Wednesday, April 02, 2008
I went to the fitness assessment yesterday. It went pretty well. The personal trainer Angela took a bunch of measurements/weight, did a body fat measurement with calipers, blood pressure and resting pulse rate, and a few fitness tests. One was to see how many sit-ups (they were more like crunches the way they measured them) you could do in one minute-- I did 30 and was sweating a lot at the end... Then they tested how many push-ups you can do in a row. I haven't done push-ups since high school. Even though they were knee (girl) push-ups I only did 9 that weren't horrible form, and my upper arms hurt today! We also did a reach test and then they had a choice of a 1-mile walk or a run. I hate jogging so I did the walk test: walk fast on the indoor track for a mile while the trainer kept track of how long I took and then checked my pulse rate at the end. Surprisingly my legs hurt a bit at the end and my shins are sore today-- I say surprisingly because I usually go for 3 miles walks with my dogs often and I never get sore/tired from those. I guess it was walking so fast and without any stopping.
Next week I am going for my first actual 'training' session with the trainer. I have to decide by then how often I want to do these sessions. I get three free ones and after that it's about $10 for each hour session... She suggested 3 times a week but I am thinking maybe I will go for once a week and try to get to the gym at least twice a week in between those. I'm not sure yet, and I also have to figure out how much time I can commit to it with finals coming up soon! The trainer said she focuses on using weight training (focusing on the core and arms) in a way that also gets an aerobic workout, which sounds great to me because I want to build up my arm stregth and core and burn calories! I already have muscular legs so I didn't want to focus on that area too much. Now I just have to figure out my schedule for the next two weeks so I can make the training appointments!