I wasn’t sold on seeing a personal trainer. I’ve seen trainers before, mostly when a few sessions came free with a new gym membership and I was never loved the experience. I have felt like some people I worked with weren’t a positive influence. (One trainer told me to lose weight so I could wear a crop top on Halloween.) As I told the NY Post, another trainer blindly told me I drank too much water.

But in the lead-up to our wedding, I figured it couldn’t hurt to give personal training another chance.I know so many people who love their trainers and feel like it’s a valuable tool for getting in great shape. My goal was to gain a little more muscle before the big day so I would feel toned. (I know toned isn’t a feeling, per se, but tell that to a girl who has purchased a very delicate wedding gown.)

I scoured Yelp for trainers near my office or my home and emailed a few of them. I landed on Leo Pinto, of Leo Results Fitness. Before I came in, we had a chat on the phone.  Leo asked me what my goals were and what I usually do to work out. He also asked me to text him a photo of me in my wedding dress so he could get an idea of where we could make an impact. It sounds a bit crazy to send a guy I’ve never met a photo of me in a wedding dress, but it felt good to know he knew what we were working with.

Leo Fitness Results

borrowed from Leo’s website

I bought a 12 pack (and had one free intro session) and we got to work. We had 13 sessions in about four and a half weeks, so it was an intense stretch of workouts!

I loved my experience working with Leo and here are 6 things you need to know:

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I took my first Barry’s Bootcamp class over three years ago.  Back then, there was no advance spot assignment, and class started with a mad dash toward the treadmills. Other than that, not much has changed. It’s still a brutally sweaty, efficient and diverse workout.

In the last six months or so, I’ve become a true Barry’s addict. Nary a week passes where I don’t go to at least two classes.  I’ve celebrated small Barry’s achievements (first covering 2 miles in a class and now covering at least 2.5 miles) and I have really grown to love stepping into their studios.

barry's bootcamp

If you’re a Barry’s addict like me, the following 13 things may ring true. Let me know in the comments if you have any to add or to second.

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AKT in Motion has been on my radar for a while. There’s a studio in NoMad not too far from my office, since it’s not on ClassPass I needed a little push to try it.

AKT was created by Anna Kaiser, a former Tracy Anderson trainer. After my less than stellar experience at Tracy Anderson’s East Hampton studio, I was a little hesitant to try something based on the same principles. But after reading a few good reviews my pal Katy and I decided to give it a shot. (We also went to Tracy Anderson together.)

AKT in Motion

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Happy Friday, friends!  Did everyone have a nice Memorial Day Weekend?  What’d ya get up to?

A few things before we get started.  Feeling stressed? I enjoyed this post from The Blissful Mind on how to calm anxious thoughts. On a similar topic, my pal Ali Feller wrote an article for Well & Good that’s well worth a read: “The (very controllable) reason you might be more stressed than you were three years ago.”

Now, on to last week’s workouts:

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