Tuesday, August 03, 2010
One thing I have learned for sure is that if you don’t move forward you are sure to slide backwards. I had reached a point in my exercise and fitness development where I felt I had hit a wall, reached a plateau, and was generally uninspired by my workouts. My C25K training provided me with motivation but I was only running three days a week and while I looked forward to the experience every time I looked in the mirror I saw a shrinking body that resembled a sack of potatoes. Everything just sorta hung, I really felt I had accomplished all I could on my own and not having a workout buddy I began contemplating working with a personal trainer.
My first consideration was cost. In a nutshell it’s not cheap. I opened my checkbook and looked at what I was spending monthly for Joan and me to eat out on those nights we were “just too tired to cook.” I was surprised how much money we were spending, even if it were just for two people. I decided that if we cut that in half it would generate a bit of revenue.
My next consideration was finding a trainer to meet my needs. I narrowed it down to four and after a lot of soul searching I picked Jen. Jen was a dance major in college and she also has my very direct, blunt approach to dealing with things. That’s not to say she isn’t friendly, but like me, she is not looking for another friend. I told her what I wanted and she told me what she could do, we shook hands and set a date to begin. That was yesterday.
I have to tell you I was nervous. I was afraid I was going to look silly and all those other silly thoughts that run through my head periodically. The first thing she did was go over what we would be doing, how she liked to do it and told me not to be bashful about asking questions. She told me if she was going to fast or to slow to please let her know. She made me feel comfortable and at ease. After the first set of exercises I was no longer nervous.
She worked my entire body. She used a series of exercises that included free weights, circuit machines and resistance bands. We finished with abdominals on the stability ball. Everything was predictable, which is what I like. I picked her primarily because of her background. I was looking to increase my flexibility and balance and add some tone to my shape.
I woke up this morning, “work out sore.” It’s a good feeling and it’s equal from top to bottom. I am not too sore so I will be able to do my C25K training later today. We are going to work together twice weekly, on Monday’s and Fridays. My sessions last approximately an hour.
It’s a good feeling to know I am working with someone who knows what they are doing. I told her when I hired her that she was the professional and I was going to trust her to construct a program that would meet my needs. If the first session was any indication I made the right choice.