Hi. I’m Greg Loerzel. I am a personal trainer at the Kandiyohi County Area Family YMCA. I have been a member of the wellness staff here at the Y for almost three years now. Prior to working here I worked at the Albert Lea Family Y in Albert Lea, MN.
Passion for exercise and helping others with their fitness goals is what led me to be a personal trainer. Prior to getting my personal trainer certification I was an electrical engineer. As an engineer I spent endless hours behind a computer and at a desk (perhaps not the best career choice for a guy that grew up outdoors?), making my workouts at the end of the day that much more rewarding and an escape from the daily routine. I believe many of us can relate to this. Exercise can be a great release from the stress of everyday life, even if only for a brief time period.
I have always loved the challenge of pushing oneself to our physical limits. Most people that have seen me train my clients know that I thrive on pushing their intensity. The same goes for my own workouts. My goal each session is to increase that intensity and do something we maybe have never done before or even thought we were capable of doing. By pushing ourselves to the limit and beyond we can improve both physically and mentally.
A few pointers I would give, many of which we have all probably read or heard somewhere before: Rome wasn’t built in a day, lifestyle change and body transformation take time, so be patient. Little changes add up to larger improvements, just like 100 pennies add up to a dollar. Just because we can’t do a full workout today doesn’t mean a partial one is a waste of time, do what we can today, don’t let it just get away. It is great to think long term and have long term goals, but set small milestones along the way, baby steps will get you there, and celebrate along the way. Lastly, my favorite; “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.” Don’t be afraid to push yourself in a new direction, it may be just what is needed for change.
Whatever your fitness goals, if myself or any of the other trainers or wellness staff at the Y can be of assistance, please don’t hesitate to ask.