Dave has been with Gold's for a little over 10 years. He is one of the best trainers, in my opinion, and since he is always busy with clients, I believe others feel the same way. I wanted to tell him that when I was a recent high school graduate, he trained me for a few sessions. I had started exercising and attending group fitness classes the summer after I graduated. I used a little graduation money to buy a summer membership to the gym, but I knew that when I went to college, I'd be on my own as far as exercise.
I wanted to learn how to use weights properly (outside of classes) so I signed up for 4 sessions with Dave. He knew I wouldn't be a long-term client, but that didn't matter to him. He still gave me the attention I needed, and I was able to learn a great deal from him.
I didn't expect him to remember me, especially because I was about 50 lbs. heavier at that time and because he trains so many people. We talked for a bit about clients and the types of things that most people don't know when they start a fitness journey.
One of those things is what kind of exercise to do. This seems pretty simple to most active folks, but some of us didn't really grow up as athletes, and so we are starting from scratch. Dave said that one of the big questions he always gets from his clients is, "Do I have to run?"
A big misconception is that running is the only way to get your body in shape. Again, this might sound silly, but a lot of people really don't know what they should expect when they start into fitness. Even many runners think that running is the only way to stay fit. This is why they panic when they get injured and have to take some time off. Believe me, having taken some pretty significant breaks/backing off from running at times over the past two years, I can honestly say that I never lost fitness when I took those breaks. I cycled, lifted, did HIIT, did yoga and pilates, walked, and kickboxed. Point is, running is not the end-all, be-all of exercise. A lot of people hate running, and that's fine. You don't have to run!