As I mentioned in a previous post, I started working out with a trainer a couple of weeks ago. Our first session (which I wrote about for the Women’s Center blog) was a body composition assessment using the “Bod Pod” (photo to the right). The Bod Pod measures your body’s percentage of fat and percentage of lean muscle and also gives you recommended ranges of body fat and estimated RMR (Resting Metabolic Rate) and TEE (Total Energy Expenditure). I don’t want to get into details here, so let’s just say that my body fat percentage is not in the healthy range, and reducing it is currently my primary focus. That session also included an initial workout so that the trainer could get a sense of what I’m capable of doing (not much, it turns out. I am seriously, pathetically out of shape).
Shannon (aka most fabulous trainer EVAH) then used that information to put together a training program for me. Our setup is twice weekly appointments with her (on Tuesdays and Thursdays), along with “at home” workouts (which can be done either at home or in the gym) on at least 3 of the days we don’t meet. I also try to get in as much cardio (generally walking or the ARC trainer) as possible. Starting August 19, I’ll be adding a twice a week Kinesis class to the mix.
So far, we’ve had three real training sessions and my reaction to each one has been “Holy crap! That was brutal.” BUT, I have nonetheless completed them and all of the at home stuff she’s given me — for the first time in well over six years (since we moved to Kansas City and left our Texas gym routine behind). As I may have mentioned, I am someone who has not enjoyed exercise in the past (to put it mildly), so I am surprised at how much I am enjoying this. Working with a trainer (especially a good one) is much better than my previous attempts to go it alone, for a couple of reasons. The most important is her knowledge — faced with a bewildering variety of equipment, machines, fitness classes, etc., I become hopelessly confused. I can conjugate a German verb for you, but don’t know my hamstring from my glute. Secondly, and almost as important, is that I cannot indulge my laziness and sloppiness when working out with a trainer. When it comes to weightlifting, I have the world’s worst form and my body always wants to take the short cut. With Shannon watching, I can’t do that — she reminds me to bring my arms all the way down (or up as the case may be) when I start slacking (it was also handy to have her there to remind me to breathe the other day when I forgot 🙂 )
While it’s obviously too early to have results and to know how things will turn out, I can say that so far getting a trainer was the right decision for me and I think this time around I’ll do a better job of reaching my fitness goals than the many, many times I’ve just said “hey, I should do something to get in better shape.” Stay tuned to find out if I’m right!