Dear Coach: Volume 10 (The Finale, For Now)

Hello and Happy Monday! Today is the 10th and final in my Dear Coach series. I worked with Mike Vacanti, my online personal trainer from July to November of this year and used this series to document my progress.

You can read all of my “Dear Coach” blog posts here:

Volume 1
Volume 2
Volume 3
Volume 4
Volume 5
Volume 6
Volume 7
Volume 8
Volume 9

Dear Coach Volume 10

The final two weeks were pretty much the same – lower body on MWF and upper body on TR. I am actually sticking with this schedule through the holidays. I am still skipping cardio and am completely okay with that. Want to know why I am okay with skipping cardio? Check out Mike’s video below:

Be sure and subscribe to his Youtube channel as he does fantastic videos.

One of my favorite parts of my workout has actually been my warmup (believe it or not). I asked Mike and was given permission to share it with you.

WarmUp by Mike Vacanti
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I also wanted to share that Mike has published his first program called Look and Feel Better. It is a 12-week program and he has a men’s version and a women’s version. They are $67 each or you can buy both as a bundle for $90. Not this is NOT an affiliate link and I actually bought the women’s copy myself. (What can I say? I love Mike!)

And finally, a progress photo and notes. On the left is when I started (mid July) and on the right is mid-November. I didn’t always weigh and measure as that wasn’t my ultimate goal. I did lose about .5 to 1 pound per week I have no idea how many inches I lost as I can’t find my original measurements. I did go from a 185 assist on the chin up machine to a 130 assist (going down on this machine means progress). I went from using 5 pound dumbbells to 15 pound dumbbells for bicep curls. I bought smaller clothes. I feel stronger – and that was my true goal!

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Do you workouts change during the holidays? Do you take a break? Go harder? Cardio or not? Share below!



14 Responses to “Dear Coach: Volume 10 (The Finale, For Now)”

  1. Way to go sticking with your trainer. I have to say I’m quite intrigued by his programming and will have to check it out. I try to focus on a mix of exercises, I truly ENJOY cardio so I haven’t cut it all out just yet b ut definitely agree that without strength training you won’t see the results you want. I take a break when needed, like today when I slept in an hour late πŸ˜‰

  2. Way to go! I love how you found all the positives about the process and not just about inches or weight, it’s about overall health.

    I don’t always change my workouts but some years I do. I know one year I did PIYO and more yoga based exercises to help with stress and calm as I didn’t need to add more stress to my body (mental or physical). This year I just did a Pure Barre class over the weekend and they finally officially opened today (I’ve been waititng since Oct when I bought my membership and they were going to open in November). So tomorrow I will start going there after dropping off the girls 3-4 days a week. I’m aiming for 4 but any more and I would be estatic and 3 just in case I can’t fit in one of the class times with my schedule and will get my workout or run in like the other days at home.

  3. I always bring my workouts inside (because…snow), and make them shorter, or something I can commit to. I always feel less motivated in the winter, so doing something I can commit to is crucial.

  4. Congrats on your success! Feeling stronger is a huge accomplishment. Not necessarily the number on the scale. Way to stick to the program and your goals!

  5. Wow, way to go girl! Looks like you’ve been putting some hard work in and that is fabulous. During the holidays I’m far less consistent with my regular running routine, but I still try to get in workouts as much as possible.

  6. Girl you have worked really hard and the evidence is there! Way to go!!
    That warm up looks amazing!

  7. Angela

    You look wonderful! The above workout sounds like a good one too!!

  8. Nice results/progress Glenneth! Cardio? Yes. My workouts are basically the same during the holidays unless we’re traveling.