I am 31 year old 193lbs (my goal weight is 145-150). I have joined a gym and have been going and doing cardio for about a month now and feel that I am ready to step it up. I understand the basics of what it will take but don’t know how to get started. I met with a trainer at the gym when I signed up, the guy was so condescending that I decided then and there that I wouldn’t waste my money. Now I am rethinking my stance. I don’t want to spend the money but I also want to see results and need a kick in the pants. What if any advice do you have for me?
While I did have a smidge of trepidation with regards to posting this letter, apprehension that the Bumbling Band may feel we’re again beating that dead fitness horse, I decided to anyway.
It’s amazing how many of us share the same struggles and, in my opinion, this emailer asks a question which cant be answered too often.
Its been my experience that I can hear the answer to the same question *repeatedly* but, for some reason, a slightly different phrasing will finally spark a JOLT! moment for me.
The AH HA! when it all suddenly clicks into place.
So here’s to some joltage for the Bumbling Band.
First? kudos on joining the gym and not waiting, as so many of us do, until you were almostatgoal.
It can feel intimidating to go through the whole drawn out enrollment process when you dont feel as though you are your best self yet (why is it such an ordeal?). Pat yourself on the back for that non-scale victory.
I also wanna give you a woo-hoo for realizing/deciding that it’s time to add in the iron. Too many people, women especially, fear adding in weight training until they are at goal weight because of the myth that it will add bulk & make one look bigger.
We women dont have enough testosterone to bulk up, the added muscle will sparkenhance your metabolism, and there’s the added gift of, when you reach your goal aesthetic*, lean shapely muscles will already be there waiting to be revealed.
(*no. I didnt say weight. Not only because Im not a fan of the scale but because muscle weighs more than adipose tissue. Suffice it to say Miz is ALWAYS a winner at those carnival games where the ‘game’ is to try & guess the person’s weight. I weigh far more than the carnie folk would ever surmise…)
There are myriad ways to plan your weight training routine.
You can buy books, watch dvds, create a workout from my free facetime videos, ask people at the gym who seem to know what they are doing, create an album of exercises torn from fitness magazines —– the list goes on and on.
(as do the favorite books/dvd debates. Bumbling Band? Have any favorites?)
And, while any of the above can work, Im always in favor of supplementing with a personal training session.
None of us have enough extra time that we can afford to waste some doing exercises which wont get us results. And not seeing results is the best case scenario.
The worst case? You accidentally injure yourself through improper form.
Bottom line: I’m glad that you kicked your first personal trainer to the curb. There are ways to know if you’ve found a quality trainer but the best way is what you experienced: listening to your gut.
Now I encourage you to get back out there and try one more time to find a trainer.
You know your goals (you want to step up your routine, lose 40 or so pounds), you understand the basics, and you simply want a program & a kick in the pants.
Translation? you are a dream client.
I’d urge you to prepare as you choose (Id often have people greet me at our first meeting laden with dogeared books/magazine & computer printouts of what they envision to be a good routine), try a different personal trainer, and make it clear to him or her that you want to learn a routine and do it on your own. (I’m using your not wanting to spend money sentence as my rationale for saying only a session or two. In my opinion there is no money better spent than on knowledge which will save you time in the long run.)
As in all careers there will be people who are amazing & are truly working their passion and those who
suck at their jobs and seriously shouldnt be allowed to call themselves trainers might have faired better at a career different path.
Dont let one condescending trainer spoil your view of us as a group. We’re not all like that—-I promise!
Our next email comes, at long last, from the WINNER of the MBT giveaway. An update.
I want to first say thanks for Mizfit. I enjoy starting each day with your words of wisdom. It really helps me stay focused and healthy and LAUGHING (MizFit note: you already Christopher…no need fer ingratiating.)
As a proud member of the Bumbling Band I also want to say thanks for the opportunity to win a pair of MBTs. As the winner, I received a pair of
brown Gil Gils. They are a cross between a sandal and a sneaker and are very comfortable. As someone who has suffered back pain for 10 years, I
was excited to give these a try. I won’t lie — they took some getting used to. I was careful not to wear them for too long when I started.
After a few days, I’m trotting around town and feeling great. Walking in MBTs just makes you feel funky (and I mean that in a good way).
There you have it, Bumbling Band. A call for your help and an opportunity to ask ANY lingering MBT shoe questions (to a man no less!).
Please to hit us all up in the comments…