This weekend I was sore from head to toe — shoulders, arms, chest, back, hips, gluts (oh, man!) legs — and it felt awesome! At my husband’s urging, I’m working with a personal trainer again. I wasn’t happy with my last trainer. Her aversion to both sticking to our scheduled appointments and using free weights soured me on personal trainers. I loved my first two trainers, but her attitude left an indelible impression with me.
Plus the hubby and I carved out a little area in our basement for workouts. Why should we spend the money on a trainer?
The hubby made some strong arguments for going back to the gym.
- Despite my 3 muscle workouts a week, the husband noticed no difference in my, strength, attitude or stamina. He didn’t see how I could meet my fitness goals for the year.
- While diet has more to do with my menopause symptoms, what I was doing in the home gym (yoga and weight training) wasn’t having an impact.
- Soreness…or lack of it. In his view, I wasn’t pushing myself as hard as I could.
- Most importantly, I was happier when I was going to the gym than I have been working out at home with all the distractions.
He’s right, of course. I’m not pushing myself. I certainly feel good after I workout, but the overall boost in energy just isn’t there. While I agreed with his arguments, No. 4 really hit me.
When I’m at home I find there is so much to do and so little time. So everything becomes a choice. Go for a walk in the cold or clean the kitchen? Do yoga or get a jump on laundry? Get 20 minutes with the dumbbells or try to fix the dishwasher?
Yet those 18 months I when I belonged to a gym, I never chose chores over working out. Back then working out was a habit, like brushing my teeth. It was never an “either/or” decision.
Finding The Right Fit
After I agreed to go back to a trainer, I thought the challenge was going to find the right person. The Gold’s Gym near our home wasn’t the one I quit more than a year ago. I was leery of going back to Gold’s. But my husband assured me we’d ask a lot of questions to find the right trainer.
Turns out, not all Gold’s are equal. Some are franchises (my not so great experience) and corporate (my new gym). The corporate Gold’s are all about free weights. Yes they have weight machines, yoga, spin and HIIT classes, but free weights are their focus.
My new trainer had no problem starting me with barbells. During our first session he evaluated what I could do: planks, push ups, crunches, dead lifts, presses, squats, rows. Immediately he spotted that my hips and lower back are problem areas (something my physical therapist told me to work on).
Actually my whole core is weak. I haven’t really focused on them post-surgery. Right now I’m about 75% healed, so I’ve been nervous about pushing myself. The problem is I’m not pushing myself at all. So my schedule is upper body on Tuesday, lower body on Thursdays, and rebuilding my core for 20 minutes on both days.
Setting 3 Month Goals
Afterwards we talked goals. I’ve signed up for 3 months (two 1-hour sessions a week). We discussed target goals by the end of that time.
- 60-second plank
- Standard push ups (no knees!)
- Strengthen my core (includes back and hips) which is pathetically weak after surgery
- 10-15 pound increase in bench press
- Recapturing some of the definition and tone I lost post surgery
All are very doable if I’m willing to put in the work…and I am.
For the first time in more than a year I’m really excited about working out. Yes, I was sore over the last week. But I’m asking my body to do things I haven’t done in a while.