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post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 
OMG, have any of you ever gone to a personal trainer at a gym?

I had some free personal training yesterday, and the (hot) guy that was training me WRECKED me.

I am so sore, I can't even stand up or sit down, go up or down stairs without grimacing in pain. I feel like a really old person or a pregnant woman. I can't even get out of my chair without cluching my desk for support. My quads feel like they are going to bust, even if I just try to stretch them out.

I think 2 hours is too long, I feel like a walking dead person.
post #2 of 22
You pooooor baby.... I feel for you. Darn those hot guys getting us to do things we don't want to! I think you should really take the next 2 days off from the gym. You don't wanna physically hurt yourself... take a hot bath tonight and let you muscles soak... it'll do them some good. Maybe drink some decaf tea and go to bed early. They have worked too hard and deserve a good long rest!
post #3 of 22
I am sorry you are so sore!! Trust me I know the feeling!! I took weight training in High school and the coach would work us to death. I would get home and have to go to the bathroom but then not want to hurt getting back up so I would just sit there while I gathered the strentgh!! I hope you feel better soon!!
post #4 of 22
I've never been to a personal trainer, but I know the feeling well. I've recently lost about 70 lbs, but I haven't exercised as much as I should so I really need to tone up. So a few weeks ago I tried a body sculpting class. The next day I hurt in places I didn't even know I had.
post #5 of 22
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by LuckyGirl
You pooooor baby.... I feel for you. Darn those hot guys getting us to do things we don't want to! I think you should really take the next 2 days off from the gym. You don't wanna physically hurt yourself... take a hot bath tonight and let you muscles soak... it'll do them some good. Maybe drink some decaf tea and go to bed early. They have worked too hard and deserve a good long rest!

Seriously, it is so true, I couldn't give up because I didn't want the hotty to think I was a wimp..meanwhile, on my last set I would be shaking like a leaf because I couldn't handle it anymore.

I keep thinking about how he must think I'm some wimp because I can't handle his bootcamp regimen.
post #6 of 22
Oh hun-I feel your pain!! I had a "trainer" once that did that to me, and man oh man, I dreaded going the next day! Maybe thats why I dont go anymore
post #7 of 22
Thread Starter 
Anyone have any ideas for sore muscle pain relief? I will seriously try anything.
post #8 of 22
A nice long hot bath and Advil or Motrin. You know what they say no pain no gain
post #9 of 22
Aww honey. Take some advil, make some tea, and go to bed. The key to this is don't let it stop you from going back to the gym. It may feel bad the first few times, but you will look great in the end.
post #10 of 22

Always remember one word when working out "R.I.C.E."

Rest
Ice
Compress (hot or cold)
Elevation (allows the blood flow to circulate better through your body and decreases pain)

hope that helps..also a hot bath with epsom salt is great at relieving sore joints...i also use icy hot, flexall, and tiger balm- all work well...and a low dose over the counter pain pill helps too like ibeprofene(sp?) and advil. Oh and don't forget to stretch!!! otherwise you'll be super stiff and it will make it easier for you to tear a muscle. And always be sure to do a proper warmup before your workout (a good 1/2 mile around a running track at a brisk jog, a 10 minute session on the stationary bike, or a little time on the eliptical machines are great suggestion. Be sure to warm up before you stretch so you don't pull a muscle, then you can begin your workout.And be sure to do a Cool Down post work out (walk it out a good 5-10 minutes slowly to help slow your heart rate down, and then stretch.(This may seem like a lot, but remember the goal with the warm up is to gradually increase your heart rate, the goal with the exercise to to get you in shape and maintain a healthy heart rate, and the goal with a cool down is to lower your heart rate gradually until it is at a normal rate so you won't pass out or get dizzy...if you keep that in mind it won't be so bad and you'll know why each is essential to your workout.) After your cool down and stretch i suggest icing your sore muscles down when you get home (a little idea i picked up when i use to run track was filling little paper dixie cups with water and putting them in a freezer..when you get home, peel the paper back and massage the ice cup on your sore muscles so you get just the right amount of ice, also when you massage the ice cup in circles on your sore muscles, it helps increase circulation to that area which will make you less stiff and sore....remember 15-20 minutes on ice....30 minutes off...keep alternating like that till you get some relief...i promise it helps.Also, in case you get winded during you work out remember to NEVER SIT DOWN!!! that can cause some serious dizzy spells and make your heart race if you go from an intense work out and high heart rate, to complete stillness....if you get winded, put your arms above your head and walk around slowly till your ready to try again...you know your body and your limits,so don't ignore it if you need a rest or a drink of water.Good luck with your workouts!
post #11 of 22
I know exactly how you feel!! I have been really working out my legs which I have never done before in my life. It hurts sooo much!! I thought I had torn something, but my boyfriend said it was just because those muscles have never worked out before. We have stairs and I thought I was going to die every time I went up and down them. The pain that you feel now, like your muscles are ripping apart every step you take, will get better.
post #12 of 22
I've had a couple personal trainers. I got my first after I had been lifting weights for about a year though so I was pretty used to the feeling of tense, sore muscles. After a while of doing it, you will start to make a schedule for which muscles you are giong to work on which days and within a couple months you will still feel the soreness but you will notice a big increase in your ability and muscle mass. Plus you will be a lot more healthy. That soreness will seem intollerable for a bit but it is worth it in the long run. If you need some help with making a schedule just send my a PM and I'll be happy to help.
post #13 of 22
I painted my kitchen cabinets today. Now all my muscles ache also.

The small tears in muscles heal and the muscles become stronger. I would probably exercise less, though.
post #14 of 22
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Originally Posted by shengmei
I painted my kitchen cabinets today. Now all my muscles ache also.

The small tears in muscles heal and the muscles become stronger. I would probably exercise less, though.
Along those lines, let me say that "working through the pain" say, the day after your workout is not a good thing, IMO (Which I think Shengmei is saying - not to.) From what I understand, exactly like she said up there - working out makes little microscopic tears in the muscle. You need to let those little tiny tears heal, and that is what builds muscle. So you work different sets of muscles each day and give them 24 - 48 hours to heal. I admire you. I'm like ABSENT at the gym.
post #15 of 22
Thread Starter 
I have been going to the gym every other day and haven't missed a day for months. I am still very sore from the personal training, and I really want to go to the gym today as scheduled, but I literally still have to clutch something to stand up or sit down. Can I still go today? I will feel super guilty if I don't, and maybe I could just work other muscle groups and not my legs?

The problem is, my trainer is very hard on me, and he wants me to do this full body workout 2-3 times a week, but I couldn't even do one lunge right now if I tried. It feels like my muscles are tearing.

I'm sure if he sees me at the gym today NOT doing his workout, he will MAKE me do it. He thinks I'm a wimp. Trust me ladies, I am not exageratting this pain.

What do I do today?
post #16 of 22
If you feel that you must go today, tell him that you want to work on something other than your legs. If he tries to make you work your legs just tell him that you can't do it today. Personally, I wouldn't even go. I would re-schedule for tomorrow.
post #17 of 22
It is not a good idea to work your muscles that hard. It could result in micro tears that do not heal back to smooth muscle tissue, but disorganized spots of hard scar tissue. Your muscles are burning from the secretion of too much lactic acid. Drink LOTS of water to try to flush it out. Epsom salt soaks are a very good idea, and if you have specific injuries, use the RICE method, if not, you cannot elevate and compress your whole body. If you have a spouse, SO, or someone that can massage you, gentle strokes up the limbs and back toward the heart will get the blood and lymph systems stimulated to flush out the toxins and lactic acid that are hurting your muscles. Biofreeze is the best pain rub axailable, but you may have to get it from a chiropractor or massage therapist, as a lot of pharmacies do not carry it. I hope you feel better!
post #18 of 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by kluchetta
Along those lines, let me say that "working through the pain" say, the day after your workout is not a good thing, IMO (Which I think Shengmei is saying - not to.) From what I understand, exactly like she said up there - working out makes little microscopic tears in the muscle. You need to let those little tiny tears heal, and that is what builds muscle. So you work different sets of muscles each day and give them 24 - 48 hours to heal. I admire you. I'm like ABSENT at the gym.
Yap. Sorry for not elaborating. My right wrist hurts.
post #19 of 22
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Quote:
Originally Posted by krazy kat2
It is not a good idea to work your muscles that hard. It could result in micro tears that do not heal back to smooth muscle tissue, but disorganized spots of hard scar tissue. Your muscles are burning from the secretion of too much lactic acid. Drink LOTS of water to try to flush it out. Epsom salt soaks are a very good idea, and if you have specific injuries, use the RICE method, if not, you cannot elevate and compress your whole body. If you have a spouse, SO, or someone that can massage you, gentle strokes up the limbs and back toward the heart will get the blood and lymph systems stimulated to flush out the toxins and lactic acid that are hurting your muscles. Biofreeze is the best pain rub axailable, but you may have to get it from a chiropractor or massage therapist, as a lot of pharmacies do not carry it. I hope you feel better!

Thanks for the advice! I am going to drink a lot of water today before I go to the gym, and I bought some icy cold ointment to rub in afterwards too. I tried putting some frozen bags of fishsticks on my quads yesterday, but it didn't really do much. I also took a hot bath, which didn't do much either. I have been massaging my own legs, I almost can't help it. It feels unnatural for me to be in this much pain..I have never felt so crippled.
post #20 of 22
i got your pm, but i wasn't able to respond back because your inbox was full, so i'll post this on here. Hope it helps you:


I think you should rest today.

However, i would say if you decide to go to the gym today, just do cardio- no weights and definitely NO Squats today. Let your legs rest. I would suggest using the stationary bike and working out those sore muscles (i know it may seem like that would cause you more pain, but it will actually loosen up those tight muscles you got from working out the other day.). After a light cardio session i would stretch and then call it a day. Other than that, i wouldn't do anything else. you know your body better than anyone else and you know when you need to rest, so if you don't want to skip the gym today, just do light cardio and a good stretch session and then call it a day. Your muscles need a break today.

Honestly, what works best for me is to concentrate on working certain muscle groups certain days so that i don't completely run down all my muscles to the point where i can't function. I'll do legs and cardio one day, then i'll do arms...etc and the other day. It sounds to me like you got a good work out in from your trainer, but that maybe it was too much at one time for you too soon. Remember. Your trainer is there to personalize the best exercise program for you- this means he customizes and tailors your workouts to suite your body, needs, age, and health issues....if your having too much pain after your workouts, you really should talk to him about it and try to switch up your workouts a little bit.That's so you don't get bored with the same routine and your muscles don't get used to the same thing...it's better to maybe do weights, and cardio one day...swimming another....aerobics and yoga another... this way your muscles are constantly challenged and don't get too worn out from one thing, and you keep yourself interested and motivated. Personally, i really recommend swimming- it does wonders for your body and it also is very gentle on joints and sore limbs....so on days your sore, swimming can help you loosen up a bit and put less stress on those sore muscles.

Whatever you decide. you should stay consistant with your workouts and at least try to get 3-5 days a week in , but there is NOTHING WRONG with taking a day off to rest. Sometimes, that is the most benifical thing to do for your body. It might not be a bad idea for you to take today off and reschedule for tomorrow. That way your muscles have time to rest and heal- and believe me ,any good trainer will tell you that proper rest is a must. When you weight train keep in mind that you are building up muscle (and reducing your risk of brittle bones and osteparosis, etc.) and the more muscle you build up ( think of toned muscles and healthy curves when you talk about weight training for ladies- i promise you won't bulk up like an amazon) the more fat and calories you will burn.

But the main thing i'd stress is the easiest to remember:

R- rest- sounds like your muscles need some today.
I- ice (15 minutes on , 30 off, 15 on....)
C- Compression (heat wrap or ice wrap)
E- Elevation ( lift your legs after your work out , prop them up on your couch under some pillows and ice them while you watch tv or read- works best for me..)

I hope this is able to help you somehow. Best of luck and feel free to let me know if there's anything else i can do for you.

Have a great one, and remember- take it easy on yourself!!! exercise and good nutrition is a life-long thing, no need to rush and do it all in one day
Sincerly,
Nikki
post #21 of 22
Sorry you are so sore today Natalie!
post #22 of 22
Thread Starter 
Thanks so much guys

I did go to the gym after work today..I was hoping that the trainer wouldn't be there and he wasn't. I was afraid if he was there he would ask me why I'm not doing his routine.

Anyway, I did some weight machines, but only ones that didn't engage my sore muscles. I then did 25 minutes on the elliptical. I could feel it, but not in a painful way so I think it may have helped loosen my quads up.

So I am taking tomorrow off and hopefully by Thursday, my legs will feel good enough to try his regimen again..Eeeeeek, I hope I don't get this sore everytime I do it.

Thanks again everyone for the great advice...now excuse me while I slather myself in icy cold.
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