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Sunday, November 26, 2017

Personal Training + My Playlist










I can't think of a more appropriate outfit to talk about post Thanksgiving! If you follow me regularly, then you probably know that working out is apart of my daily life. While exercising for most people is considered a chore, I truly enjoy it. Sure I have days that I don't feel like it, or every movement feels like a struggle, but I try to never let it stop me from going. I work out for me. Mentally it helps me stay level, physically it helps me feel good, and internally it keeps me healthy. There are so many benefits to working out, some of which I'm sure you're familiar with - but I wanted to touch on something that I've gotten a lot of recent questions about: personal training.

I work out with a personal trainer three times a week (four times a week in the month of December). During each session, we post video clips of different exercises to my Instagram Stories. The feedback is always overwhelmingly positive, but everyone always wants to know how much it costs. Valid question. However, when I loop people in on the cost - the reaction is always the same. "Oh gosh! Groceries, or personal training?!" While I understand the initial sticker shock behind what it costs (believe me I once felt the same way), I wanted to elaborate on what you actually get out of personal training. 

I initially started working out with a personal trainer (his name is Ro), because I was fresh out of school, started a new job which had me sitting at my desk for eight hours a day, I ate unhealthy because I was broke, and my physical/mental health just wasn't what it used to be. While I have always been a gym goer, I just wasn't maximizing my time in the gym and what I was doing was being cancelled out by the food I was eating. I decided it was time to make a change, for me. Yes, it was expensive. Yes, it was a tough decision to make - and yes, I too was wondering how I was going to make it work. But at the end of the day, you only have one body and it is your empire, so you have to take care of it. 

I worked out with Ro three times a week for a year and a half. The benefits were beyond explainable. I lost 13 lbs (I'm not a big person so this was a lot for me), I shrunk in inches, the cellulite on my legs was almost gone, my arms were super toned, and I felt amazing. I invested in myself. Personal training isn't something meant to be done for forever. It's an investment towards a goal that you can hopefully learn to maintain once you've obtained that goal. Think about it this way, what would you normally spend on clothes in a month? Or going out to eat? Or entertainment? Or all of the above. What if you cut back on that and replaced what you would've spent in those areas, with an investment in yourself? I can't explain to you guys how worth it is. 

Thankfully, I've been able to maintain (not 100%, but close) the condition of my body by doing BBG and HSM after I stopped PT. However, at the end of October I made another decision to go back to Ro for two months before the wedding. I want to look and feel better than I've ever felt in my life on my wedding day, and that gratification alone is worth the investment. I look forward to each session (even though I feel like I'm dying during them), he holds me accountable for how I eat, provides a meal prep service that makes it easy to stay on track, and he has my best interest in mind even when I'm not looking out for myself like I should (he's not scared to tell you your arms don't look any smaller than they did two weeks ago - aka are you cheating?). 

I think another big misconception with personal training, is that people think that once you've learned the moves in PT, you can continue to do them yourself at the gym. Don't worry, I thought this too and to an extent it's true. However, are you really going to put the extra weight on the squat bar? When you feel tired are you going to punch out another 20 reps without someone telling you to do it? When no ones watching, are you really going to do that exercise you hate so much but works so well? No, no and no. I know this from experience. I hate the stair master. Ro makes me run at level 20 for a minute straight, three whopping times during our sessions! When I stopped going to him, did I get on the StairMaster once? Nope. Because no one was telling me to do it. I knew how to do it, but the accountability wasn't there. I got on the squat rack and thew a couple ten pound plates on each side and called it a workout. There's something to be said for having someone there to push me further than you would push yourself. 

Here's some food for thought. If the engine light on your car is lit up, you take it to the shop to get whatever needs to be fixed, fixed - right? No matter what the parts and labor costs, the car has to be fixed because you need it - so you pay the bill for the reassurance that you won't be stranded on the side of the road later on. Your body is just like a car, or a machine. It needs maintenance and upkeep to keep it running without shutting down on you. What you put into it, is what you get out of it. If you put cheap gas into a car that only takes premium, you're going to pay for it later. If you put cheap food into a body that needs clean food, you're going to pay for it later (IE weight gain, clogged arteries, high cholesterol etc.). If you never service your vehicle, it will eventually break down on you. If you never workout or stimulate your heart rate, it's going to shut down on you. Way too many people want to see a material item for money spent (I'm guilty of this too sometimes), and they overlook the overall benefits of what taking care of yourself does for you in the long run. Moral of the story, you only get one body. Once it gives up on you, you don't get to trade it in for another. So why not invest in yourself like you would a material item?

Cheers to all who are still reading! Now that I've rambled and gotten off my virtual soapbox - let's talk about the outfit for a minute. How fun are these leggings?! I have them in a bunch of solid colors, but thought these were so cool! This is random, but they keep reminding me of Bill Nye the Science Guy - LOL. I have two of the solid black ones because they also double as my leggings with oversized sweaters, thermals, and puffer vests and I like that they are reasonably priced. I sized up in this top for a baggier fit so I could knot the bottom of it, so I'm wearing a medium. Even if you aren't planning on wearing it to the gym, it makes a cute athleisure outfit with a zip up jacket thrown over it! 

Okay, last but not least (I swear I'm almost done), you guys have been asking for my playlist nonstop and I'm finally getting around to posting it! As I mentioned above, I've been posting video clips of my workouts to Instagram Stories and you all are curious about the songs that are playing in the background of those videos. Some of the songs are old, some are new but it's a great playlist for music while you workout or if you're just looking for that extra little pep in your step! 




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