You know that fitness class you do after a few weeks off? It hurts like a beatch. Your throat burns like you’ve just necked a bottle of tabasco sauce, your so-called muscle memory appears to have Alzheimer’s and when the instructor says burpee, you fleetingly imagine storming off with more drama than a walk-out scene on The Bachelor.
(Then you start thinking about the Bachelor and wonder if Anna and Tim will ever get married and wasn’t Megan gay and is Keira actually more normal than we first thought and then you wish were on your couch watching reruns and NOT HERE DOING GODDAMN BURPEES JANINE).
The thing is, in those few weeks off, you lost some fitness. Fitness, you see, is kind of like a sleeping bag: damn hard work to get it in, but one little loosening of the toggle and it all starts spilling out.
But, dang it, remaining consistent is flipping hard. Women I train have all the best intentions to make classes or their PT sessions regularly, but then a kid gets gastro. And then the other kid gets gastro. And then mum gets gastro. Then she gets called into work, or it’s her turn to help with school reading. Then the car needs servicing, the washing repair man can only come at the exact same time as the one fitness class she can make each week and then it’s a pupil free day and getting the kids out of bed just to pump out a few push ups, seems more trouble than it’s worth. Boom. Good bye four weeks of workouts, hello tabasco sauce throat and Osha Gunsberg commentating your potential walk off.
But with a touch of creative thinking and some support from the right trainer (hi), you can keep that sleeping bag of fitness reasonably tightly packed.
1) If you miss a class or a PT session, ask if your trainer would give you the planned program so that you can do it at home, when it suits.
2) Make contact with some of the other participants (or ask your trainer to pass on your details) to see if anyone else missed a session and might be keen for a walk, jog or workout together at another time.
3) Check if you can arrive to class late or leave early – so that you can fit in the workout and still catch the washing machine repair man.
4) Get the trainer’s advice on workouts you’ve had saved (with all the best intentions, since 2015) on Facebook or Instagram.
5) If you are going to be MIA for a while, ask your trainer to write up a program for you to do at home and then send the results of the workout through to him/her after each session. Get the program updated every few weeks to keep you interested.
6) See if you can adjust the duration or time slot of your booked PT session to fit around other appointments or commitments.
7) Check if your trainer can prescribe exercises that take into account any injuries or niggles that might be holding you back.
8) If the class time or availability of your PT really isn’t syncing with your lifestyle, ask your trainer for a recommendation to another studio or trainer. A good, genuine PT will want you to feel active and healthy, no matter where you go.