Wednesday, June 30, 2010

First Training/Torture Session

Just got back from my first personal training session. I got some personal training sessions as a Father's Day gift and I had the chance to get the first one in Wednesday morning. I will go into more detail later, don't have a ton of time this morning, but did want to scribble down some quick notes if you will, so I remember.

First, it was tough. I'm tired, well, my muscles are fatigued. And I probably will be sore today or tomorrow.

I weighed in at 199. That is not good. But we're going to work on that. However, that's not my main goal but it is something we're targeting. I am at 23 percent body fat, which is again not good. He set a target of 192 for the end of July, and I think that's manageable.

My calves are taking over. My shins are weak and my personal trainer (PT) said that's common. PT set a plan to target that too and showed me some exercises he wants me to do to combat that. Basically, before each run and/or workout, I'm supposed to 1) stretch my calves; 2) foam-roll my calves; 3) do shin exercises and 4) do balance exercises. I'll try to get more specific on the ones he showed me how to do later on.

We didn't really talk a lot about nutrition but he said he'd give me plenty of details in our next session about the number of calories I should be eating and what sorts of foods I should be eating. I told him a bit of my concerns regarding that, like I don't know how many calories I should consume daily given that I run and all those things.

I told him my goals are to strengthen my core, become a more efficient runner and lose weight. That's what we're going to combat, with balance exercises, core exercises and resistance training. We did manage to do a couple core exercises, one called a supine hip extension that looks like this, except I put my hands on my hips and was instructed to suck in my navel and "squeeze the shit out of (my) butt." I may have a sore butt... yeah, I know how that sounds... I'll try not to tell people that out in public, ya know...

Anyway, I'm sure I'll have more to share but I just wanted to get that out before I forget it. This should be an exciting time with the trainer. Although I did have one fleeting thought. As I was doing a side plank, trembling because I couldn't quite get a grip on it, listening to PT count down the seconds until i was done, I thought "Gee honey, what a great gift."


Whitney said...

Love it - this will be awesome for you!

5thsister said...

Sounds like a great 1st session to me!

Katie A. said...

Hahaha! I had a sore butt last weekend - yeah, keep that to the blog and yourself :)
You might want to also visit a nutrionist - I did this last year as I ramped up my mileage and changed my running goals. Mine was covered by my insurance - it's totally worth it. Sometimes PT's are good at exercise but not too well schooled in nutrition. Just my two cents, it worked for me.
Great job!

Morgan said...

Thanks for sharing! LOL! You're so not going to be able to move tomorrow... just saying! :) Good luck and keep it up! I have no doubt you'll be right where you should soon!

Anonymous said...

may the blessing be always with you!!.................................................................                           

Kerrie T. said...

Mrs. LB rocks. It is an awesome gift!

Very interested in the shin exercises, of course. I have my next pod appointment on July 9.

Hope you aren't too sore for your long run!

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