I haven’t posted since Monday because I have been putting in that extra effort (quite literally) this week. While continuing to dig deep with my Spartan training, I happily subbed several additional classes at Flywheel, met the ladies of FiA for an early morning beat down and co-led my first weekend bootcamp at SmartCore Fitness. Details to follow. It was an incredible week, full of amazing levels of effort put forth by everyone that I was surrounded by.
Let’s start with Flywheel. It has already been almost two months since I started teaching after having baby number two. The transition back to pre baby body has been made easier by enjoying several rides a week on the bike. The downside of taking so many weeks off is that I have to work my way back on to the schedule. I also have to get my name out there so people know I am back. Well, I AM BACK! While my regular class times – Thursday 10:45 AM/11:45 AM and Sunday 7:30 AM – are difficult for most to make it to, please check the schedule for days that I am subbing. I am doing everything that I can do to get out there during times that I know my “regulars” can make it to! As requested, see Sunday’s playlist above.
Following Thursday’s double, I grabbed lunch at neighboring hot spot Leroy Fox with a fellow rider and co-worker. The decor in this place is as well thought out as the delicious food. Upon entering the doors of the restaurant, the right wall is covered in words that represent street names in and around the neighborhood. I actually think I might try to make something like this for my home (in a smaller version, framed and on the wall).
I had a refreshing barbecue chicken peach salad. I love salads that are juicy and flavorful enough that I don’t even need to add dressing. This is one of them. The sauce over the chicken mixed with the juiciness of the peaches gives the lettuce and vegetables enough flavor to pick the dressing up off the plate and give it back. After teaching a double prior to eating, this was just what I needed to refuel. Full disclosure – I actually ended up teaching another class that night. Making sure I ate enough “good for you” food was imperative.
Three classes on Thursday equals over two hours on the bike. I had every intention of sleeping in and taking a day off on Friday. My plans changed when my youngest woke up at 4:00AM for a feeding and my husband admitted that he was not going to get up to go to the gym if I wanted to go. Geez. I have to take these days when I can get them. As my daughter finished her bottle, I made the decision to lace up my running shoes and say “hell with it”. I drove over to Metropolitan prepared to get a decent run in if I didn’t do anything else. It is always nice to run with someone else.
Go figure, the day that I show up to put in a less than stellar effort, I was informed that we were partnering up and performing a AMRAP (as many rounds as possible) workout in which there might be a “winner”. Great. Competitive Jen kicked in. Everyone had picked partners the night before. Except me. I looked around the circle of ladies before seeing the one new person that didn’t have a partner. Well, here goes nothing. She was literally the “Real Deal” (which ended up becoming her nickname). Over a matter of forty minutes, we ran almost four miles, up and down stairs, while performing several sets of pushups, squat jumps and partner wheel barrows. I’m pretty sure on the run we were hitting 7:15-7:45/mile splits. Thank you “Real Deal” (Cara) for taking me out of my comfort zone. While I train people all of the time to do this, sometimes I need someone to do it to me.
I earned an afternoon off for some playtime with my oldest daughter. Boy is it hard to find things to do when it is so hot outside. Anything with water or indoors seems to be the preferred activity. Anyone else have any ideas? I would love to hear them.
I FINALLY got my chance to sleep in Saturday, before getting geared up for my first bootcamp at SmartCore Fitness. I joined fellow CPT, Denise Duffy, to lead 10 hard working individuals through four, four exercise circuits. This workout is legit and hard. Several things differentiate it from your average bootcamp:
- The thought put into it – This workout was not put together on the whim. The order of each and every exercise is methodically organized such that you get the most out of the muscle groups that you are working. Hence “Smart”Core.
- The number of complex movements using your entire body – Four, four exercise circuits, means you are doing at least 16 different movements over the length of the workout. I have been to several places where you might only be doing 4-7 exercises the entire workout (and they are basic exercises).
- The length – 60 minutes. There is also some leeway here. It’s go at your own pace. If you finish before an hour (good for you). If it’s going to take you an extra ten to fifteen minutes, that’s OK. Depending on how quickly you move, you can burn ALOT of calories.
- The ability to modify – Having a Certified Personal Trainer overseeing a smaller group, allows us to be able to modify specific exercises to work around weaknesses, injuries or at times that we see fatigue. There is no need to neglect an entire exercise when modifications can be offered. There is also no reason why ANYONE cannot do this workout (regardless of your fitness level). Change is good.
- The strength component – I am always surprised how big the strength piece is. You will likely be sore somewhere the next day. This stuff is not easy, light weight repetitions.
- Working out indoors (and out) – We will likely take you outside for a cardio component. Yes, there is cardio in this workout. Again, if you don’t like running – there is a modification.
I have to say, the group that showed up Saturday knows how to work. While the entire circuit was designed by Denise, I am looking forward to taking ownership and adding a spin on several exercises over the next few weeks. If you are interested in checking this out OR want to learn more, please reach out!
I was so pumped after that bootcamp that I came home excited to continue my own training for the upcoming Spartan Race. Apparently there might be a SmartCore team in the upcoming Sprint? I’m down. Did anyone else notice that Amelia Boone is gracing the cover of the most recent issue of Runner’s World. Obstacle course racing (OCR) is taking over the racing scene. Bootcamps are a perfect way to train the body for the stop go motions involved in completing a race like this. My daughter actually pointed at Amelia and said “mommy?”. Whoa. Biggest compliment ever. This girl is a machine. She pushes a 500 pound sled. My husband can’t do that. You better believe that I am checking out her Instagram for workout inspirations and ideas (clearly not at her level, but modified).