I recently signed up for weekly sessions with a personal trainer at a nearby gym. I don't belong to the gym, but try to stay active during the week with a mix of walking, biking, rec sports, and 30 day shred. When I started 30 day shred earlier this year, one thing that I noticed was how weak I really was. So when the local gym had a deal on a ten-week session, it sounded like a good idea.
Anyways, I've only been once thus far. I've told the trainer that I wanted to focus on strength training. We decided to focus on the things in the gym that I can't do at home as easily as well as give me some tips on how to improve home workouts. Overall, it felt great and I was super sore the next day, but managed to keep biking, walking, etc.
Anyways, I guess I'm just looking for advice on things to focus on during the week in between sessions as I want to make sure I'm getting the maximum benefit from the sessions. For example, should I be sure to also work specifically on the muscles that we worked on during the sessions? Or is sticking to my regular biking/walking/rec sports a better idea to give the muscles time to rest? I'll discuss this more with her on Tuesday when I go back as well, but I wanted to get your all's feedback as well.
Usually you give muscles 24 hour to recover when you are working on muscle strength tone. Aerobic conditioning can be done daily or every other day.
Your trainer should address the soreness; if you overdo it you can get injured and that will sideline your progress.
If you are lifting weights in the gym during your PT time then do your cardio stuff on non lifting days. do not do more lifting or body weight stuff unless you're doing a metabolic workout, but biking walking and such would be fine.
To help ease the DOMS get yourself a foam roller or find one in the gym and use it after your PT session- youtube has some good foam rolling example exercises. - it's like a self massage really helps with the soreness IMHO.
You can also pick up one at any box store or online.
yes, i am lifting at the gym once a week. however, aside from 30 day shred 2-3 times per week, i don't do any other lifting. should i?
Maybe not, if your trainer has designed a program around you lifting only once a week. You'll likely be assigned homework based around calisthenics and body weight exercises, and the shred is mostly that so it would fit into a weekly plan.
Talk it over with your trainer first though; if you aren't assigned any specific homework we can help you pick out something nice for yourself in the way of training plans ;)
great! thanks Melkor.
I'll give you an update after my next session. you all are the best!
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