How Much Would You Spend for Your Dream Body?
The $4,600 Plan
Who: Susan Giacin, 30
Before weight: 146
After weight: 136
What She Bought
Initial consultation with a trainer, $100; gym and weekly personal training sessions, $4,400; and a heart-rate monitor, $100
The Workout Routine
"I travel, work really long hours, and go out with friends all the time, so getting to the gym had become just one more thing on my to-do list. When I did manage to fit in a workout, I wasn't putting any energy into it and wasn't happy with my results. It was a lose-lose situation. At the beginning of 2007, I decided it was crazy to spend money on the gym if I wasn't getting anything out of it, so I scheduled a consultation with Lacey Stone, a personal trainer at Equinox Fitness Clubs in New York City. I thought, If I'm going to do this, let's do it right.
"We started by checking out my diet. First problem: With my crazy schedule, I was skipping meals. I got home so late, I just wouldn't bother to eat dinner. Not only was I hurting my metabolism, but I also wasn't getting enough fuel to really push myself at the gym. Lacey explained that I needed to eat every three to four hours and add more vegetables and healthy fats to my diet, such as a few almonds instead of chips for my mid-afternoon snack.
"Lacey also suggested that I use a heart-rate monitor while running or cycling, which was probably the best $100 I've ever spent. Now I know how hard I have to work to get my heart rate up, and my cardio is way more effective. She also gives me strength-training moves, which I write down, so I can mix and match them when I'm traveling.
"Within the first six weeks, I noticed my arms and legs getting more defined. By the eight-month mark, I was very happy with the results. My philosophy: We spend so much money on facials and clothes to make us look better, but if you exercise to be physically fit, you'll be happier on the inside and you'll look and feel better on the outside."
Originally published in FITNESS magazine, July 2008.
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