Dear Coach: Vol. 1

Good morning and Happy Monday! Hope you had a great weekend! I am starting a new series on the blog today called “Dear Coach,” since I start working with a new online personal trainer for the next four months today. Every other week I will be giving an update on my progress and thoughts. Today’s post talks about the coach I choose, why I choose him and my thoughts and goals for the next four months.

Dear Coach- Vol. 1

Who I Choose

My new trainer is Mike Vacanti. He is not unknown to me as I have been following him on Snapchat for quite a while and my friend Amanda has used him as her trainer this year. I was super excited when he accepted my application (I wasn’t sure if he was taking on new clients or not).

Why I Choose Him

As you know I have been doing Amanda’s carb cycling groups this year, but I decided I needed a change. I wanted some personal 1-on-1 attention as well as a change up to what I have been doing. Mike promotes more IIFYM (if it fits your macros) which truly allows for ALL foods to be eaten (ice cream, donuts, alcohol, etc.). I like that his plan is not as restrictive in terms of what I can eat as the carb cycling program.

Why I Hired a Trainer

Yes, I am a health coach and personal trainer, so you may be asking why I need one. Just like business coaches and mentors need business coaches and mentors, personal trainers need personal trainers. My big goal for 2016 is to improve my overall total body strength and I think Mike is the trainer to help me achieve this. Four months from now will be mid-November (right before all the holidays).

Why I am Excited

I like that all foods are available. I don’t need to be gluten free, dairy free, no alcohol, no sweets, etc. In fact, he has built in 3 alcoholic drinks per week into my plan (which is WAY more than I will use). I have set macros to hit each day (different for my training days and rest days) and can be as flexible as I need to be.

My training will actually only be 3 days per week (see what I am changing below for more on this). All my training will be strength training with no cardio. I am free to do cardio on my own, but this gives me some time to let my feet rest and heal (with the goal of doing a Thanksgiving Day 5K with no pain). I am also contemplating adding the Saturday morning yoga class back into the mix.

Why I am a Little Terrified

The original calories he sent me we SUPER low. However, he reviewed my thoughts on this and revised my calorie/macro goal to something much more doable/sustainable in my opinion. I am not kidding when I say I was freaking out. Since it is our first time working together, he didn’t realize how important it is for me to find something long term and not some kind of quick fix.

Trying new things should get you out of your comfort zone and scare you a bit. I have only worked with female online trainers in the past, so it will be interesting to see how a young male trainer (I have no clue how old he is) works with a middle-aged woman.

The workouts themselves don’t really scare me (MUCH) but, of course, I haven’t done one of them yet. I will keep you posted.

What I am Changing

Up until now, I have always worked out immediately after work. With some work changes, I will be working out Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings before work. Mondays I will come home and shower and head to work. Wednesdays and Fridays I work from home so I can shower during a break or lunch. I am super excited about this because it gives me my afternoons/evenings free and makes sure I get my workout in before I start my day. Knowing I only HAVE to do 3 days per week is almost freeing.

His program only has two types of eating days – training days (obviously more calories) and rest days (fewer calories). It will be odd not changing around the 5 different days from carb cycling. Both days have plenty of carbs in them and there are no fast days.

My Goals for the Next 4 Months

My number one goal is to increase my total body strength. This is key. While yes I would love to lose fat and lean out, increasing my strength is number one. Sleeping better and having more energy is a close second. I have been going through a couple of weeks of serious insomnia.

I will also say that Mike is not cheap. Knowing what I have committed to financially will help me keep going. But it is nice to know that if I want an ice cream (and it fits my macros for the day), I can have the ice cream. No guilt, no cheating, no nothing.

I am super excited to get started. Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram and/or Snapchat for more of my progress.

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28 Responses to “Dear Coach: Vol. 1”

  1. I’m really excited to hear how it goes and I’m so glad you were honest with him immediately when you felt your calories were too low. That’s super important for building a good relationship and rapport. I’m a trainer too and also have a trainer because what my coach specializes in (powerlifting) is very different from my expertise. Sending you positive vibes!

  2. This is key. I love my trainer and its important to do your research!

  3. Good luck with your new program and trainer. I look forward to hearing all about what he has in store for you πŸ™‚

  4. Love your goal! I’m actually getting a new trainer this week and I’m so excited! I’m trying to work on building some strength, too πŸ™‚

  5. I’m glad you expressed your concerns about caloric intake, as somene who is studying to be registered dietitian, it’s so common for people to eat too little calories when trying to manage their weight. I hope you are able to reach your goals.

  6. I have worked out with an online trainer…I liked the accountability and the affordability compared to in person training where I live…I didn’t like the lack of personal touch that just is hard to overcome with not seeing them and hearing them in person!

  7. Having a good trainer really helps to stay motivated and pushing past your comfort zone. 3 days per week is great. You should see some good results pretty soon!

  8. I’ve never had a personal trainer. Honestly, red flags go up when you said the calories he put you on are super low…too low can be unhealthy πŸ™

  9. I’ve worked with a running coach online and it was great. In some ways I prefer in person but online is so convenient. My fitness journey began with a personal trainer.

  10. Awesome, glad to hear you are working with a trainer! I’m so (willingly) stuck in the middle of ultra training, that the thought of anyone telling me to limit my calories makes me cringe πŸ˜‰