Ouch. I’m so sore it feels so good baby! I gave it a go with Meredith the personal trainer for a free 45 minute trial session and she did things to me that no woman has ever done before. She made breathe heavily and sweat profusely!
She showed me exercises I never would have thought of doing to solely focus on getting me into shape for tennis.
45 Minute Trial Routine
* Sumo squat rope wave. Whuh?
* Three TRX exercises to improve the quads, core, and shoulders.
* Wind sprints on the treadmill 3 minutes jog, 30 seconds sprint, 30 seconds rest 8X up to 12 mph. I would never do these voluntarily. Why suffer?
* Pro-roller stretches to roll out the calves, quads, IT bands and hamstrings. Talk about pain all over.
* Side stepping through a maze for quickness and agility.
* Core training with cable pulleys three different ways.
* Four different stretches for the back, torso, and legs.
In retrospect, all the stuff I’ve been doing at the gym has been all wrong. I was doing bench presses, butterfly squeezes, lat pull-downs, biceps, and triceps. That’s it really. I never bothered to do anything cardio, or work on the muscles that would help improve my serve or backhand. I just went the easy route. There is also 100% NO CHANCE I would have ever done any wind sprints or anything to make me sweat. Again, I hate working out so I just focused on doing the easiest exercises that required the least amount of effort!
USING THE BLOG AND PERSONAL TRAINER TO SAVE SOME MONEY
I’ve decided to go with Meredith, but not for 10 sessions for $795. The original plan was to spread the 10 sessions over two months. However, that’s an amount I don’t feel entirely comfortable with.
Instead, I plan to start off with 5 sessions for $395 and go once a week or two and work out once a week or two on my own. After each session, I plan to record all the exercises she’s taught me and compile the top 5 exercises to continue on my own after the 5 sessions are over.
Trouble Saying No
The difficult part I foresee is actually not staying dedicated to whatever routine she gives me. What I fear most is telling Meredith after my 5 sessions are over that I will no longer need her services. She’s young, recently moved here from Southern California and is building her list of clientele. I feel bad not using her for more training sessions to help her financially.
The thing is, I shouldn’t feel bad since it’s my money. This might be the downside of going with a young female personal trainer. If I went with a 40 year old male veteran, I probably would feel less guilty for not renewing. Women really are more trustworthy and better negotiators than men!
PERSONAL TRAINER INSTANT IMPACT
After playing a couple sets of doubles tennis I challenged the 15 year old high school sophomore student to a singles match. He’s super fit, with not an ounce of fat on him. We had already play for 1.25 hours, but I was ready for some more. The kid had a big forehand and some penetrating volleys. No matter, he went down 3-6 in 40 minutes. My lower back started getting sore, but I wanted more!
I was tired, but not nearly as tired after training with Meredith for 45 minutes the other day. So off we played for our third hour. In 35 minutes the kid, who is supposed to play #1 for his high school this year went down 2-6. My endurance didn’t fail this time.
$395 is a lot of money, but not so much if it helps me achieve my goal of winning a tennis tournament this year. I get to learn about the best exercise techniques from a professional, get in better shape, and who knows, maybe even extend my life by several months! How much would you spend to extend your life for even just one month?
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