Name: Hilary Milsome
Location: Melbourne, Australia
What does it mean to be a member of the GGS community?
It's great to have a safe place to ask questions, share successes or even cheat. These women are extremely supportive and my idea of how it looks "strong" has changed radically since it was presented in such a wide range of views and perspectives.
Powerful is sometimes able to lift the material, sometimes it is able to continue to face adversity, sometimes it is able to support others, and maybe even strong enough to ask for help when you need it.
In the GGS community, I see all these things and more. Although I am on the opposite side of the world with the majority of members, I feel that many of them are friends, maybe one day some of us will meet "in the flesh!"
How long have you exercised power and how did you get started?
I was not sporty as a child or teen, always the short "fat". But although I have been a member of the gym for the past 30 years, mainly by going to classes, no one has ever managed to inspire me into the dynamic train. Then, eight years ago, "I accidently" took out a gym attendance with three personal training courses (I was going for a place of sales with no intention of joining). I was 52 years old and I described myself to friends and seller as "old and slow".
My personal trainer was commissioned to be a young woman in her early 20s. Compassion, sympathy, support, caring, and encouragement gave me a wonderful journey. I lost 18 pounds and found the strength and mobility for the first time in my life.
But more than that, it gave me the conviction that my body was able to do almost nothing that I put my mind if I was ready to work on it.
Deadlifts every time (although I like a bit of kettlebell work).
The most memorable PR:
It is not my current PR but in the first year of my training, my wonderful coach told me that when he saw me walking on the gym floor he told another instructor that I was going for 50 pounds for the first time that day, "Who? She? But it's tiny!"
I was shocked that someone else thought it was a great achievement for me because I felt quite accustomed. I heard these 50 pounds and I have never forgotten the amazing feeling of success and I keep this memory close to me reminding me not to underestimate myself.
Top 5 songs in your training playlist:
I have a taste of eclectic music, mostly an old school, so anything from Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, The End End, Jethro Tull, Nirvana, Michael Jackson and Cream is great. But now I love a lot of Muse (the album Drones in particular) and P! Nk.
The most unforgettable compliment you received recently:
One of my personal personal educational teachers recently published a photo of our small group meeting "Hilary understands us" – That was very awesome.
The most recent compliment you gave to someone else:
I try all the time to let my personal clients know that I love how hard they work and how difficult it is to try new moves and new burdens.
What are you doing?
I am a self-employed accountant for 18 years, which I have loved. But two years ago, I personally trained and slowly moved to work more as a trainer from my home studio and do less accounting.
My passion is to help others discover the positive benefits of strength training, regardless of their physical starting point, age or health conditions.
What elsewhere you do;
I like to spend time with my family, especially my young grandkids (ages 2 & 4). They never fail to make me smile and warm my heart with the best hugs. Cultivating my own fruits and vegetables is very rewarding as it is a great way to relax. I enjoy trips, both in Australia and abroad, New Zealand is a favorite destination.
I also like to study and now I'm studying the GGS-1 which is great. My original skills for personal trainers did not go deep enough in many aspects of being a trainer, so I was excited to see the GGS-1 certificate offered and could not wait to be enrolled. I'm not disappointed.
I love the fact that the first priority in the course deals with issues and attitudes that affect women in the gym and in life. I have finished the second part of the diet and it is again exploring areas that were not mentioned in the initial course of my personal trainer. I started the section on exercise and I like turning these pages or watching these videos – there is always something new to learn.
Your next training goal:
My current personal coach will move to another career a little later, so my goal will be to train for the first time in my life. First, the only one that will be consistent and challenging will be the goal, more specific goals may come later!
Favorite way for yourself:
Nothing I like more than the time to sit in the garden on a beautiful day with a good book and no thought "I should do …"
There must be more than one:
"The comparison is the thief of joy." – Theodore Roosevelt
"Whether you think you can or you think you can not, you're right." – Henry Ford
"If not now, when?"
In non-fiction, The trap of happiness by Russ Harris changing my life. It helped me turn a worrying struggle that had caused me problems for a few years and gave me a new attitude for accepting who I am and where I am.
In fiction, I like to read so there are many. Dizodic books like The story of the woman, 1984, and Brave New World they are high on the list. And Australian novel Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey recently slaughtered me.
What inspires and motivates you?
I am thrilled by all the wonderful strong women I've met personally and online since I've been in power training and since joining GGS. They show me that so much is possible and there are so many new things you have to try.
I am inspired by anyone who is committed to what he is doing, working hard and moving towards his goals.
And I was close to the family and several friends who experienced life changing illnesses and I'm inspired by how they just get into their lives, no matter what they have to deal with.
Why are you grateful?
I have a wonderful family and friends who support and encourage me, no matter what stage of my life I am. I am blessed that I can share so much with the life of my little grandchildren. is a privilege not offered by all grandparents.
I am also grateful for a number of wonderful young women who have changed my life in many wonderful ways. Among these is my first coach eight years ago that inspired me to honor and trust my body, my current coach who helped generously as I developed my skills as a personal coach and Molly Galbraith Summit in Melbourne), which opened my eyes in such positive and inclusive attitudes towards women, which I had not met before.
And last but certainly not less, I turned 60 last year and I am grateful that at the stage of my life I have everything I need to live a comfortable life, I can make choices to do the things I like.
From what success do you have the most proud life?
I am proud that I did not just give the feeling "old and slow" and I stay on the couch, which would be the easy choice.
I hope to give a good example to the people around me that it is never too late to begin to look after yourself physically and mentally and that it is important to take care of yourself before you can really take care of others.
Tell us about a time when you have overcome your fear or self-confidence.
Surely the decision to study as a personal trainer and then take on clients was a big step for me. It was a struggle for me to believe that I have something to offer others. I'm not a lean, new marathon runner or a competition fighter, so I thought people would think "What does he know?"
But it seems my customers are sure they understand where they come from. I love that I can work to motivate others and teach them that we can all be strong and healthy to the maximum of our abilities and that it can look different for each one of us.
How has your weights changed?
I feel strong and strong, I can do much more than I ever could before, and I like playing and taking care of my grandchildren without thinking about how to do it. I do not laugh when I get out of the couch or go out of bed in the morning (except for the DOMS of course – it is very close then).
I remember how much I've gained when I see other people struggling to get up off the floor, having difficulty getting out of cars or chairs or sitting on the sidelines instead of playing games with their kids or grandkids.
What is the coolest "side effect" you have experienced in strength training?
My God that being strong will help me move into this later phase of my life with the best health I can hope for and see my body positively for all she can do. Oh yes, and be able to cross the monkey bars with one touch!
What do you want to tell other women who may be nervous or reluctant about strength training?
Leave it. Find someone who will help you get started, a person who really listens to you, helps you identify your goals and is encouraging and supportive. You might find a small fitness boutique or a good personal trainer in a large gym where you can have some private sessions to learn technique. If you feel you know what you are doing, it can make all the difference when you go to the gym on your own. And do not install a trainer who does not treat you with respect or does not give you 100 per cent of attention at each session.
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