Saturday, April 06, 2013
I set out a few weeks back to find a personal trainer to help me prepare for soccer in a few months (yep Optimist, my knee and my doc will allow it, yahoo!). After calling places near and far, asking tons of questions about credentials, pricing and possible schedules, I have decided to go it alone.
I did not want to join a gym just to be able to work with a trainer (too pricey, even after they gave discounts and such), did not want to join a boot camp style program as some of the exercises are really not that modifiable for my knee, and then the ever important credentials. I found that the trainers I talked to did not have any solid background in exercise physiology that I felt were necessary to do this properly. I did learn that trainers are good salespeople! They can talk a good talk to get you in the program, but if you dig deeper, you may find that what they are offering isn't what is really right for you. All I am saying is be an informed consumer! Do the homework to be sure what you are choosing is appropriate for your needs.
So...my first workout...I kicked my own butt!! Walking was difficult for several days. I am in contact with my physical therapist to make sure that what I am doing and how I am doing it is according to protocol. I just know that having a trainer would be better. They can push me more than I can myself. I was taking breaks and stopping after so many reps, where a trainer would help me push beyond that.
I just hope that when the time comes, I will be ready. Time will tell. Let's hope that my motivation to do this doesn't wane!