Thursday, July 30, 2009

I shouldn't be training

After extolling the virtues of seeking professional advice at the gym last week, I figured it was time I took a dose of my own medicine. So I signed up for an assessment and dragged myself to the gym yesterday.

I don't know what I was hoping to achieve, other than find out my body fat percentage and maybe do a fitness test that would earn me a shinny gold star acknowledging my incredible cardio fitness *cough, cough*.

Well, we didn't get off to a great start when the trainer perused my goals and exclaimed 'you want to get down to that body fat. That's low. That's what I'm at'. Embarrassed silence ensued. My consternation only grew as I stepped on the little scale that analysed all my deepest, darkest bits and spat out the analytical truth about me. .

A few months back I'd played with a friend's bio electrical impedance scale so I had an idea of where I was at then and where I should be now. I was horrified to discover that the fat percentage had remained the same. Instantly I felt huge, like I'd just gained back about 5kg as the number flashed up in front of me. As soon as I got home I had to try on my measuring pants. They still fit, but that doubt that I am fat didn't.

When it was my turn to ask questions, I wanted to know about post workout nutrition. I hope he didn't notice my glazed over eyes as he went into a long analysis of the various protein powders.

Then we moved onto my strength goals and what I needed to do to achieve them. I mentioned that I'm not a fan of sitting in the gym lifting weights and would prefer body weight exercises. Coincidentally, my two strength goals are being able to do push ups and chin ups. 'Impossible' he told me. In fact, apparently if I am not willing to devote 2 half hour sessions a week to strength training at the gym then I may as well not train at all :-(

I haven't changed his words at all. I'm serious. I may as well not train at all. Now that's not very helpful. Hey, I'm willing to change, I've proven that to myself this year. What I am not prepared to do is blindly follow. If it's the last resort, I'll suck it up and go to the gym twice a week, but I still cling to the notion that strength training can be done in a way that I enjoy. In fact I will build a crazy gym in my yard with ropes and ladders and bars before I will do another program at the gym.

I drifted off from the conversation at the point where he suggested getting a personal trainer so I would have someone to push me hard enough. After that I think he spoke at length about his own experience as a body builder training for competition while I drifted off into my sad little world wondering how on earth I was going to achieve my goals.

Those feelings of being defeated have turned to defiance. I will prove at the next assessment - about 6 weeks - all that I can do. Now, I just need to do a little research to work out how I'm going to get there ;-)

Anyone had a similar discouraging experience with a trainer? Anyone else rely mostly on body weight exercises or know a good reference point?


  1. Hi! New Reader here stopping over from 'Prior Fat Girl's' blog. :)

    Oh.My.Gawd. I seriously can't believe he was saying such AWFUL things to you!!! I would have told him off right then and there. You are so strong (and probably smart! ha!) to endure that session. Geez. What a butt monkey.

    I say if there's another gym to go to, I'd go somewhere else. When you leave the gym you should feel empowered and motivated...not discouraged and sad. :(

    I'm having FABULOUS results with Jari Love's Get Ripped! series. My fav (and the one so far that's worked my butt off) is Get Ripped and Chiseled. Oh My Wow. I loooove it!!!! You don't need a gym to get good muscle tone and weight loss. If you need any tips or whatever, I'm here to help!

    Keep rockin' chicka!

  2. Urgh, that IS discouraging. I'm a huge advocate of body weight exercises. A lot of the time in police training they really focuse on body weight exercises and less so lifting weights.

    Maybe you could find a different personal trainer? The ones that I've dealt with were all encouraging and were interested in helping me out with what I wanted... sharing common perspectives on the end goal is really important with a personal trainer!

    - Sagan

  3. Find another trainer/gym. That is GODAWFUL! I've had a brilliant experience with my trainer and I'm sorry, but this trainer you had? IDIOT.

    You need a trainer who is not all about protein powders and bodybuilding. They are out there. DO NOT be discouraged by this dimwit. My trainer does a combination of weights and body weight exercises and it's brilliant.

    I'm sorry you've had this experience. :-(

  4. Allyson - Thanks for stopping by! I don't think I'm going back to see him that's for sure. Thanks for the recomendation, I'll check them out.

    Sagan - Yeah, that's what I thought along with Army. I don't think it's the only way and that's what annoyed me.

    Stayingoncourse - Thanks, I shall have to look around for next time.



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