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The Worst Part of Personal Training

14 Jan

As you know, getting a personal trainer was one of my goals for 2011. The Hubs helped in making this goal a reality by getting me 8 personal training sessions for Christmas. I’m already having session 6 of 8 this afternoon. These sessions go by SO fast when they recommend that you have two a week! I guess that’s the way they make TONS of money, since they are almost $60 a pop!

All in all, I’ve really loved personal training so far. It’s an awesome feeling to work harder in the gym than I normally would and to have something to really focus on. I often find myself so focused in a particular exercise that I don’t even notice the trainer counting out the reps or time. It’s also been great at keeping me motivated to hit the gym on my off days (although the last couple of days I’ve been a slacker because of this cold I have).

Something I was NOT expecting is what has become THE WORST part of personal training. To me this item/exercise is probably the most painful part of personal training and I have yet to see its real benefit. I’ll need my PT friend Marilee to fill me in on what the REAL benefits are, cause right now I’m not sure all the pain is worth it!

What is this item that I dread each and every time we start a personal training session???

The FOAM ROLLER!

 

I swear, the first time I had the foam roller “done” to me by the personal trainer I thought I was going to die.

When he first brought the foam roller over, I thought that it was some sort of prop used in yoga and that it would be a soothing exercise or stretch. I’d seen others use it with ease and thought it would be great to learn how to use this new tool. Boy was I wrong!

Since I had no idea what I was in for, I thought my trainer was just making idle chit chat as I laid on my side for what I thought would be a nice massage of my outer thigh. Instantly, I knew this was NOT going to be fun. I seriously thought I was going to cry. He would ask me where it hurt and then proceed to push even HARDER on that spot for 30 full seconds. He kept telling me to take deep breaths and to think about something else, but I swear all I could think about was “Holy hell this hurts! Is this supposed to be preparing me for labor?” (The later was probably my first thought since I’ve had baby on the mind as of late…).

I’ve done the foam roller a few times myself and it is never nearly as painful as when the trainer does it, although I do think I’m getting more used to the weird sensations of knots moving strangely in my leg and giving me charlie horses.

I do think that my great hatred of the foam roller puts me in the minority of those who use them. It seems to be a tool that athletes commonly use, especially runners. I’m hoping that it just takes some getting used to and that sooner rather than later, I’ll start to reap the benefits of this evil stretching technique!

Have you tried the foam roller? Do you love it or hate it?

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Working Out for Better Work Days

7 Jan

During this first week of 2011, I have been really trying to be productive at work, breathe through any over reactions I feel coming on, and generally stay upbeat. Tuesday and most of Wednesday were great. I got a lot accomplished and felt good about the work I was doing. I thought I was off to a good start!

Then yesterday afternoon, I was confronted (…well at least that is how it felt) about a mistake I had made on a BRAND NEW system we are implementing. I had to drop everything (which at the time was another important project) to not only fix the mistake, but also admit out loud that a mistake was made. I really didn’t see why that was necessary, but I admitted the mistake (probably more sarcastically then I should have…), said I would fix it, and tried to breathe my way through the situation so I wouldn’t cry.

Needless to say, I thought about the incident all day today creating a constant negative playback in my head. Every meeting I was in I felt like I had to be on the defensive so that I wouldn’t feel attacked again. In the end, I am afraid that instead of sticking up for myself and speaking my mind, that I came off as rude and abrasive. I think sometimes I’m over compensating for trying not to get emotional (i.e. crying) in difficult situations. Up until recently I never said anything and would just go with the flow. That got me (and my projects) nowhere. However, I’m not sure that my current method is any better.

Even though I was in a terrible mood and really just wanted to go home and curl up in bed, I had to go to a Personal Training session after work that I had already scheduled. (I’ll post more about how my butt is getting kicked during these sessions after I’ve had a few more! So far I’m loving it!)

BUT WHAT A DIFFERENCE A WORK OUT MAKES! For two hours, I was able to just focus on myself and concentrate on the muscles I was training and I was able to get in a great cardio workout while listening to TV and playing on the internet. I swear I was in SUCH a better mood afterward. It was like night and day!

I’m going to try to take this positive feeling into tomorrow and try to get back to where I was at the beginning of the week. I’m also going to try to see if I can figure out a way to practice speaking my mind in a less “snippy” way.

Do any of you have any tips on how to speak your mind in an assertive way without being snippy and/or overemotional? Do you find that working out after a rough day (even when you REALLY don’t feel like it) helps turn your mood around?