“I’ve been working with Giulia for around 9 months now, and I’m so grateful to have her in my life. We’ve never even met in person! Though we’re based in different states, we meet weekly via Zoom, and I always look forward to our appointments. Even over the phone, Giulia’s enthusiasm for life is contagious, even – or perhaps especially – on those days when I’d rather go crawl in a hole. After a bad day or a bad week, one hour with her is like fueling up at the gas station, giving me a boost of energy to help me climb back out of my hole and continue on my journey.
“What are you up to in the world?” This question was recently posed to me and it was food for thought.
“Once a man was about to cross the sea. A wise man tied a leaf in a corner of his robe and said to him: “Don’t be afraid. Have faith and walk on the water. But look here – the moment you lose faith you will drown.” -Sri Ramakrishna
“Both my parents were athletes, my mother a triathlete and my father a football/rugby player. I have always been an active kid, however, I didn’t really get into sports until middle and high school. I did things like ballet and gymnastics, was “encouraged” to quit basketball and soccer in second grade because of my lack of engagement and coordination, and got DQ’ed from a swim race when I did TOPS swimming for doing butterfly style wrong.
Winter…in Chicago. While making some winter plans for myself, I have thought a lot about how we can make the most of this time. It’s a dreary time of year in Chicago for me. It’s cold and gray and to my surprise, there is far less snow than I thought there would be when I moved here 15 years ago. Wow…15 years! I never imagined I would be in Chicago this long. Since I opened Coaching by G on Chicago Avenue eleven years ago, a lot has changed, but here I am, wintering in place because there is a pandemic. Little feels normal right now…whatever normal means. In reality, our version of “normal” is just a construct. We construct the things we need when we need them. Isn’t that kind of fabulous? It is, and yet sometimes we construct things that don’t actually serve us well.
“I honestly don’t know where I would be without Coach G’s programming. I have struggled with body image my entire life, exercising to an unhealthy amount and unhealthy diets, but her program has helped me rebuild my relationship with exercise and has made me realize that being stronger is so much better than being unhealthily thin.
“Sometimes I think about carrying a go-pro around the gym to capture the magic. But really, I think the truth is no one else can ever experience that magic like it’s experienced between coach and client – when they are both vulnerable and open to the process. This is the thing I have no words to describe- but you know it when you are in it. It’s a gift of presence between two people fully engaged in the same pursuit for very different reasons. “ – Giulia Isetti, PhD
As we traverse this time of increased reactivity together, I am here for you. This relationship that we have built together is ours. It is solid and full of trust.
“Needless to say, these are trying times in every facet of our lives. Feeling cooped up is the exact opposite of spreading our wings. Thankfully, I’ve had my daily workout programming from Giulia. Not only does it remind me over the day to be healthy with my sleep and eating, but workouts themselves, even when Giulia has had to creatively program using my at-home equipment (a chair, a backpack, and my own body weight!), I’ve gotten in some great sweats! Want to forget about the state of the world for a while? Try wall sits. It’ll be difficult to think of anything but “the burn” in your quads!