10.20.2010

Fitness Update

As you remember, I started working with a trainer on campus a few weeks ago.  Things got off to a rough start when the kid front desk didn't know whether or not they took debit cards, then I had to run all over campus to get cash.  What on earth?  Why don't you know basic info???  So I was late and my trainer had an attitude.  I have enough attitude for the both of us, I don't need yours.  She rushed through the appointment.  It was a very unpleasant experience.  So unpleasant that I voiced my displeasure to the trainer coordinator.  Apologies all around.  Next time, I still don't really like my trainer's personality.  She's too abrupt and almost manically energetic.  Not in a good trainer way, in a please sit down somewhere way.  Scattered.  Yes.  Perfect word.  I also never felt like we were really working toward my goals.  If we were, she never really mentioned my goals unless I asked and then it was like ehhh...  I want to lose 7 lbs. (I know that's odd but it will make my clothes fit better), to be more toned and to be able to run a 5k without stopping.

The other thing is I was beyond the good sore after each session.  I couldn't walk, sit or stand for days.  Yes, I know I'm supposed to feel sore and learn new muscles but I also know we were moving too quickly.  And I didn't feel like she was listening when I told her it wasn't really a good sore.  I know a good workout sore and that ain't it.  I was wondering if it was me or if personal training wasn't for me.  I had gotten to the point where I didn't want to go workout.  That's never good.  So I looked up things about what to expect from a trainer (should be certified, ask you about injuries, etc.) and she had all the makings of a good trainer or paper.  I also looked up how to break up with your trainer.

Finally, after pushing through my dislike for 6 sessions, I called it quits with my trainer.  The trainer coordinator set me up with a woman who's run marathons and done triathlons for 18 years.  She thought she would be a good fit but she said that about the last one so I was still skittish.  I don't want to be in a situation where I hate working out and feel like I can't ever get personalized instruction.  I also don't want to waste the 6 sessions remaining that I paid for.  I enter the gym cautiously optimistic.  I meet my trainer and right away feel much better about her personality.  Then she starts talking and she's friendly and knowledgeable.  We do some really cool exercises and at the end I feel 10xs happier than I felt after the best session with the other trainer.  I also felt like I should have listened to my gut.  I knew it wasn't working out but I kept going.  After our first session, I felt moderately sore.  I can go further than I went and work harder.  I'd rather know that than feel like I may have injured myself.  We're back on track!  Yay!!!

9 comments:

happynappybride said...

Too many folks trying to be Jillian!

The Goddess said...

My body aches just thinking about your old trainer. Glad you found someone that is more to your liking. I hate even the good sore. I so need a trainer.

DaniColoredGlasses said...

I applaud you sticking to your gut and finding someone new (I do, however, hate that you've gotten a jump start on operation beach dress fineness!)LOL Good luck!

K. Rock said...

So glad you decided to stick it out. Trainers are definitely on e of those things where you have to try on several until you get a good fit.

1969 said...

Good for you. If working out becomes a chore...it's not good. Glad you found someone that was a better fit. You willexceed those goals in no time.

Sparkling Red said...

A bad personal trainer could literally be dangerous to your health. I'm glad to hear you found a good one!

GorgeousPuddin said...

Man that sounded very painful! Glad you got rid of the exercise tyrant! Sounds like a good fit with this new one! Get it girl! :)

Not so Anonymous said...

I'm glad you found someone better. I think some trainers are just jerks. And, others don't take the time to learn the client, they just try the same plan with everyone.

Go said...

Wow I missed the whole trainer part. I didn't know that. Wow, well good luck on your new trainer and remaining classes. I can't believe you looked up " how to break up with your trainer" now that my friend is funny.

Go