Thursday, January 26, 2012

Tread This!

I just found out yesterday that our health club had a new offering called Treading.  Offered four times a week, there is a maximum of only 4 people per session.  One personal trainer + four bodies + four treadmills = Treading.  I was told it was like Spinning but on a treadmill... you know, hills and intervals.  Hmmm, sounds like something right up my alley. So I signed myself right up!

By evening, I was a little anxious just thinking about it. It's hard enough for me to do intervals and hills on my own... could I survive someone else's direction?  I envisioned a trainer hanging overtop of my treadmill, pushing the buttons faster... and faster... and higher... and faster.  I've always dreamed of a training session Jillian Michaels style, but now I was starting to make myself nervous.

 Stop touching the treadmill buttons Jillian!

Run Faster Jess!

As Little Girl and I drove to the gym this morning, I still had some butterflies in my stomach - more out of the unknown, not knowing what to expect from this new Treading class.  Aw-man, it felt like race morning or something!  Geesh!  I just hoped there would be someone slower than me in the group.  As soon as we walked in the door, I saw Trainer Amy.  She greeted me with, "Good, you're here. It's just you and me today."  Oh-great... now she could focus solely on me.  I tried to quickly turn this around in my head... I'm getting an hour of personal training - on running intervals, where I need it the most.  Did I mention this was FREE?

She started me off with a slow walk to warmup.  We chatted away... Trainer Amy had just run her first half marathon last fall.  Slowly, we picked up the pace to a fast walk.  Then added in hills... built up to a 15% incline and then backdown (several times), but never dipping below 3%.  My calves were working hard on the hills, but I was still comfortable.  She asked how I was feeling, to which I always responded "Just fine!"  She laughed and said, "Yeah, I haven't had anyone quite this talkative, smiling and laughing during these workouts... We better amp this up."  And then Trainer Amy pulled out the big guns.  When I wasn't climbing a monster hill, she had me running fast.  Yeah, she totally pulled a Jillian - reaching over, pushing the buttons, saying I can go faster... and of course, I obliged.

We did a full 50 minutes before Trainer Amy led me into a cooldown and stretching.  I was sweating and felt it was a good workout.  Although to be honest, I could have gone longer.  Shorter warmup and more of the meat in the middle would have been ideal.  She knew that too.  Amy's parting words were "Next time, I can go harder on you."  


My legs were feeling pretty good yet, so I jumped back on the treadmill and did a little 2-mile progression run.  After running all those hills with Amy, a 0% incline felt easy... So I started at a 9:30 pace and kept adding speed every 1/4 mile.  It's what I like to call my "Dream Run"... envisioning my next finish line (Myrtle Beach!!) and race to beat the clock.  Finally... I was exhausted.

Have you ever done a trainer-led treadmill session?
Or any kind of workout with a personal trainer?

25 comments:

  1. That sounds so cool! I actually despise spinning, but I think I could get into treading!

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  2. That sounds intensely fun! I have never done any work (other than freebie session) with a personal trainer. I'm mostly my own motivator and cheerleader.

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  3. that sounds really awesome!!! I wish our gym did something like that. I should find out if any of our trainers are running coachs - that is someone I would like to train with.

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  4. Sounds fun! You mention Myrtle Beach .... Diva Half Marathon by chance?

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    1. MB Marathon Feb. 18 - three more weeks!!

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  5. Much better than my treadmill session today. Great job!

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  6. That sounds awesome! I had a trainer-led treadmill session once, and there were four of us, and it involved increasing inclines, increasing speeds, and also push ups, dips, plank-position while "walking" with our arms and other things - I was exhausted when it was done!

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  7. Thanks for writing about this. I was very curious when you mentioned it on facebook, whether or not you would like it. Hopefully, I will talk to you during our long run about the details.

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  8. What a cool workout. Good for you for trying it out!

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  9. That sounds really cool, I wish our gym had that!

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  10. I too would wig about the one on one session but on the other hand how cool! You are sounding darn strong girl!

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  11. I have never done that. It looks like fun! I have done spin class and I do love that. Its kind of nice to have someone telling you what to do sometimes!

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  12. That sounds like it could be a lot of fun! I've never done a spin class either, one day...

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  13. holy crap!! 15% incline!! I hate going past 2!! Sounds like a great class. Did you wear a hrm during it?

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  14. That does sound cool!! I have never heard of Treading but it sounds fun. Thanks for the review!

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  15. that sounds awesome! I did something similar in my project pounds away group, but that was almost a year ago. You've made me miss it!

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  16. You did great! And you were worried! Nope, haven't done a one on one but would love to. :)

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  17. That does sound rather brutal. I would have been nervous, too. What a good workout, though!

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  18. The gym that I used to go to had a class called Burn. It was either on a spin bike or treadmill. Basically it was like the class you described but in between crazy intervals we would do weights. It was amazing!!! I usually burned 700 calories in an hour!!!!

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  19. I'm not sure if the boredom of the treadmill or the difficulty of the workout would get to me first! Awesome job!!

    I can't stand treadmills. I'll run outdoors to no end, but a treadmill is a mental game I've never been able to overcome.

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  20. I can't Believe that was FREE!! How awesome! Though scary, I also pictured Jillian screaming "don't hold on!!!". This sounds great because I always kind of key myself wimp out on speed work.

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  21. I like this treading, sounds like a great workout!!! You did awesome!

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  22. This sounds like an awesome idea! I haven't done it... but I sure would like too

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