It's been a couple of weeks now since I have been working with my trainer, Caroline of www.dragonflyfitness.com and I have to admit, I'm sort of enjoying it! We've trained in the park, at the gym, at the beach and in the woods, each of the locations offering something different to our training sessions. Here is one from a morning training on the hike up to Quarry Rock in Deep Cove. It can't be that bad cause I'm still smiling!
As I said in my last blog, we think we all know exactly what to do and why do we need a trainer. While most of us like to think we can do it on our own, we sometimes forget little things like warming up beforehand or stretching long enough afterwards. I've been really good about exercising myself on my days without my trainer, but I am guilty of not warming up or cooling down. A perfect example was the other day when I proudly finished 30 minutes on the treadmill (no easy task for me!) and then followed up with the various squats, lunges and other exercises that Caroline has shown me. I felt great afterwards - no aches, no pains - but then had difficulty falling asleep that night as I had achy legs and I knew it was because I hadn't stretched afterwards. Because stretching doesn't feel like you are working out the same way a lunge or lifting weights does, we tend to forget about it. A trainer reminds you the importance of it and will even help you with your stretching to ensure you are getting the deep stretch you need for your muscles after whichever exercise you've been doing.
When I was on the dreaded treadmill and thinking I can't do 30 minutes - not so much because I couldn't do it but because I didn't want to do it - I kept hearing Caroline's voice in my head, encouraging me and telling me just two more minutes. After those two minutes she'd say the same thing over again until finally all those little two minutes added up to 30. Without her encouragement and support the past couple of weeks, I wouldn't have had that little voice in my head and I know I would have stepped off the treadmill cause I was bored.
To me that's the sign of a good trainer - someone that can train you when they aren't even working with you that day!