So, last week at counseling, the marriage expert guy suggested that I find a class to join at the Y. He said that it would be good for me to connect with other people and get exercise at the same time. I was sharing this with Trainer Guy and he told me that he knew of the perfect class. He got all pumped up about me joining and practically forced me to the information desk to sign up for it. I was kind of excited (excited = scared out of my mind) too.... until I found out the only class they were doing is at 5:30 AM. That's right- pre sunrise. There is 2 things I do pre sunrise- sleep and snooze my alarm.
I've had almost a week to let the idea of #1) doing a class with other people and a trainer and #2) in the middle of the night marinate in my mind. Of course, if you know me, you know that turned into images of me hyperventilating and being carried off on a stretcher out of the wellness center because I couldn't hack the workout. All the while a monster like trainer yelling at me with people all around on treadmills laughing at pointing at me for months to come because I'm "that girl". I went to bed early so I could be rested for the early morning. I woke almost an hour before my alarm went off and hardly slept for the next hour. I was ready to leave by 4:50 am. I knew that if I got there early, I'd be the wierdo standing around waiting for my impending doom, but I went anyways.
I got to the Y and found that the trainer was waiting and there were already a few people from the class there ready to get started. She weighed me (that makes 3 people on earth that know my weight), took my measurements (Eek! I was chanting to myself... She's not judging me! She's not judging me! over and over again in my head). She actually turned out to be totally opposite of what all that over thinking had made her out to be. She hooked me up with a partner, and handed us our workout sheets. I looked over it and realized 90% of it I could live through.
My next thought was... ok, fat girl, get moving! (Is that politically correct to say about myself? I'm not sure!) And I did it. Not all of it. There are things I can't do yet (my goal is to be able to at the end of this class) and things I had to modify because of my back. But I left feeling proud of myself. I would have liked to work a little faster, but working with a partner made it slower. The awesome trainer girl let me keep my workout card from the class and also gave me an additional cardio workout to do on off the days. Can I actually say I enjoyed it? Yes, I think I can. :-) And the best news- there was no hyperventilation, nobody pointing and laughing, and no moster like trainers biting my head off.
So, what's the lesson in this? #1- have a little more faith in myself, and #2- have a little more faith in others. Today's workout may not go as planned because I'm super sore, but that's all good right?
I wanted to share the workouts with you in case you wanted to use them too! Right now I'm working out 5 times a week, and I may throw in an extra workout that's just swimming. That will give me an opportunity to give my back a bit of a rest and still burn mega calories.
Treadmill/Body Weight Workout (class workout)
5 min walking warm up
walk 3 mins at 5% incline
complete 10 air squats (add medicine ball if wanted)
10 sit ups
walk 3 mins at 8% incline
walk 3 mins at 10% incline
100 jumping jacks
walk 3 mins at 12% incline
1 min bicycle crunches
walk 3 mins at 15% incline
In an hour, we got through this cycle twice. If you push yourself, you could probably complete it 3 times in an hour.
2 min walking at 3.0
1 min walking at 3.6
2 min walking at 3.0
- between each pause for 1 min and do squats with a forward push using a medicine ball.
*Repeat for 15 mins
2 min pedaling easy, resistance at 5
2 min pedaling hard, resistance at 12
1 min low
- between each pause for 30 seconds and do squats with extension above head with medicine ball.
*Repeat for 15 mins
500 meters, resistance on 10.
*Repeat 3 times
Bent knee crunches: 5 sets, 10 reps
Alternate leg raises: 5 sets, 10 reps