I’ve always been active. I think it’s from growing up during the 1970s and 80s when kids were pretty much on our own riding our bikes or walking to our friends. We played. A lot.
Even in middle school, I loved to walk, usually walk and talk with my friends. Later, it was tennis and then aerobics became popular and working out to Jane Fonda videos were all the rage. I read Shape and Self magazines. I knew about isometrics and weightlifting. I didn’t have a gym membership until I was a Texas A&M student and used their massive student recreation center. Then, after all three of my kids were born, my husband and I consistently had gym memberships.
Only once have I used a personal trainer. It was some special deal at my gym and so I signed up. Working out with someone watching my every crunch, my every exhale, my every face-is-turning-red-cause-I’m-getting-hot move actually made me feel quite uncomfortable. After only two sessions, I stopped and haven’t used a personal trainer since. It’s been years. I haven’t found, however, that I needed one to get toned.
Now, before you become your own personal trainer, let me say this:
If you are confident in your form, go for it!
What do I mean by form? Well, if you’re doing bicep curls, your arm from the top of the elbow down is moving. Nothing else. If you are squatting, your back is straight and your weight is in your heels- you can wiggle your toes. If you’re working your abs, your neck doesn’t pivot.
I’ve seen pretty egregious work out form. Someone who holds themselves up with locked elbows while doing the elliptical, who bends at the waist on arm work, who holds a wall while doing split squats. If you are unsure of your form, please see a personal trainer for advice, otherwise, here’s what I do to get in shape:
I love doing this Rebecca Louise back stretch/exercise workout six days a week.
For my arms, chest, and shoulders, I do weight training on the same day, three days a week.
For my lower body, I do those on the same day, too, three days a week. But because I walk a great deal and don’t find I need to tone my legs and butt too much, I tend to do Rebecca Louise workouts for these muscle groups rather than weight training. These can be found here- LEGS and BOTTOM.
What about you? Do you DIY your personal training or do you use a professional?