By the way, great questions from each and everyone with a response. I’ll not only consider but actually ask the personal trainer about them.
okay well we need the OP, that is the person who started this thread,… … to tell us their goals.
that would be a big help. Maybe that person doesnt even have a goal and is just flailing around in the dark.
My goal is basically the dual attack on muscle mass and strength, followed by getting cut/ripped. For starters, able to bench, squat, deadlift double my body weight or close to it is my immediate goal. In addition, I want to be able to strengthen my military press, increase the amount of weighted dips and weighted pull-ups. It’ll take some time for each, but it’s the first hurdle I want conquer.
Standing at around 5’9" to 5’10" (haven’t check measurements lately) I’m currently running at 200 lb plus or minus depending on time of day. Gained a few inches around the waist, but I’ll attend to that…later through cardio, diet, and abdominal training. Bottom line, bulking phase.
Three times per week, nightly (10 pm) sessions, followed by post workout shake (protein scoop in 2% milk). Thereafter, chicken plus bake potato. Meals around the clock separated by a 3 to 3.5 hour window. Protein and carbohydrates each meal. Exercise consisting of compound weights and a few isolations (weighted dips, bench [incline, decline, and/or flats], deadlifts, pull-ups, rows, squats, stiffleg deads, bulgarian squats, hamstring curls, military presses, shrugs, plus infrequent closegrip benches). No direct arm work at the moment with the exception of shoulders predominantly through military barbell press, and dumbbell presses, and rear shoulder work. Power cleans, hang cleans once in a while.
Mondays (back - deads, pull-ups, rows, etc, then chest - bench, dips)
Wednesday (legs - squats, stifflegs, etc)
Fridays (shoulders - presses, barbell, dumbbell presses)
I have decided to bypass cardio for the time being.
Recent basketball related ankle injury will stop me from squatting and deadlifting for a while, unfortunately. Hopefully it’ll take a maximum of 1 to 2 week before I’m physically in the clear. Modified exercises to attack large muscle groups.
Have also decided to look into Kettle Bell exercises. A few Turkish getup repetitions utilizing dumbbells on Fridays.
You didnt pay $750 up front did you?
hope not :S
I think you should first see whats there qualifications are (being ripped is one)
Yes, $750 up front for the 24-hour membership. Having access to a personal trainer for a total four 30 minute session was listed in the contractual agreement. I may be mistaken about the total amount of time per session.
I’ve been off the wagon for some time, roaming around at 155 - 160. My 180-lb buddy had a 24 hour gym membership and wasn’t quite utilizing the service given that he lacked a training partner. Plus, he’s definitely not a religious gym rat. More of an occasional workout individual where his body likely won’t change for the better unless I actually push him. He nagged me about getting the membership. He also said I’ll never make his weight class. Fortunately I bit the bullet, got back on track for a few months, stepped on the scale, 201 lb registered and he said WTF, how the heck did that happen?