One of the very first posts I wrote at smplfit was about confidence and body image. My post was inspired by an article written by Gillian Mounsey over at Starting Strength (I highly recommend it for all women, and any man married to one. Even if you’ve read it…read it again). It was through that article that I first learned about Gillian and the great work she does, both training herself and others. I have been following her blog ever since. I thought of writing her and even started a few emails over the past months but never felt like I really had anything to say other than “I think you’re awesome and your squats are the best ever!”
In early January, another article she wrote was published on Starting Strength, titled Strength Training Seniors. After reading the article, I quickly wrote her an email and asked if she would consider mentoring me. Within 12 hours she had written me back and said “Yes! Can you come over tomorrow to meet?” I was floored and instantly super nervous. She mentioned in the article on training seniors that she was moving soon and looking for someone to take over the program. After meeting with her we decided that I’d start coming the following Monday and Wednesday to get a feel for the class and see how it goes.
That was 2 weeks ago and I’ve inhaled so much information that I don’t even know where to start. Gillian has been so kind, inviting, and willing to teach that it has been a tremendous experience. The only (but huge) bummer is that she is moving in the middle of February instead of in the summer like she thought when she wrote the article. I’ve had the opportunity to observe her teaching the Forever Young class of seniors, Fitcamp (a group training class with younger women), and a few clients that she trains in her home garage gym.
Spending this time with Gillian has helped me develop a better idea of the way I want to train myself, Ben, and my own clients. An invaluable and very educational experience to say the least. There is so much to learn and I’ve been looking for someone to help show me the way, and I couldn’t have found a better mentor than Gillian.
Next up I’ll tell you about how Ben and I went down the Gillian’s garage gym and were trained by her and her husband Mac…it was a blast.