Three weeks ago I kicked off a series where I planned to discuss each of the five personal training sessions that I purchased from CustomFit Training. This is the third entry of that series. If you missed the first, feel free to jump back and read that one before starting in on the one below.
For my First and Second Personal Training Sessions with CustomFit Training, I’ve done a breakdown of exercises performed during the session and added in a little commentary of how I felt while performing those exercises. This week I want to do something a little different. I’ll still list the exercises but I want to focus more on what I got out of the session instead of re-living every detail of the hour long workout.
First and foremost, I’ve been tremendously impressed with Bobby Pritchard throughout my sessions. Generally when I think of a personal trainer I think of someone who invests an hour of their time with me once per week. There is a brief exchange on how the week went, thoughts on the last session, then you get down to business. My experience with Bobby goes far beyond that.
I’ll give you an example. After my second session with CustomFit Training I left feeling like I had lots of gas left in the tank. It was a workout that seemed heavy on strength training and was similar to what I do on my own at Anytime Fitness of Gilbertsville. Nothing against Bobby or CustomFit, I’ve been very happy with my sessions, it just felt like that one particular session was less intense than when I work out on my own.
I don’t recall if I talked about it on the Slimming Down Dad Facebook Page or on the Slimming Down Dad Podcast but I mentioned that the caloric burn from my second session was much lower than it was during the first session.
Typically, before we start a training session we chat. Was there any soreness that was more painful than it should have been? How did you feel about the last session? Is there anything that you’d like to do again? Was there something that you really didn’t like? My intention during that chat on the third session was to discuss pushing the training in the direction of the first session. More cardio-strength style exercises and bigger caloric burn.
I didn’t have to have that conversation. Bobby took it upon himself to keep up with me online (through this blog, Facebook, and my podcast) and knew already knew the direction I wanted to go. As I type this I realize that it may sound like I have a Facebook stalker but I assure you that isn’t the case. I’m very open when it comes to sharing my workouts and experiences along my weight loss journey.
When I arrived at CustomFit Training, I came to work. I hit the warm up hard and rowed my ass off. By the time I finished 1,000 meters on the rower I was breathing heavy and sweating. I shaved twenty seconds off of my average 500 meter time.
When we moved to the main workout area there were all sorts of things setup for me. The intensity was high and we pushed from one workout to another. There were moments where I thought I was going to have to step outside to throw up. There were other moments where I hated my personal trainer. The workouts were hard and sweat was pouring off of me. Anywhere I stopped to perform an exercise, I left tiny puddles all over the floor.
I know, it sounds like hell. Why would anyone want to push themselves that far? I do it because despite how hard it is, when I leave I feel like I could conquer the world. I’m battered and bruised but I’m also proud. I want to work with people that push me to be better. Bobby Pritchard isn’t just some guy that carves out an hour of his day to count my reps. He pushes me when he feels I can do more. He encourages me when I feel like I can’t go any farther. Most importantly, workouts don’t feel thrown together, they feel like time and effort was put into planning out each weeks session to get me closer to my goal.
Exercises Performed in this Session
- 1,000 Meter Row (40 s/m for 250 | 34 s/m for 250 | 30 s/m 500)
- Jump Rope (30 Second Intervals x 4 Sets)
- Battle Ropes (30 Second Intervals x 4 Sets)
- Plyometric Squat (30 Second Intervals x 4 Sets)
- Shoulder Raises with Band for resistance (15 Reps x 3 Sets)
- Switch Feet on Plyo Box (30 Second Intervals x 4 Sets)
- Push-Ups on Sandbag (10 Reps x 3 Sets)
- Superman Raises (10 Reps x 3 Sets)
If you are interested in following along with my Personal Training Sessions with CustomFit Training, the series has been outlined below.