I haven’t written too much about fitness this summer, but lots of workouts have been happening!! I’ve found a new fire inside of me that has made me want to push myself to the max.
I’ve been focusing on strength training this summer. Partly because my friend Lynsie started using the 30 pound kettlebell and as a competitive gal I had to try to catch up to her. So I started picking up heavier weights every week and now I’m lifting some of the heaviest in the class (but who’s counting ; ) ) It’s been one of those snowball effects where I started going a little heavier, then results came, then I picked up even heavier and got more results. I used to leave strength class barely breaking a sweat, and with heavier weights I am red faced and dripping puddles. (It also helps that Chris has incorporated a few plyo/cardio moves into the sets.) I’m looking at each class as an opportunity to really get stronger, and not surprisingly that is exactly what has happened.
A year ago I used to mix in quite a few days of basic cardio into my routine. On days when I didn’t have a good class at the gym, I’d do a mix of walking to and from the gym and the stairmaster. While I don’t think there’s anything wrong with the stairmaster (I think it’s the hardest cardio machine you can do!) I’ve traded solo workouts for more group ex classes. Thursday morning 6am is my favorite class of the week. It’s like a drug – once you’re hooked you’ll do anything to get up at 5:30! The class is all jumping and plyo moves, so there’s no equipment. The music is great, and by the third set we are all having one big dance party. Getting up early on Thursdays also leaves me open to work during the morning, so that’s a bonus. I’ve also been going to tabata classes, which combine plyo moves with strength exercises, and trying to get in one outside run each week.
Summer soccer was a blast. My team finished in second place in our division! Soccer is by far my hardest workout of the week, especially if our team doesn’t have any women subs. Summer games were 70 minutes, and in the fall and spring they are 90 minutes – that’s a lot of running! It’s also a great balance between the classes I do at the gym. We’re on a break between seasons right now, but fall starts soon and I’ll be playing in two leagues – co-ed and women’s. Can’t wait!
What’s missing? Hot yoga!! I need to get my butt over to Fly Dog, our new sort-of-hot vinyasa studio, and get in some sweaty flow. My biggest obstacles are childcare and distance, but I need to make this happen.
I could sing the praises of my gym, ACAC, until the cows come home. Not only are the classes great and the facilities awesome, but I have made so many great friends there that make working out a blast. August is BFF month and members can bring a friend on weekdays for free, so if any of you locals want to give it a try, let me know!!