Personal Training, Featuring Jason!

There are dozens of health and fitness assessments a trainer can use to help clients track their progress, but I don’t like to bombard people in the first session. It can be overwhelming, and I want to make sure we have enough time to get in a solid workout.

However, if one client can handle a barrage of assessments, it’s my buddy Jason. I once told Jason that he had a real “affinity for tedium,” and he took it as a compliment. He likes details, metrics, measurements, scores, and stats. I’m sure he would have patiently stood by while I pinched him with my skin-fold caliper, recorded all his circumferences, assessed his heart rate, and tested his maximum strength. But 60 minutes goes fast, so I decided to stick to the overhead squat assessment (read more about that in this post) and the Davies Test, which assesses upper body strength.

After a warm-up and some stretching, I tapped into Jason’s love for minutiae (and reasonable amount of like for running – he ran track in high school, and it’s still his go-to cardio) with a highly specific series of timed 200-meter sprints, all to be performed at various rates of perceived exertion (RPE). We started with a warm-up run with an RPE of 50% and then dialed things up with a second 200-meter run at 75% RPE. The final 200 meters was an all-out sprint.

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Next time we’ll address form and Jason’s heel strike.

After a couple minutes of rest, I explained the next portion of the workout, which was comprised of kneeling get-ups, ball slams, sit-ups and burpees, which elicited this response:

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I know, I know. Burpees = ugh. But they’re the ultimate full-body exercise. I somehow convinced Jason to crank out a few.

And we’re still friends.

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Check out more personal training posts, and learn about personal training in Brooklyn.

Out for a run

Man, what a week.

Between Facebook, Twitter, broadcast TV, print journalism, radio, the blogosphere…I think everything that needs be said (as well as some B.S. that didn’t) has been said.

I’m planning on lacing up my running shoes in about an hour to go for a run. Sunset will be a little over an hour away, so the park will have that quiet, orangey glow. As I make my way around the park’s inner loop, I’m sure I’ll think about the things I’ve seen and heard this week. I’ll also think about work and writing. I usually start with all the problems and usually end up with one or two potential solutions or new ideas.

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I’ll think of the things over the last couple weeks that have made me angry, frustrated or sad. I’ll start off clenching my jaw and pounding the pavement, but by the time I get to one of the dirt pathways with a view of the great lawn or the lake, I’ll loosen up and feel grateful that I have the physical ability and the luxury of time to spend an hour outside sweating out the week’s toxins and taking in the sights, sounds and smells of an emerging spring.

On my way home I’ll walk the last block or two to catch my breath and allow my muscles to cool down. I’ll open my apartment door, feel the rush of interior warmth hit my flushed face, and plop down on the living room floor to lazily stretch my legs while sipping seltzer and watching whatever basketball game my husband has playing in the background while he catches up on paperwork from the couch.

I hope you, friends and readers, can find comfort, therapy, inspiration and peace in something.

I’m lucky to be able to go for a run.