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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

I'd grasped the nettle and asked for a reassessment at the gym. I wanted to be shown how to do some weights (I think this is what's called strength training on SP. Down my local gym it's called 'doing weights' ) which is not of course all about weights, it's about pulling and pushing things with levers and so on.

Well, I don't know who was more surprised, me or the trainer. I'd guess he sees a fair number of large economy-sized people, and takes their assessment of their own fitness with a pinch of salt. The first thing he said was 'cardio' and I said, 'no, weights as well, I want to reduce my bingo wings and my gut and I've just done half an hour of cardio,' which I had, while I was waiting for him to finish with his previous victim. I mean customer. A good workout, I was breathless and sweaty etc, as you should be. He said 'well ok, let's look at your cardio first.' And I said 'Right, bear in mind I'm 51, and also I've been ill recently and been on holiday so I haven't been here for ages. I've just done half an hour's cardio (in case he'd forgotten I'd said so). My only recent exercise has been getting lost in Epping Forest to the extent of 9 or 10 miles.'

'Nine or ten miles?' sez he, looking surprised.

'Yep,' I replied, 'bit over four hours' walking. I don't go fast, but I've improved from four miles to ten in three months.'

So I got on the treadmill and he insisted on starting me at 'warmup' pace. I actually can't walk that slowly and kept chesting the controls. Painful. He quickened it up a bit, and I pointed out that with balance as dodgy as mine, I find it better to increase the incline. He put the incline up a notch, and the speed up several notches.

So there I was, walking at 5.5 kph which was faster than I've ever walked on a treadmill before, and watching my heart rate climb. And then slow back down again. And the trainer pushed the buttons up to 6 kph, and my heart rate climbed up and then slowed back down again.

By now I'd been going for ten minutes and you wouldn't have wanted to have been downwind of me. The aircon over my head set off suddenly and I'm sure I had managed to trigger it on my own.

Then the trainer pushed the speed up to 6.2 and my heart rate went up and hovered for a bit and came back down again. He pushed it up to 6.3 (this is 4 mph) for one final minute. At 15 minutes altogether, I pressed stop. I draped myself elegantly over the rail and said, 'was that more than you thought I could do?'

'Way more,' said he.

'I'm gobsmacked,' I said. 'All those long walks must have made a difference and I didn't realise it.'

After that trying out some weights was a bit of an anticlimax.

I've just done a thorough workout tonight. Didn't go quite as fast on the treadmill but I upped the speed for longer. Couldn't get near the weights for large sweaty blokes.

But there we are. Two important lessons:

Don't overlook the importance of building up your stamina with apparently 'easy' exercise.

And sometimes it helps to have someone show you that you're a lot fitter than you think you are.

He wants to reassess me AGAIN in two weeks' time.

Help. HELP!
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BRIDIEGAL 11/1/2012 2:13PM

    Fantastic accomplishment!

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ILIKETOZUMBA 11/1/2012 8:51AM

    LOL that's such a great story! I love that you turned the trainer's preconceived ideas about you upside down. :) Congrats on your kickass physical capabilities!

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MADAMES 10/31/2012 6:15PM

    Good for you! I have never worked with a personal trainer....I'm sure a number of them have pre-conceived notions about people of certain size or certain age. We are all unique, aren't we??

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KATIWONT 10/31/2012 3:03PM

    Way to go!! Has the Trainer closed his mouth yet????

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LINDAKAY228 10/31/2012 11:53AM

    Awesome job!!! It's so amazing sometimes to see the surprise when people have looked at us and figured we couldn't do much and then find out that we really can do more than they thought. DOn't judge a book by it's cover, as they say. It's also so great when we realize we can do more than we though.
I've been reading a book lately about a woman from Canada who hiked the Appalachian Trail most of the way through. I didn't know until I got further into the book that she was a plus size woman. She mentioned looking for suitable clothes for such a long distance hike and having to buy men's because they didn't make the right kind of things for hiking 2,000 miles in women's size 3XXX. And a few other references to her size. The fact that she could get out and do that kind of hiking at that size is an inspiration to me, because I'm not that large anymore although I was at one time. The point of this is that it doesn't matter what size we are at the moment, we can go further and train our bodies and astonish ourselves and others while on the way to our goals at any point.

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IAMAGEMLOVER 10/31/2012 11:21AM

    emoticon Up until last month you couldn't get me on a treadmill. I had a stress test a few years ago and one threw me. I have been afraid of them ever since. I finally got brave and went on one last month with a personal trainer guiding me. They one I use has a belt that goes around you in case you do get thrown. Don't think I don't use it. If that treadmill is taken I wait for it. Now if I can only conquer that elliptical. I think those machines were meant to kill people. I will get there though, I will.

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L1ZB3TH354 10/31/2012 10:34AM

    Fantastic workout! Keep up the good work! emoticon

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HFAYE81 10/31/2012 10:31AM

    Awesome! You showed him! (and yourself!) emoticon

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ANNESYLVIA 10/31/2012 10:23AM

    LOL You showed him. Best of luck with weight training

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EXSSGIRL 10/31/2012 9:26AM

  Great job!!!

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OVERACTIVEELBOW 10/31/2012 9:06AM

    So, once again reminded...
We should always strive to be honest with ourselves


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KAREN91 10/31/2012 9:02AM

    Good job! I bet it was fun to suprise that trainer! I'm not suprised with how far you can walk I knew you were quite fit! I enjoy your blog! emoticon emoticon

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XXJDXX 10/31/2012 4:02AM

    Hey, don't short-change yourself; walking over 2mph in the woods is pretty good, I think. Whenever I hike someplace new I get lost - even with a map, GPS, trail markers & signs. I start day-dreaming and that's it. My endurance is good though, so I think we're on to something. :)

Congratulations on your accomplishment!

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NEW-CAZ 10/31/2012 3:52AM

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POPSY190 10/31/2012 2:34AM

    How satisfying!

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TEMPENATIVE 10/31/2012 1:37AM

    emoticon what a great story! good for you!

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ANGELWENDYMAMA 10/31/2012 1:00AM

    WOOHOOO YOU!!

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GOANNA2 10/31/2012 12:53AM

    You really showed him girl. Good on you! emoticon

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LAHUDSONCHEF 10/31/2012 12:51AM

    That's awesome! emoticon

Ain't it great to be gobsmacked for something GOOD? I had a similar experience with my 5K time this past weekend. Keep on keepin' on, fitness begins to show up when consistency kicks in, even before the scale realizes it. :)

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FRANCES-AGAPE 10/30/2012 11:43PM

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of his face about your cardio rate !
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Have a Wonderful Wednesday

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LOVEMYBODY2012 10/30/2012 11:41PM

    Very inspiring!

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CHRISSYM30 10/30/2012 11:38PM

    Good for you and showing that guy not to underestimate you. Maybe next time he won't be so quick to judge someone just because of their size. Way to go lady!

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ALDEBARANIAN 10/30/2012 11:10PM

    Haw, haw, haw. You showed him, the patronizing so and so.

It's good to separate the cardio from "doing weights" by a space of time. You've burned up the glycogen in your muscles with all that cardio. Your body will burn fat while you're taking it easy in order to build up your glycogen stores again. That way you'll have enough mojo to really fling those weights around.

Or, you could just casually saunter over to the big, sweaty, smelly blokes after your cardio. and let them make way for your lovely post-cardio glow.
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MAMAOWLS 10/30/2012 11:06PM

    Great job. it is always fun to surprise people with what you can do that they have no clue about. It sounds like you also surprised yourself. Keep up the great work. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RALWINE 10/30/2012 11:05PM

    LOL You bet yer sweet Bippy we 50-somethings are a force! I love surprising these so-called experts! HAHAHAHAHA!!!



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COCK-ROBIN 10/30/2012 10:29PM

    You're going great! Awesome! Keep it up.

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KELLIEBEAN 10/30/2012 10:26PM

    Atta girl! emoticon

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LJCANNON 10/30/2012 10:18PM

    emoticon Way to GO!! WOO-HOO for shocking yourself and Teaching The Trainer a Thing Or Two about us 50 Year Old Ladies!! We are a Force to be Reckoned with.

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GOSPARK45 10/30/2012 10:02PM

    Great going! I don't know why he seemed reticent to have you do strength training. I love it! Now I can do so much more in my life. I'm almost 60, so I'm ahead of you. And yo can feel your muscles growing even hours after you've stopped. Congrats on your endurance. Keep on sparking!
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NESARIAN 10/30/2012 10:00PM

    yes Mam, getting lost has its advantages!

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CATLADY52 10/30/2012 9:36PM

    It's amazing how much we're capable of while being in the dark about it. emoticon

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JUNEAU2010 10/30/2012 8:48PM

    emoticon You've been doing the right thing, but now you know you can't slack off 'cause he'll ramp it up now that he has your "baseline".

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HEALTHYLU1 10/30/2012 8:20PM

    Great job Chica! You rock! emoticon

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KATYDID412 10/30/2012 8:16PM

    I love your blogs! you make me laugh and are a bit of an inspiration.

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NOTSPEEDY 10/30/2012 7:47PM

    WooHoo, you're awesome. I would guess that the trainer was more surprised than you. Isn't it wonderful to be in the physical shape that you are in.

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EABL81 10/30/2012 7:39PM

    You have definitely got this - you rock, girl!

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ESCHLETZ 10/30/2012 6:49PM

    Definite NSV right there!

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MARYJEANSL 10/30/2012 6:48PM

  Awesome, amazing, and wonderful! Keep up the good work!

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LINDAK25 10/30/2012 6:43PM

    That's fantastic! I love that you were able to surprise the trainer! What a thrill, good for you!

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CBRINKLEY401 10/30/2012 6:38PM

    You are going to do great!

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RAINBOWCHOC 10/30/2012 6:25PM

    Well done! The gym nasty will listen next time.

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TDEMAIO2 10/30/2012 6:20PM

    This is a HUGE emoticon emoticon Thats is fantastic 6.3 on the treadmill :D I get excited if I go over 3 :O emoticon

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SENIMMO 10/30/2012 6:15PM

    Good for you! Now all you need to do is get your courage together to walk up to those big guys and say "Excuse me, will you be done soon? I would like a turn too." You could sell tickets to see their expressions! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LAURIETAIT 10/30/2012 6:06PM

    That`s awesome. I love the term Bingo Wings. I`ve never heard that before. The human body is a miraculous thing. Move it and it will heal. I`ve always found the big sweaty blokes a trial in the gym too. Persevere. After a while they get used to having you around.


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