From Fat to Fit: I Was Working Out All Wrong!

This is me doing kickbacks a couple of months into training. One of the key differences between personal training and working out on your own is that you'll improve your form and, therefore, the efficiency of your workout.

This is me doing kickbacks a couple of months into training. One of the key differences between personal training and working out on your own is that you'll improve your form and, therefore, the efficiency of your workout.

Many of my clients seek out personal training because they’re overweight. Christine is one of those clients, and over the next few months she’ll be sharing her progress with us.

My Previous Workout “Schedule”

I’m pretty clueless when it comes to working out. Prior to working with Andrea, my typical workout routine went like this:

  1. Live a totally sedentary lifestyle for 4 months.
  2. Decide on a whim that I should start training for a half marathon.
  3. Attempt to run 3 miles. Actually run one-half to three-quarters of a mile. End up totally winded and sore for 3 days.
  4. Repeat Step 3.
  5. Give up and return to my sedentary lifestyle for another 4 months.

As you can imagine, I didn’t achieve anything following the above strategy, and that was one of the main reasons I decided to work with a trainer. I figured that there must be more to this exercise thing, and maybe it was time to consult an expert.

Starting Out Slow with Personal Training

On my first day of training, I woke up totally dreading my session. I was prepared to do 4 miles on the elliptical, lift weights, and basically run myself into the ground.

Again, me a couple of months into training holding a plank on a Bosu ball, like I did on my first day, but with much better form.

Again, me a couple of months into training holding a plank on a Bosu ball, like I did on my first day, but with much better form.

To my relief, Andrea took things easy the first day and ran me through a fitness assessment. I did a few assisted pull-ups, held a plank pose as long as I could, and balanced on a wobbly platform.

I usually judge the quality of my workouts by how much I sweat and how exhausted I feel afterwards, so I didn’t think I really achieved anything with the first session. However, the next day I woke up with sore abs and shoulders—apparently working out with the right form makes a huge difference, because I had rarely felt that kind of soreness after attempting strength training on my own.

My second session started with another assessment, the VO2 test, on an elliptical machine. After I warmed up, I pedaled as fast as I could for 30 seconds. Needless to say, the results showed I have a lot of room for improvement! I left my second session feeling good about what I had accomplished. I wasn’t particularly tired, but later that day I could totally feel the impact in my body.

Back to the Point of This Post—I Was Working Out All Wrong!

I learned 3 important lessons from Andrea over the past 2 days:

  1. Strength training helps you burn calories. I used to believe the only benefit of strength training was that it would make me more muscular. However, according to Andrea, strength training does wonders for your metabolism. For every pound of muscle you have, you burn an additional 50 to 100 calories per day!
  2. Strength training prevents injuries. During the assessment, Andrea noticed that my left side is weaker. That’s why my past injuries (two herniated discs and a sprained knee) occurred on that side. Andrea explained that all the parts of my body are interconnected, and as I strengthen each part, my whole body system will be less prone to injury.
  3. You don’t have to kill yourself to get a good workout. When previously I worked out, I pushed myself as hard as I could for as long as I could. It turns out that this isn’t a good approach. Andrea had me working hard—at some points I would have given up if I were on my own—but I left feeling invigorated, not exhausted. A few hours later, I could feel the workout in my legs, my abs, and my arms. But it wasn’t like what I felt when I used to run on my own—the kind of soreness that made me want to never exercise again.

In other words, the great thing about having a personal trainer is that I have someone who is much more knowledgeable and experienced guiding my workout routine. I have no doubt that my progress will be faster, more dramatic, and lasting because of Andrea’s help. For more information about personal training, contact Andrea today at 888-347-6852 or solution180@gmail.com