Re: Gaining Weight after Personal Training
Not with personal trainers but I did take a year's worth of a college women's strength classes. These were in small classes with maybe 5-7 women of all ages.. but mostly older. I was about midrange at 51-52 years old. This was done as three day splits for 90 minutes. We started out with low weights(3-5lb dbls for curls and 10lbs for bentover dbl rows for example) to get our bodies used to lifting with freeweights and with machines. As we progressed, the poundages would go up if we felt the need. Some stayed with the lower weights, some progressed up to a certain point and a couple of others (including myself) went further.
After a week with lower weights, I found going through the 4 sets of 10-12 reps with the lower weights too easy. I live a rural lifestyle and even being overweight at 245 at the time....was still stronger than the more sedentary in the class. My instructor had me go with slightly higher weights to push myself more. By the end of the first three month semester, I was further ahead than the rest by quite abit (was doing alternating/sulpinating bicep curls with 20lb dbls for 3 sets/10reps and 25 dbls for 1 set/5 reps). I found I loved lifting and the empowerment it gave me as a woman to be stronger and healthier. Having dropped a few inches in the waistline helped too.
In a year, I went from 245 to 185 and wearing clothes sizes when I first married 33 years ago. However, I am about 15-20 pounds heavier than I was at that time. Over that year, I had exchanged fat for some muscle growth. To me, that was a fair exchange I could live with.
You will build muscle exercising with freeweights as your trainer says. it depends on your progress and intensity, although as a woman you will not "bulk up" quite like a guy. But Muscle is denser than fat so you will build this up with what you are doing and with proper diet.
So the best indicator of fat loss so early would be your wardrobe. Does it seem looser than before you started? Going by the scales can be misleading.