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Thursday, June 18, 2009

Personal Trainer Sessions getting intense... me likey!

I had my 2nd, 3rd, and 4th PT sessions and L-O-V-E-D them all!

2nd session, June 10: So after taking off from ALL exercise for 5 days (on order from my PT), getting back in the gym felt so good! I was actually worried that I would get comfortable with not exercising, but I wasn't! How crazy is that?! Anyway, good to know my body craves being active now! So in my second session, I learned how to do more stretches and started the weight resistance training with 3 new, simple exercises:
1.) Swiss ball glute extension and arm raise
2.) Swiss ball crunch
3.) Dumbbell chest fly
The exercises this session were short and sweet because my PT wanted to go over the meal plan he made for me. It's following the lines of a 50/30/20 carb/protein/fat ratio but he said he'll probably change up the ratios after a couple of weeks. Because I was doing such a low carb diet before (I was sticking with P90X's fat burner meal plan) he wanted me to up my carbs for now. I'm still having trouble reaching the 2000 calories/day amount but have consistently been hitting 1650 - 1800.

3rd session, June 12: PT wants me to up my cardio to 3 - 5 days a week and I couldn't be happier! I love my cardio! This session was all weight resistance and we got through 6 exercises:
1.) Swiss ball crunch
2.) 1-leg toe touch
3.) cable chest fly
4.) Swiss ball glute extension and arm raise
5.) bent over arm raise hold - same thing as the chair pose from yoga
6.) dumbbell delt row
PT was super impressed with how long I could hold the chair pose and you know what I told him? It's all thanks to P90X!! Legs and Back and Yoga X already trained me for it! Nutrition wise still consistent with the 1650 - 1800 calorie range so need to bring that up but everything else is still great!

4th session, June 17: Yesterday was my 4th session... quarter of a way done with my sessions already... BOO!!! Today was more weight resistance training and PT is getting stricter and tougher but I love it! He's a major stickler for proper form and that is the main reason why I wanted a PT to make sure I'm getting the most out of my exercises and of course, to not get injured. Six exercises today:
1.) Swiss ball oblique crunch - this one burns!
2.) Flexibility squat
3.) cable chest press - my form is all over the place with this one. I tend to naturally do a chest fly instead of press
4.) standing cable row
5.) Swiss ball lower back and glute extension
6.) dumbbell delt fly
So after todays session, PT is really please with how well I'm doing as far as form and balance with all the exercises so he's going to move my sessions along a little quicker so I can start bringing some major intensity to my workouts. I see him again tomorrow so I can't wait to see what he has me doing.

Overall, the sessions so far have been great and I don't have any regrets about getting a PT... so much so that I think I'm going to save up so I can get more sessions after my 20 are over this time. I still cannot believe how much I love the gym! Don't get me wrong... I love working out at home by myself but the gym environment is a completely different vibe or energy. Getting to know the workers and some other members really keeps me motivated to do my best and being in an environment with other people who have the same goals as me really makes me push for the extra 15 minutes on the treadmill or the extra 2 or 3 reps. Like I said before... the competitive side of me loves having fitter, stronger, faster people around me when I workout because unconsciously it turns up my exercise intensity for my entire workout!


Jen said...

I completely understand. I THRIVE off of the energy of other people. If I had to ONLY work out at home..I wouldn't be nearly as succesful as I have been. I LOVE my P90X...but I still think it would be the ULTIMATE if I could do it WITH my friends!! Keep up the Great work!!

Sandrelle said...

Hey Lianne! WOW, I just took a look at your blog, you are doing GREAT. So proud and excited for you!!