Tuesday, February 26, 2013
I guess I'm at the point in my Spark program that suggests shaking things up a bit so that the body doesn't get too accustomed to the current workout. Luckily, I don't have to think too hard as to what changes I should be making. Just the other week I was trying to justify the added expense of a personal trainer at the gym, when I began to do my own assessment as to how far I've come in just a few short months. Last November I was barely making it up a set of stairs without pulling on two railings. I couldn't put any weight on my right side without triggering pain in my hip. It was painful to bend my right knee at an angle to put my sock or sneaker on. I started having lower back pain last year, along with frequent stiff necks. I also had very poor balance and flexibility. Pain relievers were becoming a daily necessity. Yesterday, I went to the gym for a session with my trainer, who told me, it was my lucky day because I have a whole new program! It seems I just get comfortable with one program, and have about a few days of "go me" when my program changes once again to new moves I have to learn all over again, and for some reason, personal trainers love perfection in technique and proper form. Yes, if I was doing this on my own, I would have been injured about twenty times already. I was amazed during my first session when I saw women my age doing something called Burpees and Mountain Climbers. It hurt just to watch them, and I probably said to myself, I won't be here long enough to get to that stage. I was just hoping to walk up a flight of stairs alternating legs without the use of a railing. I was able to master that goal in just a few weeks. My lower back pain is gone, and my flexibility, strength, and balance seem to improve on a weekly basis. And last month, I was doing Burpees in between sets of weight training. They are not my favorite thing to do, and I can't say I would do them at home, but I'm doing them, and rather well at this point, maybe too well, because yesterday, I was doing Mountain Climbers! Talk about shaking things up!