Happy Humpday!

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Registered: 09-25-2003
Happy Humpday!
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Wed, 01-16-2013 - 8:44am

Phew! I cannot believe how worked up I was in anticipation of yesterday's meeting!!!  Although I HATE all of the anxiety over it, I also know that is what makes me overprepared for events like that, and thus, I am able to succeed.  I think I have a major dislike of "politics" and insincere people. I would rather call them out on the carpet that play the game.  Yes, I hate playing those stupid games of, "ok, let's do this major exercise that is pointless and has no value other than to massage your ego."  :(  It's over...for now...phew.

I did yoga yesterday, and although I didn't have the energy to hold a bind for more than a few seconds, I got through all of the "flows".  That is an improvement from last week.  I am definitely on the mend.  Let's hope I stay that way.  Now, I have two holiday (late) parties, one tomorrow night, and my dh's on the following night.  I better charge up the batteries...for the camera.

How is everyone doing today?

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-08-2006
Thu, 01-17-2013 - 2:47pm
Your questions are helpful. I like working with a trainer for a lot of reasons..I certainly work out harder..lift heavier, and use a wider variety of equipment than when I am alone. I do like the company, and the positive feedback that I get. In fact, the 'good job' aspect of training was the number one appeal to it when i started. And my job can be all consuming and having the appointment is good for me. There isn't another trainer at my gym who I think is near as good as mine...in fact I wonder sometimes what people are paying for with some of them. If I switched gyms I might try a different trainer but I wouldn't spend the money for someone else at my gym. On line training wouldn't work for me because it doesn't mesh with what I am looking for. Maybe what I need is a lifting partner, but I am not sure how I would find one. there is a possibility that when I go back to the US I will work a lot from another US office so the whole question might be moot...thanks for all the responses - it is really helpful to me because I have trouble knowing what reasonable expectations are.
iVillage Member
Registered: 03-15-2004
Thu, 01-17-2013 - 9:19am

The "bottom" is a recurring sinus infection that is either caused by unmanaged allergies, sinuses that aren't functioning properly, or immune deficiency.  This is so frustrating but it's nice to have a plan in place.  

My feelings about online training are mixed.  I would be completely fine with an occasional online session with a client I'm working with in person.  I feel uncomfortable about online training with clients you never see.  I'm just such a stickler for form and believe that in-person contact is so, so critical to what I do.  

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-15-2004
Thu, 01-17-2013 - 9:16am
Yeah, I had the same thought of all she did for him when he ill. I've come to learn that people see trainers for lots of different reasons. Some folks need the appointment to show up and do it. Some want the challenge of a new workout every time. Some want the companionship. That's why it would be good for Happy to think about her reasons for wanting training. I love having my clients as friends but I still need to maintain some professionalism. I have found that when service professionals get too comfortable with me, service suffers and they don't try as hard. I have friends who are doctors and massage therapists. And I don't see them for those things. I get my own.
Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002
In reply to: jeanwl
Wed, 01-16-2013 - 9:01pm

Ugh, I hope you get to the bottom of all the odd health issues soon!  At least you can take antibiotics for it now that you know what it is.  

My sister's friend was looking into investing in an online training--it might have been the one in IDEA, wello maybe? Yeah:

http://www.wello.co/

Seems like a decent idea. It would be perfect, actually, for some of our clients who travel often. I wonder if I could recommend it to the concierge medicine place for us. Have you considered it, especially for your snow birds?  I'm working too much these days and just not looking for anything else in training. Oh, I've seen a couple of REALLY tempting cake decorating jobs. I think when ski season ends, I might look at them more seriously. 






Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002
In reply to: jeanwl
Wed, 01-16-2013 - 8:57pm

I go to a parkour "gym", more a warehouse and they have an assortment of "outside the box" classes, like brazilian jujitsu, breakdance, etc.

I might not be the person to ask but I like having a relationship with my clients.  I hope I'm not too blunt about this but for all you did for your trainer after his surgery, the least he could do is write a couple of programs for you. I  do it all the time since I work w/ busy executives and I've done it for clients who were quitting training. It's not what I do as a trainer, it's what I do as a human being. Although, some people do lack people skills and things like this escape them so if you really like working w/ him, you could give him the benefit of the doubt. I always think people who've trained enough are fine going on their own, especially someone as motivated as you.  That said, I also try to keep it new and fresh for my clients so they get something different out of seeing me.  I have a client who told my boss this morning how much she appreciated it.  At the same time, there are people who like the same routines and I try to accomodate them.  But, I always wonder why they pay so much for my services to do the same old, same old.  So, I definitely think it's good to think about it, give yourself time. It might be fun to work w/ different trainers for now and see what else is out there. I have no ego as trainer choices go--I always tell my clients it's good to explore to find what suits their needs and I'm not insulted if they choose someone else.






iVillage Member
Registered: 03-15-2004
Wed, 01-16-2013 - 6:42pm

FSN - Good for you for being prepared.  I'm glad it's over. 

Karla - That is disappointing news but try to stay positive (I know that can be hard though when facing something like this).  

Jean - Sounds super crazy for you!  Did you read the article in the last IDEA about trainers who do online training?  What do you think about that?  (Any of you that want to answer that question, please feel free.  I know how I feel but I'm curious about what others think.)  

Happy - I'm glad you had a good time with your nephew.  I enjoyed (perhaps that's not the right word) reading about your Auschwitz visit.  I just watched a movie about the concentration camps called The Boy in The Striped Pajamas.  It is a apparently a children's story but the movie was quite dark.  Stunning in many ways, but dark.  About your trainer... I totally understand what you're saying.  That's one of the tough parts about my job.  My clients do become my "friends" in many ways, but the danger of that is crossing that line and allowing things to become too casual.  In my opinion, I think your trainer has done that with you... taken you for granted in a sense.  He absolutely should have followed up and written programs for you.  You've also mentioned that he would frequently be late.  Neither of those things are professional.  If I were you, I would evalaute why you're seeing a trainer.  You seem very self motivated so that aspect of needing an appointment to work out doesn't seem to apply to you.  I only know you online but you seem very capable of programming your own routines.  Another option would be see a trainer every few weeks or so.  Have them write you a program, do it on your own, and go back when you want something new.  You also need to know that it is TOTALLY OKAY to see another trainer at your current gym.  If your trainer gets upet about you switching, he needs to put on his big boy pants and deal with it.  That is just part of the job.  I think it's awesome that you've been working out in Poland.  :)  

I saw the doc yesterday and I have ANOTHER SINUS INFECTION.  The doc thinks the flu caused mucous to build up in my sinuses and that got infected.  I'm on another 3 weeks of antibiotics and 6 days of prednisone.  After we do this, if I get another infection, he's going to do a CAT scan of my sinuses.  

I've been pretty tired and have not worked out the past few days.  I may do some cardio tomorrow.  I worked a bit this afternoon and then ran errands.  If I could figure out how to paid for all of the time I spent in doctor's offices and pharmacies and on the phone with doctor's offices and pharmacies, I would be a rich person. 

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-08-2006
Wed, 01-16-2013 - 5:26pm
I took my nephew to the airport this morning..I am hoping he made all of his connections because it is snowing everywhere. I made sure he had a plan if he gets stuck somewhere - it is really no big deal because he doesn't start classes until next week. I took a half day but I am going to cancel it because I worked until 9:00 pm...and no gym. I am debating about what to do about personal training when I go home. On the one hand, I have learned by being here that I can put together weight routines for myself, and I keep adding more machines in. On the same hand, my trainer offered to write out some routines for me, but never did...even when he offered, I was pretty sure he wouldn't, and I never followed up, but it is still disappointing. I included him on emails I send about my activities here, and texted a few times, (he said that I should text him) but he only responded once..this is disappointing too, because although i know I was a client, not a friend, I thought there was an element of friendship there. And on the same hand, it is not cheap...on the other hand, I never passed on the gym to work when I had an appointment with him...and I think it would feel odd to go to the gym and lift but not with him...of course There are other gyms...I know he is ok because I am in contact with someone else who works there and she would tell me any news. What i decide might depend on what I weigh when I go home...I don't have to decide tonight. Jean - what kind of place teaches silks and parkour? Glad everyone seems on the mend..
Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002
In reply to: jeanwl
Wed, 01-16-2013 - 4:42pm

Ugh, I hope they can figure out something for your shoulder.  As a trainer venturing into corrective exercise, I'm at an impasse right now as injuries and working out go.  The general theory is that a personal trainer is able to work w the general healthy population, unless you have further certs. But, as they're finding out, most of us (and it seems a lot of us on this board even) have underlying dysfunctions that we don't know about until we start working out and then get injured. I am seeing it more and more lately (or at least more in tuned with it).  So, when someone comes to us, do we try to fix underlying dysfunctions, which is difficult w/out years of doing it (we're talking about undoing a lifetime of postural problems).  No one comes in to have their rounded shoulders fixed.  They come in for weight loss, or whatever. So the question is do you treat people as healthy and help them w/ their goals? I'm trying to do as safe exercises for the general population.  What I've been doing is a combination but it really doesn't help to do a few postural/corrective exercises once a week.  Ugh.

Anyway, I was up early this morning w/ clients. My boss is going to be out w/ a surgery for a few weeks and I'm wondering how the schedule, already crazy, is going to be.  So much for my cutting back my hours!  It's still manageable but w/ the skiing, I'm probably working 40+ hours a week, which is a lot for me.  I'm on the fence tonight on my workout. I might go to parkour, check out the crowd and if it's not too advance, do that. If it is, I'll do aerial silks.






Community Leader
Registered: 04-07-2008
Wed, 01-16-2013 - 3:24pm

I am so glad you are doing better. I went to the chiropractor today and he said that I need to not completely rule out surgery yet. He said I may wind up there. ugg. It is so discouraging. 

I'm going to go jog/walk a few miles at the gym today because I just need to veg for a while. 

It is so cold and wet here I am going to make chili for dinner. 

Karla
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