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Mark Atwood
Gym. Getting back into it, with the aid of a buddy.
Long time readers of my LJ may recall I used to go to the gym regularly, for several years, three times a week, and detailed, in boring detail, my progress here. Almost two years ago, I "fell off the wagon".

Well, I'm back on it. This time, instead of having a trainer (25 bux a session, ouch), I have a workout buddy, solomoning. It's a lot cheaper, and rather more effective. S has been able to, in only a week, help me learn stuff that the trainers didn't teach me in two years. (FerEx, I now know how to hit my lats and my lower abs.)

Today this afternoon will be chest and biceps.
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intrepid_reason From: intrepid_reason Date: May 22nd, 2006 08:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
a work out buddy is always better for me, it gets me going because I commited to the other person.
From: neocuriosity Date: May 23rd, 2006 03:50 am (UTC) (Link)
WHERE did you find a trainer for only $25/session? Mine was $50....
solomoning From: solomoning Date: May 26th, 2006 07:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
24 Hour Fitness has some deal where you can sign up for X sessions and pay Y dollars, and the amount he paid wound up being about $25 per session.

Which, I hate to say, was wasted money. He worked with a trainer for months on end, and that trainer never noticed even once that Mark was using his shoulders when he should have been using his pecs. Mark never really felt good when his workouts were over, just extra tired in the two or three muscles he'd maxed out because he was using them for everything. The trainers should have seen that, really. At least they should have taken the info that he never really felt good and realized that there was something wrong there.

It is unfortunate that all you really need to be a trainer is an AA degree in Jock. Unless you already know about your own body mechanics and how to isolate muscle groups, screen your trainer carefully to make sure they can actually teach you to do the motions right and troubleshoot if needed.
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