Week 6: Middle-Aged Personal Training at Encore Fitness NY and a Giveaway

If you’ve been following my mid-life crisis fitness blog posts, you may have noticed a lull. I wasn’t avoiding my routine, but trips do seem to knock me off my momentum a bit. However, since my weight gain from week 4, I’ve been more determined than ever to keep everything I’m learning at Encore Fitness NY up, particularly while traveling. I’ve also managed to challenge myself to a few new forms of exercise to keep my body moving and my keen interest up.

So, when I walked into Encore the other day for my sixth session with Robert, I felt confident and hopeful that I had progressed in the weeks since I’d seen him.

And guess what? I have good news and bad news. The good news is that I’ve lost two of the four pounds I’d gained. I’ve also lost some body fat, and my cardiovascular endurance and muscular endurance have shown “phenomenal” progression. I’ve also made progressions especially in the core strength area. The only bad news is that my neuromuscular control is still not it could be – but it will be!

Because you you know what? As a cancer survivor and a multi-tasking mom who can’t seem to DO IT ALL (can any of you – if you can, please do let me know how you manage), I’m happy with my progress. More than happy, to be honest. For the first time in a long time, I look forward to going to the gym. I rode nearly 50 miles in a bike tour around NYC last week. I started swimming laps. I plank on a daily basis.

Since I started training at Encore, I’ve shown myself what I’m capable of doing and I see the potential in my body strength and flexibility. If I keep working on it, progress will come. As my sessions at Encore are nearing the finish line, I see that it’s been a healthy, worthwhile experience seeing Robert at Encore Fitness NYC regularly.

Now I’m ready to start spreading the wealth! So, I’m giving away a free session with Robert at Encore Fitness NY!


To win, just comment below and tell me why you want to win a session at Encore Fitness NY.

About Encore (from their site)

Encore Fitness is a New York City-based private personal training studio. Our clients are given every opportunity and tool to successfuly and safely achieve those fitness goals. Together we can create an individualized program that will challenge and push you to the next level of fitness. Personal training sessions can be held at one of our personal training facilities or in your building’s fitness center. Let us help you get into the best shape of your life. 

For an additional entry, tweet this:

I entered to win a #Fitness session at @EncoreFitnessNY via @hollychronicles! http://bit.ly/1DvRK1p #NYC #Exercise

Winner will be selected randomly. The winner will receive ONE free session with Robert Lankard at Encore Fitness NY (for 60 minutes). This giveaway will end on Friday, May 22nd at 9am EST. Winner will be posted here, on the Culture Mom Facebook page and via email and will have 24 hours to accept their prize.

Disclosure: I was not compensated to write this post but received complimentary sessions to facilitate my reviews.  Giveaway is courtesy of ENCORE FITNESS NY.

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  1. This sounds exactly like what I need.
    So proud of you for starting and staying with it. I bet you look amazing.

    After this year I want to look /feel amazing too.

  2. I really need to do this. I know I do! But I just have too many excuses (exhausted, work too much, no time, etc.) You have inspired me though Holly! I’ve been following your journey and am so glad you have done so well!

  3. I so need to get my act together and begin exercising again.

  4. Helene Weinberger says

    The only time I ever worked with a trainer was a free try at a health club and I couldn’t walk for a week afterward. It may be helpful to work with someone who can actually get me on track.

  5. Holly,
    I am so proud of your accomplishments. We have made huge progressions and continue to do so. This experience has been and still is a very exciting for me. I appreciate all of the hard work you are putting into this. Stick with it because you clearly are a inspiration to many including me!

  6. Always up for a butt kicking workout!

  7. I would like to win because I need serious guidance at the gym. It’s very overwhelming especially after being away from working out for years.

  8. I would love to win this — I am not sure what to do at the gym and need some guidance.

  9. I’m impressed that you’ve been doing all that on your own. Clearly having someone to motivate you has been a big help. I desperately need a kick in the yoga pants!

  10. Having a trainer is invaluable. Especially as I age, your body changes, and what used to work to keep you in shape may need to be tweaked. An expert can zero in on making a workout the most effective for you. More power to you Holly! And, I’d love to win a workout session to see what insight I might gain re: not just slimming down but staying strong for the long run.

  11. Sounds like you are definitely back on track. Because of allergy season I have to slow down my walking and I am so ready to get back out as often as I was.

  12. Holly, I can testify that you were phenomenal on the 50 mi bike tour!! And I’d love to get some of your radiant glow – so please enter me for the giveaway!

  13. I would love to win a session because fitness has become very important to me, especially with summer on the horizon.

  14. Does “I need an excuse to come to New York City” work for you? Working out – so so important for physical and mental well being. Good for you.

  15. This year so far can be labelled the year of general yuckiness. Two kidney stone procedures (so far) and MS kicking in by way of leg numbness/pain has halted any kind of exercise program.

    I have gained weight back from all this nonsense that’s beating up my body! I stopped doing yoga and can’t even walk much each day.

    I’d love to get back in the game as soon as I’m healed. Good for you, Holly, for taking charge of your health. You really are a rock star!

  16. I really need to start working out again. I’d love to do it with a trainer who could tell me what would be right for my body. My body is very different now in my mid-30’s then it was say in my mid-20’s and it intimidates me!

    • Reesa, wait until your mid-40s. I think I’m officially there and it is certainly different, especially post-children.

    • Reesa, As we age what we do to it becomes more important. Please let me know if you are interested in coming into the studio and seeing how we can help you. feel free to email me,text or call me. 845-853-3166.

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