I’m actually typing this at work because I don’t have the time to blog at night anymore. I get home, cook dinner, stretch, do abs, unpack my gym bag, pack my gym bag, pack my lunch, eat dinner, & go to bed. Not necessarily in that order but close enough.
I’ve been getting up to go to the gym for a solid week now. I’m really surprised how much I like it. I feel accomplished. Tired but accomplished.
This week I’m working out with my friend, Leanne, who has recently been working on her personal trainer certification through the continuing ed office at the community college (she doesn’t know who she’ll be certified by—don’t ask). The organization she is working with requires that she work 20 hours with a certified/experienced trainer. She’s working with this guy Ernie.
Yesterday I was doing side lying rear delt flyes, (Wendy, I assumed this was the same as what we did together). Ernie came over & asked Leanne if I had had a shoulder injury; she told him yes. He told her that he better not ever see her doing them! He proceeded to tell her that I shouldn’t be doing them after being discharged from p.t.; that the rotator cuff is not a strength bearing muscle & that working it would only cause more damage.
Today I was doing alternating lunges (I was supposed to do side lunges but brain farted). While I was doing them Leanne told me that Ernie doesn’t like people doing them because it’s not a natural movement; that the forward motion is always done with too much impact. He told her that there are no sports that require that kind of move; that its an unnatural move; blah, blah, blah. I was thinking about it & thought, um, a baseball player (for one) lunges for a ball all the time. I told her that. She shrugged.
I moved on to leg extensions…doesn’t like those either. Says that the pad at the feet puts too much pressure on the ankles & limits the range of motion in them. I know Alwyn & Lou don’t like machines but I’m not using many either so whatever.
I’ve had enough experience myself to know that I’m not happy with the stuff he is teaching her; I’ve never heard anyone say the things I’m hearing from him (through her). I’ve read enough to know that the rotator cuff is an area that needs to be protected. My physical therapy tech had me doing those same exercises & advised to keep doing them forever…
We talked about it a little about the difference in what different personal trainers will teach you. That I’ve read 4 or 5 different books that all have these same exercises in them & not a single one that says anything like what he is saying. He calls himself a “scientific” personal trainer. WTF is that?
It will be interesting to see what those of you that “know” stuff &/or are trained have to say about this.
As a side note: So I’m not sharing my workouts with her—we’re just working at stations close together. But I had to laugh because she thought she wanted to do what I’m doing because she’s impressed with the changes I’m making but then won’t do half of the exercises because Ernie doesn’t like them (hear the sarcasm).
I did legs today—heavier & heavier every time! Time was getting short so I only did 30 minute steady state on the bike. I wanted to do more but needed to get to work. Tomorrow is chest & hard abs; the kind that made my muscles hurt when I sneezed a couple of hours later.
I’m getting through the Wharton Stretch Book. Actually going to work through some tonight. I didn’t go through the headache of the 2 hour flexibility test. I’ll be able to tell if my flexibility improves without that.