Happy Wednesday! The baby kept the whole house up for several hours last night, but that didn’t stop me from dragging myself out of bed at 4:50AM to arrive promptly at the FiA Metropolitan bootcamp workout this morning. If you haven’t heard, FiA (better known as Females in Action) is expanding BIG time. As part of the growth, the group has rolled out a new website. There is some great information out there, including easy to follow tabs that let you know how to begin interacting with the group through social media and workouts.
I have talked a lot about why I like FiA, and last night when I opened up the new website, I read a blog post on what FiA has meant to another fellow metro member (Guinevere). There aren’t a lot of pretty pictures in the post, but the entire message is totally relatable and very well thought out. How are the relationships formed at FiA any different than those formed at a local boutique fitness studio or at the YMCA? Through this great peer-led organization, leadership skills are being bred in a supportive environment that ultimately carries over to other aspects of our life. Practicing these skills (and getting feedback) will ultimately give one the confidence that he or she needs to speak up and become a leader in other aspects of their lives. Anyone can “Q” (lead) a workout after meeting certain requirements. This is a great opportunity for women. In fact, it has inspired me to consider leading a workout.
After reading that post, I was excited about the workout this morning. To my surprise, Guinevere was there, along with approximately 15 other women. Today’s workout was a lot less mileage and a lot more core exercises. Just what I needed. We warmed up running four tenths a mile to a parking deck. In between a series of runs up and down the stairs, we completed several of the following exercises:
- Bent Knee Hip Raise
- Side Planks
- Cheetah Hold
- Frog Sit ups (holding feet off the ground)
- Scissor Kicks
- Single Leg Leg Raise (alternating sides)
- Reverse Plank
At the 30 minute mark, we ran to the bottom of a short hill, where we ended with a variation of an AMRAP (As Many Reps as Possible) circuit. Starting at the bottom of the hill do 10 squats. Run to the top of the hill and back to start. Do 15 squats (you can vary the type of squat). Run to the top of the hill and back to start. Now do 20 squats. You get where I am going. Each time you come back down the hill add 5 squats. Keep going until time is called. This is harder than you think. After several repeats, we ran back to the start parking lot and circled up. Total mileage close to 1.25 miles (my GPS would cut out here and there in the parking deck).
I want to end this post by saying that waking up early to do something like this is easier than you think if you have the support to be there. Charlotte is a lucky place, because this type of workout group is not common. And it’s not going anywhere. Almost weekly, I see an update about even more expansion. If you have time this week, take a second to read Guinevere’s post on what FiA has meant to her. If you are a FiA veteran think about sharing what it has meant to you. If you have never been to FiA, think about experiencing it.