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Private training

on October 4, 2012

This week, the research park I work in is having a “Health Fair.” There’s some little event every day — and every event you go to, you get a chance to register for an iPod. Sign me up!

Monday and Tuesday, they just had 2 people standing by tables in the lobby of the main building, and you could walk up and talk to them. On Tuesday, you could also request a tour of the tiny, tiny on-site gym. So for yesterday’s, I figured it would be more of the same, so I figured I’d just pop in for a few minutes and head back to work. Instead, when I walked in, a lady pointed me to the cafeteria, where a group of almost 10 people stood around. I heard them say, “Oh, hey, someone’s here!” as I came in.

I filled in my raffle ticket and joined the group… and noticed that they were all either trainers at the on-site gym, trainers from my gym (which works with the other gym on some stuff), staff from the on-site clinic, or research park staff. Uh… So apparently I was really the only person who showed up for that day, which consisted of presentations done by the trainers and the nurse. Doh. I felt trapped at that point and decided to stick around so they would have an audience. Heh, personal presentations!

There was food provided at the event this time. The presentations had been on the benefits of working out, on maintaining motivation to work out, on the sorts of training my gym offers, and on vaccinations. The buffet included meatballs in sauce, seared tuna, hummus, ranch dip for the veggies, fruit, sandwiches, cherry tomatoes stuffed with something weird, and a huge platter of desserts — I saw chocolate chips, jelly filling, icing, the works. Lol, what happened to “Health Fair”?

Then this morning at my gym, I was the only one to show up for the 6am class. Yay, personal training!

The gym just changed up the workouts. Instead of the Crossfit-style workouts, now we have a lot of supersets and bodyweight timed AMRAP (as many reps as possible) rounds without the big primary lift. (I am very sad about the last — no heavy lifting for a while.)

A. Horizontal pullups (on rings), AMRAP: 15, 15, 13

B. 30s on / 15s off each, then 1-min rest. 4 rounds total:
B1. back squat (supposed to be bw, but she let me add the bar): 15, 14, 14, 13
B2. DB shoulder press (10lb DBs): 16, 14, 13, 13
B3. upright row (10lb DBs): 17, 15, 15, 15

C. 1min on / 15s off each, then 1-min rest. 3 rounds total:
C1. row (for cals): 11, 9, 10
C2. box jumps (12″): 23, 28, 25
C3. burpees: 12, 13, 12
C4. DB hang snatch (10lb DBs): 14, 16, 16

M’kay, seriously, that C set would have been a fine workout all on its own! Legs still smarting from squats get extra wobbly from the rower then go straight to jumping which isn’t too terrible for maybe 15 reps but there’s a whole stinkin’ minute to keep jumping and you’re suddenly glad they just bought soft boxes and that you picked a shorter height than you really wanted but thank heavens you’re finished and then you take a deep breath and it’s omgburpees and the snatch is no rest because it’s your legs that drive you up and your arms aren’t exactly helpful because you just did shoulder press and rows and that minute rest at the end feels like nothing and you strap in to the rower again and by the final round you’re spraying sweat everywhere when you move.

Yeah, standing up is gonna be “fun” today… and tomorrow. And maybe Saturday…


One response to “Private training

  1. Ruben says:

    You are training like a champion!

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