Consultant. I sit in front of the computer a lot and am sedentary all too often.

I worried that after our session, I wouldn’t know what to do, but Robert immediately followed up with an email suggesting a routine to follow, with images attached as a guide. It includes hip bridges, planks, reverse lunges and quadruped and three days of activity to start with as that’s all I can handle. He is also going to give guidance on nutrition and make suggestions to my daily diet, which is welcomed advice.

Maybe when I get in better shape, I’ll actually want to work-out more.

That’s the goal.

Stay tuned to this space for the next five weeks.

Disclosure: I am receiving free personal training services from Encore Fitness NY, but all opinions are my own.

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  1. You can absolutely do this! Excited for you!

  2. Congratulations! That’s so great that you are starting this regimen! I need desperately to do the same! I look forward to following your progress!

  3. So excited to be training you Holly! We will make this whole process fun so you won’t even think of it as “working out”. Before you know it, you’ll be addicted to it.

  4. Testing a comment for Holly. I copied and pasted the password/code into the box so I could.

  5. If I channel you and workout vicariously will I get fit too? Lord knows I need it!

  6. I wonder if I channel and work out vicariously I will get fit too? Lord knows I need it!

  7. Good for you Holly! I have recently gotten back into my fitness routine and it is so important for my mental state. I look forward to following your progress.

  8. Good for you! How often will you be going to the gym?

  9. I am so with you. I have GOT to get on this. I worked with an amazing personal trainer last year and it improved my strength and energy levels no end. Thanks for the virtual kick in the butt!

  10. Heidi Bee says:

    Good for you! Best of luck on your new journey! This can be so hard but it is possible!

  11. Congrats on taking the first step. You will do good as long as you try.

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