Friday, April 19, 2013
I finally joined a gym! It's a Crossfit gym, but I'm only using for the equipment (such as the elliptical), and maybe the occasional Zumba, yoga, or pilates class. I love being able to go the gym anytime I want, since it's open 24 hours, but it's been hard finding a work/school/exercise balance. I've been going to the gym about 5 or 6 days a week for the past few weeks, for about an hour a visit (sometimes twice a day), but I think my school grades are beginning to suffer a little. Grr.
When I signed up for the gym, I got 2 free sessions with a personal trainer. I met with one last weekend, and she was really nice, and she is in great shape. She told me that I've been working out too much, and that I need to cut back to 4 days a week with a max of 20 minutes of cardio (doing intervals on the treadmill) and to use free weights instead of the weight machines. She said that I'm not losing any weight because of working out so much-- that it's raising my cortisol levels (on top of the stress I'm already dealing with), and that also explains why I've been retaining several pounds of water. It does make sense because exercise does stress the body. It would also explain why I haven't dropped weight in months even though I have changed my workout routine and have begun to eat more protein and less carbs. I really want to trust her, but I've always assumed that that a person could never get enough exercise. If I like her, and depending on the price, I may extend my sessions. Wish me luck! I hope her plan succeeds!