Anyone want to tell me about their assessment by a personal trainer? I'm a little nervous!

Sunday, April 01, 2012

My mom bought me 6 sessions with a personal trainer! She'll be seeing him herself for 6 sessions, too! I'm excited for us, and grateful that she is helping me in this way. Also--I'm really nervous! Ideally, I'd like to be trained by someone kind of like me, but more fit (for now, anyways :) ). My trainer is a very muscular guy, and I don't know how well we'll relate to each other. I'm really excited--I go for my assessment on Tuesday (let's hope it isn't too invasive!). Anyone been for one of these assessments before? Want to give me a hint about what to expect? Thanks!

I've been counting my calories since I joined SparkPeople. Yesterday I ate more than usual. I was tempted not to record my calories, as I knew they would be high. Also, I had to estimate my total. I decided to track them--the point isn't to track only when you're doing great, right? I'm hoping that tracking on a day during which I ate more than I usually do will actually help me stay on track. It certainly makes me accountable. Then, today, I ate a lot of junk in the morning--also not my style any more. I continued to eat food I wouldn't normally eat, thinking that I'd already set the tone for the day and that I couldn't stay within my limit, regardless of what I tried. But, I decided to track my calories, just as I had yesterday, and I found out that things weren't as bad as I'd thought (not great, but not that bad). I might not be at the low range of my target, but I can stay within my target! I've also realized that I need to not feel like I've messed up when I eat at the higher end of my range. I need to continue to approach this day by day, and to recognize that, while it is great when I eat at the low end of my range, the high end is okay too.

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    Thank you all for sharing, and for your support! My appointment was moved to next Friday--I'll let you know how it goes!! emoticon
    2422 days ago
    I've had great trainers who were muscle heads and great trainers who weren't. It's like any other professional relationship.

    You're off to a good start if you are being honest with your logging. One thing trainers tend to hate is if you are dishonest about what you are eating and how much you are exercising. I've found my trainers were more OK with me going overboard at times when I was honest about it and what I expected from the outcome.

    Just remember: he is there to help you reach your goals. He has a lot of knowledge about what works in general but there is still an area where you are an expert: what motivates you and what will help you to sustain. It will take both of you working together to make it happen!

    Good luck!
    2424 days ago
    There shouldn't be anything to worry about. :) One of my best trainers is a muscular ex-marine type. He's actually REALLY good! Making sure they mesh with your personality is important, but most of them have the same goal: To make you healthier! You'll get weighed, maybe a fat% test, then he'll walk you through some exercises to see what you're capable of.

    When I was assessed, I was weight, measured, and run through the gamut of exercises. It was hard... definitely! But hard in a good way. I was challenged. I was also given a bit of a hard sell afterwards, as this was part of an introductory package with the gym I joined, but I wasn't willing to pay extra.

    Make sure you speak up... if you're uncomfortable with doing something, or can't do it... ask for a modification. Just make sure you're not copping out. ;) Try your best! But speak up if something hurts (I don't mean uncomfortable or tiring, I mean actually painful) or doesn't feel right. You're in your body, he's not.

    Good luck, and let us know how it goes!
    2424 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/1/2012 10:37:42 PM
    it's pretty simple. The one I had was maybe 15 minutes & this is what they did.

    Put me on the scale to get weight

    Took measurements of my body - arms, thighs. chest, neck, waist & stomach

    talked with me about any injuries or limitations i had and what i wanted to
    get out of the sessions.

    I didn't really care for the guy i had. He was a super nice guy, but really soft spoken and didn't seem to talk (motivation) with me much. regardless, they are certified and they know what to do to help you.

    have fun & good luck !!

    2424 days ago
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