I met Wes at a seminar on mental health that I went to last summer at the Yoga House – he was one of the speakers. At the time, I was deep in the midst of launching the beta version of FitIn, and so I was both looking for my first business partners and I was also looking for like-minded people that I could connect with to collaborate with.
He delivered a really personal and riveting speech on the impact of fitness on his life – recovering from trauma, illness and how he continues to leverage it to keep himself well. Right away, I knew we were going to be friends!
Since that day, Wes HAS become a friend, but he was also the very first personal trainer to sign up on FitIn. He also helps me out by writing articles for FitIn Blog. And he’s become my own personal trainer, someone I’d been looking for a while (I’d investigated a few others, but never quite found the right fit).
Time to get training
So Wes and I have been training together now for about 4 months, and I’ve been seeing him one morning a week in my building gym. The goal when we started was to get my strength back and get my knees back to workable by building up the surrounding muscles.
It really helped me knowing that Wes had dealt with his own injuries and issues, and had both book knowledge and first-hand knowledge about how to work with those. I have honestly been scared of ending up injured all over again (for the second time), so I wanted to be sure that I had someone who knew how to push me…but just enough that I wouldn’t injure myself. I also needed someone who would hold me back from re-injuring MYSELF by trying something too far out of my current reach (ie going for a 5k).
Quite honestly, I’d not been too active for the last 6 months before our assessment session, because of a knee procedure I’d had done. So I was not strong, my knees hurt to use them, and my core was that of a startup founder who spends too much time on the couch on her laptop: potato-ish.
Wes spent the first session having me go through a bunch of movements while he videotaped me (for a baseline), correcting a little here and there to make sure I had the right movements, and to see what I was currently capable of.
He also ran through a whole sequence of stretches that he wanted me to do every morning – about 7 stretches that should take me no more than about 15-20 minutes. As well, we discussed diet a little bit, and he gave me some general pointers. Mainly, I needed to reduce my carb intake (I love sandwiches) and my dairy intake (I love cheese), plus continue drinking tons of water.
Getting into the routine
I’ve always found it easy to meet with Wes, which surprised me – I thought I’d dread gruelling workouts. Instead, I know that I can rely on him to push me to the point where I’m working and sweating but not hating it. And in fact, I’ve discovered some new exercises that I love (WOODCHOPPERS)!
I’m not too comfortable with the weight machines, so I feel so much better knowing there’s someone there who knows them inside-out and who knows how to make them work right for me. It’s great going in with a plan but not having to worry about figuring out what I need to do to get there – someone’s got my back. All I have to do is show up and give everything I can, no matter how much or how little that is.
There has been the odd morning workout that I’ve been low-energy, either because I was working late, wasn’t able to sleep or hadn’t eaten too well the day before. Those times, Wes has been able to adjust for me and draw on his experience to replace the original plan with one that would work better for the day. I really appreciate that.
Every workout’s different
Very often we’ll do bootcamp-style workouts, where he has me perform 8-12 reps of about 10 different exercises, and then he’ll run me through that 3-4 times. We started with a lot of those to work to get my fitness level up a little from our starting, but then he started adding in targeted days, where I’m only working my back, or my chest…and I’m learning to really love the pace of those workouts.
Even when I’m doing a month of back-to-back bootcamps; they’re always different. So if there was something about the last workout I didn’t like, I never worry that I’m going to get stuck with it again – more than likely it’s going to be a whole different set of exercises this week to work on some other aspect or muscle group.
He’s got my best interests at heart
I was surprised to get follow-up texts from Wes, checking in on me over the week between sessions, but I’m really thankful for them. He helps keep my diet on track, he helps motivate me to do workouts throughout the week.
He also does research to make sure that he’s giving me the right exercises for my knee, and he’s also very into self-development to make sure that he can help me out with more than just squats. Wes has been taking course after course after course to bring new content, new knowledge and better understanding to my challenges, to fitness in general, and to coaching.
What I love about having Wes for a personal trainer
I love that I have an expert resource who is there with the knowledge necessary to help me recover from my injuries and help me improve my fitness, because I don’t have the time to become that expert.
I love that I have a workout buddy that makes me look forward to our sessions every week, no matter what I felt like.
I love having someone who cares about my healthy habits and my goals as much as I do.
I love listening to music and having laughs while I work out.
I love that feeling when he explains perfectly what muscle group I’m trying to target and then suddenly I adjust what I’m doing and hit it perfectly.
I love the support and confidence in me that he brings, it’s so delightfully contagious!
I love his passion for the subject, and for how much he can help others with that passion.
FitIn a workout with Wes
Did I mention Wes was my inaugural personal trainer affiliate for FitIn? And yes, you can also book him through the platform…but please, not Mondays at 10am, because that’s my time 😉
Click here to book: Mobility & Strength Training
Catherine Chan is the Founder & CEO of FitIn.io, a new fitness platform connecting Canadians with personal trainers/instructors, fitness, exercise or movement classes near them in mere minutes. A mental health advocate, she has dedicated a part of her platform to mental health and wellness classes, promoting movement + mindfulness in order to find profound, sustainable health.