|I am not someone who really likes to be singled out or honored, and am very humbled by this recognition. Much of my life I have exercised and dieted off and on without any great success. I woke up one morning about a year and a half ago and finally accepted that I was at an extremely unhealthy weight, my body ached and my mobility was limited, my blood pressure was extremely high, even on medication, my self-image was pretty bad and I had a lot of things I still wanted to do in life, and unless I got some help, it wasn’t going to happen. So, I interviewed a few trainers and I couldn’t find anyone that I thought had the skill, tenacity patience to help me on what was going to be a long journey. Then I made one more search and discovered Northwest Personal Training. They seemed like the kind of place where I would feel comfortable and so I called and made an appointment. The first trainer I met was Alex, and I can only imagine what he thought when we had our first session. I could barely balance on one leg, had very little muscle strength and don’t even think about asking me to do a squat. I was a mess. But I was determined and so was he. Thanks to his skill, knowledge, encouragement and of course his sense of humor, I keep coming back and the changes I have experienced have been enormous.
We started working out three nights a week for 30 minutes a night. It was everything I could do to get through a session, and for the first time in my life, I stayed with it. Eventually, we went to two one hour sessions a week and now we work out an hour a night, three to four nights a week. My posture and balance have dramatically improved. I have lost weight, my self-image is better than ever, and my blood pressure is under control and my doctor is planning to start taking me off of my blood pressure medications. Oh, and I can even do a pretty good squat now. However, it hasn’t been easy. Over the past 18 months, I have only canceled a handful of sessions, mainly due to weather or illness. At times I have had to adjust my work and personal life around my training schedule, and my health has become a top priority. Most importantly would never have been able to accomplish any of the things I have without the amazing support and encouragement of my wife, Joyce.
While Alex has been my mentor and supporter in this process, I must also say thank you to Judith and Cody and all of the other trainers I have met who have been an incredible support and Irina and Donna who are always professional, supportive and welcoming. While I still have goals to reach, I want to say thank you to Northwest Personal Training and my trainer, Alex Mazurkevich for all of the support and encouragement on this journey towards health.