How Light?

Confessions of a Fitness Professional

Behind the smile and motivational cues, lies a trainer who is fed up with your you-know-what.

Chapter One: How Light?

Day One

Me:  Welcome everyone! Please get a pair of light dumbbells.

Client:  How light?

Me: It’s up to you.

Client: Like light light?

Me: Yes.

Client: Like three’s?

Me: Sure.

(Client picks up five-pound dumbbells).

Day Two

Me: Welcome everyone! Please get a pair of light dumbbells.

Client: How light?

Me: 😐

Client: Like light light?

Me: Yes.

Client: Like three’s?

Me: That’s fine.

(Client picks up five-pound dumbbells).

Day Three

Me: Welcome everyone! Please get a pair of three to five-pound dumbbells.

Client: What will we be using them for?

Me: A variety of exercises.

Client: 😮

Me: 😐

Client: So light?

Me: Yes.

Client: How light?

Day Four

Me: Hey, get whatever you’d like.

Client: What will we be doing?

Me: 😐

Client:  😮

Me: 😐

Client: So light?

Don’t be that guy.

I cannot tell you how much weight you should use in a group fitness setting. If we were working one-on-one, I could perform a fitness assessment, discuss specific goals, and determine a suitable personal training plan for you. In a group fitness class, I can only give the class an idea of what it should feel like and then it is up to the individual to decide how much weight he/she feels that they can manage.

Listen carefully to your instructor and use your best judgement. Your instructor should correct you if they see something wrong, or encourage you if you’ve gotten the hang of things. If you’re still unsure, ask them about your form, technique, or performance after class. That way you can get useful tips, instead of a wild guess at how much weight you can safely lift.

 

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