Happy Monday, Dear Readers.
I hope everyone had a great weekend.
On Saturday morning, I met with a personal trainer. Even though I have a training schedule for my muay thai kickboxing, I thought it would be helpful to have a plan for my weight-lifting and running. I’ve learned a lot about exercise over the years, but I’m certainly not a professional. I don’t think it ever hurts to have a team of experts in your corner.
Helene is very well-regarded in my dojo. She is the wife of one of our fighters, and has trained there herself. Even better, she’s seen the green prajioud test in action, so she knows what will be required of me (and my poor body!). When I mentioned to my kru that I was meeting with her, he was all for it, and praised both her knowledge and her results. So there isn’t going to be a problem with conflicting ideologies.
When I met with Helene, we also discussed nutrition. She has offered to put together a 12-week plan for me that would effectively fuel my body for the workouts I’m going to be doing. During our first meeting, she gave me some tips that I found quite helpful. I learned….
- Not to drink Diet Pepsi or other caffeinated drink within four hours of a muay thai workout, as it will sap my power (I had no idea!)
- To flavor my water with lime & mint or cucumber
- That grains can actually hinder athletic performance
It sounded great, and I really enjoyed meeting Helene and talking with her about fitness and nutrition. We could have talked for hours if I hadn’t had to rush to boxing class. Here is my issue: as some of you already know from reading my Wednesday “Climbing Out of the Big, Black Hole” series, most of my income is going to pay off my debt this year, and high-quality personal training is very expensive. I may only be able to afford the nutrition plan OR the exercise plan, not both.
Having this kind of expert advice is, as Helene says, “stacking the deck in my favor”, but if I only can choose one option, which do you think is the wisest choice–exercise OR nutrition? If it was up to you, which would you pick and why?
Thanks for your input!