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MARIA11X Posts: 516
10/5/12 2:22 P

Hello Sergeant Major,

I sent you a Spark Mail with the details you asked about.

Thank you!


10/4/12 6:36 P

At the request of Archimedes I am weighing in here Maria but I need more information as to the cause of your shoulder damage and the nature of its onset. Not knowing what branch you are in I am not current with the weight standards or the fitness test, if you can supply me with that information perhaps I can give some recommendations. Check my profile for my background and a direct way to contact me.

MARIA11X Posts: 516
10/4/12 6:13 P

Hi Black Rose & Archimedes II,

I think I just had to blow off some steam. I did have my session with my trainer today, and it is going to be the last one for a while. I have been training with him since May, so I thought we had been building a good rapport.

He's been knowing about my damaged shoulder (and my damaged left leg, damaged left hip and damaged left knee) ever since I started working with him. I think he had been assuming that my shoulder was "fixed" because I haven't been complaining about it as much.

I did tell him today that my shoulder was in a lot of pain, and that I could not lift my arm yesterday. So he did actually let me do some leg work today instead.

I think I will just try to work out on my own for the next couple of weeks before my test. I have to know that I have the ability to pass the test on my own, because I might not always have the luxury of a trainer to help me.

I'll take your advice to relax, and use the ice. I have been drinking about a half to full gallon of water a day, to try to stay as hydrated as I can, and the weather has been hot here.

Thanks for the encouragement!


ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (197,060)
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10/4/12 1:07 P

Hi, Maria !!

It's time for a new trainer. Any good PT knows how to LISTEN and respond to their clients. That is extremely important if their client has an existing injury !! Yes, a person should lift heavy weights if they want to overload the muscle. BUT, you don't want to have a person lift a heavy weight when they have an injury. That just makes the injury worse.

Definitely let that shoulder rest for the next couple of weeks. Put an ice pack on it. rest it up. Hopefully, by the time of your fitness test, you'll be able to do those push ups. Honestly, once that adrenaline starts pumping, I suspect you'll be able to do those push ups. Where there is a will, there IS a way.

As far as losing weight, because you don't have a lot to lose, you're not doing to see a dramatic change in the scale in two weeks. The only way to drop weight fast is to manipulate your water. Obviously, that's not something I recommend. It's not healthy, but it is something body builders and athletes do to make a certain weigh in number.

My advice ? Tell the trainer everything you told us about your injury. If he continues to try to push you, just walk away from the session. No personal trainer would have a person lift heavy with an injury.

try not to worry, the stress an anxiety aren't helping. You need to try to relax because the more relaxed you are, the better you'll do on the fitness test. When a person is worried and stressed out, they make mistakes. You're going to do just fine !!! just let that shoulder rest. do more lower body stuff.

BLACKROSE_222 Posts: 4,851
10/4/12 1:05 P

Wow... sounds like you are under a lot of stress right now. Take the fitness test the best you can tomorrow, and try to enjoy it as well - I know it will be stressful, but imagine how awesome you will feel when it is done.

If you aren't bonding well with your trainer, then definitely isn't going to work. You need to be able to respect each other, and your work together in a role that fits. It isn't a matter of whether you are lifting enough for him, but whether you lifting enough for you - and if you feel like he isn't giving you that, then time to move on.

HUGS, and take a deep breath. One day, one moment at a time.

MARIA11X Posts: 516
10/4/12 12:32 P

I am trying not to get discouraged. I have not been losing any weight (but not gaining, so I should see the positive in that!). But I HAVE to lose. I have a physical fitness test coming up in a little more than 2 weeks--that I have to pass--and I also have to weigh in. I ws hoping that I would have dropped a few more pounds by now.

I changed up my workout yesterday. I have a close (male) friend who is a boxer, and he had me doing some boxing with him (I used to box about 16 years ago--God has it been that long?) I am completely bored right now with my gym and my trainer.

I feel like I want to quit my gym and my trainer. I am getting tired of it all, but I know I can't quit!

I have a damaged left shoulder that causes me a lot of constant pain. I've been to the doctor and physical therapy. I've done massage. Nothing helps for very long. I try working around it. I have been trying to "save" my shoulder for my fitness test, because I have to do military (male/regular) push-ups at the test. The other day, my trainer had me lifting a lot of weight at the gym. I told him the weight was too heavy. He (with an attitude) said, "you'll never get stronger by lifting lighter weights." He doesn't listen to me. He says he is the trainer, he is the one with the degree in Kineseology. He is in charge of the session. But I know my own body! Or do I? Am I stupid? I don't think so!

Well, yesterday, my shoulder hurt so bad, I could not lift my arm over my head. Showering and washing my hair was almost impossible. I was so pissed off!!! My shoulder was locked up and I couldn't move without sharp pain, reminding me that I over-did it.

I have a session again this morning with my trainer. It will probably be my last one. I don't know what I can do. I have to pass this test. I CANNOT fail. My career depends on it. I am just worn out. I have to find the energy to keep going.....

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