I had such a tremendous time at this writer invitation; I had a one on one circuit training session with Melinda Waddell and was just so thoroughly impressed with the philosophy behind training at Fit Connections.
I was totally shattered but in such a good way, feeling as though I had been worked precisely as far as I could go without being unnecessarily painful or unpleasant. The only pains I felt after the session were the good kind, remembering muscles I had forgotten existed.
While I was speaking with Melinda about Fit Connections I was repeatedly struck by how passionate she is about her business and the benefits that she helps her clients to achieve. She stressed the importance of camaraderie and community feel to her groups.
I had the opportunity to witness this for myself when I went out to take some better photos a few days later. The training is hard, there is absolutely no two ways about that but it is such a rush and a rush of endorphins awaits the bold. I was embarrassed to realise that I am nowhere near as fit, strong or healthy as I thought I was.
It was an eye opener for me that is for sure, but I am so glad that I went along. I have every intention of returning and training there on a more regular basis.
While I barely made it through the entire circuit the one time, Melinda was patient, knowledgeable and didn't make me feel too bad about how poor my fitness is for someone my age. That said, were I to train with the folks at Fit Connections on a regular basis I am sure that my fitness would improve rapidly; it is a great program with loads of variation that keeps things interesting and helps to condition and train the entire body.
The groups and training sessions that are offered at Fit Connections are tailored to specifically to the individual fitness levels of each client and no one is pushed to a point where they would hurt themselves. I found that the mood was focused but fun and friendly and arriving at the end of one the sessions was testament to how raw and challenging the training was for each and every person there.
One of the coolest pieces of equipment that they use is called the Torsinator and it was probably dreamed up by a member of the Spanish Inquisition as it is a gruelling, full upper body workout that leaves your obliques feeling as though you have been tenderised to quality schnitzel. Essentially the exercise involves using your arms to move a heavy metal bar, secured to the floor and about two meters long, from one side of your body to the other. Did it ever live up to its name and I secretly want one in my bedroom; it was a fantastic little bit of torture.
While I was training and on the subsequent visits, I found Melinda to be a great trainer, one who know her business and participates in the sessions because she lives what she teaches. On the whole I was very impressed with her attitude towards health and fitness.