Well, it’s something I booked an appointment for with a personal trainer. It was scheduled to be a one-hour session that lasted over 90 minutes where the following took place:
I was given a complete lifestyle assessment of my exercise, nutrition, sleep and stress management. I was asked a lot of questions by my personal trainer, Kareem. He gave me some great information and told me the stories of his own life, where he was 350 pounds but had lost over 150 pounds in the past two years thanks to GoodLife Fitness.
He helped me realize that my nutrition habits, though a LOT better than they were six months ago, could be a lot better. He emphasized the need for me to improve my amount of sleep to at least 7 hours per night. He said that if I can find ways to channel my stress from eating into working out, it will make all of the difference in the world. It really was an informative part of the session.
I received some vitality testing. This part of the session included body composition, blood pressure, heart rate, air flow, and saliva testing for pH balance. There was good news and bad news with the results.
The good news was that my blood pressure was pretty decent. It’s weird…with the stress that I go through and the weight that I have sitting around my waist, I’m a bit surprised that my blood pressure has always been good.
The other good news was that my saliva testing for pH balance was good, as well. The bad news? Well…first of all my air flow is pretty bad. I mean, I was a hardcore smoker for 15 years so I guess I understand that. But between that and my weight, I shouldn’t have been surprised to see this result (which basically is that I’ve got the lung capacity of a 50-year old man):
Basically, this is something that I can improve dramatically as I lose weight and exercise. I can only imagine how bad I was when I was actually smoking or hitting my peak weight of 240lbs before I began running. Wow.
The other bad news wasn’t a surprise: the body composition. Having 34% body fat is embarrassing. But having said that, I know where I currently stand and where I need to go. My ideal body fat range is 15%. While I’m not 100% convinced that I can ever hit that point, I think I would be extremely happy to reach 20% within the next year or two. I know losing weight won’t do the trick, because I can lose fat but still not gain muscle, but losing weight is the first goal and then I’ll worry about gaining muscle once I’ve reached a certain goal.
With this information, I was given a functional movement workout that included core stretches, lunges, squats, and push/pull assessments. I didn’t do too badly and was given some great tips and pointers on how to make something as simple as a push-up work a lot harder for my body and my core. These were also things I can do at home, so it was very useful information.
Ultimately, I got a clear picture of my health status. I found out that even though I’m 43 years old, my body is a LOT older. Hell…even with a year of working out non-stop and losing 40+ pounds, I’ll STILL not have my body matching my actual age: Obviously, this is concerning. I knew that I wasn’t in the best shape, but I didn’t know it was this bad. Again…I can only imagine how bad my health was BEFORE I lost 20 pounds. If this isn’t motivation to continue on this path, I don’t know what is.
In the end, I received a comprehensive plan to help me achieve my goals. You can’t look at the information in my “Strategies for Success” and not think this session wasn’t extremely helpful and informative. While I’m not in the financial position to continue with personal training, if you have the financial means then I cannot convey enough just how helpful and important a personal trainer can be for you…if you’re really motivated to completely change your body. As it stands, it’s going to be up to me to make the necessary changes and to stay motivated…so these strategies are going to really come in handy.
The LifeChanger software is exclusive to GoodLife Fitness, and as you can probably tell it’s extremely interesting and well worth the price to get completed (again…if you’re really motivated to make serious changes to your body).
I now have a clear picture of my current lifestyle and health factors, learning things I didn’t know about myself and my body. This program has also gone to motivate and educate me and, as long as I use it properly, really has the power to change my life.
This post was written as part of the GoodLife Fitness Blogger Ambassador Program, however all opinions expressed are my own.