Training Shift

A quick check in.

Training is going really well. Mostly because I’m doing something – anything – positive for my health, but results help. 🙂 I’ve lost ~20 pounds and move and feel so, so, so much better. It’s great. I’m still VERY new to this – training, tracking, all of it – so I’ve made a study of Calisthenic Movement’s YouTube channel, scouring the comments and cataloguing the videos. It’s been very educational.

I’ve written pages of feedback to CM about my experiences, good and bad, some of which I’ve seen come out in videos they’ve produced. I like to think I contributed, but I’m sure they get tons of feedback from their viewership and clients. This picture went along with a testimonial wrote for them and I liked it well enough to make it my profile pic pretty much everywhere.

I was laughing because the dang phone kept falling over.

(SIDE NOTE: Before this, my profile picture was of me at E3 from 2001 or 2002 at Katana on Sunset. These pictures are fifteen years apart. Whoa.

I live in Los Angeles now and wouldn’t have foreseen that then. Strangely, I haven’t been back to Katana. I love Japanese food and as I recall, Katana was good. )

Those were some good times!

I’m still coming from such a low baseline level of fitness, even the Level 1 Program is intense for me. I don’t really feel I have the experience or judgment to make changes to the program, so after some discussion with Sven and Alex (they are Calisthenic Movement), we decided that a program tailored to my level of fitness (low), experience (newb), and goals (basic) was the way forward.

These tailored programs are their OPT programs – Online Personal Training. They ask for current abilities, what equipment you have access to (for me: dip bars, rings)  I set my goals at:

  • Lose 40 more pounds
  • 5 Pushups
  • 1 Pullup
  • L-sit of TBD seconds
  • 1 Pistol Squat
  • Ring support hold of any duration

Alex (who narrates most of the CM videos) usually handles English-language online training, but because I’ve talked with Sven a lot, they decided that he would handle mine. Alex dodged a bullet, because I tend to have LOTS of questions and feedback. Though if anyone is going to dodge bullets, it’s Alex. 🙂

Can’t wait to start.

Author: Karen M

Game designer and instructor.

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