Getting myself fit and healthy – with Hall Personal Training
Anyone who knows me will know that I love food. I love going out for meals. I love spending time in the kitchen cooking meals and baking cakes to share with other people who share this passion. The problem is that I love food too much. And as a result, the weight has been creeping up through most of my adult life. As well as being pretty good at eating, I am also great at finding an excuse not to do something about this. Time has been my number one excuse. However, with both the girls now at school, and still working part-time I CANNOT use this as an excuse anymore. It is time to do something to get myself feeling fit and healthy again.
But starting off is hard isn’t it? Throwing yourself into the latest fad diet may last a couple of days before you have a set back and return to the bad habits. When you aren’t fit enough to run for more than a minute, it is very easy to give up on an exercise regime. When you start to make changes to your life it is HARD if you are doing it alone. You need encouragement. You need to have someone who will cheer you on when you are doing well and who will keep pushing you when you are struggling. Thankfully, I have had the opportunity to work with Hall Personal Training. Together we are going to see just what they can do with one unfit, overweight mum of two in twelve personal training sessions.
Hall Personal Training started off in Oxford and have now branched out to Cheltenham. I met up with Hall Personal Trainer, Elliot to discuss my goals and check out their Cheltenham base – Trimnasium. Now, I know I need to lose weight, but I don’t want to get hung up on weight loss. I am a mum to two young girls. I have a responsibility to them to promote a healthy lifestyle and not an obsession about weight. My goal was, therefore, all about getting fitter and healthier, and by focussing on that, then the weight loss should follow.
Having discussed both my goals and medical history, Elliot was able to carry out my assessment. I was weighed and measured and had initial photographs taken. Following this, Elliot got me to try a variety of different exercises to assess what I could and couldn’t do. From this, he would be able to put together my personalised exercise programme.
All of this took place at Trimnasium. What a place Trimnasium is! I have only really had experience of gyms attached to hotels. Trimnasium is a completely different gym. It feels like a “proper gym”. It has the usual stuff – treadmills, bikes, weights, but also equipment that I have never seen in any other gym. Elliot got me to have a go on the “Prowler”. This is basically a piece of equipment that you push along the floor, adding more weight to it as necessary. It is the sort of thing that you would expect to see on World’s Strongest Man. Except Hathor Bjornsson would probably have been able to pick up both the Prowler and myself under one arm and run a couple of times around the gym in the time it took me to push it 5m with minimal weight on.
Elliot also asked me to install My Fitness Pal on my phone so I could track what I was eating. This struck fear into my heart as I was going to have to share what I had been eating. But if I was going to make a change, I need to be honest about what I am consuming. My daily nutrition and weight was to be added to a nutrition tracker which both Elliot and I could access via a Dropbox folder. Elliot also provided me with lots of helpful nutritional information and access to the Hall Personal Training group on Facebook, where I would be able have help and support from other members of the Hall Personal Training team.
Whilst I am being completely honest, I should probably say that I am feeling quite nervous about the whole experience. I’m a bit unsure about what to expect from personal training. I am worried that I am not even fit enough to start training. However, I do want to get fitter and healthier and I know it’s not going to be easy. What I need is the support to get me going and then keep me going and this is what I am hoping the Hall Personal Training can give me. I will continue to share my personal training experience over the next few weeks.