“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.
“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!
“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.
“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?
“Giulia’s training is invaluable to me, especially during this time when we’re all stuck in our houses. She creates custom, at-home workouts for me that I know I would never put together myself. And she holds me accountable when I think that I’m too busy or too tired to do them. G’s training is going to help me get through this.” – Michelangelo D’Agostino
“2020 marks a new beginning for me. I’m enthusiastically joining Body By G and I’m all in. I’m working at the studio a number of hours here and there, wherever and whenever G. needs a boost or a helping hand. At the same time, I’m jumping in as a training client, getting my body into a new sort of shape and strength–of all the fitness and health and sport I’ve engaged in throughout my life, I haven’t had much (if any) coaching on weightlifting specifically, and I’ve never had the ongoing support of a training coach. What better way to learn the forms that I’d like to be able to help the clients at the gym with than by making myself vulnerable and taking on this new practice. I’ve also launched a course of study program with ACE Fitness to fulfill a certification for a Personal Trainer.
“I became a client of Giulia two years ago. I was planning a long, cross country bike ride and my wife was convinced that I would die on some steep ride through the mountains and my answer was to say that I would sign up with a physical trainer to prepare for the ride (five months in the future). It was a bit of a dodge on my part as I had assumed that my years of putting in thousands of miles of riding along with merely riding day by day during the trip would get me into shape as the ride progressed.
““So, why do you run?” That’s a question that I’ve been asked many times during my 50 years of running. “I enjoy it,” “It makes me feel better,” and “Because I can” are some of the stock answers that I’ve used. Those answers are short and to the point but really don’t express why I’ve run over 46,000 miles, including 35+ marathons and ultra-marathons and numerous shorter races.
“I can’t believe that I’ve known G for almost 9 ½ years. My wife Kathie met G about 11 years ago when G instructed a training class at the YMCA in Oak Park. Kathie then followed her when G opened her Studio on Chicago Avenue. Kathie was so impressed with G that she purchased a training gift certificate for me as a birthday gift a few months later. I had never worked with a personal trainer and honestly thought that her gift was a waste of money. I still remember asking G during my first session if she could just give me a list of exercises that I could do at home. Fortunately, I soon realized the significant value of working with a personal trainer like G.
“I am in my 9th year as a client of Giulia at Coaching by G and in my 80th year of life. I can tell I’m an “old-timer” in her gym when I compare the cap of my Body by G water bottle with that of most of the other members. Their caps are larger and have a groove in them for their teeth. Mine does not. I would never ask for a new one and deprive myself of the status of being one of Giulia’s oldest “gym rats.”