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Personal Trainer – session 1…..

2013. As I said in my crazy abseil post back in March, 2013 is my year for change & challenges. Having walked down a 170ft building I’m ready for the next one which is ‘getting fit & losing weight’. Now I’ve always considered myself as pretty fit but after 3 kids the tummy is no longer flat or even remotely slim, it just kind of blobs around. I’m now at the stage where the jeans still fit but just above the jeans is a nice little ring of tummy doughnut which doesn’t actually look great and the tops no longer hide it but cling to it, mmmm nice…!!!

I’ve tried diets before and lost a few lbs (and I mean a few) and then nothing happens so I just say stuff it and carry on eating. Now saying all of this I’m not the size of a house, probably pretty average, I’m a 14 tops and 12/14 bottoms but if I don’t do something about it now, before long I think I will be the size of a house!! So there’s only one thing for it, I’ve taken the brave step and decided to get a personal trainer, felt like a good idea at the time, having someone to encourage me and help me meet my goals.

Well I don’t do things by half and as it turns out my personal trainer (Andy) is an ex-marine. Yes I said ex-marine!!! Thinking not so much of a great idea and actually pretty scared of the torture he’s going to put me through, aaarrrrggghhhh!!!! So I turn up for my first session and first things first it’s the weigh in and measurements and of course I’m not going to tell you what they were, a woman never discloses her personal details! So I have 12 weeks to start off with and the first goal is that in 4 weeks I will have lost 1 stone, more toned and not have such a big tummy doughnut (my phrase not his), seems pretty impossible (knowing me) but you’re forgetting I now have my very own marine to kick my ass and to keep me going. Before we started our session his last words to me were ‘I’ve had people faint and be sick but haven’t had anyone die on me so that’s good and there’s no such word as can’t” – really, that’s way too scary!!

First is a 5K bike ride, ok I’m thinking, I like cycling but it’s not like your average gentle bike ride. Harder and harder and by the end my legs feel like noodles but I still actually feel ok. Next the cross trainer and after only 2 minutes I feel like I’m going to die, I feel faint, a little dizzy but more than that I feel like I’m going to be physically sick. Andy takes me off the cross trainer for a sit down and water and I slowly start to feel better, it was a real shock really I thought I was quite fit but it’s a wake up call at how unfit I am! After a little sit down I’m on the weights on the shoulder press (I think), quite like these but surprise surprise it gets harder and harder to get to 12 lifts. Next I’m on the rowing machine, wow I love this machine and apprently I have ‘good technique’, maybe I’ll make the Olympics??!! Yep you’ve guessed it I’m pushed and pushed, 100 metres and then rest for 1 minute and then another 100 metres – 12 times!! I really enjoyed this (can you enjoy torture?) and it’s amazing how you can become obsessed with beating your last performance, I so wanted to better myself each time and did horraayyy!!!! Just when I’m feeling pretty good Andy says it’s back to the cross trainer, oh no and I have to do a whole 5 minutes on it. Dreading it after my last performance but to my surprise it wasn’t that bad, we’re chatting constantly, I wasn’t in pain and in no time at all the 5 minutes was up. To finish off it’s on the floor for some abs work. I’ve never been that good at ab work and they are pretty much well hidden so these were a killer, he doesn’t let you stop half way though you have to finish them all, no pain no gain they say and so after 48 sit ups of various kinds my tummy is killing.

How did I feel after my first session? Pretty ok as a whole. Yes I was red like a raspberry, covered in sticky yucky sweat and various limbs felt a bit wobbly but I felt like I had achieved something. I’d felt such an idiot at feeling faint and sick (cringe!) but I’d overcome it, carried on and finished the session.

Time for homework: 40 sits up’s and 20 burpees (where did they get that name from?) everyday, along with some kind of cardio vascular – yikes, I haven’t done so much for years!!!

How do I feel the next day, sore! Legs hurts, bottom hurts, hip hurts, chest hurts, lower back hurts, arms hurts, neck and head are ok, ankles & lowers legs are ok and tummy is not so bad – all in all though, sore….. Thanks Andy and see you next week.


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