I survived my first month of my new fitness regime. I blogged before my plans of hiring a personal trainer, signing up at Body & Seoul to take FightFit, and taking things slowly. Some of my plans didn’t fall through, but I am satisfied with what I’ve accomplished so far. In fact, my dad was so impressed with what I’ve been doing that he offered to pay my trainer for next month. Yay! Thank you, Daddy! That aside, here is a summary of my first month.
My first session with my trainer, “Master Yoda”, was more of an assessment session. He had me do the following and here are my results:
1) 10 minutes on the elliptical as warm-up.
2) 1 minute timed modified push-ups — I did 33.
3) 1 minute timed sit-ups — I did 11.
4) Measured my flexibility — getting into the stretching position gave me a horrible abdominal cramp, no thanks to those sit-ups!
5) 1.5 miles on the treadmill — I walked on average 2.8 mph and completed 1.5 miles in 30-something minutes.
A few days later, I tried FightFit at Body & Seoul, and I ended up pretty much hating it. Don’t get me wrong, the workout was intense and I can see its benefits, but for a beginner like me, some of the exercises were way out of my range. The instructor had us doing a series of workout in quick succession, and while I did fine with the warm-ups and the jump rope segment, I had difficulties with all these complicated moves that required balance and strength, and I could not keep up to his speed. My instructor didn’t really modify anything for me. I struggled until I reached a point of anger and frustration.
The next day turned out to be a lot better. I befriended a parent to one of my second graders, and she and I decided to have walking dates. Our first one had us walking 3.3 kilometres (2 miles) through Itaewon and Hannam-dong, and it took us about an hour. It was a nice walk, but the pace was slower than what I was used to, but that’s fine. In the end, I walked home to a total of 4.3 kilometres (2.7 miles).
My second session with Master Yoda was a bit more intense. He had me do the following:
1) 30 minutes on the treadmill — I alternated between walking (3 mph) and jogging (4 mph) every five minutes. I walked 1.74 miles in 30 minutes.
2) 20 modified sit-ups with a ball and 10 modified push-ups for five sets.
3) 1-minute planks for three sets.
4) 30-seconds leg waving for two sets.
Couple of days later, I decided to give pilates a try at Body & Seoul, and that class turned out to be much better! My instructor was much more understanding, and she knew I was a beginner. She even told me to not overdo it, and she showed me modified moves. Seriously, after FightFit, I found pilates much more bearable! Yes, I struggled in this class, too, but I felt like it wasn’t as rushed as FightFit, and I feel that this will benefit me more in the long run. In fact, I decided to take pilates for the remainder of May.
My third session with Master Yoda was even more intense. He had me doing the following:
1) 40 minutes on the treadmill at a 15% incline and at 2.5 mph — I burnt 400+ calories, walked about 1.5 miles, and kept my heart rate at 156+. I feel like I’d climbed Namsan Mountain for this bit.
2) A series of leg raises and sit-ups — I did four sets. I started with 20 each, then 15, 10, and 5. By my fourth set, I struggled with those sit-ups.
I attended my second pilates class a few days later, and that went well. The instructor was still nice and wonderful. I did my best, but I know I have a long way to go . . .
This week saw me walking to and from work a lot, and I also walked in the evenings because I didn’t have the horrendous 5:30am work schedule. Walking to work takes me about 20-25 minutes. My evening walk consists of doing laps around my flat. I do three laps, and that takes me about 18 minutes.
My fourth session with James actually left me feeling sore the most because he had me do these:
1) 30 minutes on the treadmill — I started at 2.5 mph and increased the speed 0.2 mph every five minutes. I walked 1.49 miles in 30 minutes and reached the one-mile mark at 21:20.
2) 20 kettlebell swinging squats (20 lbs), 20 kettlebell steps (10 lbs in each hand), 20 ball crunches, and 30 kettlebell side crunches for three sets. Holy cow. My thighs and back were killing me the next day!
I will do pilates in a couple of days, and in between, I will be doing some of the routines Master Yoda taught me.
Master Yoda is a wonderful trainer. I love how he’s so encouraging. He does push me, but not to the point where I’ll get angry and pissed off like that FightFit instructor did. I feel that Master Yoda is a great investment, and I’m so glad I sought him out. Honestly, if I could afford it, I’d meet him at least twice a week, but once a week is all I can afford currently. Seriously, though, he’s a super nice bloke.
I am also liking pilates a lot more this time. The first time I tried it years ago didn’t leave me a good impression, but the instructor is what really makes a difference. Unfortunately, I will not be able to do pilates during the summer because they’re only offered in the mornings, and I will be working full-time hours during the summer. Instead, I may try yogilates in the evening instead and hope that will be just as good.
As for losing weight — honestly, I don’t think I’ve lost any, but I do feel physically better than before, so that’s a plus. I look forward to continuing my session with Master Yoda, and keeping up an exercise routine at home and trying to walk more when I am not on that super early morning work schedule.
If you’re doing a fitness programme or regime, how was your first sessions and/or month? Have you felt discouraged and upset like I have with FightFit? What kind of instructors do you like? Share me your thoughts in the comments!