Does my trainer know what she's doing?
October 11, 2010 7:03 AM Subscribe
Does my personal trainer know what she's doing? Or am I doing things wrong?
posted by arniec to health & fitness (25 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
A bit of background (some also found at my previous question http://ask.metafilter.com/153029/Do-I-need-to-be-trained ). I joined Weight Watchers in August of 09. Since that time I have lost 110 lbs. I still have about 100 - 120 to go to achieve my ideal weight. In the past few months my weight loss has slowed to a crawl. Whereas I was averaging just under 2 lbs per week, now I'm averaging well under 1 lb per week. I know plateaus happen, but I'm following the program to the letter and becoming frustrated. I knew that I had followed the diet portion but exercise was never something that had come easily to me, and my thinking was if I added a regular workout to the diet then the weight would resume falling off. To that end, I hired a personal trainer.
I meet with her 2 to 3 times per week. I told her up front my primary goal is weight loss, with toning being a strong secondary goal as some areas of me now hang a bit too loosely since the weight loss.
I have been working out with her about a month, and the workouts aren't quite what I expected. She has me almost exclusively doing strength-training exercises; some freeweights and mixed in with that squats, leg presses, push-ups, etc. She tries to work each muscle group, arms, legs, and what she calls "core" (which may be the proper term but I've never heard of it, referring to abs and other stomach and back muscles). She says that through muscle building my metabolism will raise, thus my body will burn calories more efficiently, and my weight loss will speed up.
However in this month I've found my weight loss coming to a halt. After working out I'm incredibly sore for a couple of days; usually the day after a workout I'm fairly laid up and Advil is my only respite. I don't mind pushing myself, I'm all for "no pain no gain" but given that I'm putting forth maximum effort and getting no results, I have to wonder if this personal trainer is doing things right...
She has proscribed no cardio between our workouts, though I sometimes will on our "off days" go and hit the treadmill for 30-45 minutes, or walk outdoors. She says cardio is good to do as well, but focuses solely on the weight and strength training.
So I turn to you mefits, some of whom I'm sure are more knowledgeable about fitness than I am. Ideas? Because honestly I'm becoming so frustrated right now that giving up sometimes seems viable.