I’ve mentioned before that I have plans this year to improve my health by exercising, eating right, and quitting smoking. Well, I haven’t been doing well on those three things at all. That big photography contest I organised in February kept me busy starting in January, and then in March I was just exhausted from that project, so I had to put my health plans on the backburner. I hadn’t really thought about getting in shape for a long time, but then I saw one of my acquaintances share her experiences with her personal trainer a few weeks ago, and that started to turn some wheels in my head. Seeing her working out with good results encouraged me to start a new fitness plan.
Hiring a Personal Trainer
I decided to contact the same personal trainer my acquaintance uses. In the past I’ve tried exercising alone and with a buddy, but it didn’t last very long. Plus, it doesn’t help that I actually hate exercising. I’m hoping by working with a trainer, I can get the guidance I need and learn the right routine. I also want to ensure I’m doing everything safely — having a trainer will definitely help with that aspect. I’m going to meet my trainer once a week, and because I’m only meeting him once a week, I’ve requested that he teaches me no-equipment exercises I can do at home the rest of the week. I met my trainer last week for a consultation, and I’m liking him so far. He’s a super nice guy, and I look forward to working with him.
Signing up at Body & Seoul
While I was considering a trainer, I also looked into Body & Seoul, conveniently in my neighbourhood, and I asked for a quote on their personal trainers. The quote they gave me was way out of my budget, and I’d mentioned that to the owner. She recommended to me that I try FightFit. Basically it is a group exercise class where they do different routines every class, and they do multiple different exercises in bursts. In the past I’ve not enjoyed the group exercises I took with yoga and pilates because as a beginner, jumping into a mixed level class was a super bad idea, so I had no idea what I was doing there and the terminologies they used didn’t help. But FightFit looks like it will be different and won’t require me to study ahead to learn the terms and such. I also do like the idea that the routines will be different because exercising the same way over and over again is boring!
Third Step: Taking It Slowly
For my first month, I’m taking it slowly — I don’t want to start off by doing too much at once. My exercise regime will start on April 22, and that’s when I will start with my trainer. My first FightFit class will be on April 25. I’ll do my major workouts on Mondays and Fridays, and the other days I will do the exercises my trainer teaches me. After the first month, I plan to incorporate one more class into my routine — either another FightFit, Yogilates, or Pilates class. We’ll see how my first month goes first!
Have you ever hired a personal trainer? Would you like to one day? Are you into group exercises or solo exercises? What exercises do you enjoy?