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Why I Need a Trainer

Saturday, March 23, 2013

About a year ago I decided to take action on my weight loss. I did great for about three months and lost 30lbs. I joined a Gym and did the Biggest Loser wii game. I read and educated myself as much as I could. I even tracked and measured everything. Then for about a year I just quit.

I guess I just got discouraged when hubby kept complaining about the grocery bill and I was working so hard on my weight loss everything else was put on the back burner.

I recently got encouraged to do it again when I noticed how miserable and uncomfortable I was feeling. I had maintained the weight I lost for a long time, but I think my body was letting me know something had changed. Then one Friday the Gym that had open next door to my job had some of the trainers visit us to tell us about the Gym and give free day passes. I was surprised that it was cheaper than I suspected. Also the timing was like God saying here ya go let's try again.

I went Monday to use my day pass. I did my usual exercises like I use to at my first Gym. Strength training for a few minutes and then cardio on the stationary bike for about 25 min. all before going to work for about four hours. Tuesday I was not able to go because my schedule did not allow it and I needed a rest day anyway. Wednesday morning I met with a trainer to discuss the basics, get my measurements, discuss price and possible schedule, and we did about ten minutes of strength training on my legs. I was disappointed at the price. She could tell I was struggling with this part. We worked out a deal and I am using the "My Home from Sparkle" to save up the money to get started by the end of this month. Directly after this and before getting ready for work I did about 25 min. of cardio on the stationary bike and a little on the treadmill.

Thursday I skipped my morning exercise to join a class after work. I tried Tabata. I had never heard of it before. When I told my coworkers about it the next day I learned they had not either. It was rough. I had to take several breaks in additional to the one minute ones she gave us. I did get a little light headed and was getting a headache. I pushed on but was not gonna over do it. She said overall she was proud of how I was able to keep up. To learn more about the traditional trabata you go to this link I found when I was researching it : tabatatraining.org/

Friday I decided to go after work to the Gym but only had time for about 20 minutes on the treadmill for a 3.5 mp hour setting. I just started to sweat.

I know I need a trainer and believe it worth the cost of their services because I am so sore today. I am not totally sure what exercises I should do when. I know I did not do breaks like I should and I want to workout each day. They help with all the specifics of what and when. They also help with your diet to. Even with all the research and book reading I just don't know what is right for me specifically.

Wednesday after working with the trainer my front thighs hurt but in a good way and not unbearably. Thursday evening the back of my thighs and down to my calves hurt and again I thought I was okay. After Friday's little time on the treadmill I can't walk comfortably because of my calves. I did not rest and I barely worked on my upper body. I know that much.

Also I feel I will less likely quit when I have a trainer come find me at work and say hey girl where have you been. All of the trainers there are so friendly that I feel like I have already made friends there. They are more proactive with their members too. I don't feel completely alone this time. They came to me about getting a trainer more so than the other gym too. Even though the trainers are more fit than me, I don't feel intimidated but actually a bit like an equal.

I can testify that is important to research before you join a gym and to have a trainer. I only make an average of $500 or less a month and I am doing it. My favorite quote to my daughter is "Can't never could cause he never tried."

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    1790 days ago
  • LINDAF49
    Good for you ...You are way ahead of me...I am still back waiting for xrays and release from Dr to go to physical therapy and then maybe on to a trainer? But we each make our baby steps and i am so encouraged to hear your sequence and thinking and determination to find a way to make this work ..I like that you are feeling so comfortable with the trainers and not intimidated or harassed as I have heard in other's comments about trainers. Keep us posted on how it goes. Linda in Washington
    1792 days ago
    Good on you...it's a tough decision to make. I've used trainers on and off for years. most recently, I have been using one guy regularly for these past 3 years.

    You can do cardio on your own, you don't need to pay someone to watch you on a bike or treadmill. I would focus on free weights with a trainer. Anyone can figure out how to use machines, a trainer should have the expertise to develop an all around strength training program for you using free weights. These should include legs, back, shoulders, chest, and arms. If all they want you to do is to go on machines, they are being lazy.

    Ask them about their own program. If they are young, they are likely lean and do a lot of cardio...of they are good, they will have muscles because the lift weight too.

    If money is a factor, determine how many times a week or a month you can afford a trainer. When we were tight with money, I worked out with trainer guy once every other week, making sure I was doing the exercises with the right form, then I would do those same exercises the next week or 2. Next time we met, he'd adjust the weight loads and exercises.

    Bottom line...it's a partnership, you're paying for their advice and skill just like you would for a carpenter, lawn guy, or doctor

    Good luck!

    1792 days ago
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