Rick Bloom, West Bloomfield’s Featured Client for Sept 2010

After my last annual physical my doctor gave me the predictable talk that I had to lose weight.  The doctor has told me this in the past but like most of us, it goes in one ear and out the other ear.  However, this time there was a little more sense of urgency.  His tone was different and he let me know in no uncertain terms that I had to lose weight.  Of course, it’s not like I didn’t know that I had been putting weight on; however, I tried to ignore the situation.  That being said, after my conversation with the doctor I decided to get serious.

After talking to the doctor I decided that my course of action would be two pronged.  The first would be to sit down with a nutritionist to develop better eating habits; something that I know I was lacking.  The other part of the equation that the doctor had recommended was that I start an exercise program and he thought that a personal trainer would be something that I would benefit from.

The thought of going to a personal trainer was not something that I was looking forward to.  In fact, I couldn’t decide what I looked more forward to, going to the doctor or going to a personal trainer.  Although I have consistently ridden an exercise bike I’ve never had a personal trainer (never wanted one) nor did I do any type of formal exercise program, and it certainly was not something that I was looking forward to.  However, after realizing that there were no simple solutions to getting in better shape; in other words there was no magical pill that I had always hoped and prayed for; I did decide to engage the services of a personal trainer.

Before I decided to hire a trainer I did some research as to the different types of training facilities and personal trainers. I didn’t want to make my exercise routine a social event or anything of that nature, nor did I want to be intimidated by a bunch of no-neck body builders.  Therefore, I decided what was best for me would be a private studio.  In that regard, after doing some research on private studios I decided on CoachMeFit.

As painful as it was I did decide to call CoachMeFit for the initial appointment.  When I called I expressed my concerns and the fact that I was out of shape.  I was assured that I had nothing to worry about (yeah, right) and I made my initial appointment.  I wasn’t sure whether I should have a male trainer or a female trainer; it really didn’t matter much to me although, in the back of my mind I was thinking who would laugh less at me.  Anyways, it was recommended I meet with Travis Kneale.

Whether it was good luck or fate, I don’t know, but I could not have a better trainer than Travis.  Travis has been a joy to work with.  He has been upbeat and encouraging without being patronizing.  He has designed my workouts so that every session has been new and challenging.  When I leave the studio I know that I’ve had a workout and I have a sense of accomplishment that feels good.

Travis has been an incredibly patient trainer.  Never having done anything like this before, I certainly think I have been a challenge for him; however, you wouldn’t know that from Travis.  He has been understanding and always encourages me to do my best.

What I also like about Travis is that he doesn’t let me wimp out, while at the same time he is not a drill sergeant.  If I’m not doing something that I should, he has no hesitation to let me know in a positive and encouraging way.  I have no doubt that I could not have reached the results I have without Travis’ assistance and guidance.

My friends and family are constantly asking me how much weight I have lost.  Truly, I don’t know.  I have never been fixated on weight and as far as I am concerned, it is just a number.  However, what is important to me is the pant test; in other words, my waistline.  Since I have been training with Travis and following what the nutritionist has told me, I have literally taken about eight inches off my waistline.  I have put some muscle on (I think) and I know I have more strength and stamina.  However, the most important thing has been the shrinking of my waistline.

For anyone who is thinking of using a personal trainer, I cannot think of a better trainer or a person to deal with than Travis.  My only regret is that I didn’t start this sooner.

After my very first session with Travis, I think I saw my life flash in front of me.  I didn’t think that there would be a session two.  However, I’m now completing my six-months of training and I couldn’t be happier with the results.  Do I like my sessions?  Honestly, not really; however, I do love the results.

Rick Bloom                                                                                                                                             


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