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I had my first meeting with my personal trainer Danny....

First of all, he is awesome.  We reviewed a lot of things and he spent a lot of time watching how I stand, lunge, pick things up, sit down etc. to see where my muscles are potentially wonky.  First thing he said:  "I can tell you work at a desk most of the time-- it's these muscles here, your lats that are causing your head to push forward. We'll work on them." 

We talked about goals (strength! balance! trade in 15 lbs of fat for 15 lbs of muscle! yay!) and he nodded vigorously when I  told him that I wanted to be careful about my knees.  Throughout the work out he spent a lot of time making sure that I was aligning myself properly and using the correct muscles. 

All good so far:
  • Leg Extension (using one of the machines but not raising my leg too high):  35lbs, 10-15 reps | 35lbs, 10-15 reps | 50lbs 10-15 reps
  • Plank Posture (those who do yoga know this one):  Hold for thirty seconds, then rest.  Then another 30 seconds, then rest.  then a full minute. Don't laugh-- this is harder than it looks.
  • Pushups (he showed me a special way to do these and now I am flaking.... arghhhh!):  8 | 8 | 10
  • Bench Press!  (we worked using the 45 lb rod without any weights on it, then switched to the 35 b rod.  Clearly I am a lightweight):  35lbs 15 reps | 35 lbs (with legs up and bent a) 15 reps |  35 lbs with legs up as you would do in Pilates 15 reps (Damn I hope I am remebering this right....)
  • Walking Lunges (reeeeeally lunging forward and taking great care to align my knees the right way): 10 steps per leg | 10 steps per leg | 10 steps per leg
  • Lat Pulldown (using the machines): 15 | 12 | 10 (increase weight as the number of reps decrease)
  • Seated Row:  15 | 12 | 10 (increase weight as the number of reps decrease)
  • Overhead Press: 15 | 12 | 10 (increase weight as the number of reps decrease)
  • Double Overhead press: 15 | 12 | 10 (increase weight as the number of reps decrease)
Warm up with an hour of cardio beforehand. More stuff next week. 


Date: 2008-06-11 07:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I would never laugh at the Plank. That thing kicks my ass.

Also, I've been know to fall over doing walking lunges, and I don't even hold dumbbells yet when I do them!

Date: 2008-06-11 07:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That's how I started off too, omg!

Date: 2008-06-11 07:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Tell me more! This is exactly why I am posting all of this-- I wanna compare notes!

Date: 2008-06-11 08:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Haha, last year I could barely do two lunges at once, without any weights! But now I do three sets of ten lunges each (per leg) with eight-pound weights.

Other things that I do: 30-45 minutes of cardio a day (treadmill or stationary bike), bench pressing 30 pounds (started at 18), lat pulldowns at 50 lb, overhead press at 35 lb, seated rows at 35 lb. With free weights I do...a bunch of things I don't really know the names of, ahaha. :D

And I finish up with some ab work: 20 crunches, 20 crunches to each side, 20 bicycle crunches, 20 of those things where you raise both legs to a 90-degree angle while on your back, about 30 seconds of the plank, and then 20 more crunches. I try to do them all continuously, but most of the time I have to take breaks. XD Especially these days, when I've just started to get back into a regular schedule after a few months off the wagon.

Date: 2008-06-11 08:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oooooh, I am intrigued and envious of your ab work! My abs are jello. I told my trainer that I want to really hammer them into shape though, which means paaaaaaiiiiiiinnnn!

What gym do you go to? Are you ever in Central Square? We could always meet up one of these days post workout.... :-)

Date: 2008-06-11 08:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
All my fat goes to my abs, and honestly it's the hardest to get off! When I do all the weight machines and lunges regularly, my arms and legs look ok, but even that much ab work makes only a small dent, ahaha.

Right now my apartment complex in Waltham has a private gym, but I'm moving in a couple of weeks to Cambridge between Porter and Harvard. I'm going to probably end up at the Bally's in Porter. Do you live in Central?

Date: 2008-06-11 08:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Watertown. I go to the BSC in central square though because it is near where I work.

Date: 2008-06-11 08:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
We should definitely get together though! Finally. :D I'm always on the Red Line anyway. Let me know when you're free!

Date: 2008-06-11 07:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I fell over on my lunges *sigh*. And my abs are in very sorry shape. I blame it all on sitting at a desk all day.

I WILL kick ass, so help me God....


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