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Day 22

20 Jun

Hello Tuesday ūüôā

It’s good to be back on a schedule! Being at home at doing things at my leisure is enjoyable for a while, but I like to follow a loose schedule for the most part. No training this morning! But I wanted to get a head-start on my to-do list for the week so I went in early.

While I was at home, all I ate for breakfast was eggs-scrambled, dippy, omelets oh my! It felt and tasted good to eat some overnight oats again-with cookie butter!¬† I ran out of milk for my coffee so almond milk took its place..and I’m indifferent about the taste. It tasted not good but good? If that makes sense. I asked on twitter how, if you use almond milk, do you like to make your coffee and Katie recommended I try it with a little cinnamon and/or flavored almond milk; I’ll give it a shot!

Lots of emails to respond to, meetings to attend, and general office work to get done awaited for me at work! The morning was spent plugging away on the computer, finishing up freelance assignments, ¬†internship posts, and preparing for my FIRST Step I.T. class to teach on Wednesday! Very, very, very nervous but excited at the same time; I’m completely out of my comfort zone with Step, but with the hardwork I’ve put in to attending classes and practicing, I think I’m going to do O.K. for my first time. Wish me luck! (Review to follow).

 

I attended Interval Training for a 45-minute sweat-sesh; my brain was a little foggy so a quick workout was appreciated! 2 minutes at every station; cycle bikes, step aerobics, jump rope, ladders, slide boards with biceps curls, triceps kickbacks, overhead press/upright rows, push-ups, squats, and lunges as transition exercises. Great class! It took me a while to get¬†the hang of the slide boards; the first time through I picked a board with the bumpers too far apart for my stumps legs and didn’t push-off enough to make it to the other side. I remember my first time exercising.. Once I realized if I sat lower and pushed harder with my outer thighs, I’d make it to the other bumper; then, of course, it was time to move on. The second time through was more successful!

Strength training for runners followed; we utilized the stability (physioball) ball for balance exercises as well as core strength and stability.

Equipment cleaning followed.

More work to complete then Yoga Flow! Except it was very flowing; when I think of a yoga flow class, I imagine sun salutations, transitioning into a series of poses held for a couple of breaths, then flowing into the next pose, series, etc. This was more of a Hatha yoga type class rather than a Vinyasa or Ashtanga Yoga. Hatha yoga is an easy, basic form of yoga that strives to achieve balance between the body and mind. Vinyasa yoga focuses on coordination of breath and movement and can be very physically demanding; Ashtanga yoga is similar and involves synchronizing breathing with continuous series of postures that increases your heart rate.

A trip to Trader Joe’s after! Have a fabulous night ūüôā

Day 16

5 Jun

A top-secret event is happening on campus today; you better believe I’m going to visit the building I have no business being in just to try to make a cameo :-P.

Back to more important things. Early morning at State’s gym to train then straight to work. Overnight oats with cookie butter and frozen strawberries to fuel me! I need to go to the grocery store ASAP..

Cycling was great! Ever heard of Florence + The Machine? The instructor played a lot of their songs and I felt it was the perfect match; hills were paired with intense songs that built-up as we added resistance. Sprints were high-tempo, fast-paced songs that made my legs explode with speed! Definitely more my style of cycling than the first 60-minute class I took. One of the songs we climbed a steep hill too 

Say hello to your newest fitness instructor here at the RFC! My demo went well yesterday and they’ll put me on the schedule for June-exciting! I also demoed my very, very basic step routine; step is a format that’s completely new to me to teach so there’s no doubt I need more time practicing! Good thing I’m in the right place :).

My supervisor took me out to lunch at one of the more upscale cafe’s on campus. Fresh sushi bar with a choice of 6 rolls, a fresh salad bar with all of the fixings, a grill station, a brick-oven station, and a vegetarian station..oh and a dessert station that had one-too-many of my fave’s! Seriously SO much to choose from! I opted for a rainbow roll (spicy tuna inside, tuna and avocado on the outside), a side salad, and an apple¬†(no I didn’t eat the core since I was trying to have good manners); the sushi was unbelievably fresh, the salad was crisp and refreshing, and even the apple tasted better (just kidding!). It’s probably a good thing I don’t get paid; employees simply scan their I.D. and it takes it out of their paycheck. It’d be easy to overspend since you don’t actually hand-over the cash!

Strength Training for Runners started today and I’m able to help out with the workouts and making sure the participants have proper form. The class is 4 weeks long and progresses each week; next week we’ll introduce the step as a way to strength train!

Attending Body Sculpt & Balance tonight! Review will be posted tomorrow.

See ya!

 

Day 11

29 May

Happy post-Memorial Day! I had a wonderful time at the beach this past weekend. My friend Kathie was nice enough to invite me to spend Memorial Day weekend with her and her family at Ocean Isle beach!

  

Kathie has magic hands! I love the braided-hair look on the beach and when I found out she learned through Pinterest how to do a fishtail braid, I put her to work! More on the beach trip to come :).

Back to reality, I had an early morning client at State’s gym then came straight to work, but not before a scrumptious bowl of overnight oats¬†(how I’ve missed my breakfasts!). It was slim pickins at the beach so I opted for peanut butter toast and fruit every morning. When I’m a guest, I try not to be the high-maintenance¬†picky eater that I tend to be when it comes to meals; I make the most of what’s available, keeping portions appropriate and choosing healthy alternatives.

I attended a seminar on Strength Training for Runners and thought it was very educational, especially as a runner myself. She highlighted several studies on the benefits of runners adding a strength training routine into their regime:

  • reduces the risk for injury
  • increases power and speed
  • improves running economy
A lot of questions were asked but the most important one, I thought, was “when should you do your strength training?”¬†It all depends on your goal; if your goal is long-distance (10k’s, half-marathons, marathons), you’ll want to focus on lighter weights and higher repetitions so your muscles adapt to the repeated contractions. If your goal is shorter distances (100-400 meters, 5-8k’s), you’ll want to focus on power; plyometrics¬†are a great way to increase your short distance PRs (form and experience allowing!).
 
During the seminar-LUNCH!¬†¬†I left an avocado in the refrigerator (oops) over the weekend and went to slice it into my sandwich only to find slicing wasn’t an option. An impromptu avocado spread it was! Mixed with a little garlic humus and lemon juice-this blunder turned out palatable :).
 
 
This week in workouts:
  • Tuesday- Body Sculpt & Stretch
  • Wednesday- Aqua Kickboxing
  • Thursday- Interval Training & Low Impact
  • Friday- Body Sculpt & Step

Body Sculpt & Stretch: A typical today body fitness class that utilizes various pieces of equipment; a piece in particular I was intrigued to use are the booties! These booties that cover your shoe allow you to slide across either a sliding board or wood flooring. Great for abductor (outer thigh) and adductor (inner thigh) work, as well as lateral movements, agility, and endurace. Some of the exercises we did are shown in this video:

Have a terrific Tuesday!