Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Seasons Are Changing And So Am I

They always say when something big happens in your life, don't go and make any drastic changes. 

I'm pretty happy with where I am at in my career, I have my little apartment in a great part of Minneapolis, and I have a pretty solid group of girlfriends and family, but I was feeling like I needed to make some sort of change.

I had recently cut my hair, bought new bedding, purchased new 'adult' clothes, booked a vacation. It was hard for me to figure out what this change could and should be.


Over the course of the last four weeks or so, I got in to a really great routine. I'm going to the gym 4-6 times a week, eating lean, clean and green, and I dropped six pounds and counting.

I wasn't super happy with my gym and I knew it was a change I could make that would only benefit myself.

As of Monday evening I signed up for a new gym that is a block from my office, has endless classes, a different clientele than my old gym, employees that are passionate about health and fitness, and most important, it has a bar. Not like a barre, as in barre class, however they do have that too. There is a legit bar that serves healthy food and alcoholic beverages.

With my membership I received a complimentary consult with a trainer. We talked about my goals, the services offered, and she had me go through some moves to see where I'm at physically/athletically. 

Even though I've been an athlete most of my life, I never really had someone teach me proper form and she was able to tell me what to work on.

I have a desk job, she could tell that my IT band and hips are very tight from sitting most of the day. She gave me some moves to help strengthen and loosen up those parts of my body.

I have bad knees, she could see in my lunges that my knees are not strong and offered alternative moves that will help strengthen my knees but still give me the results I am looking for.

I've always had a very high heart rate, like close to 200 when I get in my groove. A couple years ago when I had a personal trainer, he didn't question it too much. After talking with the trainer at my new gym, she suggested I get an Active Metabolic Assessment to see where my heart rate needs to be to burn fat. Suggesting that I might just burn fat at a higher rate than most people. Otherwise, I'm working hard, my heart rate is super high and I'm not burning fat. This test will help me figure out where my fat burning zone is.

My experience and results to follow!

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