Strength training. It has been a foreign concept to me until recently. Usually my gym routine consists of all cardio and I just think about how nice it would be to add weights to my routine. Sure, I have tried to use the machines at Thinking about it counts as doing it right? Wrong. Sure, I have used the machines at the gym but walking over to the free weights section can be very intimidating and crowded! Post Broad Street Run has been a little bit of a slump for me so here goes my story of how I ended up at Strength Personal Training in Northern Liberties over the past few weeks.
At the end of April I got an email Adam at SPT about how he found my blog and wanted to help me reach my fitness goals with two sessions at Strength Personal Training. Me? Personal Training? Woah now. I only had one personal training session when I graduated from college and it quickly turned into a sales pitch after that. It wasn’t that I had negative feelings about personal training sessions, its just an intimidating experience. I waited until after Broad Street Run to schedule anything with Adam and he was nice enough to follow up with me and said he hoped my run had gone well. For my first session, I anxiously walked into the gym not knowing what to expect.
Adam met me and showed me around Strength Personal Training (which offers kick boxing, muay thai and yoga) and then we sat down to talk about my fitness goals and how he could help achieve that. I said ultimately I just wanted to slim down. I gained weight from the holidays that I just haven’t been able to shake off. Also, I let Adam know that when I had trained for my first Broad Street Run in 2013, that I did see my weight go down due to the increase of physical activity and I had changed my diet. Where I fell off in the past 6 months, I wasn’t sure but I was wanted to make a change. For my first workout, I did free weights, push ups and planks (eeks!), squats and crunches. I was feeling pretty awesome until I went way too hard on the row machine doing cardio and I got very very dizzy. So dizzy that the session had to end early and I got a free Gatorade on the house. Yeah, not my best moment but I feel like I should let you, my readers know its okay if this happens to you! It has happened to everyone and I am not embarrassed to admit that during my second session, I got dizzy again.
As much as I was intimated by what was happening to me, I have decided to keep going at Strength Personal Training! On days when I know I will be weight training, I’ll eat 4 small meals at work and over-hydrate my body. Adam is working on creating a routine tailored to me and we’ll build upon it over the next four weeks. I hope that I will be able to give you a two and four week update on this journey. If you have any questions, reach out to me and I will ask Adam the next time I am at the gym.