Heather better watch her back!
Heather's become untouchable for me. There was a time where I could come within a minute, but I'm about 10lbs away from that.
I'm just trying to keep ahead of Abra and Sue! No three-way-tie for me this year, no sir!
You said your workout is tailored to you. What specifically are you working? For 'cross or orienteering or both?
Seems like 10 pounds is very achievable near-term with a coach. But if you're aiming for strength, perhaps losing weight isn't the goal, but more muscle?
I told the trainer that I wanted to focus on Sprint Camp in February, and of course, she said that to get faster at running I would need to... practice running fast. Go figure.
But I did my best to explain the physical mechanics of orienteering to her, about how you change pace and have to pick up your legs high to get over vegetation, scramble up/down stuff, etc. Soo... I guess my workout is based on that?
10lbs is very achievable by February, but I'm not willing to do it by cutting out beer and trimming food portions, since that just makes me cranky. However, high intensity exercise actually promotes weight loss (or at least fast loss) much better than steady state running/biking around, so maybe I will end up losing weight!
The old adage of running slow in the "fat burning zone" is actually misguided, because even though you are burning a higher percentage of fat in that zone, you can still burn a higher OVERALL amount of fat by training at a higher intensity. Plus, you get a much bigger "afterburn" effect, meaning a raised metabolism.
Anyway. Ballard Health Club is actually fairly affordable as far as health clubs go. I signed up for the $39 month-to-month plan, and I can get 1 meeting with a personal trainer and 1 meeting with a nutritionist every 4-6 weeks as part of that membership! Plus, the vibe is not so bro-y, much more Ballard-y.
I think your first time at the gym is free, so if you wanted to check it out, we could meet there and I could show you the workout!