After my experience with group exercise, I figured it was time to try a one-on-one workout. My school, like many other universities, offered personal training sessions at a cost.
I went with 3 hour-long sessions for $115. After a free consultation where I described my goals, eating habits, schedule, health and exercise history, my trainer developed a workout routine for me to do 2-3 times a week.
Coming into this, I was a bit nervous since I tend to imagine personal trainers to be scary, overly aggressive people who use crazy boot camp techniques. But I was pleasantly surprised to find that my personal trainer was calm, funny and patient.
As an added bonus, he was incredibly cute (how's that for motivation?)!
At our first session, he gave me a brief overview of what we were to accomplish that day and then we headed straight to the gym floor. He would demonstrate an exercise for me and then I would go through the motions on my own while he gave me a great deal of instruction. After we completed the first round of exercises, I did them all over again with considerably less help from him.
Since my goals were to firm my thighs and develop a workout routine, we mostly focused on strength training. I used the hip abducter and adducter machines, dumbbells and a lot of other equipment I would have never thought to use on my own. I also did lunges, push ups, crunches and a couple of mat exercises.
I loved my personal training session because it allowed me to focus in on my unique needs and I learned how to use the intimidating strength training gym equipment that I used to avoid. Plus, having a cute personal trainer didn't hurt.
ABOUT ME: In undergrad, my idea of exercise included dancing in clubs into the wee hours and walking to and from classes. As for my diet, breakfast consisted of Red Bulls and 3 a.m. IHOP visits, lunch was generally non-existent and pizza was a late-night staple. Once in grad school, I came to realize the important roles that health and fitness play when it comes to academic success. I'm no longer "allergic" to sweat and I make an effort to fit the gym into my hectic schedule. Although I'm still no stranger to Red Bull, my new and improved lifestyle is helping me to make the grade.