It hurts to text…

I went to a personal training session!

I know right. I’m getting into this ;)

At least, the idea of going to a personal training session made me really excited.

I know nothing of the gym, so I saw it as an introduction to what I could do on my own. It was also pretty daunting though.

What if I wasn’t able to do it? What if it was too hard? What if they didn’t understand that I’m coming at this from nothing.

Turns out I shouldn’t have been THAT worried. As per, I was building it up a lot on my head when in actual fact all I needed to do was copy what the guy told me!

The session:

We started the session with some basic stretches before going on to weighted squats. I was doing so well up until the third weight. There was no way I was going to be able to lift 12.5kg…

I guess that’s why we also did a lot of upper body work, including the chest, forearms and wrists (hence why my thumbs are hurting so much!).

I’ll be the first to admit that in a gym as small as the one I went to, I would feel a little anxious going into the lifting area on my own.

It was a room filled with guys doing weights and as a newbie it felt a bit intimidating. But going in with a personal trainer made it a lot easier.

Saying that, I’ve already decided to join a different gym, where i’m hoping it’ll be less separated. I’m really not sure I really liked the atmosphere or being the only girl there.

It was great, but…

The only niggling thing that made me disappointed downside in the experience was that my trainer had quite bad English. He told me that he has only been in the country a year (to practice his English), and this made it difficult to explain to him what I wanted out of the session. Even at the end I wasn’t sure he ‘got it’. I think if I was to do it again, i’d make sure that they knew and understood what I wanted and my fitness level.

Personally it feels like it would be so easy for a personal trainer that doesn’t understand you to push you past your capabilities. To some extent this is great, it’s how you improve – but I’m also scared that it’d be how I got injured. This is far too important to me to be getting injured 3 weeks into training.

I think that if they understood a bit more, it would make a big difference to what i’d get out of the session and would make me feel more comfortable with following instructions.

Overall…

The training session was a good one, it went super quick and at the end of it I felt like I’d worked out quite hard (plus I was quite energised from it all!). I just wouldn’t feel comfortable going back to that gym and using the personal trainer I did.

Have you ever tried personal training? What did you think?