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Fitness evaluation: I suck

Thursday, February 17, 2011

So I went to a health club because I need more motivation.
I did a fitness evaluation.
I was told that my cardiovascular ability sucks, my lower body strength sucks, my upper body strength sucks, and my flexibility sucks. They said that at my age, my flexibility should REALLY be better.
So tell me, SparkFolk, can I do this on my own? Do I need a trainer? Am I really this bad? I walk all the time and I try to do strength training some times, so I can't believe that I am THAT out of shape
I feel really bad and down on myself. Anyone have any thoughts?
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    you absolutely can do it on your own. also, any fitness professional that doesn't frame things in a way that leaves you feeling positive is a fitness professional that i'd be very happy not to work with.

    2861 days ago
    Thank you RJ :)
    2861 days ago
    Some people are just immature, especially not recognizing their potential impact to people seeking to get physically fit. Between your already evident discipline in the exercise you mention and your taking on a program (like sparkpeople's, and what you pursue from what you describe) - continued dedication will carry you faster and farther than people (and you) will probably expect.

    Now, there will be plateaus... It's kinda like driving through Wyoming, my wife just wanted to get out of the desolate state of Wyoming as we crossed the country, but the road finally hits a new state through continued progress, even if it seems forever - just saying so when you do hit plateaus, you'll just continue through.

    What everyone wrote here is spot on - and you're going to do it :)
    2861 days ago
    Then again I might just be making excuses because I feel ashamed (yet when the trainer kind of laughed at how weak I was, that hurt)
    2861 days ago
    Thanks guys. I mean I know I have something to work toward, I just feel like all the effort I have done in my life (miles and miles of walking, swimming, stairs, etc) means absolutely nothing and I don't think that effort should be ignored. I make healthy choices that I have incorporated in my life (parking far from entrances, going the long way, some examples) and I just need an added boost..and although I am aware I am not in the best shape, I don't think I need to be beat over the head with the fact that I am not flexible or strong yet. Being extremely sensitive doesn't make this approach very motivating for me...and they just made it feel like "oh well OBVIOUSLY you can't handle this on your own" which..I guess is their way of trying to make a buck
    2861 days ago
    What Jan and Moxie said - very good, reread their comments. Go gently on yourself, you're among the lesser percentage of people who actually go and begin the journey. Keep going, the mountain is reached with each successive step and there's a lot of people here at this site who help. You are worth it.
    2861 days ago
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    Don't be so hard on yourself. This is your baseline, now it is time to improve the 'measurements' when you are having it done again.

    Can you do this on your own - I don't see why not. There are lots of people around here who have reached their goals by the peer network of SP.

    I agree with Moxie - set realistic goals for what you want to do. Incorporate your training as a part of your day and how you spend your time.

    upward and onward.
    2861 days ago
    First, don't get down on yourself! You're doing SOMETHING! You're walking, you're doing some strength training, and you're showing interest on improving yourself. Instead of focusing on what you can't do (for the time being) work on improving those things. Set little goals that will help you eventually SMASH the fitness eval.
    2861 days ago
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