Friday, September 18, 2015

Workout Remix - The Run Plus

The Beast and I recently had our run at the track and as always it was no easy task. We get our 12 laps in and the plus

How's this for a plus workout - between laps we would exit the track and go onto the field:
50 Jumping Jacks
20 Jump Squats
30 sit ups
10 Burpees
20 Pushups
40 Mountain Climbers
Planks - the standard and remix

After working up a sweat, it's time to go.

And The Beast goes on...

How about you? What's your workout remix?

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

And Then There's FlyWheel - Fitness Adventure Continues...

Early in the morn before the sun arose, we headed to the city that never sleeps to get our Fly Wheel on. What on earth is Fly Wheel you ask? Well, it's a cycling class where the instructor takes you through an exciting yet intense spin. Of course in our goals to improve on our health and wellness - we just had to do it.

We hurried in to make the 6:00am session. Checked in the locker room, selected our shoes, grabbed a towel, a bottle of water and ran on it to the class. Our instructor Jared was perfect for my early morning version of a boot camp cycling session. He was ready to get it on while we adjusted and clicked ourselves into our bikes. We were given the opportunity to gauge our workout by participating in their in-studio Torqboards - I did not.

The room was dark with the spot light on Jared it was like a stadium setting - I loved it. It gave me comfort in knowing that I would not be distracted or a distraction to the real cyclists. I blended in with the class at least as long as I did not pay attention to the top cyclists as they appeared on the screen above the space where Jared lead us.

The 45 minutes of cycling to the music added to the excitement of being in the class. Jared would call out the level of adjusting our resistance as we cycled and encouraged us enthusiastically to go for it. Although the room was dark and no one was watching, I dared not slack off on the moment. I felt the burn as my thighs were awakened to the active movements of the early morning. It was intense, we were given a moment to drink our water and dry off as we sweated ourselves with puddles of water hit the floor. Towards the end of the class, we used our weights and then ended with a stretching that really made a difference.

It was time to dismount and unclick myself from the pedals. I was relieved yet recharged. It was time to grab a towel and take a shower. The good thing was to be completed with our workout before 7:00am. In fact, there were some people showering and getting dressed for work. How cool is that?

There were bottled waters, lovely luscious looking green apples, towels and comfy sofas in the locker room area. Hopefully, we will have time to sit and grab an apple. However, it was a weekday morning and there was no time for relaxing.

As we walked outside, we were greeted with the morning light just like it was back in the days when we were coming from a night of dancing at the club. This morning we were leaving energized, ready to take on the day :-)Sooooo, what's next on our fitness adventure? Let's see.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Heart and Soul - SOUL CYCLE

Here's the thing - we are on a mission. It's pretty serious and focused. However, with our determination to improve on our health and wellness, we are not going to the extremes. We're just adding some challenges along the way. This weekend we put our hearts and soul into cycling. There I was skipping along to the cycle class. After all, I know how to ride a bike.

Enter the SOUL CYCLE to the most friendliest team of front desk staff. We checked in, headed to the lockers, back up the stairs into the cycle room. We were assigned a bike, I had all the adjustments made for my comfort. Well, that was a silly assumption of mine - there was no need to think of comfort. An intense 45 minutes with a fun team of instructors, a room full of cyclists and then there was me. We cycled to the music of Taylor Swift vs. Kanye West - how cool is that? Yes, it was a lot of fun. Naturally, I knew not one single song, not even a line but the beat was perfect for the cycling frenzy. We rocked it as we peddled up and down - side to side. According to the way that the class went, there was no need for the seat except towards the end when it was time to wind down. My confession - I took a seat and peddled like a mad woman. I stood and peddled when I could muster up the energy and rocked along with the music. I lifted the weights and peddled. I screamed/shouted along enthusiastically blending with the serious peddlers.

The Beast was in the class - peddling along. SOUL CYCLE was perfect for him, he cycles for miles on end and will be cycling in a few weeks with the New York Century Bike event (they have a 100 mile cycling event). One of our daughters was also cycling along. She was fantastic. SOUL CYCLE was another jolt - just the challenge that I needed. I left the class drenched in sweat - that brought a smile to my face. We did it!!!

What's next???!!! I say let's just pray the pounds away.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Mixing It Up - Working It Out

And as the summer continues, the workout is in full gear. The runs, walks, indoor workouts have all added to a fantastic fitness routine. In fact, I look forward to running with the Beast as we go around the track and mix in burpees, jumping jacks, jump squats, mountain climbers, push ups, a variety of planks, etc. in between laps. I can assure you that it's not an easy task. I complain/whine as I go along, yet I feel so accomplished at the end of our workout (getting in three miles of running). It's called the Run Plus ;-)

The Run Plus is fantastic. Sometimes we need to shake things up in our workout routine and taking a boxing class at the Shadowbox NYC was the perfect remedy. We got in a 45 minute set with Jaws which was absolutely grueling for me. Jaws is a petite lean machine with a beautiful smile. However, once the session began, it was on and popping. We boxed and did a variety of exercises in between just like the Run Plus. There was no time for whining, the class was moving along and using every minute to jump on to the next thing. At one point, Jaws instructed the class to use the form and consistency like this person - of course when I turned around to look it was none other than The Beast.

Overall, the boxing session was quite an experience. The next morning I woke up feeling sore all over. I smiled as I ached, I knew that it was all worth it. I reached for the weights - the workout must continue.

How do you mix it up?