Playing Personal Trainer
I’m not a naturally-blessed skinny
bitch girl. I inherited my mother’s thighs (thanks, Ma!) and realized at a young age I was going to have to perpetually kick my butt throughout life to maintain a relatively slender physique. While I’ve always been involved in sports (gymnastics, tennis, softball, basketball, track, you name it…) I started running seriously and lifting around the age of 16. What started as a means to keep my body in shape transformed into a passion. I love being fit. I love feeling fit. And if I can do anything I can to help others be and feel fit also, well, I love that too.
About halfway through my freshman year of college, I thought about getting my personal trainer’s certificate. The student rec center offered classes and certification, and I couldn’t wait to get started. Unfortunately, around the same time, a major trauma in my family completely shook my world as I knew it, and I was sidetracked, emotionally, mentally and physically. I never got back around to motivating myself to get my certification.
I’ve been thinking about it a lot lately, and am getting ready to take the steps to get my certification. It takes a lot of time (and money) to get it done. So it’ll come in time. But for now, I’m having fun setting up my own training programs – I love the science and technique behind building programs.
Based on the success of the Spartacus Workout, my boyfriend and I challenged each other to build our own total-body circuit workout. The workouts consist of 10 exercises, each one-minute long, and the circuit completed three times. I love circuit workouts. They go by so quickly and they really rock every part of your body. If you’ve only got three days to spare in your week to work out, you should really be focusing on squeezing in a 45-minute total-body workout, and switching it up every few weeks.
I did some research over the weekend and looked into the most effective total-body exercises. I incorporated some of my favorite moves from P90X as well as a few others I’ve picked up along the way, and I think I’ve built a pretty good workout, really focusing on hitting the major muscle groups, while activating some smaller muscles at the same time. I’ve yet to try it out, but once I do, I’ll give a full report. I’ll leave out the program for now, in case I need to do any tweaking.
I don’t want to recommend something to my readers that I don’t truly believe in! I just wanted to post about my excitement in building a workout that really took planning, thinking and athletic science to create. It was a blast, and I can’t wait to create more! It might be the thing to push me toward my personal trainer goal just a bit closer to reality.