The RA “Workout of Death”

22 Aug

So this morning, I taught a total body high intensity class to the RA’s that moved on campus this past weekend. And, fellow group ex instructors can agree with me on this, when you don’t teach for a while, you have this bottled-up energy inside of you that just needs to be released..no?

Let’s just say that I got my fix!

As one of the RA’s put it, “this isn’t the workout of the day..it’s the workout of my death.” Well thank you so much for the compliment!

->60 seconds, 45 seconds, 30 seconds, 15 seconds.

  • jumping jacks
  • squats
  • frankenstein walks
  • plie squats
  • star jumps
  • walking lunges
  • push-ups
  • crunches
  • bicycles

I was expecting tons of participants; looking at the registration sheet, there were over 125 RA’s already on campus! But, only 4 showed up (womp womp). With the smaller crowd, however, I was really able to focus on their form and make sure everything was executed correctly. With larger groups, that can definitely become an issue as there is only 1 of you and 50+ of them.

A trick I used to perfect their squat form: I grabbed a chair that was in the corner of the studio and, while they were performing squats, went behind each participant and made them “sit” in the chair. Working within the participants’ range of motion (some couldn’t go down to 90 degrees), the chair provided a reference point to reminded them to put weight in their heals, sit their hips back before they squat, and push through their heels to stand, keep their chest up and shoulders back, and core engagement.

It turned out to be a great, fun, and functional class! If this is any indication of how the group fitness participants are Oakland U, it’s going to be a FANTASTIC 2 years! 😀

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7 Responses to “The RA “Workout of Death””

  1. Claire @ Live & Love to Eat August 22, 2012 at 4:42 pm #

    This workout would have made my 3 sessions of RA training much more interesting! We sat in classrooms all day long… yawn.

    • K.E.P.T. You Fit August 24, 2012 at 12:56 pm #

      Ha that’s the best comment ever! I didn’t know you were an RA. They gave good feedback that they wish a workout in the A.M. was an option in the past years; it makes sitting in chairs and classrooms all day less daunting.

  2. Alex @ Brain, Body, Because August 23, 2012 at 1:30 pm #

    That tip about squat form is great! Thank you for sharing 🙂

    • K.E.P.T. You Fit August 24, 2012 at 12:55 pm #

      It really perfects your squat form! Try it out and let me know how it works!!

  3. Life After Swimming August 24, 2012 at 4:18 pm #

    Glad you’re back to teaching! That sounds intense 🙂

    • K.E.P.T. You Fit August 25, 2012 at 2:21 pm #

      I think they thought so too! It feels amazing 🙂 You’ll have to let me know how your school does its fitness classes!

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