- Physical activity helps keep your body healthy (in so many ways)
- Varying types of activity keeps your body challenged and minimizes plateaus
- I like taking classes like Hip Hop Hustle and Zumba
- If I can't make a class, I like to ride the stationary bikes in the Fitness Center in the Y.
- I hate the dreadmill.
Now, that we have been Y members for 3 months, I see that I am doing a lot of the same things and that I have been on a plateau. I have been doing activities that make me comfortable. The opinion of a professional was needed, so I met with a personal trainer for a consultation. The Y offers these for free. When I belonged to fitness centers in the past, I have had these consultations. They are very helpful and intended to help orient you with the facility.
The trainer I met with was fairly easy going. Not a drill sargent or Jillian Michaels. She listened to me and showed me equipment and exercises that she thought would be a good fit for my personality and fitness goals. She took into account, what I know about my body. I develop muscle faster than I lose fat. My legs bulk up fast. I want to tone up on top and strengthen my core.
I went to the Y tonight and did the routine we set up. It was able to complete the upper body and core training in a half hour. I did a 15 minute cardio warm-up on the rowing machine (I feel totally B.A. on the rowing machine) and dove into my strength training routine. I worked on my triceps, upper back, chest, biceps, and shoulders. I did two ab exercises (well four, because biceps and shoulders are on the ball). I missed out on my hip and thigh exercises. I am forgoing too much lower body strength training, because my legs and butt do bulk up fast.
In a month, I will meet again with the trainer to see how my program is going. We can and will make adjustments from there.