Return of Body Pump

5 Oct

TGIF! I’m writing from real home :). People always ask me “where do you actually live?” because I did my undergrad in Raleigh at NCSU, then went straight to grad school in Rochester Hills at Oakland, all while traveling to and from Pittsburgh. Can you see the disconnect?

After teaching Abs, Glutes, and Thighs (which was an amazing class BTW! Participants are always full of energy and up for ANYTHING, even when the classes continue to get more challenging), I hit the rush-hour traffic road and arrived in Pitt a little after 9:30. Salmon, grilled veggies, and a humongous piece of cake my family were awaiting me on the table (not my family); it makes the looooong drive so much more worth it when a home-cooked meal greets you! Right to sleep afterwards; sleeping in a queen-sized bed beats an extra-long twin sized bed’s bootay.

There’s really no point to this trip since I leave tomorrow (Saturday) morning at 5am to head straight to lululemon, but a girl needs some winter clothes! Why I didn’t bring any jackets, pants, UGGs, or winter scarves with me is over my head but it gave me an excuse to see my family :-D.

A relaxing morning

 (hi Kathy!)

and a long-but-not-forgotten body pump class

was what I had planned since my family has this silly thing called work. You guys remember how I was taking a break from heavier-lifting? I haven’t participated in a full hour-long lifting session until today and it felt great to get back to it! Sure some of my strength has dwindled but my endurance has improved and I was able to finish the entire workout- not missing one rep :).

What I used to lift in a Body Pump class:

  • squats= 40-50lbs
  • chest press= 15lbs
  • back track= 20lbs
  • triceps & biceps= 10-12lbs
  • lunges= 15-20lbs
  • shoulder track= 10-12lbs

What I lifted today:

  • squats= 17.5lbs
  • chest press= 10lbs
  • back track= 12lbs
  • triceps & biceps= 7.5lbs
  • lunges= 7.5lbs (added plyometrics to this track)
  • shoulder track= 7.5lbs and 8lb handweights

I felt I could have lifted heavier than I did but the above weight was perfect for my goals. I’m still not looking to get “bigger”, but rather continue toning, sculpting, lifting, and improving muscular endurance.

The rest of the day I plan on spending time with my family, drinking wine, eating a steak-ish dinner, and enjoying a real piece of cake!

What else made this trip worth it?

11 Responses to “Return of Body Pump”

  1. Michelle @ Eat Move Balance October 5, 2012 at 8:50 pm #

    Congrats on the degree! Nice work! 🙂

    • K.E.P.T. You Fit October 5, 2012 at 9:00 pm #

      Thank you Michelle! It’s been a long time coming but I’m thrilled it’s finally here!

  2. Matt October 6, 2012 at 12:08 am #

    Congrats on getting your diploma, Katie – it’s such a great feeling to get the official paper!

    Awesome job doing an hour-long lifting session. Sounds like a nice way to get the weekend started!

    • K.E.P.T. You Fit October 8, 2012 at 2:02 pm #

      Thank you! Holding the actual paper is the real deal, you’re right!

  3. Melissa (@bettyandboo) October 6, 2012 at 1:38 am #

    Congratulations, Katie!!

    • K.E.P.T. You Fit October 8, 2012 at 2:02 pm #

      Thanks Melissa! Hopefully we can get together again for another Burgh’ meetup!

  4. Life After Swimming October 10, 2012 at 2:34 pm #

    Wahooo for Pittsburgh! I’m leaving for Tennessee tonight to cheer on the Steelers! 🙂 And congrats on that nice paper you’ve got there 😉

    • K.E.P.T. You Fit October 10, 2012 at 3:12 pm #

      You better wave that Terrible Towel proud!!

  5. Alex @ Brain, Body, Because October 11, 2012 at 3:09 pm #

    How exciting!!! Good for you, Katie 😀

    • K.E.P.T. You Fit October 12, 2012 at 2:17 pm #

      Thanks Alex! Thanks for your support-I REALLY appreciate it 🙂


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