This is a guest post by the lovely Maxi Irthum who contacted me through this website for some emergency fitness help. She was the perfect student and together we got her to where she needed to be. I’m calling it – 30 days to Machupicchu. Read on to find out why.
So I planned to go to Peru for a month, doing all the crazy, adventurous things you can imagine, which means loads of trekking and climbing with a big and bulky backpack on my back.
I may not look like it, but I am usually a very lazy couch potato, so I never did any sports activity before, no training, no exercise and if it was possible no stairs either, none, nada, nichts, nothing!
Of course the thought of climbing up the Machupicchu and other adventures started scaring me and even haunting me in my dreams. So I figured I gotta do something! I have to get fit! Because I want to enjoy my adventure!
Since I am lazy, I couldn’t find any motivation to get fit by myself, besides taking more stairs, I decided to find a personal trainer for the the period of one month that I was spending in Paris due to a summer course at a university. Since I am a student and I don’t have endless resources I tried to find somebody where the price seemed fair.
After loads of research on the Internet, I finally found one, who looked like he could really kick my ass and get me running, so exactly what I needed.
The fact that he speaks English made it even better. Since my french ain’t the best and I feel more comfortable speaking English.
I contacted him right away and it didn’t take long before I had a nice and friendly answer in my mailbox.
I was so excited for the first work-out and I had no idea what or who to expect. Turns out he expected a overweight male gamer instead of a dorky and lenghty girl. That was a great start for a conversation and lead into a first great session where he found out about my weaknesses (upper body strenght) and my strengths (telling jokes). He wanted to prepare me to climb up Machupicchu by using the stairs in Montmartre. Those stairs … oh man … those stairs. The first week I only had to get them up twice and I was totally exhausted but at the end of our training I could even take two steps at a time add to that 3 times and even sprint the last part up, of course I was still exhausted and made Â him laugh by saying that I feel like my face is falling off, but at the same time I was incredibly proud!
So Marcus and I trained twice a week for an hour. Which was perfect for me. We met and he was very sympathetic and fun! What a relief, I thought. At least once every session I have to stop running or climbing stairs or whatever he makes me do, because I have to laugh so hard at his jokes. Then he gets me right back on track and I have to repeat what I just missed due to my giggling. He definitely pushed me to my limits every single time and made me feel much stronger every day! I never thought I could do the things I am doing now! I never knew I could be that determined or strong!
So Marcus helped me in many ways. I’m not scared of physical challenge anymore, I’m in better shape and health and just way more confident than before.
So thank you eternal source of knowledge, alias Marcus.
Please tell us if you have any similar goals to maxi, we would love to hear about them!