Friday, July 18, 2014

Fit-Trish: Why I chose to work with a trainer

Welcome back to another week of Fit-Trish. A weekly series where I discuss my fitness journey on a budget. Last week was 4th of July and I didn't do a full on entry, but I gave you (tips) on how to enjoy a BBQ without completely forgetting about your fitness goals. Be sure to check that out if you are attending BBQs this summer. I also mentioned in a post (here), that I have been working with a trainer. I promised more about it today, so here we go..



Now you are probably thinking to yourselves, 'Isn't this a fitness series on a budget? How is she affording a trainer?" Great question! Remember I told you I joined a gym back on Memorial Day? Well I joined Planet Fitness. Planet fitness offers free personal training with every membership. I decided to take advantage of the free trainer because I have worked out a lot in my life and never seem to get the results I am after. I wanted someone to tell me what I was doing wrong and show me how to do it right.

The woman I am working with is fantastic. We have a lot in common when it comes to medical history (I have some medical issues I mentioned (here) from a horrible car accident a few years ago). She has shown me how to work out without causing more harm to the harm that has already been done. I can finally feel myself getting stronger, and to me that's progress. I know better results are on their way. The more I work, the stronger I will get.

One of the treatment plans after my accident was to exercise regularly, particularly to strengthen my core muscles. What they didn't mention is a lot of the exercises for the core are really hard on your back and hips especially, if you are doing them wrong. My trainer has shown me every exercise I need to strengthen my core, and get into better shape without causing me more pain. My form is so much better, and I can feel the muscles I am working as I am working them. This is so important because in the past I would feel all kinds of aches, pains, and strains in areas I was not working.

Now that I have been at this for a few weeks, I would recommend it to anyone. If you have the opportunity to work with a trainer, even just for a day, do it. They can really help your fitness journey. Even if it's just to get your form in order, you will be golden.

Have you ever used a trainer? What was your experience like? What else do you all want to see in this series? Leave your thoughts below!

*Starting next week I will have a tab on my homepage for this series so you can go back and read everything in one place.*

Happy Friday friends!

15 comments:

  1. That's fantastic! I'm really glad that's working out for you. I've never worked with a trainer, but I'm curious about what it'd be like. In my head trainers are scary, and bully you into working out when you don't want to, but that doesn't sound like your experience at all.

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    1. Also, I wanted to mention I really like the "Fit Trish" series. Most fitness blogs, or even "lifestyle" blogs that mention fitness are people who are way beyond my level (you know those "easy workouts to do at lunch" and then the illustrations look like something out of Cirque Du Soleil) and I don't have anything in common with them. Yours I can relate to!

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    2. I really do enjoy the woman I am working with! Not intimidating at all! I also see your point on that because prior working with her I also felt very intimidated to work with anyone! I am glad you like the series. I am surely no expert and there is no Cirque Du Soleil in my future so you should be safe!

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  2. I've never worked with a trainer, but I would love to try it out! I go to yoga 4-5 times a week, but I've been wanting to incorporate more cardio into my routine. Getting someone to motivate me might be the best way to do that :)

    Have a good weekend!

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    1. This is my first experience and I really love it. I feel like I am getting somewhere finally! I really want to get into doing yoga too!

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  3. I need to start working with a trainer. It would help motivate me.

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    1. It is definitely motivating and so much easier to do the workouts. Let me know if you get to do it!

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  4. Lately I've been doing only the treadmill and light cardio at home, because I've always been a little shy about working out at a big gym. I'm not really sure why. But I'm glad it's working out for you and you're making progress!

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    1. I completely understand! It really took me pushing myself to even sign up to go to the gym. I did it and was forcing people to go with me. Then I went on my own and found it wasn't so rough. No one is paying attention to you. They are all working on themselves so its pretty nice. The trainer made it even easier. I don't feel like I know nothing now and feel more confident using the machines and such. I hope you give it a shot! Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. I just started working with a trainer at my gym, too. I am so sore, but that means the muscles are getting worked. Good luck on your fitness journey.

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    1. I was just thinking this morning when I woke up, "wow my everything hurts today!" and then remembered I did quite an arm and leg workout on THURSDAY and its just catching up to me now. Thanks for stopping by and good luck to you as well!

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  6. If I had access to a free trainer I would for sure take advantage too!!! That's just awesome!!

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    1. Right?! It is so awesome. I am learning so much!

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  7. I didn't realize that Planet Fitness had free personal training! That's really cool! I've always been afraid to go there, because what if I accidentally set off the lunk alarm ( is that even real?) but I might have to now that I know this!

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    1. It is pretty awesome! Check it out for sure! They are so helpful! And I don't think it is possible to set off that lunk alarm. I have seen some pretty bulky guys working out and they haven't done it! Let me know how it goes if you decide to sign up!

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