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Exercise Diary of a Personal Trainer: February

Ever wondered what a personal trainer does for her own workouts? I work at a gym and am there six days a week. Exercise is my life and my livelihood. Because of this, I try to push myself as hard as possible in my own workouts. Sometimes this works and sometimes I am disappointed.

Sunday, February 1, 2009
Sunday is my long day working at the gym. It’s rare I am able to squeeze my own workout into the day, I am too busy helping other people do their workouts. Not much exercise today.

Monday, February 2, 2009
Today I tried a slightly different format in teaching my 6:30 a.m. Boot Camp class. Usually I set up circuit stations and have people rotate through every minute. Some of the stations are cardio, some are strength. Today, I set up all the stations as strength, then had everyone meet in the middle of the room for cardio before rotating to the next station. I ended up doing a lot of cardio and strength training as I taught the class. After the class, I ran three miles.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009
I intended to do yoga this morning, but it did not happen. I snuck in some exercise while working with clients, but my main activity was teaching an Abs class. To spur others into working harder, I gave every exercise my all.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Today was supposed to be my long run day. Long run day means running for at least two hours. This plan was thwarted by a 2.5 hour parking limit at the gym I went to. Usually I can skirt this restriction by parking on the street, but all those spots were taken. I ended up parking in the garage, so my time limit was enforced. Instead of my two hour run, I ran hills for half an hour, then alternated between a steep uphill walk and a slow jog along rolling hills. This got me to five miles, not nearly where I wanted to be. However, I did get my car out of the garage on time.

Thursday, February 5, 2009
Intermediate yoga with Elliott, who has been my yoga teacher for a few years. He did interesting things using abdominal strength. I kept wondering how I could do these poses as an instructor and appear happy about doing them in front of a room full of people. We’ll see which of Elliott’s exercises I can incorporate into my own abs class.

Friday, February 6, 2009
I had a successful long treadmill run today! When I started running it felt particularly difficult. My head kept telling me that I had another two hours to go and tried to talk me into quitting. Instead of quitting, I tricked my head by turning two hours into four, half-hour segments. By making the time goal smaller, it kept me going.

At around 12 miles, my body gave out. I had used all the available energy stored in my muscles and there was nothing left to fuel me. It was a very strange sensation, I felt like I was empty and my brain wasn’t working very well. I robbed my body of its resources and felt odd until they were replenished.

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Saturday, February 7, 2009
What was funny about today was that I knew I needed the type of workout I make my clients do. A combination of resistance and cardio training, with a focus on things like weights, lunges, and push ups. Today is my only day off this week though, and the thought of writing a workout for myself was not appealing. I spend so much time writing other people’s workouts that I didn’t feel like writing my own.

I ended up going to a “Body Definitions” class at a gym I am a member of, not one I work at. I do this once in a while when I want to be anonymous. The class was successful at leading me through a series of strengthening exercises I did not have to think up by myself.

Sunday, February 8, 2009
Usually I don’t teach on Sundays, but another instructor needed coverage. I taught her boot camp class this morning. As the teacher, this meant leading people through circuits and doing a lot of cardio – especially jumping.

Monday, February 9, 2009
Today was my regular day to teach boot camp. I did more cardio/jumping throughout the class. After the class, I worked on upper body weight training.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009
My ankle has been bothering me, so I was going to take today off from running. However, I read an email that perturbed me, so I headed immediately to a treadmill to make myself feel better. I ran for an hour, covering approximately six miles. After six miles, I was no longer perturbed.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009
I woke up with a stomach bug today, so I skipped my workout. Despite the bug, I did need to meet with a few clients, so I had to demonstrate a number of exercises.

Thursday, February 12, 2009
Last night I slept for a solid nine hours. I woke up feeling better than I did yesterday, but thought it was probably best if I didn’t work out. For me, this is a big decision. I spent a lot of my morning reminding myself that I should not head to the gym.

Friday, February 13, 2009
Friday the 13th workout!

I had early morning clients today, so it was easiest to stay at the gym where I work and do a mid-morning workout. I recently decided I want to start running faster so I can get my long runs done in a shorter time frame. Today was the day I started this new project. I ran six miles at around a 9.5 mile per hour speed. This still is not very fast, but it’s an improvement.

After I ran I lifted a little bit. I didn’t get too crazy because tomorrow I have to teach a morning weight lifting class. I didn’t want to be sore.

Saturday, February 14, 2009
I taught the morning weight lifting class today. I made everyone do crazy jumping jacks after every lifting set. It seemed to go okay. Teaching classes where I have to do everything the class does are always harder. Sometimes I get tired, but I have to look like all the exercises are simple for me.

Sunday, February 15, 2009
I substituted for Sunday morning boot camp again today. I didn’t get to do a lot of the strength portions of the class, but led many bouts of hard-core cardio.

Monday, February 16, 2009
Today I had clients back-to-back starting at 5:45AM and ending at 12:30PM. I did some of their workouts with them, but by the time it got to my own, I was out of steam and needed a nap.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Most of the ice is gone from the sidewalks, so I ran outside today. This is something I need to do a lot more of to get ready for my half marathon. I ran a comfortable five miles.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009
I didn’t have time to do my own workout today, so tonight I will get in as much as I can while I train clients. I have four clients tonight, so if I do around a quarter of each of their workouts with them, I’ll get in a full session of my own.

Thursday, February 19, 2009
I went to morning yoga with Elliott today. Because we’re familiar with each other, Elliott often corrects my postures during class. This is something I really appreciate because I want my postures to be as correct as my body allows. It bothers when I go to a yoga class and the teacher allows people stay in postures incorrectly, it’s my biggest beef about some yoga teachers.

Friday, February 20, 2009
Today I got all my exercise by demo-ing things with clients. This is never as much exercise as I would like, but some days it has to do.

Saturday, February 21, 2009
No exercise at all. Weird.

Sunday, February 22, 2009
I had an hour between clients today, so I ran two miles and did upper body lifting. When I’m done with this half marathon, I’m thinking I will cut down on the running and ramp up the lifting.

This was a disappointing week for workouts. I know that no one cares except me and it’s okay if this happens once in a while, but I don’t feel great about it.

Monday, February 23, 2009
It was a boot camp day.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009
I ran on the treadmill for an hour, then did floor exercises for my legs.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Outside run day! I got in seven miles outside. I only stopped running twice, once because I came upon a very large hill, then the second time to fiddle with my iPod. It was a good run, but I’m still not matching the distances I can go on the treadmill. Even running with a 2.0 incline on the treadmill is easier than outside. I’m hoping to get outside a second time this week and add a couple miles.

Today ended up being a double workout day. I taught an Abs class, then did upper body lifting.

Thursday, February 26, 2009
Yoga with Elliott. I was able to get into a handstand with his help! After class, Elliott pointed out that I am now lopsided in some of my positions. I quickly put together that this is because I rack weights at the gym by using my right hand. My right side now vastly overpowers my left.

On my gym shift tonight, I will try to rack weights only with my left hand.

Friday, February 27, 2009
I was in two gyms today, but decided it was my day off from exercise. I’m okay with taking one day off a week. Once in a while, it’s two days, but I prefer one.

Saturday, February 28, 2009
Outside run day. My big goal was nine miles. My “good, but not amazing” goal was eight miles. I ran 6.3. I was disappointed with this, but was able to remind myself that 6.3 is still a good thing. I’m too hard on myself sometimes and require exercise reality checks.

Exercise Diary of a Personal Trainer: February

Stacey Rosenberg

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Rosenberg, S. (2018). Exercise Diary of a Personal Trainer: February. Psych Central. Retrieved on August 8, 2020, from
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