Pump It Up

I know you all have been waiting anxiously to hear how the appointment with the personal trainer went. 🙂 To be honest, I was a little underwhelmed by the experience. She was very nice, very professional, but I feel like the plan she gave me is one I could have made for myself. Of course, the fact that I have NOT made such a plan is probably proof of needing some outside assistance, so for that I am grateful. We met for an hour, and she went through all of the exercises with me. The plan is divided into three days, with each day targeting different muscle groups. Day 1 is chest, shoulders, and back; day 2 is biceps and triceps; day 3 is legs; and on each of those days she also gave me exercises for the abs and obliques. No muscle grouping has more than 4 exercises with it, which surprised me. I guess I was expecting a longer workout, but I think I will be more likely to continue a strength training plan if it’s one that only requires 20-30 minutes per session. She told me that after a month I would need to change things up and get a new plan, but I think instead of calling her back, I will try and devise a plan of my own. With all of the resources available on SparkPeople and elsewhere on the internet, I don’t think that should be too hard. I have been sore after each workout, which is always a good sign. I took measurements over the weekend so I could see if my measurements change in a month’s time. It would be wonderful to see some inches lost since I feel as though I’ve stayed the same in that area for far too long. (I would like to blame my 1.6 pound weight GAIN of today on my recent strength training, but despite the fact that my TRAINER used the old “muscle weighs more than fat” line, I know better.)

As for running, I decided not to sprint on Friday after a few of my Spark friends warned me that it’s one of the easiest ways to get a running injury. So instead of doing it three times a week, I think I will devote one of my weekly runs to sprints, try to do one run at a 10:30 pace, and complete one slower, longer run. That’s a standard training schedule I’ve read about but never really tried out on my own, as I am more prone to run slow all the time, but I know I need to step it up. So, the plan for this week is:

Sun. 45 minute walk (DONE)
Mon. ST (legs) (DONE while watching TV)
Tues. Sprinting
Wed. ST (chest, shoulders, back)
Thurs. Run at 10:30 for at least 2 miles
Fri. ST (biceps and triceps)
Sat. 4 mile slow run (probably will do walking intervals, as it’s been a while since I’ve done more than 3 miles)

Have you been to a personal trainer? Was it a good experience? What is your exercise plan for the week?

4 thoughts on “Pump It Up

  1. I too gained weight after starting to strength train. My jeans weren't any tighter, though, so some of that must have been muscle. Maybe that's what it was for you too!!

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  2. i have never seen a personal trainer–i don't really do gyms, i much prefer to use the equipment i have at home in front of my tv! my plan has been cardio at least every other day, but w/my recent foot problems i am having some major problems in that area!

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  3. I love working out with a personal trainer! On my own I don't push myself as hard and I end up doing exercises that I am already comfortable with. They make me do crazy cardio/strength combined moves that I would never think of!

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