If you’ve been reading my blog for the past six months or so, you know that I used to belong to a gym and completely loved it! Because we moved away from the convinient location, we decided to stop our membership, buy a treadmill and just workout at home. It was a simple enough decision because it’s what I had been doing for the past two years on St. Paul Island.
Some friends of ours joined a new LA Fitness location and invited Dan to play basketball on several occasions. I toured the LA Fitness and was hit my Cupid’s arrow! MUST JOIN GYM!
It would be a slightly larger investment than when we were members at Snap Fitness, but this time there were more perks added to the pot:
- Group fitness classes
- Locker rooms with showers
- A lap pool
- Seven times more space
- Personal trainers
The last bonus was what really caught my eye, that and the group classes, which I am sporadically taking advantage of. Remember my early Spin Class days?
Anyways, when you sign up for a membership, included is a free, one-hour assessment. I went in and talked to a very nice, former-Marine named Dion. I explained my fitness history to him:
- Former fatty turned runner
- Know basics about weight loss, but not muscle gain
- I can squat and lunge until the cows come home, but can’t get rid of my damn jiggle.
After putting me through the ringer, we both decided (with Dan’s blessing and $) that I could sign up for a personal training package. It’s definitely a bit of a splurge, but Dan and I have our reasons for why it is worth the investment at this point:
- I’m not starting from scratch – AKA not completely ignorant of what to do, but need some help
- I am just enough aware to be dangerous in the gym = INJURY AND INCORRECT FORM
- Motivation to keep it up
- A happier wife = a happier life
The same day as my assessment, I was paired with my new gym best friend, Celeste. I honestly was against working out with a woman. Call me sexist, but I just felt at the time that I would be more comfortable working out with a guy. Here’s why:
- I’m 5’9″ and around 155lbs. All the female trainers I had watched were all 5’3″ and 110lbs. Intimidate me much??
- I thought the bigger the muscles, the better the trainer
- I’m 31; the female trainers are all 21.
Despite my fragile ego, I began working out with Celeste with the backup plan that I could always request someone new. I am glad that I didn’t protest too much because Celeste is great! She’s motivational, supportive, a great personality, and she has been kicking my butt for the past four weeks!
I meet with her three times a week, and will be dropping down to two for the month of March. In those sessions over the first month, I have seen a lot of growth in muscles that I never thought I would see again/ever.
Here are some of my favorite exercises that we do and have far I’ve progressed:
1. Leg Press
I started out with 70 lb. and when I maxed out on Thursday of last week, I was at 125 lb.
2. Dead Lift
I started at a wimpy 25 lb. and am up to 85 lb.
3. Bicep Curls – 21s
I do each of the exercises above seven times. I complete each set 3 times through with a 30 lb. barbell.
4. Yates Rows
It’s an underhanded grip applied to a row, and I love it! I perform 3 sets of 16,12,10 reps with a 40 lb. barbell.
5. Hang and Clean Press
I asked Celeste how to do these moves because I had just watched the 2012 Cross Fit Games over the weekend, so she taught me the form, and now I do 4 sets of 12 reps with a 30-35 lb. barbell.
6. Back Squats
These are my absolute favorite! Most likely I favor them because of how much Celeste pumps up my ego by telling me that my form is perfect when I do them.
I started out doing 16 reps with a 45 lb. bar, but now I’m up to 90 lb!
Tomorrow I go in for my one-month progress update. I will for sure let you know the results.