A Good Sweat

Hi guys!

My training session was GREAT and I got the most hard-core workout I’ve had all year. Seriously! My trainer was triathlete and also a swimmer that had previously trained for the Olympics. Needless to say, he was pretty tough and showed me no mercy! He measured my BMI and all that jazz, which was good since I hadn’t had that done in about a year. Always good to keep track of those things!

We talked for awhile, mainly about my training/injuries/workout goals and then we got started! Here’s what we did:

5 minutes on the mountain climber machine

a circuit of 20 squats, 20 lunges, 20 step-ups, 10 jumps. this KILLED me!

2 sets of 20 squats/shoulder presses with medicine ball

2 sets of 20 shoulder/lat raises with body bar in a squat position

a TON of different agility/endurance training. He knew I was a runner and did about 5 different drills with me for quick foot work. Including jumping while squatting low over a line on the floor, jumps on a line which worked on balance and jumping low landing on the ball of my foot for calves.

20 pushups with arms in and out to work triceps and chest

10 “suicides”—doing a pushup, jumping up then jumping back down to a pushup position.

deadlifts on the smith machine as well as stiff leg deadlifts with a 10 lb weight

2 sets of 15 half bicycle crunches on the bosu ball

TONS of stretching, especially my calves and shins since he knew I was a shin splint sufferer.

He spent about an hour and a half with me between the preliminary workout/BMI discussion and actually lifting. He was very gracious to spend that amount of time with me since I think the usual time new members get is 45 minutes to an hour. I was lucky and now I am sore! He suggested swimming for cross training so I think I might try that tomorrow! Swimming around would feel much better than the elliptical after being on my feet for 8 hours at work I think.

After my workout, I came home to make an early lunch before my noon hair appt. I made some quick salmon salad with 1 can salmon and a couple globs of miracle whip. I had the salad on two slices of whole wheat bread with carrots and an apple. It was great!


Then I got my hair done and went to the bookstore. On the way I had a decaf tall nonfat iced latte:


And just now I had a snack of kashis with almond butter and jam:


It’s 3:45 here and I’ll probably head out on a run in an hour. Betty is making QUICHE LORRAINE for dinner! To die for! I’ll report back later! 🙂 Have a great afternoon!

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  • VeggieGirl
    October 1, 2008 at 7:46 pm

    GREAT session, for sure!!

    Enjoy the rest of your afternoon (and that quiche)!!

  • Nicole
    October 1, 2008 at 7:48 pm

    It sounds like a wonderful workout!

    I got my hair done today, too!:-D

  • Julz
    October 1, 2008 at 7:50 pm

    Awesome session! I’m jealous. I want one. (I want Anderson Cooper to be my personal trainer 😉 )

  • Nadia
    October 1, 2008 at 8:14 pm

    sounds like an awesome work out 🙂
    Quick question about your BMI. By any chance did your trainer say that a 17 was unhealthy or too low? I’ve heard anything below 18.5 is underweight. I’m asking because mine is around 17 also and I’m not sure if I should concentrate on gaining weight or if it’s fine to have a low number as long as it’s not forced. Also, I’m curious to know his thoughts on whether its even a good indicator of overall health/fitness. Thanks!

  • Shanna
    October 1, 2008 at 8:15 pm

    isn’t 17 like WAY under weight for a BMI?

  • Margo
    October 1, 2008 at 8:16 pm

    Your BMI indicates that you’re underweight! Was your personal trainer concerned by that?


  • Anonymous
    October 1, 2008 at 8:31 pm

    I was wondering about the BMI, too. 17 is DEFINITELY in the underweight range.

  • bobbi
    October 1, 2008 at 8:41 pm

    sounds great! What is a good BMI? I know I should know this, but I don’t not yet at least. I am still learning:)

  • polly
    October 1, 2008 at 8:58 pm

    Hey jenna! So glad your new job is going great and what does your hair look like?

    My BMI is 19. I also thought that anything under 18.5 was too low, and we know you are very healthy! I’m 5,9″ and 127ish, not sure I could drop any lower or I’d look too skinny! Maybe there is a new measuring system? Anyway, have a wonderful night and thanks for the healthy fun blog!

  • Sally
    October 1, 2008 at 9:18 pm

    Hi Jenna,
    Have you lost a lot of weight? I thought you’d previously said you were around 5’6″/118 but a BMI of 17 at that height puts you under 110. I am also curious if he mentioned that a BMI of 17 is low, especially because you are an athlete and have a lot of muscle mass.
    PS Would love some pics of your hair!

  • Amy
    October 1, 2008 at 9:22 pm

    Congrats on an awesome training session—it sounds very intense! I would love to get to experience a new workout routine, and a trainer seems like a great way to get that. I’m also curious about the BMI. I actually got weighed this morning, and was told my BMI is not even in the range of getting a period because it is underweight. Did your trainer comment on your BMI?

  • polly b.
    October 1, 2008 at 9:23 pm

    oh jenna… a BMI of 17?! that is super, super, super low. i know that every body is different, but BMI seems to be a pretty universal and accurate measurment of body composition and doctors agree that anything under 18.5 can be dangerous to your health. have you lost a lot of weight? you seem to eat healthy and not over-exercise, but a BMI of 17 is concerning.

  • jenna
    October 1, 2008 at 9:23 pm

    Thanks for all the concern guys but nope, a 17 is actually not in the underweight category, it’s in the “lean” category. A bmi of 15 or under is considered underweight. The personal trainer told me I was right on track. 15-19 is considered “lean”, 19-24.4 is “ideal” and 24.4-30 is “average”. Every body is different and I have always been anywhere from 16-19.

  • Anne P
    October 1, 2008 at 9:24 pm

    Wow yeah 17 is really low… you must only weigh about 100 pounds? Did he have comments on that?

  • jenna
    October 1, 2008 at 9:26 pm


    I definitely don’t weigh 100 pounds and he was not concerned in the least bit. I’m very lean and athletic.

  • Anne P
    October 1, 2008 at 9:26 pm

    Really? Every website I’ve read says that 18.5 and under is underweight:

  • Anne P
    October 1, 2008 at 9:28 pm

    Sorry, I don’t mean to be rude… maybe he calculated differently or something? Because on all the website calculators, if you’re 5’6”, to have a BMI of 17 that equals 105 pounds. Just curious, not trying to start anything 🙂

    And I second the comment on seeing the hair!

  • MWS
    October 1, 2008 at 9:30 pm

    hmm.. I’m thinking that Jenna’s personal trainer was talking about body fat %, not BMI! just a guess 🙂

  • Sally
    October 1, 2008 at 9:31 pm

    Jenna, are you confusing BMI with body fat percentage?

  • Sara
    October 1, 2008 at 9:31 pm

    A BMI of 17 is unhealthy!

  • Marie
    October 1, 2008 at 9:32 pm

    I have been through the rigors of being underweight – seeking great help from a Dr. and a Registred Dietician – and 18.5 is the lowest you should go, so 17 IS underweight and 15, well that is DANGEREOUSLY underweight. This is the very reason I generally don’t trust personal trainers…

  • jenna
    October 1, 2008 at 9:32 pm

    OKAY EVERYONE—–faux pas on my part. Let’s put this to rest RIGHT NOW. He must have meant body fat percentage. My mistake, please don’t hurt me or yell at me!!!!!!!! 🙁

  • lola
    October 1, 2008 at 9:41 pm

    haha jenna as much as you want to think he made a mistake… there is no way you have 17% body fat percentage. if you are lean and athletic, 17% would be high. you should follow up on this with your trainer though because 17 is DANGEROUSLY low and you don’t want (presumably) your readers to strive for this BMI

  • Anne P
    October 1, 2008 at 9:54 pm

    lol, you’re cute. yes, as a body fat percentage, 17 is great and in the “athlete” range! i was wondering why a trainer would “measure” a BMI when you can easily calculate that on your own. makes much more sense!!

  • emily
    October 1, 2008 at 11:00 pm

    BMI, body fat, alien implantations…..either way, sounds like a fun session!

    Question (mostly to be irritating) let’s say Jenna Was talking about BMI…..but hers was a 35, would there have been a similar that’s unhealthy attack?

  • RD2be
    October 1, 2008 at 11:29 pm

    I’m not an RD yet but I’m a dietetic intern so I’ll add my professional opinion. Everyone is different but 18.5 is the lowest BMI that is considered healthy by clinical standards. Below that your risk for osteoporosis, amenhorrhoea and other illnesses increases. 17 is a bit low and is usually seen in professional athletes. As long as you are physically healthy it may be okay, but it’s definitely something to keep an eye on.

  • RD2be
    October 1, 2008 at 11:31 pm

    Oops, I didn’t read the part about the confusion with the body fat percent.

  • rb
    October 2, 2008 at 2:45 pm

    I don’t get it- where did Jenna even write in the post what the trainer said her BMI is? I’ve read it a few times and don’t see her mention it’s 17… but yes, I am curious that she verifies with him that it’s body fat percentage and not BMI.

  • bee
    October 3, 2008 at 12:26 am

    i think she edited her post.