Completed: 10. Work With a Personal Trainer
Me without clothes or skin
I’m bored with my current gym routine, but lacking motivation to push myself. Cardio for 30. Weights for 30. Rinse and repeat three times a week. I’m at a workout crossroads.
The fact that I’m even writing these words down makes me laugh because, up until 2011 when I wanted to get into shape for roller derby, I hadn’t worked out in about five years. Oh, how far I’ve come…
This is why I added “work with a personal trainer” as a goal this year. I have never worked with one before — always too scared they’d be loud and bootcamp-y — and I wanted to test one out before I commited and thankfully my colleague was generous enough to let me join one of her during her hour-long PT sessions.
After about 15 minutes of jumping jacks, squats, lunges, one-legged squats, etc., I had to take a break and tell myself, for the second time in the last 365 days while trying to complete a goal, “please don’t throw up.” Light-headed, nauseous, and a little embarrassed, I sat down for a little bit. Once I stopped seeing double, I rejoined in on the next exercise, but I realized that my legs had turned into two jiggly stumps of numbness.
By the time the hour came to an end, I was so inspired and amazed by my colleague’s intensity and commitment during the workout. I realized, even moreso after working with her trainer, that I desperately need someone to push me.
As for the pain, I could barely walk the next day. I was so obviously sore that my coworkers asked if I had hurt myself because they noticed me limping.
Even though I officially completed this goal, my next steps: find a personal trainer closer to me and switch gyms to work with on a regular basis.
In case you are interested in tightening dat ass, I worked with one of the personal trainers from this company: