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Return of Body Pump

5 Oct

TGIF! I’m writing from Pittsburgh..my 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?

Greetings From My Current Home!

26 Jul

I moved back to Pittsburgh last Friday and am thrilled to be able to take a couple of weeks off before heading to Michigan! My dad, mom, brother, and Jagr drove 8 hours to Raleigh, packed my stuff up, and headed back up north for a longer-ish (11 hour) trip. It was 3 hours longer because we stopped for dinner at a quaint sandwich shop in Fayetteville, WV. It was well worth it; the sandwiches were hand-crafted using local ingredients and unique combo’s that we never would have thought to put together! I had a turkey, peach jam, carmelized onion, and blue cheese spread sammy on a freshly-baked French baguette..mouth-watering good.

Saturday and Sunday were spent relaxing with my family; we’re reunited and it feels SO good! I haven’t been home in such a long time and I’m always missing family gatherings, dinners, and random activities that are done on weekends. For instance, my dad and I are HUGE car fanatics (I like to shop, he likes what the actual car does) and it just so happens that the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix was happening in Schenley Park! It’s a car show that showcases both vintage and current car styles and raises funds

“to help provide residential care, treatment, and support for developmentally disabled individuals in the Pittsburgh area” (source)

Although hot, it was a great way to spend the day and even got me thinking about Lola #2 ;).

Unfortunately, my parents do this thing called work and the 24/7 bonding time was over Monday morning. But that’s okay- I’m one of those Type-A individuals that can keep myself busy all by my lonesome.

Here’s what I’ve been up to: in pictures!

  • added onto my family’s gym membership. first membership ever! 
  • went to Bartram House bakery for coffee. every morning. *if you’re in the Wexford or McMurray area-you must stop in!
  • attracted construction workers attentions with my attractive get-up while walking Jagr 
  • eating delicious food. daily. that I don’t buy! *when I’m home, my job is to prepare dinner for my parents. I absolutely love my job 🙂
  • enjoying the amazing weather! cool enough to sit outside in the mornings and evenings. I went for a run in 58degree weather and my hands were actually numb-y post-run.
  • am baking again  when I lived in Raleigh, I didn’t bake as much since I’d be the only one eating it. now, since I’m with 3 other sweet-mouthedteethed, dessert every night people, I can bake again and not feel guilty about it going to waste..or me eating it all (whichever comes first 🙂 )

I received an email from Oakland U about moving in and the teaching schedule for the fall! It looks like I’ll be heading (more) north on the weekend of August 10! I’m teaching 4 new-to-me classes in the fall;

Core and More, Cycle, BLAST, and Abs, Glutes, and Thighs. The wheels in my exercisebrary-brain are churning already; I’m hoping Oakland U. participants will like what I bring!

I have lots more to babble about but I’ll save that for the next post; I don’t want to spoil all of the fun!

Day 43

19 Jul

 

I did it!

Cycle & Stretch=complete! If you follow me on Instagram (keptyoufit), you’ve known that I’ve been planning this class forever with the numerous pictures of my playlists and what not..well this morning was show time! Up-and-adam at 5:15am to prepare breakfast and make a measly cup of coffee to perk me up- I was on the road by 5:45am.

Once I got into work, I made sure my NEW playlist worked; I got home last night to transfer all of my songs onto my iPod and realized the CD that I burned them to decided not to copy all of the songs. Great. I re-created a playlist with what I had in my library, tweaked a couple of songs, and felt even better about this playlist!

I had 5 people, which my supervisors told me was a normal amount for 6:30am (I tend to take low participation personal-a flaw). Here’s the workout: don’t hate. I’m not using the right cycling “lingo” but it makes sense to me and that’s all that matters 😉

  1. warm-up. good time (owl city & carly rae jepsen).
  2. rolling hill. somebody that I used to know (Avici remix). 3 turns up, 3 turns down, 3 turns up, 3 turns down.
  3. ups & downs. call me maybe (carly rae jepsen). up for 8 counts, down for 8 counts.
  4. standing climb. wild ones (florida feat. sia). increased every tempo change.
  5. sprints. lunar (david guetta feat. afrojack). increased speed every ~30 seconds. best song to sprint to, it builds energy into your legs and they just want to explode when it’s time to go!
  6. sprints (2 songs). part of me (katy perry) and marry the night (lady gaga).
  7. standing & hovers. good girl (carrie underwood). incorporated isolations in this track (only your lower body moves, very slowly).
  8. out of the seat climb. turn me on (nicki minaj)
  9. cool down. don’t hold your breath (nicole scherzinger).

This ~45 minutes of cycling was followed by 15 minutes of stretching. I felt SO confident about teaching this class because it was all me. My songs, my way, my pace. Call me greedy, selfish, egotistic, but I like teaching cycling way more than taking cycling simply for that reason- it’s MINE. Muhahahaaaa

Post-cycle & a marvelous stretch-sesh I may add, I got the urge to row? Yes, I just felt like I wanted to row, so I plopped myself down on the rower and completed 20 minutes. I switched my hands from a supinated to pronated grip every 5 minutes to work my upper body differently. It was cool.

Time to refuel!

OIAC with a less-than-ripe peach and cookie butter. The peach was actually perfect; not too soft that as I bit into the pieces I had juice running down my chin but hard enough to be edible..did I confuse anyone?

I had a coffee date with Liz!  I haven’t seen her in over a year so it was such a nice surprise that she happened to be driving through and called to catch-up. Miss ya!!

Two of the women I work with that were involved in the internship process took me out to lunch on campus today! It was very sweet of them and I’ll miss them very much :-/.

Equipment cleaning, slide board training, drinks, and sushi are what’s next! It’s my last night in Raleigh so I have lots of people to say bye see ya later to :-P.

 

Day 39

13 Jul

 Where did the morning go? All I can remember is sitting in a chairlaying on my floor (more on this later) eating some oats, watching Good Morning America, blog/Twighlight reading, and waiting till it was time to leave for Body Pump. Next thing I knew, I’m at work running around like a mad woman! I’ll admit, I like it!

I’m in the process of packing up all my things and moving back to Pittsburgh 1 week from today; exciting and sad at the same time! I don’t need any furniture when I move to Oakland next month, so I’m selling as much as I can (read-everything), with the exception of my shoe chair of course. Yes, this beaut (mine’s red where the black is, reminiscent of a Louboutin 😉 ) will be making the 500+ mile trip home to Pitt; Chase said he’d like it 😉 totes kidding.  All this to say, if you’re in the Raleigh area and looking for furniture-I’m your girl!

After a quick stop at Starbucks for , I’ve been on the move since. We have the Yoga Garden program this afternoon which should be fun. I brought out my inner-child yesterday and cut up lots of shapes to use as markers. Basically, the kids decorate a pot and use it as their marker during the game; when they land on a flower, they perform that yoga pose. It’s actually a lot of fun to both watch and participate in! There are 2 sessions, one in the afternoon and one in the evening.

The rest of the afternoon was spent in the office and organizing CD’s. Have a happy weekend!