Run in . . .So I had a run in with a personal trainer last week. If you remember, I had posted an ad on CraigsList for a personal trainer. I forgot to mention in my ad that yes, I was willing to pay for a personal trainer and didn't expect them to give their time freely to me. So one pointed that little fact out, so I changed the ad. Well almost immediately, I received an e-mail from another trainer. We e-mailed back and forth a couple times and he sent me pictures of his current clients, before and after. I have to say I was quite impressed with the results. This guy was offering to give me a complete plan, diet, exercise, the whole schmear. When I checked out his website, I saw that his rates were $80.00/hour. I asked him if he thought I could see any results if we met 1 or 2 times a month. He said it wasn't likely. I kind of figured that would be the answer. He wanted a once per week session with me. Which would be awesome if I could afford it. But @ $320.00/month, I would have to seriously scrimp and save to make that kind of commitment. His e-mails were a little over the top for me and he was really pouring on the sales pitch. To be honest, I'm not sure what it was REALLY about him that turned me off. He did suggest on more than one occasion that I could sell a number of items I had to pay for the personal training. He had taken the liberty of exploring my website and saw pictures of my motorcycle, my DVD collection, etc. and started saying that if having a trainer were REALLY important to me, I'd make the sacrifice and sell those items to pay for it. Well, to be honest he's probably right. But in my mind, I'm not looking for a drill sergeant. I'm looking for more of a workout companion that has some serious knowledge about exercise physiology, nutrition, etc. and can help me push myself. So that ended poorly.
Today I signed up for the Men's Health personal trainer on-line. OK, I'm not delusional, I know this isn't going to be the same thing. BUT it does offer customized workouts and diet plans based on your lifestyle. Then as you complete certain workouts and plug in your numbers and what you eat, it adjusts accordingly. Supposedly. I'm hoping this will be enough of a variety to keep me coming back for more. I'm going to head to the gym tomorrow morning and give it a shot. I've got my first workout routine in hand. 3 sets of Barbell Bench Press (although I already know the weight is way too high), 2 Sets of Pec Deck Flys, 3 Sets of One Arm Dumbell Bent-Over Rows, 2 sets of wide grip front pulldowns, and one set of Machine lower back extensions. Most of the rest of the weights should be doable for me, but I'll probably adjust them a bit when I'm at the gym. Also it wants me to do 45 mintues of cardio on the stair climber. So cool, I've got my workout ready. About 1.5 hours of strength training and cardio. Jumpin' in with both feet.
Steve has been using a body fat scale at home to measure his progress on lean body mass and body fat percentage. I did some research today on the BF scales and from what I could determine, they are not all that accurate. So I'll stick with my 400lb capacity shipping scale for now. :-) I would like to get my BF tested by calipers at the Y sometime soon so I know where I'm at. I'd also like to get measured. This will all give me a good baseline to compare myself against.
The boyz have set up our next hike. We're going to do Twin Falls on the 9th of April. I'm stoked. #1 it's good to hang out with those guys and chat a bit. #2, I miss hiking on a regular basis. When I was training for Rainier (4 years ago!) it was cool to have a weekly or bi-weekly hike to do. I need to get back into that habit. If my business suffers a bit because I'm not working as many Sunday's, that's OK. I need to focus on me and the business will take care of itself. No point in having business if you're dead of a heart attack at 35 right?
I spoke to my mom today. First time we've had a normal conversation since Christmas. You may remember my blog post about my coaching call talking about talking to my mom. So that was a good start. I'm excited to see them in May. They're coming up to help us move and to get my old home ready to put on the market. They really are swell parents when you get down to it. I hope they bring their golf clubs up and we can get a round or two in while they're here. They've been practicing a fair amount (It's easy to practice when it's in the 70's every day and you get FREE golf!) and it'll be cool to see how much they've improved since we played last summer. My mom almost got a hole in 1 a few weeks back and they've both been hitting a fair number of Par 3 and Par 4's ... so I have my work cut out for me when we play next. I need to go to the driving range!
Wish me luck on my workout tomorrow. I'll check back in and let you know how it went. :-)