Meeting with a Professional

So, earlier today I tweeted that I met with a trainer. I misspoke. I met with an exercise physiologist. Now, just what is this exactly and how is this different from a trainer?

See here from ExploreHeathCareers.org,”While just about anyone can call themselves a “personal trainer,” an Exercise Physiologist is a health care professional who has completed a degree in exercise physiology and/or has been certified by the American Society of Exercise Physiologists (ASEP).”

Turns out my chic has her degree. I met with Anna from Fitt Solutions. I did this because I want to maximize my time in the gym and it not be a detriment due to my limited food intake.

I was a bit skeptical when I entered her office as it was tiny. I was expecting a gym. She had a mat on the floor, a few hand weights, and an exercise ball. That’s it. I wasn’t sure what to expect.

So, she welcomes me and we begin going over my forms. We talk very briefly and she wants to know what I’ve been doing for exercise. I show her my records from my previous weight lifting sessions. I also told her at the beginning about my bad knees. She immediately has me change up my lower body exercises. She said what I was doing could cause more harm that good to my knees. Additionally, with the weight I’m losing, my knees will need extra time to adjust and heal, and perhaps longer than anything else….

And angels sang down from on high! This was the first time ever…. EVER that an exercise professional has *listened* to me when I told them I have bone-on-bone arthritis in my left knee. In fact, everything from then on out (in terms of cardio and lower body) she focused on the impact on my knees.

She also re-focused why I’m lifting. With the limited number of calories I’m able to intake in a day, and the weight loss, she said the focus right now is for my body not to lose muscle. At some point I will build some muscle (tone) but I’m in no way going to go out for my first body building competition any time soon. With all of this (and a tender lower back) she helped me devise a work out program that has me doing both cardio and weight training 4-5 times a week. I also have a host of ab exercise to do every day, regardless of the day. She seemed very big on core training. I think the plan is aggressive, but she explained (and really emphasized) how important it is to build into the program. I can’t expect to accomplish this in a few days.

I ended up paying for this out of pocket, and it was pricey for an hour and a half session. However, she never once looked at her watch (visibly) which I’ve had others do, and we went a good 35 mins past when the session should have ended.

Yes, I’m pleased as punch over this meeting. She was genuine, funny, and more importantly, professional. We agreed I would keep in touch via email. She also said “if you come back” so, there was no sales pitch on how I had to come back for more instruction. Basically, I told her what I needed, and she provided it.

So tomorrow I go to the gym and I’m going to test drive a few things she said. I also realize this is going to require me to get up a bit earlier. I’m good with that.

Let’s see how it goes. More soon.

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