Seeing a trainer tomorrow

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Registered: 03-20-2003
Seeing a trainer tomorrow
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Tue, 05-13-2003 - 10:54am
I've been thinking about doing it for a while. For as long as I've been working out and as hard as I work, I just don't think I look like someone who does. I've seen trainers before and they've run the gamut from great to bad (one kept pushing supplements, telling me that he couldn't work out for 6 months and still maintained his muscle mass/appearance from supplements--AHHH!). If it turns out that I'm doing the right thing and this is my body, that's fine but I don't want to be spinning my wheels.

Anyway, I'd love to get all of your feedback on what I do. My diet is pretty good--I eat well about 90% of the time and splurge 10%. It works for me because if I were more strict, I wouldn't stick with it. I eat 1500-1700 calories a day, on average. So this is what I do:

Mond and Wed: 60 minutes cardio, includes warm up, cool, stretch for 15 minutes

30 minutes intervals, pretty intense on crosstrainer or stairmaster

15 minutes steady, lower end of target heart rate, another machine



Upper Body Workout: 2 assisted pull ups, lots of push ups

two sets of 10-12 but am changing to drop sets now

abs/lower back


Friday: 30 minutes intense cardio (push hard for 1 minute, anaerobically, then low for 2-3 minutes), warm up, cool down, stretch, abs


Sat: advanced step, abs, drop sets w/ assisted pull ups, assisted dips, push ups


Sun: advanced step, abs


Tuesday: skating for 2 hours

What do you all think? I think you all seem to know what's going on so I'd love to hear what you think. Thanks!






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Registered: 03-25-2003
Tue, 05-13-2003 - 11:27am
need more info - what do you mean "you don't look like someone" who works out? what would you want to look like? any other goals?
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Registered: 05-01-2003
Tue, 05-13-2003 - 11:38am
Besides push-ups, pull-ups, and dips are you doing any other strength training with free weights or weight machines? A lot of your appearance is determined by genetics. Some people are more inclined to show muscle definition than others. It doesn't mean that you *can't* have the definition you're looking for, but you may have to work a bit harder than someone who is more prone to have definition. Have you checked your body fat %?



You seem like you're working hard and are pretty fit. I don't think I'll be able to offer you any advice that you don't already know. One thing about getting a trainer... Many of them just tend to show you how to use the machines correctly and then help you design a program for yourself. Make sure you get a good trainer and explain your fitness goals clearly so that they know you're not a beginner and are looking for something more challenging. Let us know how it goes!
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Tue, 05-13-2003 - 11:47am
I guess, realistically, it would mean having less fat. I think, esp. since I've been lifting more, I have decent muscle tone, though I'm still working on it. The last time I had my body fat tested, I had about 106 pounds lean body mass at 5'1". When I tell people how much I work out (when it comes up in conversation--I don't bring it up normally), the reaction is "Oh..." because I don't look like I work out that much. It's kind of like that definition of "pornography" that you know it when you see it. The other day, I saw a woman at the gym who was really sinewy and you could clearly see her muscle definition (she was doing assisted pull ups at the time) and I thought, "I'd love to look like that." I'm sure a lot of it is genetics, but I'm wondering if there is more I can do w/out being excessive. But, as I was saying before, it's not a huge deal and I'm fine with the way I look, just wondering if I'm being efficient.





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Tue, 05-13-2003 - 11:57am
That's definitely true about telling trainers where you are. I told one I didn't want to get bulky and was given the "women don't get bulky" lecture. I had to tell him that I have lifted many times before and gotten too bulky. Now, that's what I tell them first, what has not worked for me in the past and how my body reacts. I picked this trainer because I've eavesdropped when I was lifting and she sounds like she knows what she's doing.

The last time I had my body fat percentage tested it was 20.6% BUT that was on one of those scales and that tests lower body fat--up one leg, down the other. I can believe my lower body is that low, but I'm sure my upper body is not. Based on where I've been in the past, size/weight wise, I'd guess my upper body is about 26% if not more.






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Registered: 05-01-2003
Tue, 05-13-2003 - 12:04pm
Your body fat % is within the healthy range. You should take a moment to honor yourself and your accomplishments. Focus on what you've already achieved and as you grow more appreciative of yourself, I bet the definition you're looking for will start to surface. Life has a strange way of working that way. When you appreciate what you have, then you gain more. When you focus on what you don't have, abundance stops flowing into your life. It works that way with finances, friendships, family, etc. Just my 2 cents...
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Tue, 05-13-2003 - 12:36pm
I agree--I'm not that bothered as much as I want to make sure I am maximizing my time at the gym which I'm not sure I am. Especially as I've gotten older, I really respect my body in how it performs and lets me do al the activities I'd like to do. It could be all genetics on how I look which is fine. I'd like like to make sure I'm getting the most I can from what I do and eat w/out getting obsessive. If the only way to achieve a different look is to be 100% all the time, then it's not for me.





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Registered: 05-01-2003
Tue, 05-13-2003 - 1:04pm
That's a good attitude to have.
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Tue, 05-13-2003 - 3:29pm
well as you age you will lose lean mass and strength if you continue to omit strength training, plus by not strength training you are doing your bones a disservice. i know you don't want to get bulky, so it's a hard line to walk. i know a girl here who has a similar issue - she wants to keep her body fat low but she tends to bulk really easily and doesn't like how she looks when she bulks up. so she tries to walk a fine line with strength training that's enough to keep her body fat down but not enough for her to totally bulk up. she is bulkier than she would like to be (although i think she looks great!) but she prefers that to looking fatter than she'd like to be. she's a muscular girl, and is about the same dress size and weight as i am at the same height, but i have 23% body fat and she has 16% body fat. she'd rather have my genetics and i'd rather have hers. i think you may have to walk the same line and make the same compromise. you can choose to stay a little on the fattier side rather than the bulkier side, but in my opinion, if you aren't going to be completely satisfied with your looks either way, may as well choose the option that is healthier for you and will keep you stronger and fitter as you age.

if you found a good trainer, i'm sure he/she will help you find that balance between bulking and body fat. let us know how it goes!

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Tue, 05-13-2003 - 3:35pm
The grass is always greener...it's like I used to get perms to so I could have spirally curly hair while a friend of mine gets her hair straightened. I definitely prefer strong and muscular to the alternative! The other thing for me is that I get bored lifting so I can't do a lot of reps if I want to keep with it for long. I'll see what the trainer says tomorrow!