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Kettle & Pedal

29 Jan

Two weeks ago, I tried spinning for the first time.

The setup was totally awesome – all of the bikes were in a dark room, with colored lights on the walls.  It was like spinning in a nightclub (seriously).  The instructor had a bumpin’ playlist, and there was a huge flatscreen TV that was playing music videos.

tumblr_md9ph47DHt1qej93ko1_250Watching Beyonce will make anyone work out a little harder.  My spinning got ten times faster when I saw her on that screen.

About 35 minutes of the class consisted of spinning.  The instructor led us through a series of hills and jumps at various resistance levels.  She was awesome – I love a motivating instructor who isn’t too in your face.

After the spinning portion of the class was complete, we went into another room to complete a group circuit workout.  There were four stations, so we split up with about 3-4 people to a station.  The instructor changed the exercises each time we went through the circuit (burpees, pushup variations, frog jumps, weighted exercises, plyo lunges, the list goes on…), but one exercise stayed the same:

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ROWING.  The dude above makes this look super sweet and effortless.  I worked muscles I didn’t even know I had and my heart was pounding out of my chest by the end.  The circuit did not advance until all of the rowers completed 200m (i.e. those doing burpees did as many as they could until the rowers were done, then advanced to the next exercise).  The class ended with Kettlebell arm exercises back on the bike (bicep curls, triceps extensions, front shoulder raises, etc.).

bodycraft-kettlebell-10lb-yellowIt. was. awesome.

At first, however, I wasn’t sure if I liked the class that much.  During the spinning portion, my legs tired out very quickly and my butt was uncomfortable on the seat.  When she explained the circuit to us, I was initially intimidated.

But once I let all of that go – I was hooked!  It was such a fun class, and I had forgotten how awesome and motivating it is to work out in a group.  I hadn’t taken a fitness class in a looong time, so this was a great way to switch it up.  I’ve taken two classes since and I’m already signed up to go again tomorrow.

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  • What was the last new fitness class you tried?
  • How do you overcome discomfort or intimidation in new situations?

Baby, it’s cold outside

22 Jan

This sweet lyric about cold weather isn’t exactly what came to mind when I woke up to this:

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My reaction was more like this: nooo @#$%^!  Seeing 5* with a “bitter wind chill warning” calling for temps that feel like -15 made me want to pull the covers over my head for the rest of the day.

After a short internal battle, I got my butt out of bed for the fitmixer Boot Camp Day 9 workout.  Here are some reasons why I am loving this boot camp so far:

1. The workouts are always different.  I feel sore in new muscles everyday.

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2.  I’ve already dropped three pounds.

3.  The way I eat is changing – I feel full from less calories and I’m less tempted by foods that aren’t as good for me.

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4.  The online community is great.  Everyone is so encouraging and motivating.

5.  I look forward to working out because it’s a new routine.  I even put a half marathon on my calendar and started taking a spin class!

I cannot speak highly enough of the program so far.  It’s also awesome that every workout can be done at home.  I am really glad I decided to do it!

Off to do some schoolwork… hope everyone is having a great day!