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Saturday, March 02, 2013

I know-it's way too soon to have another blog-but duty calls!
As a new habit, I need to work on increasing the intensity and/or repetitions for my strength training. I swim most everyday, but was ordered not to do other exercises by my orthopedic surgeon when I herniated discs in my back several years ago. But my back is better; so, it's back to the gym for me. I tried to enlist an English-speaking personal trainer for a few sessions to make sure my form was good and that I was not re-injuring myself. She said that her schedule was full and would call me after the holidays; but that was 10/14/12. She suggested several books; but books, while informative, cannot check my form. So, I am relying on those exercises I have done in the past and will gradually increase my weights that I am lifting. See you tomorrow!
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    I'm always concerned with whether or not I'm using good form, as I'm new to strength training. I hope you can figure out what works for you and doesn't aggravate any injuries.
    2826 days ago
    Mary, be careful with your back! Avoid any weight bearing exercise where you end up "rounding" your back or twisting. I would definitely call that trainer again to see if she can get you in once a week for a few weeks, anything to help you to make sure that you are doing things correctly.

    I'm sure you'll be fine, you're smart enough to know not to overdo anything.
    2826 days ago
    I second Sharon10002 for checking with the trainer again. Another couple of weeks when the weather breaks we'll be seeing nearly new exercise equipment showing up at yard sales for much the same reasons.
    2826 days ago
  • SHARON10002
    I would suggest calling your personal trainer again. About this time of year all those that started going to the gym on Jan 2nd have dropped out, or are almost done. She may need and welcome a new client right about now. emoticon
    2826 days ago
  • ANNE1123
    There are always the SP videos. Sounds like a great goal, go for it and all the best!
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    2826 days ago
    Start slowly & build gradually. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2826 days ago
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    I hope you get a response from that personal trainer, but it sounds like you have a plan to make due with what you've done previously - so that is good.
    My new habit also involves strength training - but more along the line of I need to start doing it!
    I wish you well
    2826 days ago
    Getting that ST up to snuff is hard... because it is so easy to injure yourself. Slow and easy, and yes, you do need a really good trainer. it might be work it to book a couple of sessions with one who is not part of your gym. If you can swing it, sometimes you will get better training.

    Keep your firecreack fuse on fire!!!
    2826 days ago
    Yes, definitely watch your form, because you can really get hurt if your form is wrong. You may want to look into getting a different personal trainer. That's what a personal trainer is used for to check your form.
    2826 days ago
    I'm in the same spot you were, in that swimming is my primary due to restrictions by the orthopedic surgeon. My challenge is just swimming laps tends to be boring so I've been mixing it up with aqua aerobics deep water and using pool weights to do some strength exercises in. It helps keep it interesting for me.
    2826 days ago
    Did you look on the Internet for correct form?
    You may find some help there. Glad you are being careful with your back .
    2826 days ago
  • CANDOK1260
    good luck emoticon
    2826 days ago
    Try calling thepersonal trainer back...............and be careful! You also might want to check back in with your orthopedist if he's there ................ not here.........!
    2826 days ago
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