And if your trainer is half as good as mine, they’ll also listen to your needs and concerns, and be patient when explaining something over and over again if you haven’t quite grasped the concept!
It’s fair to say that I’ve learnt an awful lot from PTs over the past few years. And something I’ve been doing an awful lot of recently is documenting my gym journey on Instagram (over at Face Up Fitness* if you want to follow me).
What I’ve not been doing terribly well though is marrying my Instagram up with my blog – I’ve done plenty of fitness posts here but I haven’t focused so much on my gym training. So, today I’m launching ‘Getting My Sweat On’, a round-up of my workouts from over the last month.
It’ll include my favourite exercise of the month, least favourite (read that as most challenging), one to try, and useful trainer tips. I'll finish with Any Other ‘Fitness’ Business. I'm kicking the series off with everyone's favourite - deadlifts.
So, I started the month finding out how strong I am. There’s a calculation for working it out – I never knew such a thing existed! It’s called the One Rep Max and it’s useful for putting together optimal training programmes, ones that will push but not strain you (weight training is NOT about lifting as heavy as you can!).
New Fitness Programme
Recently I also began a new eight-week fitness programme. When I started training regularly with Peter, one of the first things he did was to establish my goals (a good trainer will do that). My programme is geared towards hitting those and sees me train a particular part of the body each time, ie upper body and core one day, lower and core the next, cardio after that and so on.
If you train frequently (I go four times a week – in theory) following a regime like this allows you to rest certain muscle groups even on training days. If you visit the gym less often a full-body workout might be a better option.
Lower body and core includes more TRX (I really should devote a whole post to the fabulous TRX *not joking*) involving Pistol Squats (squats that make you look like a pistol), Goblet Squats (squats that make you look like a goblet), Stability Ball Sphinx (a Swiss ball exercise that makes you look like… you got it!), plus Leg Raises (ouch! – tip: bend at the knees before raising for an easier alternative).
Deadlifts. Not just because they’re a great all-rounder but also because you look strong doing them!
Roll on to a Swiss ball in a plank position. Next push upwards and roll the ball towards you, straightening your arms as you do so and (here's the insane bit) keeping the plank. Core blimey (get it?) I find it hard.
Exercise to Try
* More pics and videos of my workouts can be found on my Instagram page here.