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."