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.
We are currently accepting appointments for one on one training with Coach G.
The calendar is filling up.
“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!
Today, I turned 54. And all I want for my birthday 🎁 is to be coaching my athletes IN PERSON, to be coached IN PERSON, to be coaching other coaches IN PERSON.
We are, quite simply, better together — in person.
Communication is better LIVE.
“The more things change…
With the dramatic and unexpected changes to daily life, each of us is experiencing altered reality. Some of us may find themselves in a comfortable pause; time to reflect, prioritize, and listen to backlogged Audible credits. Others of us finish each day without stabbing someone and call it good.
In today’s post, I want to talk about something besides fitness. Just like you, I am a multifaceted human being with a varied background.
As you know, I always write about fitness, nutrition, ways to get inspired to change, and ultimately I will find a way to write about health. But now I’d like to talk about the things happening in our world, because I am not at work in the same way and likely, neither are you.
I must also amend my earlier description of this pandemic as a “forced pause,” and call it what it is…a “hard stop.”
So while we are STOPPED, why not read a book that transforms your reality, plant a garden, build a fire-pit, learn a new spiritual practice, take up a new sport, learn to cook? I have a million suggestions!
I genuinely miss seeing you in my studio, my dear clients. I hope you are thriving and that your sense of humor is intact. During this time, I have been reading a lot, training with purpose and really thinking about how best to connect with you during the quarantine. I miss watching you flourish in our shared physical space. If you have suggestions for connecting, please email me!
“I was finally getting back to a regular schedule when it all started to change. I was working out 5 days a week, eating better, balancing work, it was all coming together. But then COVID-19 happened. First the schools closed, then companies shifted their employees to work from home, and finally all business, including both my gyms, were closed. That last one sucked. How am I going to keep improving without a place to get my squats, and deadlifts, and power cleans in?