When my trainer Mike died in November, I set push-ups as one of my goals. He was always making me to do modified versions of them. I hated them. I would stand there tell him, "No. I am not going to do that." He would shake his head, point and say, "Yes, you got this." The modified push-ups started on the TRX machine, then at a bar about waist high and eventually I graduated to a bench. One of the last times I worked out with him, he tried to get me to do them on a BOSU ball and I said, "No way. I can't do that." I never dreamed I would be able to do actual push-ups. I just did not think it was possible.
At my first session with Dmitriy, I told him about Mike making me do push-ups and that I really want to do "real" push-ups. So Dmitriy put together a series of different routines to help me build my upper body strength. When I got frustrated (which happened often), he switched things up for me, resulting in significant improvements. In January when I was finally able to do two push-ups, I thought that was awesome. In March, I got to five push-ups, which really got me charged up. Two weeks ago I was finally able to do ten, but the goal all along, has been to do three sets of 10 push-ups. Today that goal was realized. I am so tickled!!!
Mike made me do it!
I miss Mike and sometimes I feel guilty for finding success with my fitness goals when he's no longer here with us. Losing him really kicked me into gear. I just hope Mike can see me and is saying, "Trace, you got this! Good job!"
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