Last week I had my first session with Jen Peglar at SIX3NINE. I was really excited before my session – Danny had matched us as Jen has a good understanding of disordered eating and I went to the session feeling as if I could be honest and open about my goals and weaknesses.
I met Jen at the studio at 7pm and we went through my food diary for the week, my fitness background, my history of injuries and my body composition analysis. As I had hoped, I felt as if I could be completely honest with her. I told her about my history of disordered eating and the concerns I have about recording and monitoring my food intake. Jen said that my food intake looked good, and set some very loose guidelines for the food I should be aiming to eat. I’m on around 1700 calories a day, with a macronutrient split of 50% carbohydrate, 30% protein and 20% fat. I am used to eating more fat and fewer carbs, so the past few days have been an adjustment period and I will have to wait it out to see how this works for me. I do love carbs though.
Next, we discussed my workout. I gave Jen the full run down of my injuries and she instantly understood that I just didn’t want to feel broken any more. I couldn’t express it any better and I was pleased I didn’t have to try and elaborate! My main aim is to get stronger with the aim of getting back to running properly (and being faster than before when I do!) and so Jen has recommended a mix of strength and endurance training to achieve this. She has also told me that realistically I do not need to train more than 3-4 times a week; I spend a lot of time beating myself up about not exercising every day, but really with a city law career, a blog and a social life, I do not have time to do any more. Music to my ears!
Then we worked out. The fun bit (I’m lying, it was all fun). It was great to have some dictate my session to me, as when I’m on my own I can pause between exercises in the gym for a bit while I decide what to do next, and sometimes avoid the more painful but ultimately beneficial exercises! Jen looked at my gait, and suggested that my knee problems could be to do with my over pronation. It looks as if I over-pronate a whole lot more than I thought! Jen immediately asked if I got sore calf muscles. YES, I really really do, and it had never occurred to me that this might have something to do with my over-pronation. After a few adjustments and some massage on the bottoms of my feet I already felt like a new person from the feet down. I will definitely be getting a lacrosse ball to massage the bottoms of my feet with – it made such a difference.
We finished off the session with a killer legs workout – kettlebell squats, kettlebell deadlifts and hamstring curls on a gym ball. Deadlifts are one gym move that I always worry I am doing wrong, so it was great to get some tuition on form, including how to spot when your form is slipping. I definitely feel a lot more confident about tackling them on my own now.
Before I knew it, the session was over! I had a great first session and left feeling really motivated and inspired about working towards my goals. This is the complete opposite of how I’d been feeling prior to starting with SIX3NINE – what a turnaround in just two sessions. I can’t wait for this week’s session! I will remember to get some photos this time too…