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How did you transition from working with a trainer to setting your own workouts?

I worked with my trainer for about four or five months. We weren’t able to keep paying for sessions at that point, but he still said I could call him if I ever had questions or needed help. I felt a lot more confident. I was able to keep using the same workout plans my trainer had shown me, or change them up by learning about new workouts online.

What do your workouts look like now?

Day 1: Legs

1. Squat

4 sets of 12 reps

2. Leg Press

4 sets of 12 reps

3. Lunge

4 sets of 12 reps per leg

4. Leg Extension

4 sets of 12 reps

5. Seated Leg Curl

4 sets of 22 reps

Day 2: Core 

1. Crunch

50 reps

2. Plank

5 min.

3. Air Bike

10 min.

4. Mountain Climber

10 min.

5. Russian Twist

20 reps

Day 3: Rest
Day 4: Chest and Shoulders

1. Bench Press

4 sets of 12 reps

2. Dumbbell Fly

4 sets of 12 reps

3. Shoulder Press

4 sets of 12 reps

4. Treadmill jog

30 min.

Day 5: Arms and Back

1. Dumbbell Bicep Curl

4 sets of 12 reps

2. Triceps extension

4 sets of 12 reps

3. Hammer Curl

4 sets of 12 reps

4. Barbell Biceps Curl

4 sets of 12 reps

5. Lat Pull-down

4 sets of 12 reps

6. Bent-Over Barbell Row

4 sets of 12 reps

7. Single-Arm Dumbbell Row

4 sets of 12 reps

8. Cable Row

4 sets of 12 reps

Day 6: Cardio 

1. Elliptical

15 min.

2. Treadmill jog

30 min.

3. Burpee

15 min.

Day 7: Rest

How did you stay motivated when you wanted to quit?

When I started seeing results, I realized that fitness is my future. I can’t go back. I have to keep moving forward.

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