Before I got pregnant, I was training with a personal trainer, once/week. He was amazing - a very laid back guy, but pushed me beyond my limits all the time. The results were also great - I did lose some weight, but the biggest benefit was my increased strength and flexibility. Before I started with him, I wasn't overly flexible, and was pretty flabby. In just a few weeks, my abdominal muscles started to harden (yes, even underneath the belly), my leg muscles became quite cut, and I could feel my biceps. I was able to get up off the floor from a cross-legged position without using my arms.
It was really hard working out with him - I was so dedicated, I would do two sessions in one day. I'd go into the gym at lunch for an hour of cardio, and then back again after work for an hour of weight training with him. Wow - that seems like eons ago now.
For obvious reasons, after I became pregnant, I stopped weight training with him. I took on "lower impact" exercise like swimming, walking, and yoga.
Recently, I've had many internal debates about the merits of getting a personal trainer. On the one hand, trainers simply coach you on specific exercises, and help push your limits. Isn't that something that one could research and do themselves?
On the other hand, trainers can help you reach your goals in the most effective and efficient manner. You see, the word "limit" is a funny thing. I think it's very hard to push ourselves beyond our own limits. It's entirely possible, and it takes a lot of mental effort. But it happens a lot quicker when you've got a trainer. Plus, a trainer makes your time with him/her extremely effective - you burn the most calories in the shortest period of time. Yes, it's the biggest bang for the buck!
I was planning on getting a personal trainer after I had lost about 15lbs on my own. And then, I was going to hire a trainer to help me with the rest. I'm not sure why I came up with this logic, to be honest! Wouldn't it make more sense to do it in reverse? This way, I'd get a good foundation going and learn all the exercises. Plus, it would be great motivation to see some significant losses on the scale.
My old trainer works in a gym. Seeing as I'm on maternity leave, I can't afford a gym membership AND training sessions at the moment. Well, I called him up, and he totally remembered me. As fate would have it, he has started private training sessions. So, I gave it some long, hard thought. I decided to hire him. It's expensive - but it's money well spent.
As we were working out details, he says to me, "Are you available to start on Saturday?". Saturday? As in, this Saturday? Was I really ready to do this? I suddenly had a vision of myself a few months from now, crossing that 10K finish line - in best form. "Absolutely!", I exclaimed. I can't wait.