Still reeling from the five consecutive games I rolled out this week, I managed to find my way to the gym yesterday. I have said it many a times that I have an aversion for the gym. There’s just nothing motivating about working out within four walls when you’re used to running freely outdoors; half the time I’m thinking, I wish I was on the road instead.
But, yesterday, I forced myself to take on a new mindset. I decided to give importance to gym work in order to provide my muscles, especially those in the legs, the much needed strengthening exercises that they’ve been asking for. I figured that if I don’t do it know then I’m setting myself up for more injuries in the future. Gotta nip this in the bud before I get any fractures or major problems.
I met with a gym trainer yesterday for an initial assessment before we start on regular one-on-one sessions for the next 1.5 months. I chose this trainer after a “comprehensive” interview the day before, which he passed with flying colors by the way. This is how it went:
ME: Can I possibly get one-on-one training with an instructor?
Instructor: Yes, of course.
ME: Okay. I want an instructor who runs since I want a program geared towards improving my performance in running. Do you run?
Instructor: Yes, I do. But right now I can’t. I have ITBS…
ME: You do?! Great! (Should I have said that?!) You’re my instructor! When do we meet?
So, I did get an assessment yesterday, which was partly disturbing and partly encouraging. Bad news: my perenially injured left leg—the thigh to be exact—is half an inch smaller than the right thigh, I still haven’t lost the excess Christmas weight (as if I didn’t know that hehe), and I looked so much chubbier as I did my step test in front of the mirror (haha!) Good news: my body fat percentage is ideal for my height (but I still aim for a runner’s lean body…don’t we all?) and my heart rate recovers fast (perhaps a sign that I haven’t completely lost fitness.)
With the results of the initial assessment, the gym instructor will now create a program and present it to me later this afternoon. I’m pretty confident that the new program will provide good results, but I just have to remind myself to be patient. I can’t count how many times Annie, my running buddy, told me that results from strength training don’t happen overnight; in fact, it usually takes over two months. For now, I just hope this new program will motivate me to head for the gym even if my mind is on the road.