For the past few weeks I’ve been going to Xsport’s fitness classes and I’ve really, really enjoyed them! The first class I decided to try two weeks ago was cycling and I fell in love with it! The instructor was so motivating and she really pushes you to keep going for the whole hour that the class takes place. Also, they play great music, so it’s definitely another great motivator. You also really work your legs, so I’d highly recommend to try it at least once! I’m excited that one of the locations I go to will be having a Breast Cancer awareness cycling class this Saturday, which will also include a DJ. Cannot tell you how excited I am! I mean, have you ever been to a gym that had a DJ?! I sure haven’t!
Another class I really like is the kickboxing boot camp class, which works your whole body and you definitely feel sore after, but it’s SO worth it! This is class is also an hour and includes everything from jogging in place, kicks, punches, and using a step platform, dumb bells, and even a bar for lifting. I’ve been to this class three times so far and each time the routine is a little different and I love that about the class. You’re moving the whole time and every few minutes the exercises change. This class also includes amazing music, so you’ve got nothing to lose!
Yoga was the only other class that I’ve tried and while it’s less intense than cycling and kickboxing, it’s worth trying at least once! My plan for next week is try one of the Zumba and Pilates classes. I went to a few Zumba classes a few years ago and I’m excited to start trying it again! Same with Pilates. I was first introduced to Pilates by Monica a few years ago and was instantly hooked. As many of you may know, it’s excellent for your core. Can’t go wrong with Pilates.
In between the classes, I still do my lifting and cardio and sweat out toxins in the sauna. I’ll say it again — no regrets joining Xsport.
On Friday I decided to join Xsport and I’m SO glad I did! Today I worked out at a different location and I definitely enjoyed it! I also took advantage of the sauna (twice!) to get even more of a sweat sesh in. Boy, let me tell ya, it is definitely hot, hot, HOT in there! But I really liked it! For someone who isn’t such a huge fan of the heat, this is one thing I am a fan of! Also, what I really love about Xsport is that they have different fitness classes you can attend. Tomorrow after work Monica and I have decided to go to a cycling class and I’m so, so, so excited! Tuesday I might do Zumba or MixxedFit — we shall see! I really like that there’s so many options to switch it up. It’s so awesome that these classes are part of the membership and I can’t wait to see which ones end up being my favorite, and, let’s be honest, to start seeing results! 🙂
As I’ve mentioned before, I try to designate Wednesdays for running, but that doesn’t always pan out, but today it did! At first I did some dancing around the house because, come on, you cannot go wrong with dancing! I’ll let let you in on a secret of mine (or two!): I dance around the kitchen. A lot of the time when I’m putting away the dishes, I’ll bring my phone and crank up the music, and dance as well! And when I’m not dealing with dishes and my coffee or tea is brewing, I’ll just dance. No shame in my game! You get some cardio in for the day and, let’s face it, you have fun! And you can dance like no one’s watching. Win-win! After I caught up on some Grey’s Anatomy (I’ve managed to binge watch a whole season in three days — go me!), I went and ran outside.
How does everyone feel about running on uneven concrete? My dad once told me that the unevenness of it is good for you because it gives variety when you run. I’ve been running on uneven concrete in this location for maybe five years now and I absolutely love that the concrete goes from downhill to uphill to even… it’s great! But as you all know, I also like running on an even, sandy path around a lake. Nature is seriously wonderful. Get out there and enjoy it!
Excuses don’t get results.
I decided to start today with a run because, as mentioned before, I’ve dedicated Wednesdays to running. That doesn’t always happen, but I try to be committed. The weather was perfect — about sixty — and the breeze wasn’t too shabby either. There’s just something about running–it’s therapeutic, burns fat, and makes you feel great! At least this is how I see it 🙂 Run one lap around a track with a lake and maybe you’ll see what I’m talking about!
After, I decided to up my cardio by running on the treadmill and various exercises off the treadmill! Switching it up is key because if you’re always doing the same exercises, your body gets used to it and then has a hard time adjusting to new ones. I’d run a minute on the treadmill and then do quick feet, bridges, jump squats, squat holds, and jumping jacks for a minute. You definitely feel the burn! But it’s also super fun… trust me! 🙂
Remember why you started and don’t give up.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved running. I try to run outside a few times a week, but with how busy we are, sometimes that just isn’t possible, so now that it’s finally really nice out constantly, I’ve decided to make Wednesday my day I run outside. I’ve already committed to this (in my head) and I refuse to give up. This also guarantees me a run day every single week. I haven’t decided yet whether I’ll be running in the morning, middle of the day, or in the late afternoon. I think I’ll switch it up and see which time I like best. As far as how long or how far I’ll be running – haven’t really decided that either. I’m just letting the journey take me where it takes me. I do, however, know where I’ll be running. I run in two different locations because I like the different feel of them – one is sand and one is concrete. I think that alternating between locations is beneficial because it limits your body to getting used to one thing and then it’s hard to adjust when you want to change it up. We’ll see how the journey goes!
“Running is the greatest metaphor for life because you get out of it what you put into it.” – Oprah Winfrey
O N T H I S F I E R C E F R I D A Y . . .
I decided to do some HIIT cardio on my treadmill today. It’s been a little while since I’ve done HIIT cardio and I thought today was a great day to switch up my workout. What I really enjoy is running for a minute and then walking for a minute, but you definitely don’t have to stick to that! It’s just a great way to get the most out of your exercise and to really get your heart pumping. And the best thing is, you only have to do it for 15-20 minutes because it’s intense! Also, you’re definitely not limited to just HIIT cardio on the treadmill. Check out some of these exercises to get your heart racing and blood going:
30 Days of HIIT
15 Minute HIIT Workout