Personal training. I think when many people think of it they think of the biggest loser, someone telling you how to eat, someone yelling at you all the time. This is all goal dependent. When I got my personal trainer last year my goal was to do military style push ups. Currently I can do them marginally well and currently I do not live near my trainer anymore so sad times, but alas what she has taught is transcending even 8 hours away!
At first, I was so sore – after every session. Then after a few months I wasn’t as sore anymore! Just felt like I knew I had good work out, but wasn’t sore. At some point I kind of gave up on running simply because my back was acting up and I fell down the stairs hurting my ankle, and my cardio was a lot more minimal. However, doing the strength has definitely helped with starting back up again this month!
I put on muscle throughout the year and have become stronger in my upper body then I have ever been before. I’m proud and happy to be a bit thiccer than I was but that doesn’t mean that I wasn’t happy with my body before either. It just means as people our bodies are always changing and dependent on what we do and how we do it.
Investing in personal training, especially with my trainer, made it less about my body and how I looked, and more about getting me to this goal of doing the military style push up and working on push pull drills and generally learning to enjoy fitting in workouts. For example, I used to dread running after work or the thought of going to the gym because I could be doing “something else” but working out with my trainer made me look forward to fitness again. My trainer made me like going to the gym again, she made me like exercise again, and made me feel accomplished and we became friends in the process! YES running is something I will always do but her training has made my running and me as a person so much more confident to try new things. It’s not to say that I had some big transformation in my body, but I did gain muscle, and as my bestie puts it “I’m a machine now” and I’m going to keep doing strength and running because I like it, and of course my newly found love for Yoga with Adriene.
My main point of this post is if it suits your budget (as fitness is very privileged but I won’t get into that in this post) get a few sessions with a personal trainer to even just show you how to use equipment at the gym. I only saw mine once a week and it made a huge difference in my confidence and my workout habits. Did I still probably eat too many chips and a few too many chipotle nights – yes, but my overall thing here is that getting a personal trainer (even if it’s just for a few sessions) is a great way to create confidence in the gym and set small goals until you reach your larger goal!