Staying motivated with short, intense workouts with a fitness coach
Lisa Terrell’s appreciation for fitness used to be what she calls “seasonal.” Or maybe if she had a goal she wanted to meet, she’d find a workout until she met that goal.
But, she says, “I didn’t consistently keep going, and I easily got derailed when the weather wasn’t optimal to my liking — when I planned to jog — or when there were schedule conflicts around classes I wanted to take.”
Then her track-running daughter, Tatyana Terrell, began training with Bertram Lawrence Sr., a coach and owner of the Dungeon gym in Arlington, Texas, to help her with strength and conditioning.
“He always encourages entire families to participate,” Lisa Terrell, 48, says. That reminded her of the importance of taking care of herself. “It isn’t just looking better, but feeling better with more energy, confidence, strength and focus. Plus, I didn’t just want to sit around and wait for my daughter to do her workout. I joined in.”
Each time she does, she feels “part of something big,” Terrell said. “No matter your age or situation, Coach Lawrence can groom you from nothing. When others say you can’t, that’s never his final answer, and I think that’s awesome.”
Her workouts are short but intense, she says.
“The camaraderie encourages me to keep it up,” she said. “Coach Lawrence and the Dungeon have kept me pumped and motivated for over a year. Nothing else has done that for me.”
Typical week of workouts:
I jog or run on a treadmill three to five miles every day, and do water aerobics one to two times a week. Every day, I either do strength training with weights or plyometrics for 15 to 30 minutes at the Dungeon.
If I had just 20 minutes to work out, I would:
Use that time to get a full workout at the Dungeon.
What gets in the way of my exercise?
Having an overbooked and extended schedule.
Proudest fitness moment:
Completing a half marathon.
Increasing and improving to go longer, faster; lift heavier weights or do more reps.
Bertram Lawrence Sr. and Team Lawrence at the Dungeon.
Three things you’ll always find in my refrigerator:
Berries, spinach and avocados.
What I need to consume more of:
What I need to cut back on:
Chips. This could be a long list, but if I start with chips, I am more disciplined about the other stuff.
Favourite healthy food:
What I’d tell someone who wants to follow my routine:
Try to get the hardest part (running or lifting weights) done early so you have the rest of the day to recover. If you can’t do that, then commit to a consistent schedule to help you get started automatically.
What my workout says about me:
I am committed. I tough it out.