Skeptical to Determined

Submitted by: Rebecca Swan

Kim's Success Story

I am writing this letter on behalf of Rebecca Lehrman. I first met Rebecca about two months ago, when I stepped into a gym for the first time in my 37 years of life. Although I have never been really overweight, I have never been athletic or fit either. I was intimidated, out of shape, and almost completely ignorant about fitness. I knew I needed help, and I was very fortunate to be paired with Rebecca as my trainer.

I know that I am not a model trainee, but Rebecca is the perfect trainer for me. She is patient, thoughtful, and flexible. She knows when to push me and when to give me an instruction or adapt an exercise to my limitations. She celebrates my little improvements while still holding me accountable and encouraging me on to the next small goal.

One of my main concerns when approaching the gym was an old injury. Several years ago, I dislocated my elbow. Although I did extensive physical therapy, that arm remains weak and sometimes sensitive. I was very worried about re-injuring my arm and going back to square one with pain and physical therapy. However, Rebecca worked with me to understand my injury and my concerns. She frequently asks for my feedback and comfort level with various exercises, and not only works within the limits of my injury, but also designs workouts to strengthen my weak arm.

To be honest, I was skeptical about my own ability and determination to become a fitter person. However, with Rebecca’s help, I’m learning, getting stronger, and hopefully setting up habits that will be with me for a long time to come. I could not have done it without her.