Thursday, January 31, 2013
Yesterday my personal trainer gave me a great one hour strength training session for legs and core. This was only my second PT session, and was quite different from the first introductory session in which we sat and talked a lot. I had asked him to give me some tests to see how I rank strength-wise with other people my age.
He had me do step ups with a medicine ball. He said that 46 in a minute was good for someone 55 and over. I did 57. I think the step was about 12 inches or so and the ball was 10 pounds. He had me do body weight squats and right now I can't remember how many I did in a minute (more than 40, I'm pretty sure ) and then in a minute and a half, but he said I was well over the standard for my age. So we didn't find anything that needs remedial work, although the DOMS I'm experiencing is letting me know I'm gaining strength today! Next week when we do upper body I bet we'll find some areas of weakness that we'll address. My lower back hasn't hurt for a month now, so maybe very carefully I can start doing some strengthening for an area I know needs it.
It is exciting to be gaining strength at an age when many aren't able or willing to do it!!