Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Project Madonna Arms

I recently read that really busy people make time to work out by getting up super early every day--like 5:00am.

Ick.

My answer to the time crunch that doesn't allow for exercising has been not exercising. (Now you know my time management secrets.)

But a few weeks ago, a friend of mine who is a professor in the sciences sent out an e-mail asking for volunteers to help her exercise science class by signing up for personal training sessions with one of her students.

And for some inexplicable reason, I replied and said I'd do it.

So now I have an undergraduate personal trainer, and I have to commit to exercising on campus with my trainer 150 minutes a week.

This is a recipe for total embarrassment.

But I'm totally cheating and doing it during some of my office hours because I'm on campus anyway and that is when my trainer is available.

Today was our fitness assessment. My trainer (a dude I'll call Chad) has to type up my results and send them to me, but he totally knows how old I am, how much I weigh, and how many push ups I can do, which is generally information I deliberately do not share with my students. So that's weird. Thankfully, I've never had Chad in class so I only know him in the context of being my personal trainer, but it's still kind of weird.

Some things I learned:

* I can walk a mile in 13 minutes (Takes me 14 when I'm pushing a double stroller, takes me 18 when I'm dragging Cooper's lazy butt).

* I don't use proper form for push-ups (even modified push-ups) because using proper form makes them really effing hard. (Your chin is supposed to touch a book on the ground!)

* My lower ab muscles are virtually nonexistent; hence, my goal: improved core strength. (My other goal: make my arms look like Madonna's.)

* I feel naked when I'm wearing workout clothes on campus where I'm likely to see students I have in class.

Training starts for real next week, and I know I'm going to whine about it.

Chad has his work cut out for him.

13 comments:

  1. What sorts of things is he having you do? What did the assessment entail? Do you have diastase recti (the ab separation from having babies)? I do. Hopefully Chad is giving you some good modifications if need be.

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    1. We measured my resting heart rate. Then I had to do curl ups (half-crunches), push-ups, and fast-walk a mile and then measure my heart rate again. Nothing difficult, but I was nervous!

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  2. That comment sounded kind of know-it-ally and wasn't intended to. This just interests me! I'm excited to hear more about it!

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    1. You are SUCH a know-it-all. GAH.

      xo

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  3. I second the question on diastasis recti. I've had two doctors tell me that I need surgery to fix mine because I have some sort of borderline hernia thing happening. So I'm using that as my excuse to skip the crunches. Hope the workouts aren't too painful! Though if they are, that means you will get in shape faster, right?

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    1. As much as I'd like to skip crunches, I don't think I have diastasis recti. (I googled it yesterday and also made David prod my stomach and see if he thought there was separation). But I'm going to e-mail and ask my student trainer about it!

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  4. Sounds fun! Real pushups ARE no joke! I think before January I had maybe done 4.5 total in my whole life. But you'll be amazed at how quickly you'll get really good at them if you keep up with it. Now in our hour and a half class we often do 60-70 of them. It's torture, but works. (Well, I don't have Madonna arms, but my inner badass is happy.) Hovering in Power Yoga helps too.

    So I'm excited - when you get done with your training you can come to the gym with me and we can actually hang out and talk while we sweat. :)

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    1. Or we could just hang out and talk while we eat and drink.

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  5. What book?? ;)

    Note: it doesn't matter. I cannot do a proper push up :/

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    1. My trainer would tell you to start by doing push ups against a wall. Exercise is the WORST!

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  6. I get up at 4:30 to exercise 3 days a week. The other 4 days I can be more leisurely but OMG it sucks.

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