Training the Trainer- Jello Legs

Going into my second training session I knew it wasn’t going to be as pain-free as the first session.  I was a good client and did my homework of taking myself through a similar workout a second time before my next appointment. 

I impressed myself by showing up early and jumping on the treadmill to warm up.  Ryan lead me through another circuit of functional and three dimensional exercises, some of which challenged my coordination more than I’d like to admit.  But I have to say, I did quite well with a few exercises. 

As it turns out, I am “one of the best clients” at jumping rope!  Now I don’t really know the fitness level of Ryan’s other clients, my ego says they must all be excellent athletes, but my dance recital with the jump rope routine in 4th grade must have contributed to my success.  Ha! No really, I love the jump rope.  It is an excellent tool to learn coordination and keep your heart rate up during strength workouts.

“Suicides” or “shuttle runs” was where my body proved to lack the brain-to-feet connection.  For those of you who don’t know, shuttle runs are where you run back and fourth from a home position to multiple increasing distances. Now I don’t really care if I look like an a$$ during my workouts, but I still feel a disconnect after having baby #3.  It was nice to feel an improvement on the second set.  As I see it, my reaction time might have been better if I had been holding a donut and pretending someone was trying to take it from me. It’s all about motivation right? 

To finish me off, right after I built up my confidence on a jump rope set, I was brought back to reality with box jumps.  Box jumps are when you jump with both feet on and off of a sturdy box or platform for a given number of repetitions or time set.  The box can be any height really; this one was a beginner 12″ high.  I was told to go 1 minute.  The first 30 seconds were respectable, the next 15 a bit of a struggle, and the last 15 seconds I was just praying that my toes cleared the edge each time so I didn’t wind up with my face on the box.  I finished.  I felt pretty good too.  However, Ryan then handed me the jump rope to do one last set, and as soon as I swung the rope I nearly fell down because my legs did not respond.  My leg muscles had turned into jello. It was quite funny.  I give Ryan credit for turning away slightly as he couldn’t help but laugh as well.  But true to a quality personal trainer, he encouraged me to keep trying and eventually my legs decided it was best to respond and jump rather than stand by and allow injury.

I left this session feeling worked and energized, though at the same time praying no one came out of the bushes to chase me or I would have to surrender on the spot.  I was determined to get in at least one of these workouts on my own before my next session to save a little face, if you will.  For me, when the words come out of my mouth saying, “I used to be able to do that so easily”, I get motivated.   The competition is with my former self.  I will get back to my previous fitness level…better even.  Especially if I want to do Circus Training without getting injured!


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