Between a rock and a hard place - please help
Dont know if this should be in the beginners section, but here goes . . .
Heres the situation, having trained for 3 years at a gym where i used to live, i got to the point where i was happy(ish) with my physique. At 6'1" and a solid 15 stone (28 years old)i had improved my body and increased my strength greatly, especially in the final year when i finally knuckled down with my total nutrition instead of just counting the protein i was consuming.
14 months ago i moved house to a new area (a small town in north yorkshire), leaving the gym behind and stopping training altogether as i set to tackling the problems associated with living with not only my first mortgage but my fiance aswell. One thing led to another and before you know it protein powders were replaced by Ben & Jerries, and going to the gym was replaced by sky digital.
Fast forward to the present, or rather a week ago, when i decided enough was enough, and set to finding a local gym.
Gyms great. Over the moon. I settle back into my old routine - Monday: chest, Tuesday: shoulders + back, Wedenesday: rest, Thursday: legs, Friday: arms, Sat+Sun off (i play rugby at weekends). I throw abs in every few days.
Thursday of my first week and im well chuffed, ive been easing back into it and although im lifting nowhere near what i was before its ok- i knew i wouldnt be able for a while. I ask the owner/only employee in the gym/personal trainer to show me how to use a certain machine properly. He does, then he asks what im doing training wise and i tell him.
Heres where my problem starts!
He tells me i shouldnt be doing that kind of training, that i should be doing a total body workout twice a week for 8 weeks, then change it to something a bit more like what i was doing. He then puts me through the training session, and im not impressed.
Now, this guys a friendly bloke, who obviously knows more than me about training in general, but he has absolutley no clue as to what im capable of, or what stage i was at before my 14 month break. I kinda try telling him again, that i WAS pretty serious into it before, and that im a little concerned that the lack of sets per body part (2, as in - 2 sets of bench presses for my chest, 2 dumbell curls for my bis . . .) is way too low. He insists that its plenty for beginners and guys who are coming back after a long lay off. Im not the confontational type, and the dude IS just trying to help me, so i say thanks and he says to give him a shout when im back in the gym monday and he'll take me round.
What the hell do i do? Is the guy right in what he says? I know i have to ease back into things but 8 weeks seems likes a long time to waste on a program which i really cant see doing anything for me. I really dont want to be in the gym if im not happy with what im doing, so what? - Do i say to the dude, "look mate, i really appreciate you taking the time to help me, and i know i may not look like much just now, but i was training for 3 years getting good gains doing what i was doing, so if you dont mind i'd rather do my own thing". Of course, if i do say that im pretty sure the guy will say ok, then dismiss me as another wanker that thinks he knows it all and give me bad vibes every time im in his gym.
I feel like the only way i can win is if i do the 8 weeks of his training and it actually works for me, but i cant see this happenning, can you?
Please help, this craps affecting my head that much im already close to jacking it in all over again.
post edited by DMX - 2006/07/07 19:11:26