Friday, October 29, 2010

You are a personal trainer? Is that all you do?

I love when people ask me what I do for a living. I tell them I am a personal trainer and coach. Some of them reply "oh that's all you do?" Then they must realize the look of annoyance on my face and they say, "I mean you do that full-time? You don't have another job?" I bring this up because in the past week it has happened several times. In both recent cases it was a guy trying to pick me up and clearly it didn't work. When it first happened I found myself trying to explain to people that I used to work as a district manager and I choose to leave that job for personal training. It was almost like I was trying to tell people that I could have a really important job if I wanted. Then I realized what I was doing and now I tell people I am a personal trainer and triathlon coach full time and yes I do make pretty good money and its a great job. I don't need another job to pay my bills.

I understand some people do personal training in addition to working another job. It is a great way to make some extra money on the side. There are a lot of people that make a pretty good living doing it full-time too.

I am very fortunate that I can do what I love full-time. Not many people can do that. I help people live healthier lives and educated them about health and nutrition in the process. I get paid to workout (teaching spin). I run with my running group in Henderson (the Rockin Runners). Who wouldn't love this job? I recently started Get Fit With Fido and teach people how to workout with their dogs! I love dogs so that makes things even better!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

2 Races, 2 Days in 2 States

Last weekend was a unique challenge for me. I wanted to take on a new challenge and swim an 8K which is 4.97 miles. If you don't swim, you may not know but that is REALLY far to swim. The longest I have swam in a race is during the Ironman distance and that swim is 2.4 miles. To complete an 8K swim such as this one, you need your own kayak support. The swim that I chose was the inaugural Slam The Dam in Las Vegas. One of my clients had a friend that did kayak support for me. Desi was my kayak support and he was amazing. He kept me going and on track to the finish line. Without him I would not have been able to complete this. I felt great and really strong through mile 3. Then my body was telling me it was time to get out. I knew I had to keep going and was determined. My calves were cramping every so often. My shoulders were on fire but I still had two miles to go. I finished and it felt great. Here is a picture of me at the 2 hour point. The race took me just under 3 hours.
Taking on a new challenge always makes me slightly nervous. The fear of the unknown is always in your head when you do something new. It always make me nervous wondering if I will be able to do it. In the end, I am usually glad I did it. As I was swimming last Saturday, I was thinking of the small percentage of people that actually attempt crazy stuff like this. What percent of the population would ever try and swim 5 miles, run 50 miles or do an Ironman? I don't know the answer but I am sure it is pretty small. I heard a statistic (not sure if its true) that only 5% of the US population actually works out on a regular basis. This is shocking when I am surrounded by people who workout everyday. I couldn't imagine NOT working out because it is part of my life. If only 5% of the US population workout on a regular basis then I am sure the amount of people that would complete a 5 mile swim is pretty small.
After I finished this tediously long swim I didn't stop there. I was on a mission to get to California by 4pm. For some crazy reason I decided to do the LA triathlon on Sunday which meant I had to pick up my race packet by 4pm! So I get out of the water pour a gallon of clean water over my head and body, changed and got in my car and headed to LA. I made it to LA with one hour to spare. I met up with my friend Ryan from Atlanta. We chatted for a little bit after picking up our packets and then I had to take a much needed shower. Ryan is a really great triathlete I met while living in Atlanta. He currently is the race director for a triathlons known as 11Global . Their website is and they put races on in South Africa, Atlanta and Dubai. Ryan is a great triathlete and I was pretty sure he was going to have a great race.
I finally got to shower and went to dinner with a group of friends. I was pretty tired but felt if I got to bed by 9pm I could wake up rested and have a pretty good race. I was right. Although it was not my best time at LA I did OK. The swim was pretty tough with some good swells, bike felt strong and run was OK. I finished 5th in the Elite category and that was 5 out of 5! Hey I did do a 5 mile swim the day before AND I was racing against some great athletes. I should have raced age group and would have placed 2nd. My time was 6 minutes slower than my previous time at LA. I made sure that I told any other person that completed the race that I did the 8K swim the day before. I wanted it to be clear I could have done better! That is the competitive side in me coming out! Denny, Patrick, Ashley and Ryan all placed in their age groups. LA is a very competitive race. For everyone to place in their age group was outstanding.
I got in my car after another much needed shower and took off back to Vegas. Wow what a weekend. Two races in two states and I survived. It was a lot of fun and challenging. I would do it again in a heartbeat........well maybe not the 8K swim because that was (as Bobby would say) one and done!

Friday, October 1, 2010

Get Fit With Fido Starts October 16th Don't Miss Out!


Have you and your dog become too friendly with the couch? Do you both need to get moving and drop a few pounds?

GET FIT WITH FIDO is the program for you! Join Certified Personal Trainer, Coach Cyndee, for a workout for you and your dog. The program is for all levels of people and dogs! There will be workouts designed for the beginners and workouts for the advanced person and dog!

I will provide you with the safest, healthiest, and best workout for you and your dog!

I have been involved in health and fitness for over 20 years. I am currently a personal trainer and dog lover. I wanted to combine two of my passions and help people and dogs become fit and healthy! You and your dog will be on track to improving your health with ME! Obesity in the US population is at an all time high, obesity in pets is on the rise and becoming a serious problem. Don’t be part of the horrifying statistic and do something about you and your dog’s health.

The workouts will be one hour long. They are designed specifically for you and your dog. They will be outside in a park located near Rainbow and Flamingo. Prosperity Park is off of West Flamingo west of Rainbow. Water will be provided for people and pets.

Your dog will need to remain on the leash at all times. Your dog will need to be current on all vaccines. Dogs and owners will need to be friendly with other dogs and people. No aggressive dog or owner will be allowed to participate.

Get Fit With Fido training shirts will be available to purchase. All of the proceeds from the shirts will go to the local NSPCA. The NSPCA is a local no-kill animal shelter. They rescue thousands of pets a year and need all the help we can give them.

The cost of each session is $100. That is ONLY $4.16 per class. The first session will be two months long and run from October 16th-December 16th. The second session will

begin after Christmas. The first class will be Sunday October 16th at 8am. The class times will be Wednesday,

Friday and Sunday. Wednesday will be at 6:30pm, Friday is 6am, and Sunday is 8am. Single session will be available but will be limited to 5 for each session. Single session price will be $10.00.

Classes will be limited to 40 people and dogs so sign up now. Each person can only have one dog at a time. To sign up and reserve your spot just reply to this email and I will provide you with all the details.

Rules and Regulations for Get Fit With Fido

· Workout with your dog for one hour with Personal Trainer, Cyndee Platko.

· Time and Location: Prosperity Park off of Rainbow and Flamingo. Going South on Rainbow turn right on Flamingo then take your second right and continue on the road until you see the park which is about a quarter of a mile. Time is Wednesday 6:30pm, 6am Friday and 8am Sunday.

· Water will be supplied for people and pets.

· Workouts are for all levels. If you are just getting started don’t worry. Cyndee has trained clients of all fitness levels. Keep in mind the workout is for you and your dog! If your fitness is good and your dog is not then we need to start from the beginning getting Fido fit! It is about both you and your pet.

· Two seminars will be available for people to attend. At the seminars we will discuss diet and nutrition for humans and dogs. Seminar dates and times to be announced. The seminars are included in the cost of the program.

· Sponsor goodie bags and samples will be available on selected dates.


· Pet must be kept on a leash at all times

· Owner must pick up after their pet

· One dog per owner at a time

· Dogs must be current on their vaccines

· Dogs must be friendly with people

· Coach Cyndee reserves the right to request doctors or veterinary approval from the client and their pet for them to begin an exercise program.

Cyndee Platko
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