Working with a personal trainer for the first time ever

January 1, 2011 · Posted in Commentary 

FitnessFor well over 20 years, I have been working out on a regular basis, with the exception of a few months after a severe car accident in 1988.  I recently joined the Lifetime Fitness in Centennial, Colorado.   Soon after joining, I was offered a free FitPoint Assessment.  I realized at the time that paid personal training sessions would probably be offered at some point.  No big deal, I am a big boy and I know how to say ‘no’.

I showed up for my FitPoint Assessment last Monday at 6 o’clock in the morning.  The personal trainer who was supposed to do my assessment was sick, so another personal trainer would perform the assessment.  To protect her privacy, I will refer to her as Little Miss Sunshine for the duration of this series of blog posts.  I’ll explain how I came up with her nickname in a little bit.  Not to bore you with all the individual tests,  here are the results:

  • Height:  6′ 1″
  • Weight: 182 pounds
  • BMI: 24, Normal
  • Body Fat: 18.6%, Normal
  • Lean Mass:  148 pounds
  • Fat Mass:  34 pounds
  • Cardiovascular: 37.9 ml/kg min, Moderate
  • Bicep Strength: 73, Average
  • Sit and Reach: 5.3, Poor (this is basically flexibility)
  • Overall Fitness: 64, Good
  • Body Age is one year less than my chronological age

After the series of tests were completed, Little Miss Sunshine had me perform several exercises to determine my core strength and coordination.  She demonstrated each test with ease, then it was my turn.    To put it mildly, I looked like a royal doofus with each test that I attempted.  We went back to Little Miss Sunshine’s workstation and I was offered 12 sessions in the month of January for a little under $1,000.  Since Little Miss Sunshine could obviously walk the walk, I consented.  At the end of the sessions, we will perform another FitPoint Assessment to determine whether measurable progress has been made.  If I am happy with the progress, I will continue with one session per week.  Here are my body composition goals after the sessions:

  • Body Fat: 15.3%
  • Lean Mass:  150 pounds
  • Fat Mass:  27 pounds
  • Body Weight:  177 pounds

I should note that my weight fluctuates within a 10 pound range and I am currently right in the middle of that range.  I informed Little Miss Sunshine that I would be blogging about our sessions to hold us both accountable.   The “Sunshine” in Little Miss Sunshine will be subject to change in subsequent posts depending on my level of pain and the level of sadism she demonstrates during our sessions together.  Little Miss Sunshine will be able to respond to any of my posts and I will not censor her.

Now to address why I am referring to my personal trainer as Little Miss Sunshine.  I wear glasses normally, but not when I work out.  I have trouble recognizing people, reading the clock, etc, from across a room without my glasses.  However, Little Miss Sunshine has a big bright smile that can be clearly distinguished from a distance by this myopic, middle aged person.  Little Miss Sunshine is a petite woman in her mid 30’s.  She is athletically built and projects a healthy radiance.  Little Miss Sunshine easily looks 10 years younger than her chronological age.  She is the type of person that you want as a trainer.  I should note too that Little Miss Sunshine used to be a police officer.

I will be blogging after each session.  It is my goal to write each post the day of the session.  That might not always be possible, however.  Stay tuned…

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