But on Wednesday I met with a personal trainer for the first time. My trainer is a Mom who won a lifelong battle against weight and found herself to be a runner on the other side of the fight. Of all the choices I had at the gym I chose her because she's been where I am now and she has a lot of tools for getting out of my situation. Also. Possibly more important. She's happy to meet with me at 5:30am.
So here's what we did:
10 min Treadmill warmup - 2mph
Circuit Rotation - 12 Reps of each - weight is in parenthesis
Leg Extension (30)3 min Cardio (Elliptical or Arc Trainer moving fast!)
Leg Curl (30)
Leg Press (40)
3 min Cardio
Shoulder work - 5 lb free weight in each hand - 10 reps each
Front Raise (arms moving forward from side to just below my shoulders)Crunches on a Swiss Ball
Side Raise (arms moving out to the side lifted no higher than my shoulders)
At the beginning of the workout I was a little concerned. I'm not a huge fan of the circuit machines and it has been months since I've used them. However, I really liked mixing the cardio in between sets. I'd never thought to do that before. By the time we got to the stretch I really felt satisfied with the workout.
The other lesson for me what to maintain my form by supporting all my movements with my core. I know core strength is important, but maybe my abdominals have been so weak for so long that I really didn't know what it felt like to use them during strength exercises. It made a huge difference in performing the exercises correctly and keeping the hurt away. Thankfully I didn't have so much as a twinge in my knees during the workout. I'm at a loss to describe how big a relief that was.
As my husband purchased 3 sessions for me (I love that man), we meet again this coming Wednesday. I don't have PT next week, so I'll be attempting to repeat this Wednesday's workout on Monday and she'll come up with a more PT style work out for me on Wednesday. I can't believe I'm excited about this, but I really am. I love feeling strong and positive!