It’s 2016 – the year I turn 40 – so I joined a gym and hired a personal trainer. His name is Austin and he’s the new guy.
We sat down today to do measurements and intake paperwork. Poor Austin was trying to be enthusiastic but I could tell he had intake fatigue. He glossed over the first few questions on the form and then asked the tough one: what are you hoping to accomplish? I swear I saw him grit his teeth, but fortunately I was prepared.
“I have two specific goals related to running, and one related to soccer,” I said, and he hurried to pick up the pen he had just put down. “I’m a distance runner, and I want to PR a half marathon this year. My goal is to run it in under 2 hours.” The pen was flying.
“Good, good – go on,” he said.
“Being a runner, I struggle with balance in my muscle groups. I struggle with IT band issues related to an imbalance between my quads, hamstrings, and gluts. I’d like to strengthen those muscles and get them working together.”
Austin smiled. “Awesome, I have some ideas about this. And what about soccer?”
This goal wasn’t as specific. “I want to become a better player. I’m weak on ball control and shooting.”
“So your hand-eye coordination…” Austin mumbled. He was too busy jotting that down to see my left eyebrow arch. Hand-eye? Not really, but I could see where he was headed.
He made a few more notes and put down his pen. “We’re gonna stop here,” he said, “because I have ideas and I want to show you now. It usually takes a while to establish goals but you’ve got some good ones. We’ll come back to this stuff later.”
So without further ado – today’s workout:
- 5 minutes rowing or elliptical
- Modified kettlebell deadlifts (3 sets, 10 on each leg)
- Agility toe taps (3 sets, 20 reps)
- Ski jumps-trx assisted (3 sets, 20 reps)
- Step up and over (3 sets, 20 reps)
- Medicine Ball control touches 10-lbs (3 sets, 12 reps each leg)
- I added 10 minutes of running on the boring old treadmill so it felt significant
To round out the goals, I’m committed to losing 20 lbs and reducing body fat by 8.6%. My measurements are good, so we’re just toning up those sad areas!
I got this!