Last Tuesday I had a session with a personal trainer at my gym. It was one of the “free sessions when you sign up” situations and I was completely pressured into it. I have done 2 sessions at other gyms over the years and honestly, it’s not my thing.
Because of scheduling issues, I had to bump it back twice, and when the time came to actually go, I really was not at all excited about it. I tried to keep an open mind, but I knew I was just going to be worked really hard and then pressured to sign up for more sessions, which I can’t afford. So, I kind of felt as though I was wasting everyone’s time.
Anyway, I walked in and met Tony who was a big guy and frankly a little intimidating, but ended up being very nice and actually listened to what I wanted to work on. This doesn’t often happen in these free sessions. I told him my goals were:
- strengthen muscles to help running
- strengthen muscles that will relieve shin splint issues
- general toning all over
He really did take this into account and we completely focused on strengthening my hamstrings, quads, calves, and tibia muscles. We also mixed in some core work which will support proper running posture and prevent injury.
We did a lot of work with the sliders on the floor, ankle weights, bosu ball, dead lifts…and it was HARD! It was a solid hour of non-stop work and I was sweating buckets by the end.
After the session ended, Tony explained the options for signing up, but I clearly told him it wasn’t in my budget and he was completely understanding. I never felt pressured at all! He even told me in addition to keeping up with the exercises we did today and I should feel free to ask him questions about anything when he was around the gym, Nice guy!
I had to put on my compression socks when I got home because I already knew I was going to be sore; and I was. For the next 4 days I was in serious pain! But, I am ready to incorporate a lot of these new moves into my exercise routine.
I decided to concoct a new marinade for some tilapia fillets last night, so I combined balsamic vinegar with a little bit of dijon mustard and soaked the fish for a couple hours. Then I breaded them in panko flakes and baked at 450 for 10 minutes. Added some brown rice and steamed kale, and it was delicious! The balsamic and mustard combo turned out way better than I imagined!
Do you work out with a personal trainer? What do you think about it?