I Worked Out With a Victoria's Secret Angel Trainer—and Lived to Tell the Tale
I consider myself a pretty healthy person.
I go to the gym five days a week, don't snack on too much junk food and work very hard to curb my constant craving for ice cream. Still, I'm always on the hunt for ways to shake up my fitness routine, so when my coworker, Dahvi, invited me to a workout class with Victoria Secret Angel Trainer Justin Gelband, I was totally in.
And admittedly terrified. Considering Justin has trained the likes of Miranda Kerr, Candice Swanepoel, Irina Shaik and Karlie Kloss, I was pretty sure I was going to spend most of the class feeling completely inadequate.
No one was more surprised than me, but that totally wasn't the case. Keep scrolling to see what it was like to exercise with a VS Angel trainer.
When I arrived at Swerve Studio in Los Angeles for the workout class, I was pretty nervous. Odd as it may sound, I'm really in love with my cardio workouts and only grudgingly incorporate strength training, so I wasn't sure how my muscles were going to react to the class. If they just said "nope" in the middle of an exercise and I collapsed on the floor, I wouldn't be surprised, but I would definitely be embarrassed.
We filed into the studio and were instructed to remove our shoes and socks so our feet could better grip the floor. This was a good sign—we probably wouldn't be participating in any jumping or intense circuit training, which is basically the bane of my fitness existence.
We were given light weights for our arms, ankle weights and a small step before diving into the workout.
Here's where it got really interesting—Justin's movements were like nothing I'd ever done before. He was very focused on small movements that impact multiple muscle groups in your body, rather than big movements that try to target "problem" areas. He was a stickler about the form of our movements, insisting that no one contort their body or bend in ways that seemed unnatural.
All the movements were low-impact, which my bad hips and knees were thankful for, and none of them were meant to feel painful or uncomfortable. Don't get me wrong, I could definitely feel my muscles working—there was a constant burn in my butt and the back of my legs—and I was dripping sweat all over my mat midway through the 60-minute class, but it was more of a gentle and constant tension rather than sudden bursts of energy that left me feeling tired and drained.
Plus, Justin was all about switching up the routine. Instead of doing 20 static lunges on each side, we would do multiple movements that target different muscles before switching to the next side. Changing it up made the class fly by, and before I knew it we were done.
Normally, after a workout class, I feel exhausted and totally ready to nom on some good food and lay on my couch for the rest of the night, but this class was different. Since we had worked our muscles so gently, I felt energized and happy—I even decided to walk the 1.5 miles back to my apartment.
All in all, it was an awesome workout experience. It worked my muscles just hard enough to produce a little bit of soreness the next day, and it reminded me that strength training doesn't have to be totally traumatic. In fact, I just might ditch a couple of my cardio routines in favor of this type of workout.
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