Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Gym Rat-Day 1

...and I don't know if there will be a Day 2. Holy Moly Mother of Guacamole!

So if I can't really run, can only kind of barely swim (not sure though haven't tried yet), can't elliptical, can't jump rope, can't comfortably walk for long periods of time, can't row...then what can I do?

Lift weights with the top half of my body. So that is what I did.
obligatory self-in-the-mirror-at-the-gym photo....
I arrived at the gym and while waiting for my friend, Mom to the Littles (or M2L from here on out), to show up a trainer approached me and started making small talk. I took the bait and engaged in a discussion about my workout, my injury, my preferred method of working out, yadda yadda yadda....Then he got me, "You want to work out with me instead?" Um....instead of half-a$%ing my way through my own weak workout? Instead of picking up something heavy and putting it back down a few times? And well let's be real, some eye candy is always nice at the gym too. So I checked with M2L and she was game....

So we sat through a shpeeel (yes, not spill but shpeeel) about personal training, pros of it, why it's important, how it boosts metabolism, how you can burn more calories just by having more lean muscle mass....all that stuff that we as runners know but often do little about. It was good info but we were there to get a workout in, M2L and and I were ready to rumble.

So we began our workout. M2L began with a chest workout of laying on her back and lifting a medicine ball straight up and then down, every minute for three minutes he would hand her a heavier one...then she did push-ups and slower than molasses had to lower her body, 10 times. Meanwhile I was doing bicep curls and hammer curls and lifting them over my head and all sorts of crazy arm things. I was whining before we hit the first three minute mark. M2L repeated her set twice and I did mine three times, I think....then we switched, twice. After that it was time for abs. I'm not sure if I got in a good ab workout or not because my arms are too busy falling off for me to notice my abs....

Can I just say Holy Moly Mother of Guacamole? Yeah, my arms are DEAD. They don't even hurt they are so dead. I can't lift them. I caught M2L using one arm to push her arm holding her water bottle up to her mouth...I had to lean my elbows on the counter in the bathroom in order to do my make-up. I could barely drive my car...I will certainly have an issue trying to wash my hair tonight. I very well many not be able to move my arms tomorrow, or the next day...Maybe I'll be able to head back to the gym next week...

So, am I going to pay 13 arms and 27 legs to employ a personal trainer? I wish. I really do wish....but let's be real (I know, I already used that but it's my new catch phrase) it's expensive. I mean, I know they have knowledge and education and they are great at putting me through the wringer...but it is just so darn expensive. I'm going to think about it and see if I can save up but for 6 session in one month it is $240. And they want a 12 month commitment. That's a lot of money when I could buckle down and just do what do you think? I know there are a lot of personal trainers out there and a number my friends are it worth the cash? And why is is so expensive? I mean really.....I'm not knocking it but it's kind of one of those things where if it were more affordable more people would do it, you'd have more clients and in the long run make more money, which is what it's (seemingly) all about. I don't want to step on any of my trainer friend's toes here, but it truly is too expensive.

Have you ever priced personal training? What do you think? Why is it that services/things that we seemingly need the most are so expensive: healthy, fresh foods, health care, insurance, etc....I know you can't put a price on health but....


  1. I once had an office down the street from the very shi shi David Barton Gym and got a trainer there for kicks.

    She was a grandma. She kicked my ass. I think trainers are wonderful for assessing your weaknesses and targeting them. Absolutely. And for shaming you into doing the things you already know to do. But yes, it was way too expensive and despite the fact that I would have LOVED to continue, I just couldn't justify the expense.

    But I still use some of the moves when I can motivate myself. So worth it, if the cash is available. Absolutely.

  2. I don't know but I keep thinking that you can get a similar workout from all those YouTube and they are free...that is what I am doing now, we shall see if it helps but if I had the money you bet I'd hire a personal trainer, I am even thinking about becoming one and charging less than the going rate for people who can't afford it.

  3. I thought about hiring a trainer...but ended up in my gym's version of high intensity interval training (HIIT) class instead. It still costs extra, but I'm liking the smallish group sessions. The teacher/trainer mixes up the class each time and I get a heck of an upper body workout, which is what I was looking for. I just wish these classes were included in membership.

  4. I've never had a trainer and, to be honest, even if I wanted one, I couldn't afford it. So, just a baseline ... however, I'd feel a bit apprehensive about the 12-month commitment. Most places I've been to allow you to purchase packages without pressure. I would hope the trainers believe they are good enough that after the first package that you'll want to purchase another (instead of requiring it).

    I would try it on your own, see how far you get and go from there.

  5. That is pricy! I don't know many people who could afford $240 for a personal trainer AND also commit doing it for 1 year.

  6. There is some much good information on the internet on reputable sites that you may be able to save on personal trainer fees. Unless, of course, you need to be motivated. I think that as a multisport athlete you are a self motivated individual.

  7. Personal trainers are so expensive! I don't think I could do it. I would much rather pay for classes somewhere with part of that money and spend the rest of it on gear!

  8. I agree with the previous commenter about small classes. I did that at my old gym with kettlebells and the class was only 6 people- pretty close to personal training without the high cost (I happily to paid $99 for a 6 week series).

    Try swimming with a pull buoy and paddles with only the finger band to hold the paddles- it will stabilize your legs, build arm strength, and improve your stroke.

    Good luck recovering!

  9. Oh wow, that's way expensive! And I'm sorry, a 12 month commitment? Absolutely not necessary. I've used one a few times and you do get good information and different points of views/different exercises but for the most part, I've learned everything on my own. My last trainer said to me that no one needs to have a personal trainer for more than 6 weeks. By that time you should have all the stepping stones and tools you need to work on your own.

    Good for you though! I love running and I also love lifting, I'm an odd breed =)


You're pretty much awesome!!


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