As I wrote on Wednesday, I won a fitness assessment and personal trainer session from a draw at my gym. So on Wednesday at lunch I met the Personal Trainer (Mike) to discuss my current training, my goals, and to assess my current fitness levels. Sigh.
I admit that I’m disappointed in my results.
At the same time I wasn’t the least bit surprised. How can I expect to have the results of a peak performing athlete if i don’t train or eat like an athlete? I doubt that our Gold Medal Women’s Olympic Hockey team starts their days off with a big bowl of Lucky Charms like I do…
Overall I’m in the healthy range – everything about me is text-book… except I have goals. Goals that can be more easily met if I increase my VO2 max, decrease my body fat, increase lean muscle and perhaps lose a few pounds. I want to qualify for the Boston Marathon!!
So Mike and I discussed my goals – and how to get there. That was the nice part of my assessment – he didn’t make any comments about my size nor think that my goals were unrealistic. Mr. Mike, as well as being a CPT, also holds a Kinesiology degree, has experience with triathletes, and has spent some time working in a sport performance center – yay! And he was EXCITED to help me!
My Fitness Assessment Results:
- Height: 5 ft 2
- Weight: 123.5 lbs
- Body fat %: 28.5 (close to the high-end of the “healthy” range for my age)
- Resting heart rate: 72 bpm (I actually have tested it on my HRM consistently at 65 bpm)
- Blood pressure: 120/80 (normal)
After taking my vitals, talking training, and goals, Mike continued the assessment by testing me for muscle imbalances. This was definitely a unique part of the assessment, and probably the part that sold me on him. He realised that if I keep training my imbalances they’ll get worse and will lead to injury. Mike told me his initial plan was to work on eliminating the imbalances, such as strengthening my weak glute medius muscles, and increasing my ankle flexibility (the result of having both of my legs in casts due to stress fractures 13 yrs ago) so that I can be a better runner. Mike also tested a bunch of other imbalances, though the one that stuck out the most were the two that I just mentioned.
Overall I was pleased that I *think* I’ve found the right coach/personal trainer combo that I’ve been looking for. You might remember when I tried online coaching – That didn’t work out for me. The workouts were great, but the training plan completely did not take into account my life (who on earth can do a two-hour long run on a Tuesday?!? Nor did it take into account my triathlon training. The coach also didn’t check-in with me as much as I thought a coach probably should. The other personal training attempt that I’ve made was the Kettlebell/TRX fusion guy. He knew a lot about strength training, and worked me hard, but he didn’t seem to know too much about how I could fit his training into an overall marathon/triathlon training schedule when I asked. I’ll give this Mike guy the benefit of the doubt and see how my Monday personal training session goes (and how much this will cost….) before making my decision. All in all, I know I need help getting to my goal, I just don’t know what that help is, yet.
Do you have a coach or a personal trainer?
When was the last time you had a fitness assessment?