Tag Archives: Biggest loser

Not-So-Monotonous Cardio Workout

8 Jan

The gym has been PACKED. Lots of people working on their New Years resolutions I’m sure! The real test will be if they’re still here in 2 weeks… :-/.

Group fitness has been booming with participants! We have over 50 classes on the schedule this semester, some new and some old. Power hour debut yesterday; the concept behind this class is HIIT and to get a kick-butt workout in under 40 minutes. I don’t think the participants caught-on at first, but by the end, they realized that the workout is coming to an end and they picked it up! Hopefully the numbers keep climbing throughout the semester!

This semester, I scheduled set office hours for my graduate assistantship. Last semester, I came and went and found that although I enjoyed the freedom, I didn’t feel like I accomplished much in my hours. My weeks will look like this:

  • Monday’s 9-2pm
  • Tuesday’s 6-1pm
  • Wednesday’s 6-1pm
  • Thursday’s 6-1pm
  • Friday’s TBA

Why so many crack-of-dawns? I’m training more! Last semester, I taught ~4-5 classes a week and completed only fitness assessments when needed. This semester, I’m teaching 3 classes (and subbing where I can) and being a trainer in The Biggest Loser program we offer. My group will train Tuesday’s and Thursday’s at 6am and I do BLAST at 6am on Wednesday’s. I feel I have a much better grasp on getting things done in my designated hours.

This morning I completed a not-so-monotonous cardio workout. I only do 3-AT MOST-HIIT workouts a week, interspersed with strength, mind/body’s, and steady-state workouts too. I did a lot of strength workouts yesterday (Power hour, TRX demo) so today I wanted to do steady-state with some plyo’s at the end.

Slightly adapted from Julie at PBFingers’ Beat Boredom Interval Workout:

20-Minute Elliptical:

  • 0-10:00 @ Resistance 7
  • 10-12:30 @ Resistance 9
  • 12:30-15:00 @ Resistance 10
  • 15:00-20 @ Resistance 7

10-Minute Treadmill:

  • 0-5:00 @ Speed 7, Incline 1
  • 5:00-10:00 @ Speed 4.2, Incline 8

7:30-Minute Plyometrics:

  • 1:00 Burpees
  • 2:00 Jumping Jacks
  • 3:00 Mountain Climbers
  • 4:00 Speed Skaters
  • 5:00 Jump Squats
  • 5:30 Burpees
  • 6:00 Jumping Jacks
  • 6:30 Mountain Climbers
  • 7:00 Speed Skaters
  • 7:30 Jump Squats

Stay happy 🙂

AFAA Apex Weekend 2012 & IFTA Events

5 Feb

Attention Raleigh, Cary, Gardner, Apex, and surround areas: 

Looking for a less-expensive way to become certified in Group Fitness or Kickboxing?  University Recreation is hosting AFAA Apex Weekend February 10-12! Register through AFAA to take advantage of these amazing deals!

  • Primary Group Exercise Certification, $99
  • Kickboxing Certification, $99
  • Practical Pilates- learn the importance of core stabilization, muscle balance, proper alignment, strength and flexibility while integrating the concept of mindfulness, fluidity and grace.
  • A Taste of..Biggest Loser Live Training Workshop- providing fitness professionals with an introduction to the knowledge, tools, and fundamental skills necessary to successfully work with larger clients and participants.

Already an AFAA instructor? Earn 5 CEU’s for each certification or workshop!

This is a fun-filled fitness weekend where you’ll gain tons of knowledge and meet other trainers and participants with positive attitudes. I’m attending the Biggest Loser workshop and can’t wait to learn lots of new techniques, training ideas, and how to train larger-individuals safely and effectively.

IFTA Events:

Saturday, February 18 at Quest 4 Life Wellness Center. 1031 Morganton Blvd STE A. Lenoir NC.

  • 10:45am-12:45pm. Cardio Blast: an intense cardiovascular training for beginners to athletes. Energize and revitalize your basic choreography and give it a blast that will create the ultimate experience for sustained aerobic conditioning and balanced muscular endurance training.
  • In addition to registering, you’ll receive a “Kata Cardio” DVD!

Sunday, February 19 at Armfield Civic Center 873 West 52 Bypass, Pilot Mountain, NC

  • 9-10am. Kata Cardio: true Martial Arts aspects from “Katas” that are modeled into a group fitness cardio experience.
  • cost is $20.

 

  • 10-11am. Strength Camp: muscle conditioning using a mix of dumbbells, body bars, tubing, and a mat.
  • cost is $20

  • 11am-12pm. Stretch-Tone-Core: standing, seated, balance, tone, core all in once class to increase range of motion and abdominal strength.
  • cost is $20.