17. March 2014 15:50
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28. February 2013 01:20
I'm in the midst of changing up my workout schedule...again. It's fun to try new things and after running in to my former coach, Holly at the Gasparilla Expo, I decided to take her up on her offer of trying out the classes offered at Cheval Athletic Club.
Cheval is a beautiful gated community in Tampa and last year they re-vamped their club and opened it to the public. They offer a wide variety of group fitness classes; Spinning, Pilates, Yoga and Strength Classes like TRX. But in my opinion what really sets them apart is their triathlon training. They offer a Master's swim class, a running group and even brick practice!
Yesterday I went and took Holly's "Pure Strength" class. I've taken her classes hundreds of times, and I'd describe them as Pilates based mixed with HiiT. After running a 1/2 Marathon on Sunday, the class was tough during the lunge and squat tracks. Oh and the weight behind the knee and lifting up and out, that was pretty grueling, too. Had I not been sore in my quads, I would have pushed myself harder, but I wanted to do a recovery workout and I accomplished that.
Holly is an amazing coach, so when she recommended that I come back and take Monika's TRX class, I didn't even think twice. I had only a vague idea of what TRX was, but I'm up for almost any sort of fitness these days. The schedule said that there was a 15 minute intro class before the actual class started so I made sure to arrive in time for that. It was just me and one other lady for the intro. Monika had us do some basic work without the TRX bands so she could check our form. We did squats, lunges, planks and pushups and I'm proud to report that she said I had PREFECT form and was very strong. That made my day.
There were 6 TRX bands total, 3 on each side of the room and by the time class started there were 10 of us, but it was not an issue. Monika had us alternating between HiiT activities on the floor with weights, burpees, mountain climbers, etc., though for the most part I didn't have to share my TRX, but I still did the HiiT to keep my heart rate up.
Monika was an awesome instructor. One of the great things about Cheval is that it is small. You get more assistance from the instructor, so it was like a small group personal training session. We did pushups, tricep dips, mountain climbers, pikes and planks with the TRX. We did more, but that's all I can remember for now. And you guys know me, I am a planking fool. Planks on the TRX are no joke! Monika came and checked my core and I think she was surprised. She squeezed my oblique and said "whoa, you are strong." I loved to hear that.
By the time class was all over, I had a fairly decent burn. I took low options on some of the HiiT moves, and certainly I did on the TRX because it was just my first time, so my overall calorie burn was lower than it will be if I continue with TRX. There is certainly a learning curve!
After TRX was a 30 minute stretch class, also taught by Monika. I stayed and stretched. It was wonderful. And then after class Monika and I chatted and got to know each other a little better and I learned that she teaches a Kettlebell course at a YMCA in Tampa. I have NEVER taken a Kettlebell class. Can you guess what I am doing tomorrow?
Have you ever taken a TRX class? What did you think? What about Kettlebells?
8. December 2012 17:13
I began indoor cycling when I weighed around 275 pounds. It quickly became my FAVORITE form of cardiovascular exercise. Why? It's easy on the joints, the knees, YOU (the rider) are in charge of your own resistance (and no one knows how light or how heavy you are going with your gears!!) so you can make the class as hard or as easy as YOU want. It's all about YOU!
I was contacted by Spinning International/Mad Dogg Athletics in May 2011 right when I hit my goal weight. They had heard of my weight-loss success with cycling and offered me the opportunity to fly out to San Diego with my husband to film a commercial for Spinning. I jumped on the chance and my husband and I flew out for 5 days at the end of August 2011. It was an amazing experience and furthered my love for indoor cycling. While I was in San Diego, Mad Dogg asked if I would consider becoming a certified cycling instructor. At that point I didn’t feel that I was ready, so I declined.
Fast forward one year, lots of cycling later, and some encouragement from some pretty awesome cycling instructors, I decided to go for it. I contacted Mad Dogg who was still interested in having me on their team, and they sent me to training on Sunday December 2nd.
I learned SO MUCH!! But I still don’t feel ready to just hop on a bike and get in front of a group of riders and lead them through flats, hills, sprints, mountains, etc…I want to be the best teacher I can be, so I know I need more experience.
Enter my local cycling studio, Pura Cycling Studio. I had been in regular contact with them (and most of their instructors I am proud to call friends) and they knew I was going for my certification. I met with them yesterday (Friday) and asked if they would consider letting me “intern” under their awesome team, and they said YES!! Both the owners are also certified under Spinning (Mad Dogg) and I’m pretty sure all the other instructors are certified through Les Mills (RPM) though they don’t teach RPM at Pura, it’s all freestyle. And it’s awesome. I’ll have all the tools I need at my disposal to effectively learn how to lead riders through a fantastic cardio experience! And with a wide variety of instructors who all teach their programs just a little bit differently I am certainly going to learn from the best and be able to craft my own unique style
I’m just a little bit excited. AND....indoor cycling also is great training for OUTDOOR cycling. I do both, and let me tell you, I am a much better road rider because I cycle indoors. I fly when I get on my road bike. I trained for my triathlon and my endurance challenge more than 60% indoors.
Do you participate in an indoor cycle program? If so, which one? What type of terrain do you like the best? I love sprints and MOUNTAINS!!
And if you live in the Tampa Bay area, please check out Pura Cycling Studio. I have free passes for your first class so you can try it out and I'd love for you all to learn to love indoor cycling as much as I do!
This is a photo of me taken by the Tampa Tribune in January in the cycle room at my former gym.