I thought I took it somewhat easy (or so it felt at the time) with my first workout at Anytime Fitness on Friday.
I met with Sharon, the trainer (imagine the typical 0% body fat, perky, petite little chick) and we went back to the office and she asked me a bunch of questions. What my goals are (to lose the last the last 40 lbs in 2014), how often I expect to be at the gym (3-4 times a week, which she said is ideal), on a scale of 1 to 10, how important is exercise (10!!) and of course the typical medical questions to ensure I don't keel over on their property. She was happy to hear that I was active in Weight Watchers and could tell her my exact weight as of the night before. Then she did the body fat measurer thingy and she didn't seem surprised by the numbers for body fat or BMI, but said that if I did lose the 40 lbs, I'd be golden. And I know that. For my height, 175 is the upper end of the range for WW and do-able in my mind. Granted my BMI would still be considered in the overweight range but *pppppbth* to that. 140 lbs is the lower end of the healthy range and I just can't see me that low. I have a big frame and need ~some~ meat!
Then she said weights & cardio would be what helped me the most. I made sure to tell her that I don't run unless chased and she was OK with it. So she said I should do at least 30 minutes cardio, either on the treadmill or elliptical. She said I could do 15 minutes as a warm up, then do the circuit machines, then do the other 15 minutes as a cool down. She showed me how to do all the circuit machines and suggested what weights I should set them at (I've already changed a couple, made them heavier) Then said I should do a set of 10 reps on each machine and move quickly to the next one. Do all the machines 3 times. Then she sent me on my way.
I did the 10 reps x3 and did 10 minutes on the elliptical. That takes some talent! I did fine for the first 8.5 minutes, then lost my rhythm and was all flailing around for a while. I'm sure it was quite comical to the trainers sitting in the office right there! Anyhooo, it tacked on another 2 minutes for cool down then I went to the treadmill for another 15 to walk and bring my heart rate down.
I was feeling pretty good when I left there. I could tell I was going to feel it, but was surprised that Saturday I was just feeling tight. I did a little stretching and didn't think anything more of it. It was sunny and 45 degrees, so I took the dog for a walk. I was wearing my hiking boots due to melting snow, so my legs still got a workout. Today I was OK, until we started taking Christmas decorations down and putting them away. It was like as I was standing there, rolling up extension cords that I realized my arms were sore! And my legs. Nothing else really so much.
So I will be going back tomorrow. I'm going to shoot for going Monday evening after taking Miss Angela to dance, Wednesday afternoon (after taking Miss Angela to dance!) and either Friday afternoon or Saturday morning. They have a 9am Saturday Zumba class, so I may even do both! I passed this week, just because I expected to be sore & such. I wonder how crazy it's going to be in there this week, with all the typical New Year's Resolution people showing up? I know WW will be packed, it always is! At least for a month or so.
Bring it on!