I told you all I was going to have a chat with a personaltrainer at the gym this post is all about the surprises during my session with the trainer. I had an appointment first thing Saturday morning, as soon as we met the first thing she asked me to do was get on the scales!!! I have not done that even once in front of somebody else naturally I was terrified, I check my weight regularly but I had not let anybody look at it so when she asked me to get on I just said a silent prayer and hopped on, luckily for me that went well..it was as expected and it was in the normal range so I was happy, next she checked my heart rate again this was also good because I have been working out regularly. Finally it was time to check my body fat percentage. I have never got this checked so I had no idea what to expect, I was actually terrified because I expected this to be high, I had read in many articles that even if your body weight is in the correct range your body fat % might not always in the correct range and this was one of the most important numbers, so you can understand my fear...
Here comes the surprise my body fat % was very low, it was actually lower than normal I was so surprised. My trainer said said that it was not good for my body fat to be so low, surprisingly in the half hour that we were taking my measurement she also asked me if I have problems with my body image, this question also surprised I never in a million years thought my body image issue would be so transparent to a third person. So basically I went in expected everything to be high/more but the situation turned a complete 180, I’m actually supposed to increase my food intake and my body fat %. She has decided to increase my food intake and my micro nutrition ratio should be 40% good fat 30% proteins and 30% carbohydrates.
After this we went in for a 40 minute workout session, squats, lunges, burpees, mountain climber circuits all with different weights, again this went well she said my fitness level was good but I need to increase my upper body strength. All in all through this session I realised my fitness levels were good but my calorie intake was really low and I had major issues with my body image both these things were unknowingly hindering my performance.
Lessons to remember (from my first session)
- Fuel is as important as the effort you put in: Personally I was noticing less improvement in my workouts, I expected to be able to run longer or lift heavier weights because I was putting in the effort, but somehow I couldn’t so I pushed myself by working out harder but I realised it was my calorie intake that was pulling me back.
- Should focus on a complete body workout: When I started out I focused on my lower body, I did a lot of cardio, squats, lunges but I ignored my upper body for a long time, now when I want to get more fit this pulls me back because I can’t lift heavier weights even for my squats and lunges. If I would have worked out on a complete body workout I think my fitness level would have been better now.
- Decide your calories based on your workouts: I always thought I was eating well, I don’t feel hungry but as mentioned recently I have started feeling tired faster and I have noticeably less energy levels but I could have never guessed I was eating less or I was close to starvation mode. I stick to eating 3 meals + 2 snacks but I realised my portion were too small and my calorie count was too low for the amount of exercise I was putting in.
- Good Body image is very important: I’m so surprised that my body image is still bad and it is so obvious, I know I have come a long way but I still see myself as a fat unhealthy person, it is so difficult to see myself in better light. I noticed that it is also pulling me back, the reason I avoided trainers for so long was because I was scared they would call me fat!!! I actually had a dream that people in the gym were laughing at me because I was fat..I still have no idea how to work my way out of this one but I know I need to because that is one thing which will pull me back from getting more fit and healthy
If you see yourself making any of the above mistakes please STOP!!! I can sincerely tell you from my experience they reduce productivity and just spoil your health
(I will be starting sessions with my trainer from mid June will keep you all updated about how that goes.)
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