Friday, March 29, 2013

I Have A Personal Trainer

I went shopping for clubbing clothes a few days ago. I didn't end up finding anything remotely "clubby", but I did try on a whole bunch of clothes. It was really depressing. I don't think it helped that I was feeling a bit low and nothing was fitting well or hung correctly. Eventually the only thing I bought was a pair of sweats and some running shorts. Those were the only things that looked remotely decent.

"You know what? Fuck this. I'm getting a gym membership". That thought is the reason why my entire body is sore today. I signed up for a gym membership. And with it, I get a personal trainer 2x a week. Woohoo!

My Gym/Personal Trainer Reservations

I never bought a gym membership before because of my health concerns. Would these people have any clue what Lupus is? Would they be understanding of my limitations? Would more intense exercise send me into a flare? Would they be honest with me or would they just try to sell me on their priciest plan?

Immediately after leaving the store, I drove to the LA Fitness by my work. I admit, I was pretty intimidated by the sea of people in workout clothes running on treadmills and lifting weights and working the various machines. Could I become a part of this gym culture? 

I spent a huge chunk of time speaking with various members of the LA Fitness team. From general manager to personal trainer, they all seemed to be honest with me and helped me find the best plan for my concerns with both my health problems and a plan that wouldn't overwhelm my budget. I ended up paying for a plan that was on a month-to-month basis so that if I have a flare, it wouldn't be too big a problem to quit. I also settled on working with a personal trainer twice a week. I even got to speak with my would-be personal trainer to discuss my concerns and what sessions would look like. I have to say, my personal trainer is awesome.

Right off the bat he said we'd start with resistance training because it would burn the most calories in the shortest amount of time and it would be relatively easy on my joints. Oh, he's good. There was such a good vibe from every person I met and talked with, I pretty much just handed over my credit card and signed the papers and skipped out of there with a huge smile on my face.

Working With My Trainer

I got there a little early so my trainer, Danny, had me warm-up on the treadmill. Just an easy walk until it was time to get started. We did some wall sits, then some squats on one of those step-up benches with a 25lb weight, we did some rowing with resistance bands, and then 5 push ups on one of those balance balls.

OMG it was so much harder than it looked. I thought I would be able to handle it really well. But after 4 rounds of these exercises I was already feeling sore and tired.

It was funny, because after I had finished, I was thinking "this is great".

Have you had any great experiences with personal trainers?


  1. I've thought about getting a personal trainer too. I hope you'll keep us updated with how it goes!

    1. I will definitely keep you updated. And eventually I intend to add a "Progress" post with some before and after pics if all goes well. And probably if things don't go well.

      And if you get a personal trainer, you'll have to let me know how it goes. :)