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Jay Lake
Date: 2009-03-09 19:49
Subject: [personal] Ain't no change in the weather
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Tags:cancer, health, personal
I have finally knuckled under and joined a health club. I am interested in a wider variety in my exercise routine, and in developing some strength training, especially in my abdominal core which is still weaker than it was before the cancer surgery. Happily, the gym I've joined has a trainer willing to work at 4:30 am, so tomorrow instead of walking or hitting the exercise bike, I'll be driving 5 minutes to the gym for my first session with a personal trainer.

This will be interesting.

Originally published at jlake.com.

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Ruthanne Reid
User: ruthannereid
Date: 2009-03-10 03:57 (UTC)
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Personal trainers can be AWESOME. I absolutely adored mine; lost 80 lbs. under her tutelage, and actually know how to use the gym-machines thanks to her. Hopefully you have a good one!
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User: neutronjockey
Date: 2009-03-10 04:48 (UTC)
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Definitely let him(her) know what your activities are and what muscles ache the most. I'm all for building core strength for writers and plenty of upper back exercises.

...oh yeah, there's that cardio #$&% too. O.o
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User: joycemocha
Date: 2009-03-10 12:35 (UTC)
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Good luck!
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User: etcet
Date: 2009-03-10 13:27 (UTC)
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As someone looking to get into the profession of Personal Training, I'm glad to hear it. If you have any questions, feel free to holler.

Then again, I'm biased, as I tend to want the folks I enjoy having alive do things to remain alive and healthy.
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User: scarlettina
Date: 2009-03-10 16:01 (UTC)
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Great news, Jay. Have you ever been a member of a gym before? I'll be curious to hear about your experiences.
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User: jenntheamazon
Date: 2009-03-10 17:30 (UTC)
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Good Luck! The whole fact that your willing to get up at 4:30 in the morning says a lot already. :-)
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User: willyumtx
Date: 2009-03-10 18:47 (UTC)
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This sounds like a great new experience waiting for you.

Ask lots of questions. Make sure the trainer knows what s/he is talking about.

Free weights > machines even for beginners. Just use very light weights. Free weights engage the smaller muscles for balance. It's a synergistic effect.

Keep us posted.
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miki garrison: disco snake
User: mikigarrison
Date: 2009-03-11 06:24 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:disco snake
I'm working out with a trainer 4 days a week at this point, and it's definitely made a huge difference for me.

A good trainer can be an awesome thing, a mediocre one can be a waste -- so don't feel bad if you end up needing to shop around some. My main trainer now has a good understanding of the health issues I have on board, which has also made a big difference for me.

At very least, I now trip and fall *way* less often than I used to. :p
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