Free fitness trainer session: week 3 and getting stronger

I woke up at 3 am this morning. Yup, 3 am. It wouldn’t be half as bad waking up so early, except I find myself sitting in a couch, my teen whispering to my ear it’s 3 am. I’ve slept through the night at my sister’s house while I was watching them play a round of Charades. Apparently, I was so tired from yesterday’s activities that my teen was trying to wake me up to go back home and I didn’t. Imagine that! I used to be a light sleeper: well, old age happened, and now I’m not. haha. Went back to sleep because it made no sense heading home at 3 in the morning and waking the other kids up. I did set the alarm for 5:30 am because I have to take my kid to school by 7 am for a school event. Yes, it’s never ending, the mother duties.

Since I’m already up and heading closer to the beach, I planning on taking a walk at the beach, probably alone, but with a teen preferably. I’m always trying to squeeze in some form of activity with my kids. It’s a good habit, one I didn’t form growing up with my parents, who didn’t make time for fitness. Regardless, for a couple of 70+ adults, they are pretty healthy overall.

The Fitness Update

After I picked my teen up from school early after exams yesterday, we headed out to the gym to meet the trainer. If you are following my Instagram account, you may already know that I tried the barbel bench chest press for the first time yesterday. My trainer, had me set up with arms exercises yesterday, instead of a whole body workout, which I have been doing for the past couple of weeks.


Here’s a sample of the arm workout for this over-the-hill lady:

Barbel Bench Chest Press: 3 sets of 10 at 45 lb. (I was shaky in the beginning but I got the balancing act eventually.)

One-Arm Dumbbell Row: 3 sets of 10 at 20 lb.

Seated Overhead Dumbbell Press: 3 sets of 10 at 10 lb.

Lying Dumbbell Pullover: 3 sets of 10 at 15 lb.

Tricep Cable Push Down: 3 set of 10 at 10 lb.

Bicep Cable Pushup: 3 sets of 10 at 10 lb.

My teen and I did all these together. That was fun. Didn’t feel complete even having done all them all. So, we did other fun stuff playing racquetball and basketball shooting hoops. Yeah, my arms are not strong enough to project the ball to reach the rim. Haha. I can reach the net though, and hit the rim twice and bounced off. I’m working on it. Still burned calories though.

Technically, I’m supposed to be done with my trainer freebie but my trainer is being nice and looking for something to do while she’s there at the gym, so she’s helping me and others out. And of course, this girl who does not go to the gym is learning a lot from her. I am very thankful for that. She’s helping me, and now my teen too,  get comfortable with going to the gym.

I’ve only met her once this week because I have been heading out to different gyms. I tried Planet Fitness for the first time this week with my teen with my free day pass. I got it when I signed her up for free summer fitness membership. I do love seeing my teen get active.


Planet Fitness looks nice and if I really want to avoid driving to to two different gyms, the membership is pretty affordable.


I’m looking at the yearly membership to save on the extra fees. I just need the basics. Something to think about: It’s practically cheaper than the gas I’m using to drive 25 minutes each way to a free gym. (I do not get paid to promote Planet Fitness btw. I just think it’s a good compromise to fit both mine and my teen’s workout schedule with her friends.)

Final Words

The exercises mentioned are under my trainer’s guidance based on my abilities. Please heed your doctor’s advice and/or trainer when starting out with your on personal workout. I find that I do a lot of workouts that involve the upper body in general and I’m missing out on the lower body. If I had the time yesterday, which I really didn’t, I would have run to feel complete.

My arms are not feeling very sore this morning considering it’s the first time I’ve done all the exercises I mentioned above. She did say she won’t work me as hard that I won’t be able to function the next day. I’m meeting with her again Monday, preferably with my teen again.

Until next time.


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