Why I Decided to Hire a Personal Trainer

Why I Decided to Hire a Personal Trainer


Personal trainers are expensive.

I know how to work out and what I should be doing. In fact, I’m studying to become a trainer myself.

There’s a million reasons I gave myself why I shouldn’t hire a trainer…

but a few months ago, my friend Leanne, who owns Uplift, told me she wanted to give me a free session, since I’d just referred a bunch of business her way.

(In terms of full disclosure since I do talk about them so much: I did a partnership with them several years ago, but since then, I’ve always paid for my own classes, save for a free class or something they throw my way every once in a while.) 

I’d worked with her before when I did that photo shoot for Propel, and I knew I liked her style. We sort of share a brain sometimes so she knows exactly what to say to me to motivate me when she knows I’m going to a negative place. So I took the free session from her, and of course I decided to keep going. I’m going to Australia (have I mentioned that? no, right? :)) in JUST A FEW WEEKS, and I want to feel good about myself and how I look in photos on this once-in-a-lifetime trip.

So, I’ve been training with Leanne for about two months. They have a “happy hour” special, which means their off-peak training sessions are cheaper, so I go around lunchtime once a week. 

AND IT’S AMAZING. (Obviously.)

I’m as happy with the physical results as I am with the mental results/mindset shifts.

– I’m seeing more definition in my arms (woo!), feeling less fat/bloat around my midsection (my achilles’ heel) and my clothes are beginning to fit a bit better. I can get a little obsessive over numbers sometimes (my Apple watch is my BFF and my enemy…), so I’ve been avoiding the scale as a measure this time around.

– I CAN FEEL MY ABS. Like I said, I typically have a little blubber covering them, so I have a hard time feeling my ab muscles. I can feel them and engage my core, which feels refreshing.

– I’m focusing. I’m writing down my workouts in my bullet journal and really taking a look at the structure of the week. How many cardio sessions? How many strength sessions? I’m trying to stick to just a few workouts so I can see results, rather than doing workouts willy-nilly. I do like ClassPass, but it can be distracting to my goals.

– And I’m being more mindful. I’m trying to cut back on gluten because I feel bloaty when I have it, but I’m trying so hard to not be all-or-nothing. I’ve really been thinking as I reach for a snack or choose a meal: do I really want this? (That’s typically when I’m deciding whether or not to eat something lacking nutritional quality.) This also has included significantly cutting back on wine…most of the time. 

– I’m being more efficient. I downloaded this treadmill/lifting program, and I love the short, intense workouts.

– I’m getting STRONG! Which is so much fun. I’m lifting heavier weights — both with Leanne and on my own. 

Have you ever worked with a trainer? What kind of style motivates you in workouts?

Getting Zen at Inscape

Inscape Meditation

There are two experiences I always finish and say “I really need to do this more!” …that I can write about here.

One is yoga, and the other is meditation.

There are so many gorgeous places to meditate in NYC these days. You don’t *need* that to meditate, but, it doesn’t hurt!

My coworker Mallory and I checked out Inscape, which recently opened in my ‘hood, Flatiron. The space is expansive and peaceful, and once I walked in, I never wanted to leave again. (Random trivia: it was opened by the founder of the store Intermix.)

The really cool thing about Inscape is that they have a space anyone can use for free to meditate or just sit and escape from their busy day. (Hello, Inscape, we may be seeing a lot of each other.) If you’re not in NYC, they also have an app you can download. 

The “guided” sessions they offer include both a seated one and a laying-down one. I say “guided” because there is a “facilitator” in the room, but you’re listening to a recording. I wasn’t sure how I felt about that when I walked in, but with the combination of the space + recording, it worked.

We took their Focus 33 class? session?, which is meant to “train your brain to concentrate past the noise into deep calm.” It started with a few minutes of mindful movement (gentle twists and stretches), before a guided meditation followed by several minutes of completely silent meditation.

Like, by silent, I mean Mallory and I were about 5-6 feet away from each other and could hear each other’s stomachs gurgling from the smoothies we’d just finished.

When the session was over, we looked at each other and simultaneously said “can we just nap in here?”

They also have visualization, mantra, mindfulness and “deep sound” style meditations. The concept of “sound bath” is definitely becoming more popular, and it’s something I’d love to try.

The 33 minute sessions are $18, which feels worth it to me, at least in this crazy NYC fitness market I’m used to. 

This was such a great way to start the day — although…when I tried Mndfl (may I buy a vowel?!), I found it an amazing way to unwind from my day. OK, fine, there’s no bad time to meditate, except maybe when you’re a little over caffeinated.

10/10, would zen again.

What helps you really get into a meditation/meditative state? (Decorating Christmas trees is an acceptable answer.)