I have some awesome news I never shared with y’all! Last week Ryan and I joined a gym! We were both so excited about this, because as most of y’all know, gyms can be pretty expensive. We found a great one though that is only $10 a month per person. Plus, it’s a fantastic gym with a ton of group fitness classes that I enjoy! I fully plan on taking full advantage of that $10 per month fee. I’m sure I will be as strong as Wonder Woman one day.
Whenever you join our gym, you get a free fitness evaluation with a personal trainer, so Ryan and I both met with separate trainers last night. Before I did anything the trainer talked to me about my fitness level, diet, and what my goals were. I told him my goals were to get faster (I told him I was a runner) and stronger, specifically more arm strength (I’m really lacking in the arm strength department, and I feel like I work on my arms a lot!). After we chatted he weighed me and found out my body fat percentage, which was really cool for me since I have never found out my body fat percentage before.
After this he took me through a workout to see where I was fitness wise. I did a seven minute warm-up on the elliptical and then I got into the harder stuff. I went through a bunch of different exercises, and ended with leg press and lat pull downs. Those were actually the only two machines I used the whole time; everything else was either body weight, barbells, or the medicine ball. Maybe one day I will be able to do a one arm pushup like this study of a baby.
When we finished we went back to a table and discussed what I specifically needed for my own workouts. He said I was in great shape, and my muscular endurance was great, I just need to work on my muscular strength. He could tell that I did a lot of HIIT style workouts and used body weight strength exercises a lot. He told me I really needed to focus on doing some higher weight workouts with lower reps. I have actually been trying to do this more lately, but I know I should do it more if I really want to get stronger. He also mentioned some speed workouts to me since he knew I wanted to get faster, and I told him I could definitely use more of those in my workout regimen.
Ryan joined us soon and my trainer began to talk to us about different plans for having a personal trainer. As much as Ryan and I would love to have a personal trainer, it’s just way too expensive for us right now. However, the man who had been working with us offered us another deal for much less money where we could 8 sessions (4 for each of us) for a relatively low price just so we can get started and get ideas for the type of workouts that will help both of us reach out fitness goals. This interested us more, but being the cheap person I am who likes to get the best deal possible, I told him it was still kind of expensive, and asked if he had something for a little less. He said this was the best price he could offer, but he did add on two more sessions, to make it 10 sessions (5 for each of us) for the same price! *Lesson for everyone reading, always ask if they can go lower on the price or make you a better deal. Either they will say yes or no, so it doesn’t hurt to ask. I have found that most of the time you can get a better deal. Thanks Mom for teaching me this! *
So Ryan and I signed up to have a trainer for five weeks, where we will both get a one hour session a week. We are very excited about this, and I’m excited to see how personal training works. I am interested in getting my personal trainer certification, so I think going through this will really give me an idea if this is something I want to do!
I thought my trainer was spot on when he quickly noticed that muscular endurance wasn’t something I need to be focusing on right now, it’s strength and speed. I am excited to have a professional help me work towards my fitness goals!
I hope you all have a great Wednesday! I have several things to get done so I’m ready to tackle the day! I plan on going up to the gym later too! Gotta get my money’s worth on that monthly payment.
Also, don’t forget to sign up for my Skoop giveaway! The giveaway is open until tomorrow night; this is something I think most of y’all will love!
1. Have you ever had a personal trainer? Did you like him or her?
2. If you are a personal trainer, what do you recommend me getting my certification through? I am looking into ACSM right now.
3. What are your current fitness goals?
4. Would you rather work out at a gym or at home? I like having both options.
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