The Workout

Today was different. Today for the first time in a while I worked out at a gym. You might say that I was goaded into the workout by one of my sports psychology clients. Her name is Marg Savage and she co-owns a gym in Bellevue Washington called Maximum Sports Conditioning.  Marg holds world records in Olympic style weightlifting, a couple of American records as well. She is also a black belt in tae kwon do and a really nice person. I have been working with her for the last several months helping her towards setting a new world record. For the last month, Marg has been after me to come to the gym to start working out.  For various reasons none of them good, I have not been working out like I should.  This has caused me to get out of shape making some of my issues with injuries worse.  It’s not always easy to take one’s own advice.

As a former athlete at the high school, College, and professional levels, I have worked out most of my life. Five or six years ago I tore up my knee and have only worked out sporadically since.  It seems that each time I begin a solid regimen in the gym; I re-injure some part of my body. So after quite a bit of stalling over this last month, I finally allowed myself to be talked into going to the gym by Marg.  We set a date for today and I did show up at the appointed time.

I won’t go into what the workout entailed because to do that I would further embarrass myself. I was used to working out very hard for an hour or two at a time and here under, Marg’s tutelage, she had virtually brought me to my knees in some 30 minutes.  It was not an extremely difficult workout it was more a test to see what my flexibility, mobility and range of motion and other things associated with the workout could be. Towards the end of the workout she had me doing some bench pressing with just the bar. By this time I was already sore, but willing to continue. Probably, in all fairness, not as willingly as would be expected, by someone of my experience. It seems now, as I think about the workout, that my mouth was running in a fairly negative direction most of the session. This is a peculiar experience for me, as it is my function in life to help people progress towards their potential and their goals by getting around these negative thoughts. And here I was making jokes and other comments to stall off a very easy workout by my past standards.  Now for the punch line!

So here I was lying on the bench with the Bar void weights and thinking to myself that I’d like to be pretty much anywhere else. My shoulder hurt and my back was paining me.  I was thinking that it really sucked to be getting old. I was about to state this fact to my client and trainer and instead I started to laugh. I had looked up, upside down of course, into Marg’s face and realized not for the first time what an amazing person she was. Not only because she was Olympic style weightlifter. Not because she was a certified personal trainer. Not because she owned the gym. And not because she was a black belt in tae kwon do and could kick my butt. I realized I had caught myself from saying that it sucks getting old, when Marg my trainer, you have to understand and perhaps I forgot to mention, is a very young 72 years old.  She has spent most of her life training athletes as a basketball and swim coach. She only took up weightlifting and tae kwon do a short 4 or 5 years ago. So it seems to me, that my constant complaining and joking and stalling is a bit of nonsense, especially when you consider that I have almost 20 years to go to catch up with this amazing woman.

It always amazes me that if we are open and listen to the world around us, that even those that consider themselves and are considered by others to be experts in our fields, what we learn from those we are helping. If I learned nothing else today, I did learn to laugh at myself just a little bit more.  I also learned that I had a long way to go before I can consider myself to old to work out.  And that is a very valuable lesson to learn indeed.  At least I can still out arm wrestle her, of course.  But that is a tale for another time.

At some point soon I thing Marg and I will sit down here together and talk about mental training for weight lifting.  We’ll look at it from both of our perspectives.  If you would like to learn more now, then contact me through my website and if you too would like to be trained by Marg Savage, let me know and I’ll introduce you.


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  1. Hey Mike. Good to see you working out. Re your comment while lying on the bench during the benchpress maybe it would have been more appropriate to say “Gee it suck to get out of shape” instead of “Gee it sucks to get old”. We have not control over our age. We do have control over what we do with it.

  2. Marg-
    It is true that is perhaps what I should have thought, but on the other hand it wouldn’t have been nearly as funny. Besides I didn’t have a real injury, anything more than a slightly pulled muscle until I was 49. I pulled a quad at 31. Tore a shoulder wrestling at 20, but it never kept me out of a game. I got through College football and Soccer without much of anything by way of injuries. And yes I was in pretty good shape and that is perhaps why I can’t stay injury free today. I do as you know believe we can control aging and I know this person that has done a very good job of it. It is a state of mind, which is why I found it so amusing.

    • But you know that you WILL get back into shape again. We just have to keep working on it.

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