We recently joined an outside gym because Andrew’s company has a new corporate account with a conveniently located gym. It’s one of those deals where you think, wow, for just a few dollars a month, I have options.
I have been working out at home now for over 4 years where I have graduated from a spot in my bedroom to now having a dedicated gym room. The convenience of walking downstairs to workout in my own time, wearing an outfit that doesn’t match, zero travel time, no worries on weather or how crowded the equipment is has far outweighed any benefit I can think of to an outside gym.
My heart still belongs to home workouts.
However, in the first couple of weeks of the gym membership, I am one of the newbies excited to revamp my body and exercise program.
I will be the first to admit I have become a little too relaxed in my nutrition and workouts. Granted, I have not put on any weight nor do I feel I have lost muscle, but I have been at a plateau.
Life happens. We get focused on trying to balance everything out and pretty soon we realize everything is suffering because we can’t fit everything in properly.
I moved my horse to a different barn a couple of months ago which has added an extra 40 min of driving when I go. Now, 40 min may not sound like a detrimental amount of time, but that’s a workout. Or daily house keeping, grocery shopping, cooking, working on my blog, you name it, that 40 minutes means a lot.
Our days often have to fit together like puzzles without any pieces being left out.
Meanwhile, we joined the gym. I strongly believe in changing up workout routines often to keep you motivated.
I’ve been wanting to try some barre exercises for a while. I was excited to see barre classes offered at the gym, and at a convenient time.
I have taken several barre classes at the gym.
How have I liked going out to the gym? Well, the first few days were no problem. Yesterday, it was cold outside and I felt overloaded in my to-do list. I pushed through though, went and enjoyed myself. It did show me why I haven’t joined a gym in the past.
On the flip side, I noticed the gym offers a free fitness evaluation with a personal trainer. Hmmm, I thought it would be fun to see what my body fat percentage is and what is recommended for me to get to my next level of leanness.
I have realized for a while that while I have lost a lot of total body fat, rebuilt my muscles, I still struggle with the fat within the muscles. While I do feel great and can do all of the activities I want, it is a little bit of a fun challenge to lean out a little more.
Evaluation with Personal Trainer
I had my appointment with the personal trainer last night. Overall, it went very well.
Much of what he spoke to me about, I already implement into my life. What was most surprising was the fact he felt I was overtraining.
Overtraining can cause a plateau in fitness goals.
Currently my exercise regimen consists of cardio 4-5 days a week, weight training 3-5 days a week and as of the last week, barre classes 4-5 days a week.
According to him, my regimen should be cut back to cardio 4 times weekly, weight training 2-3 times a week and barre classes 1-2 times per week.
This is pretty exciting given the fact I struggle with getting everything else in my life done!
Now, for the body fat news. This was very disappointing. I would have guessed I was about 20-22%. The handheld machine registered me at 27% total body fat.
Once home, I researched the machine for accuracy and the accuracy is highly controversial. That made me feel a bit better, although I realize I have some work to do on my body fat.
Another ah-ha moment was the order of my daily nutrition. Some of the changes I am making are:
Protein shake with 1/2 cup of oats first thing in the morning. (I had been waiting until after my workout to eat)
Greek yogurt earlier in the day. Cottage cheese for my after dinner snack instead.
Fruit not eaten any later than right after my workout.
Overall, I think the appointment went well. I feel it is important to evaluate our exercise regimen and nutrition from time to time. There is always room for improvement!
Stay tuned for workout training suggestions from the personal trainer!
Have you worked with a personal trainer before? What was your experience?