"Go your own way..."
Friday, April 12, 2019
After five weeks of progress (losing 2-3 pounds per week) working with my trainer I hit a plateau. Not sure why my body decided to suddenly get stubborn. We were changing up my workouts (heavy on strength training, light on cardio) each week, and I continued to track my meals and snacks, staying in my calorie range. After no scale progress for three weeks I talked with my trainer and explained my frustrations. We took some body measurements and determined that I'd lost over 6 inches while gaining virtually the same amount of muscle as I had lost in body fat. I suppose if I was close to my goal weight this would be great. However, I've still got almost 50 pounds to lose. I followed his routines for two more weeks (with no weight loss and incremental muscle gains) and finally decided to ignore the strength training for a week and do three 45 minute cardio sessions.
Dropped two pounds.
I explained to my trainer what I had done, feeling a bit embarrassed at ignoring the advice I had paid for. No change in his approach, even after I explained that while building muscle is great, it's not my primary goal. I have two sessions with him left, which I suppose I will use to gain what knowledge I can from him to use in my future workouts. I'll try to put together my own workouts with a better balance of cardio and strength training. He's a good guy and I've learned a lot, but I don't think we're a good long term match for what I need to do.