For the past six weeks I have been working out at the YMCA doing a program called Blast Into Summer. Three days a week I workout with a small group of people and a trainer. He has us jumping rope, lifting weights, doing lunges, doing squats, running. Lunges, did I mention lunges. We do many many lunges, too many if you ask me. Some days I complain, but I secretly like it. Some days I feel really strong and other days I just want to go to bed after the workout. It has been such a great thing for me. My workout routine, or lack there of, really needed this. I have also been slowly getting back into running.
In April I completed a 5K with MBS Fitness that was all hills. Seriously, check it out here. The biggest reason for me to push myself to exercise more is to help with my depression. I do notice a big change in how I feel when I get a lot of physical activity in. I still do my Kundalini yoga and that is great for helping me stay in the moment but it isn’t very physical.
What Billy, our trainer has us doing at the YMCA certainly is.
See this alley, this is where the magic happens and it is proof that you can get in a great workout anywhere.
The alley is where we do our warm up lunges, leg swings and squats. He also likes to set up circuits for us, they are always challenging. Sometimes we throw a medicine ball in the air and then catch it while we squat. That hurts after a while. We usually do each exercise for two long minutes. Try holding plank for two minutes and you’ll see what I mean.
For this circuit we lifted our choice of weights, they were all heavy. Trust me.
These are killer, we step up while holding weights in our hands.
See this rope. It’s really heavy and we have to turn it like we are turning a jump rope except it’s way heavier. This makes me want to cry.
The exercises are difficult but what I really like about circuit training is that you can focus only on what you are doing at that moment. You do it the best you can and pretend it is the only thing you have to do. It kind of is, at least for that moment any way. Then you move on to the next and repeat. Once you are done you feel strong and amazing. I enjoy the camaraderie and the accountability of a group class. It is really easy for me to not go to the gym, but if I have a scheduled class I will plan my day around it. I have been really enjoying that aspect of it the most.
Last week was my last training session with Billy and my fellow Blast into Summer pals and I will miss them now that it’s over. So that is why I have joined another group and for the past two weeks my workouts have overlapped a bit. I am also training with the Fleet Feet crew and doing the No Boundaries running program.
For the past two weeks my Saturday mornings have gone like this. Run at 7AM go back home and drink a Vega shake and hydrate, head to the YMCA and strength train for an hour. It’s been crazy and fun. I will miss my double workouts on Saturday, but since the distance we run has been increasing each week it will be kind of nice to just do one workout on Saturday. It has been a challenge to fuel in between workouts and have found Vega products to be a huge help.
I put this in my water after my workouts.
I usually blend the Vega One with almond milk, banana, chia seeds, hemp seeds and peaches. It tastes great and digests quickly so I don’t feel full during my second workout. This has been a life saver. I also like the Recovery Accelerator after my run. After I am done with my workouts for the morning I make sure I hydrate well all day and eat a healthy meal that has protein in it. This is when it’s crucial to have food that is ready to eat when you get home if not you may be tempted to eat whatever junk is around.
If you want to exercise more but don’t know how to start consider joining a group class, if you need some motivation you will get it for sure. Working out in a group setting is nice because everybody is at a different place. You will have people in class who are more fit than you that you can look to for inspiration and you will have those that are not fit and need your encouragement. I am hooked on the classes at the YMCA and I can’t wait for the next one.