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: 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.

What’s light for one, isn’t light for another. If we were working one-on-one, I could perform a fitness assessment, and hand you the weight that I want you to use for a given exercise, because we’d be working on a personalized plan to achieve a specific goal. In a group fitness class, however, I can describe what the weight should feel like, then it is up to each individual to choose.

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 cannot perform an exercise with proper technique, it may be a sign that the weight that you’re using is too heavy for you.

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