Flat-out or just flat?

So, this morning I had that personal training session at the gym. When Vera, the personal trainer, got in touch with me earlier in the week, she asked me what my goals were, and I told her that I just wanted to start building fitness, toning and tightening up some soft areas. I mentioned that I have very weak arms and zero upper body strength and that my posture could do with some work.

Then I put it out of my head entirely until this morning.

When my alarm went off this morning, the only thing that forced me out of bed was knowing that it would be incredibly bad manners for me to cancel less than an hour before I was due to meet up with Vera. So I threw on my running clothes and started getting ready.

I’ve never been a fan of gyms, primarily because I haven’t the first clue how to use the various different machines, secondly because I am fully aware of just how weak my body is and finally because I’m afraid of ending up on Youtube or as an internet meme for making a complete ass of myself, like these poor folks:

Fortunately, I’m getting over being worried about what other people think, though, so I asked David to do the morning school run and Megan to pack the school lunches and off I went for my 7:00 appointment.

Now, normally, when I go for a run, I don’t really eat anything beforehand because I find that I start feeling nauseous during my run if I do, so I just smashed half a sandwich in my face as I left and figured it would tide me over. Turns out I figured wrong!

Vera started me off on an elliptical machine, on the very lowest setting, for a 10-minute warm-up. I’d never been on one before – I’ve only ever run outdoors or on a treadmill, which I hated!

This was still very different from running on the road but far less awkward than on a treadmill, and I think I may be able to get used to it. I kept a slow, steady pace but still found myself in the “talking with effort” zone by the end of the 10 minutes. At the same time, I wasn’t dead and felt sufficiently warmed -up. By now, though, I guessed that I was not going to manage a full hour of working out.

Vera thought it best (and I concur!) not to try getting onto any of the fancy equipment just yet – I suppose she also wanted to gauge what I could do – so we went into one of the group exercise studios, which are open for use by anyone when there are no scheduled classes running.

So here’s what we did –

    Vera handed me a weighted bar like this one:

And we then proceeded to do the following:

Front barbell squats – 2 sets of 15 reps

Standing front barbell raises – 2 sets of 15 reps

Bent over barbell row – 2 sets of 15 reps

Weighted extended crunches with a 2.5kg plate – 2 sets of 10 reps

This was supposed to have been 3 sets of each, but since I had skipped breakfast and only had that half a sandwich, I started feeling dizzy after the first set and we only did one more.

I was surprised at how unfit and weak I really am! But I’m looking forward to working my way up to actually finishing a workout, and getting fit and strong!

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