Take your group fitness HIGHER!

I had an amazing opportunity to try out a new type of group fitness class. Jess, from Cuban Running Crisis arranged for a group of the Tampa Bay Bloggers to  try out AIRobics at AirHeads, an indoor trampoline arena in the Tampa Bay area. I thought I knew all about AirHeads because my children have been begging me to take them there for at least 18 months because "all the kids go there mom, and it's so much fun." We have an indoor trampoline "arena" near our house that I've taken the children, and it has NOT been fun. It's small (compared to AirHeads), the kids fight, they only get a certain amount of time on the trampoline, and frankly IT STRESSES ME OUT, so I have been a bad mama and have not taken them to Airheads. But all that is about to change!!

AirHeads stated on their website that their AIRobics class, trampoLEAN could "burn up to 1,000 calories an hour" and you all know me and my wonderful Polar HRM tracking my HR and calorie burn, and the challenge was ON! 1,000 calories per hour?? I have NEVER taken a group fitness class and burned that much. I think the closest I came was an RPM+ class and that was 904. And I did puke at the end of that class. Fair warning though, the instructor told me that was her goal. Wink

We were all pretty excited to begin the class! We came prepared and ready to work!

We were warmly welcomed by both the Founder and CEO of the company and they had a wonderful continental breakfast set up for us! I did not have anything to eat before our workout, only the cup of coffee I drank in the car on the way over. That was a good thing, and you'll learn why in a bit.

We started with a quick warm-up. My heart rate got up and stayed up nearly the entire time we were ON the trampoline. We basically did a HiiT (high intensity interval training) workout that included:

 Jumping Jacks

 Lunges. Check out my 90 degree angle. Pretty good lunge form, I think. 

 Mountain Climbers

 Burpees. Burpees are hard for me no matter what. But on a trampoline. O.M.G. 

 And my favorite exercise....the PLANK!!

We worked out for about 15 minutes, and then took a break. And then would come back and workout some more. And we did that 3 or 4 times. On our first break (or maybe second...I can't remember) the manager came up to us with a wonderful surprise!! CHILLED TOWELS!! And they were the perfect degree of chilliness....it was fantastic!

And what would working out on a trampoline be without getting some air??

It was a lot of fun!! My favorite thing we did, which was also the most difficult for me, was the sprint relay. We divided ourselves in to groups of 3 or 4 people per square, and then we sprinted down and back 3 times in a row. Running on a trampoline is HARD work. Very hard. And I tried to run as fast as I could! At the end of my third lap, I seriously thought I was going to puke. My heart rate was 180, which is very close to my max anaerobic threshold. Had I eaten any of that wonderful breakfast, I would have thrown up. It's been a LONG time since I've worked out so hard that I felt like that.

Oh, and did I mention that Gayle from News Channel 8 was there filming it all?? Really glad that I didn't throw up.

I have been doing group fitness for over 4 years, and this class was the most fun I've had working out in a VERY long time. Maybe it was the company (Denise, Caroline, Heather &  Jess) or our instructors, Kim and Frankie (in pic below), or maybe it was the trampoline. I don't know, but it was a blast!

Now here is the ever elusive question....did I burn 1,000 calories in the one hour class? The answer is no.

Proof

Am I disappointed? Heck NO!! Do I think it's possible? For my body, maybe...but that would mean NO "real" breaks between sets, keeping the heart-rate up near anaerobic the entire class, and full out going for it. And ya know what, it's not worth it to me. I'd rather have fun with my girlfriends, laugh at myself a little bit, cool off with a chilled towel, and ENJOY group fitness. Because really that's what working out should be all about! Finding activities that you LOVE to do, and just keep doing them over and over and over.

Thanks to Rich Heruska, founder of AirHeads for hosting us and treating us so wonderfully. We had a great time, and I know I'll be back.

Rich was nice enough to give us each passes to offer away to our readers!! I have four passes here to give away to 2 lucky winners. Each winner will get 2 passes. Each pass is good for a whole session of OPEN BOUNCING, or one group fitness class. Your first group fitness class is FREE, so you could technically get 3 group fitness classes from the two passes. Or bring a friend. Or bring me! I'd go again! Wink You can use the passes at any AirHeads location; Tampa, Largo, or Orlando. Passes expire April 30, 2013.

What do you have to do to win?? Easy. Tell me:

1) what you'd use the pass for: open gym or group fitness

2) who you would bring

3) which location you would visit

That's it! I'll pick two winners on Monday and get these in the mail to you ASAP!!

 

And yes, I'll be taking my kids to AirHeads as soon as our schedule allows. They will LOVE it!!

**Where noted, photos by Caroline Calcote**

Every Girl Has An Iron Core

Regardless of her age, every girl has an iron core. We need to remind the girls in our life that they are neither too young, nor too old to find and embrace the path to a healthy lifestyle.

I started my kids off on the path when they were still quite young. They participated in their first 5K race when they were 4, 5, and 6 years old. And they participated. They were not pushed in a stroller, or pulled in a wagon. They moved their body using their own power. Of my three children, my middle daughter, my crazy cool Ella, is the natural athlete. She can run, she can bike, she can swim. She can move. And she loves it.

Ella turned 7 this past July. When she was 6 she WON the Great Mother's Day 5K race for her age division. The child can run just like a cheetah, and she loves to show me up Tongue Out

Polar, the company that makes the BEST heart rate monitors, provided Ella and me with an entry to run together as a mother-daughter team for Iron Girl Clearwater race, and Miss Ella is taking her training very seriously. She's been running one mile every night since she learned that we'd be running this together. Good practice for her since we're also running a 4 mile trail run on March 17th.

But I'm not only running this race with Ella. Many of my blogger friends from the Tampa Bay Bloggers are also running in the race. As Denise of RunDMT said so perfectly “In the spirit of Iron Girl, it is important to empower, encourage and support women of all athletic abilities. The women of the Tampa Bay Bloggers share that belief. We ask our readers to share this vision by following the women of the Tampa Bay Bloggers as they embark on their Iron Girl journey.” 

Denise put together a list of the Tampa Bay Bloggers that are participating in the race, and the distance that they are running. I'll update it as we continue to gather the information.Come out and join us!!

Asha of The Dansha Diaries – 5K

Beth of Discom-BOB-ulated Running - 5K

 Callie of The Wanna Be Athlete

Caroline of My Fascinating Life – 5K

Chrissy of Loving Life – half marathon

Denise of Run DMT – half marathon

Heather of 321 Fit Life – half marathon

 Holly of Ask the Fit Coach

Jen of Putting on My Girl Panties and Just Doin It – half marathon

Jenny of Metamorfit – 5K mother/daughter team (notice we are the ONLY mother/daughter team!!)

Jessica of Cuban Running Crisis - half marathon

Jessica of Life with My Loves – 5K

Jina of Behold the Turtle - half marathon

Katie of A Full Plate – 5K

Katrina of Sneakers and Fingerpaints 5K

Kelly of Shape Daily

Liza of Addicted to Savings

Margarita of Cardio Cupcake

Marisa of Fit Kids Playground- half marathon

Meghan of Little Girl in the Big World – half marathon

Mindy of Mindy’s Fitness Journey - half marathon

Nicole of Healthy Girl Adventures  5K

Rachel of A Mom with Minions and Opinions

Rachel of Runner’s Tales

Raffi of Running Betty 5K

Rebecca ofFit Runnin Momma – half marathon

Rebecca of Rebecca Roams – half marathon

Steph of Kitchen KM – 5K

Tori of In Love and Peanut Butter – half marathon

Xiomora  of Parkesdale – half marathon

To encourage you to join us in the Iron Girl journey, all MetamorFit readers can get 10% off an entry with coupon code TBBLOGGERS13. Hurry! The code expires 2/28.

Learn more about Iron Girl and register for an Iron Girl event near you here.

Like Iron Girl on Facebook and follow Iron Girl on Twitter @IronGirl hashtag #IronGirlTBB.

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Iron Girl has been gracious enough to offer ONE lucky MetamorFit reader a mother-daughter entry to the Clearwater race!!

Here are the race details:

Sunday, April 14, 2013
Location: Start and finish at Coachman Park
Women's Only 1/2 Marathon & 5K
7:00 a.m. race start for 1/2 Marathon
7:30 a.m. race start for 5K

And some additional details

1)your mother-daughter team must do the same race distance. One of you can't do the 1/2 marathon and the other one do the 5K

2)only girls age 14 and UP can participate in the 1/2 marathon

3)any age can do the 5K

4)no strollers, etc...all girls must be able to move on their own power

5)you don't have to run!!! You can walk the entire race if you want!! Just make the commitment to do it and finish!

What do you need to do to win?? Comment on this post by February 16th and tell me WHAT makes YOU an Iron Girl, WHO would run the race with you AND how far you'd have to travel to run the race. 3 things that's it! I will pick a winner on February 17th. And remember......

 

Let the races begin!!

Race season officially begins for me this week. And I'm a bit nervous. I haven't been running like I was last year at this time. I was really running a lot last year, but then discovered my passion for cycling, and running took a backseat to pedaling. Add to my already reduced running schedule a slight cold with an asthma flare-up, and I haven't done much cardio in 10 days. I've been doing Pilates and walking my dog and walking on the treadmill, but nothing too difficult. I don't want to push myself and end up sick for a long time like what happened in September after the Venice Triathlon. I wasn't blogging then, but in a nutshell, I raced when I was very sick. I had strep throat and bronchitis and pushed my body too hard. It took a long time for me to recover. But here we are in 2013, and I'm ready to kick it in to high gear!! But not this week. LOL. My friend Caroline plans to take it easy too, so we'll putter around together, doing a little bit of jogging and a lot of walking, picture taking, and chatting. Sounds like a great way to watch the sunrise over Tampa Bay.

Without further ado here is my race schedule for 2013:

January-Commitment Day Virtual 5K (completed)

February 2-Best Damn Race 10K

February 9-Dirty Girl 5K

March 17-Citrus Trail Run 4 miler (with my daughter Ella age 7)

April 14-Iron Girl 5K (with my daughter Ella age 7)

May 5 -Rocketman Triathlon

June 9-Dunedin Beach Triathlon

July 6-Crystal River Triathlon

August 24 -Ft. DeSoto Triathlon

September 14-Life's a Beach Triathlon

October TBD-Squiggy's Revenge 12 Hour Adventure Race

November 30-Pretty Muddy 5K

December 14-Hillsborough River Quarter Marathon

Why so many races?? It's all about the bling, people. All about the bling. I love bling. And the t-shirt. And the cold beer waiting at the finish line.

This Saturday marks my first bling of 2013 and isn't she beautiful?? And it doubles as a bottle opener. Sweet.