Recently, I decided to revive my “flat-lining” weight loss efforts by working with a trainer. Unfortunately, my trainer is the current NJ Golden Gloves champion!!!
He is by far the most physically fit person that I have ever met – and one of the nicest as well. I am excited to be able to work with him, especially since everyone who knows him marvels at his crazy workouts. He is actually going to record a video for the push ups challenge, both giving instructions and challenging himself – you won’t want to miss it!
Anyway, I’m sure you are dying to hear about my pathetic attempt at a serious workout…
We started by taking a 5 minute walk to a nearby park – it was more like a basketball court with some grass around the border. He told me that we were going to run after a warm-up and stretch…once I saw that we were on a basketball court, I got excited – I thought I would just run around the court a couple of times!
We started with what he called “dynamic stretching“. He had me do walking lunges, butt kicks, run with my knees up, hip openers, and one or two other things that I’m forgetting, to help get my lower body loose. Then we worked on the upper body by doing arm rotations, both backwards and forwards in a horizontal and vertical position; triceps and biceps stretches, shoulder, and back stretches.
We did a few more things to warm up and stretch out, and then it was time to run. Unfortunately, he never read my objections to a fat guy running! He had me jog around the block, and I didn’t think I was going to make it. The good thing about it was that these were some of the shortest blocks that I’ve seen in a while.
I made it back from my short jog in one piece, and then the real workout began! He had me do push ups for 2 minutes, lunges, squats, throw punches with 2lb weights, plank, more push ups, and I’m sure that I’m forgetting something!
I was so exhausted, and I struggled to catch my breath after each set! I don’t think I ever “recovered” from that first run. Once I got really tired, I just tried my best to block everything out (especially my burning lungs) – I was told that it looked like I “zoned out” a few times!
Once we reached [what I thought was] the end, I got pretty excited. Then he announced that I was going to run around the block again!!! This is after more than an hour of working out – including the first run, which I hated. Well, in order to provide extra “motivation”, he decided to do the run with me.
As I started running, my body wanted to give out. I kept telling myself that I only had a little while to go, but that didn’t work. He kept trying to motivate me as well, but my body completely tuned him out. After going about 40% of the way around, I collapsed. I don’t mean that I got tired or I started walking, or something dignified such as that; I mean…I collapsed!!!
There I was sprawled out in the middle of the street, praying that a car wouldn’t come by and run me over. I was glad that I had a military man with me, so that he could help my tired, fat body up. HA! Instead of receiving sympathy, I am then told that I haven’t run far enough to get a rest, and that I need to keep running. 😯
I got up and started jogging again, but once I turned the corner, my body started walking. Then I hit the home stretch and he wanted me to run to the end of the “course”. As I started running, I kept my eyes focused on a car that was parked pretty much where I needed to go. However, as I kept looking at the car, I noticed that it was getting farther away from me (just like the hallway scene in the first Poltergeist movie)…
The more I ran, the further away the car moved, then I decided to close my eyes and run. I only focused on the voice of my trainer, and my breathing – which was probably the most horrendous sound that a human (who isn’t being tortured for secrets) can make! Once I got to the end, I wanted to collapse. But instead, I repeated all of the static stretches that I did at the beginning.
My lungs were burning, I kept blowing my nose (I am getting over a cold), my body was ready to collapse (again), and I was dripping with sweat…but it was over!!! I actually survived my first workout and lived to write about it. The funny thing about the workout, is that I didn’t have to deal with the itchy legs when walking or running, that I had in the past. Maybe it was the temperature, or the fact that my body wanted to shut down…I’ll let you know how that goes.
I am also going back to the very simple diet that I used in the past, with a few modifications suggested by my trainer; but since this post is already near 900 words, I’ll save that for another update!
So far, we are scheduled to meet up once a week, but I will duplicate the workout as much as possible during the week. I’ll definitely keep you updated on my progress.
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