Personal trainers are expensive.
I know how to work out and what I should be doing. In fact, Iâ€™m studying to become a trainer myself.
Thereâ€™s a million reasons I gave myself why I shouldnâ€™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 Iâ€™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, Iâ€™ve always paid for my own classes, save for a free class or something they throw my way every once in a while.)Â
Iâ€™d worked with her before when I did that photo shootÂ 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 Iâ€™m going to a negative place. So I took the free session from her, and of course I decided to keep going. Iâ€™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, Iâ€™ve been training with Leanne for about two months. They have a â€œhappy hourâ€ special, which means their off-peak training sessions are cheaper, so I go around lunchtime once a week.Â
AND ITâ€™S AMAZING. (Obviously.)
Iâ€™m as happy with the physical results as I am with the mental results/mindset shifts.
– Iâ€™m seeing more definition in my arms (woo!), feeling less fat/bloat around my midsection (my achillesâ€™ 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 enemyâ€¦), so Iâ€™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.
– Iâ€™m focusing. Iâ€™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? Iâ€™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 Iâ€™m being more mindful. Iâ€™m trying to cut back on gluten because I feel bloaty when I have it, but Iâ€™m trying so hard to not be all-or-nothing. Iâ€™ve really been thinking as I reach for a snack or choose a meal: do I reallyÂ want this? (Thatâ€™s typically when Iâ€™m deciding whether or not to eat something lacking nutritional quality.) This also has included significantly cutting back on wineâ€¦most of the time.Â
– Iâ€™m being more efficient. I downloaded this treadmill/lifting program, and I love the short, intense workouts.
– Iâ€™m getting STRONG! Which is so much fun. Iâ€™m lifting heavier weights â€” both with Leanne and on my own.Â
Have you ever worked with a trainer?Â What kind of style motivates you in workouts?