Monday, December 13, 2010
I've been in a snag with my workout program for a while now.
My aerobics class, which I've been doing for years, has gotten really boring. I can do the moves in my sleep and while it is a good hard workout, there is no more progress to be gained by taking this class exclusively.
I started doing yoga a couple of weeks ago, and I really like it. While this is not a hard physical workout, it greatly contributes to my well being, and helps me relieve tense muscles as well as tense thoughts.
Strength training is largely missing, and I've been trying to figure out for a while now, how I could best integrate strength training into my program and into my life. Problem is that I don't do well working out at home by myself.
So yesterday a lightbulb finally came on. I do have a gym membership at Bally's. It's paid for and since the monthly fees now are so low, I just kept it over the years - just in case. Probably haven't been there in six years.
Well I decided to check it out and met with a personal trainer today.
I like what they have to offer and I signed on for 24 training sessions. I'll meet with my trainer twice a week for a 60-minute workout, plus I will take some of their classes (they offer abs, step and spin classes, and I've never done either). Plus I will be utilizing their pool. Since I don't own a bathing suit currently and generally hate water this will be a stretch, but I am determined to do some lap swimming.
What convinced me that I really need to get into strength training NOW is the fact that, even though my weight is fine (I am 5'5" and I currently weigh in at 130 lbs), my body fat is at 27%, which is way too high. (Oh and for those who are wondering if the scales that measure body fat can be trusted - my scale put me at 27% and so did the test at Bally's.)
So here it is, my new workout program for the next 3 months.
My goal: Get body fat down to 20%. I'm not attaching any weight goal to this, since this might be counter productive.
My first full session is tomorrow afternoon. I will report back.