Friday, October 30, 2009

Ropes Class

Jacob, David, Ashtyn, Katie Mack, and I went to Centennial to teach a general ropes class for whoever wants to do them.  We only set up a few stations since there weren't too many people there.  We did the power wave, basic wave, s wave, overhead swing, and internal/external circles.  We ran after every second station, which was a pretty good system, I thought.  Since some people in the group were not too experienced with the ropes, we only did 25 seconds at each station, which worked very well for most people.  Obviously, in a group, you're going to have a lot of people with different strength abilities and tolerances as far as time goes, but you want to make sure that everyone gets something out of it...that makes it a little difficult to figure out how long to go at each station.  Next week we'll see who's there and tailor it accordingly.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Personal Training - Client 1 - 10/14

Today I had my client warm up on the elliptical for 10 minutes on level 6 of the interval program.  Since she walks from her house to the depot, I don't feel like an actual warm up is necessary.  She usually does fairly well on the elliptical (no resting during the ten minutes).  After that we moved on to the treadmill.  Here, I had her walk at 2.7 mph at a 5.5% incline.  She did not rest until ten minutes, when her heart rate was at 155 bpm, which is right at 85% of her age predicted max heart rate.  She does a great job of pushing herself when doing any kind of cardio.  When she rests, she usually takes about a minute or a minute and fifteen seconds and her heart rate decreases pretty quickly.  It's been interesting to watch her increase the amount of time she can go before resting.  I'll be interested to see what her predicted VO2 max is when we do her second fitness test.  After the treadmill, we did ten minutes on the bike.  I have mixed feelings about the bike since it doesn't seem to be too difficult for her.  I think it hurts her legs more than it increases her heart rate.  Usually, she'll reach around 140 or so on the bike at level 7.  If I increase the level too much though, her legs burn too bad and she has to rest every few minutes.  All in all, I think it's better for her to be able to go the whole 10 minutes consecutively and keep her heartrate relatively elevated.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Personal Training - client 1

I was QUITE impressed with my client this session.  We began with ten minutes on the treadmill and she did the whole thing without stopping.  We did the preset interval program on the elliptical at level 6.  I think this is probably a good thing for her because it has her working pretty hard for a little bit at a time then gives her a little cooldown in between intervals.  Her heart rate got up 159, which is great for what we're doing.  We then did the treadmill at 2.6 mph at a 5.5% incline.  She did 15 minutes here and rested at 6 minutes and 12 minutes.  Her heartrate got up to about 150 or so before she rested.  We did the stairmaster last for 4 minutes continuously.  This is a pretty big accomplishment for her since she hates the stairmaster and usually rests in between each minute.  Now I know that she can do 4 minutes without resting.  Her heartrate gets up much higher on the stairmaster than anything else, which is why I like to integrate it into her training.  It's a lot lower impact than the treadmill, and since she has so much weight on her joints, I like to try to lessen the stress placed through her knees as much as possible while still getting a good cardio workout in.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Club Meeting

We had our third club meeting last night.  At this meeting we discussed t-shirts and when they'll be in, doing a 5k possibly in November (the money raised from this race would be used for a potential conference in Orlando, FL), COHS superlatives, and a few other little things.  Overall it was a productive meeting, we updated people on their point totals and made sure everyone was up-to-date on happenings of the club.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Personal Training - client 1

Last night I did another training session with Client 1.  We started off on the treadmill.  I sent her a workout plan to do on days that we don't meet, so she wanted to go through it so she could make sure she was doing it right.  We started the treadmill at 3.0 mph and I had her walk on it for 15 minutes.  I figured she probably wouldn't be able to go the entire 15 minutes without resting, so I wasn't surprised when she rested at each 5 mintue mark.  her rest time was only one minute, so I feel like the effectiveness of the increased speed was not altered too much.  I also had her incline the treadmill to 1.5%.  I think I might increase the incline, since that's an easy way to increase METs, but it doesn't necessarily make it too much harder.  We'll see. 
We also did the bike for 10 minutes.  I've been having her do level 5 for 7 or 8 minutes, but we did 10 minutes on level 3 on the around the world program.  I've decided that I think this program will be better off for her in the long run because it's got differing resistance and it's not just flat biking.  She did say that it was much harder for her than just doing level 5 with no hills or anything. 
After that, we went to the weight room and she did the same exercises she's been doing, but we increased her shoulder press weight to 7.5 pounds.  I feel like she could increase even more than that, but I will probably just increase it gradually.  She's getting very good about knowing what to do and how to do different exercises.  It's been interesting watching her adapt to these changes. 
For the last 5 minutes, we did the elliptical for 5 minutes straight.  She's getting better at the elliptical which is good because I think it's probably better for her joints since there's not as much impact!