I bought sneakers (I didn't own any) and put on a pair of shorts and t-shirt and headed to the gym. First things first, I had to get my Body Fat Measured. This involved me sharing my height (5'9"), my weight (145?), and my age (27) with the personal trainer. Then I squeezed this gigantic video game controller until the magic number 24% popped up. This 24% puts me in the fair category for body fat...and I'm okay with that. The trainer then proceeds to tell me that to get to the excellent category I have to be at 18% which will take 6-12 months.
Now, at this point, I don't care about my body fat percentage. I just want to move on a regular basis to prevent weight gain and help heal my lungs. I don't need to loose weight, I am, for once in my life, comfortable with my weight and clothing size. I wouldn't mind firming up, but that is not my priority right now.
We then proceed to the workout portion of the appointment which consisted of the following:
- 3 minutes jogging up and down a flight of stairs - I was fine for the first minute, then my legs started to burn followed by my lungs.
- 4 sets of alternating 25 jumping jacks and 10 push ups - I didn't think I could do push ups, but I did...all of them.
- 3 sets of 30 second 'mountain climbers' - hate these!
- 4 sets of 10 reps using 5 lbs. weights for my arms
- 3 sets of 30 second wall squats using a balance ball - I could hardly walk up the stairs after
- Then I got a little break while he went to grab the 15 pound weight for the next activity
- 10 lengths of the wall side stepping in a squat while holding the weight straight out in front of me
- 3 sets of 30 second TORTURE! On the floor resting on my forearms and toes holding myself up
The workout was followed by a little sit down where he tried to sell me personal trainer sessions. I already knew going in that this was why they offer the free 1-hour consultation...they make you feel as out-of-shape as possible so you think you need help getting fit. Well, I didn't buy it. I told him 1.) I need to do this on my own and self motivate otherwise it wont work, 2.) Too expensive *it was $39-$59 per session and, 3.) If I got a personal trainer I would quit because I did not enjoy this workout. I want to enjoy the gym, not be afraid of it.
So, part of my goal is to prove to them (the personal trainers) that I can do it on my own. I am committed to going to the gym 4 times a week and working at my own pace. My pace might be slow at first, but at least I'm doing it.
I deserve a bowl of ice cream and a nap now! Please join me on Monday as I start my 21-Day Challenge!
Thank you to everyone who left comments and kind words of support, I thought about you today and it helped!