Muscle Blast Ballet and Jazzercise

Last night (Wednesday) I taught my Muscle Blast class at 24 Hour Fitness. Typically, we do a combination of ballet, Pilates, and yoga, with an emphasis on Pilates. As a ramp-up-to-summer, though, I changed it to a slightly different format for 4 weeks. Last night was session numéro un.

While keeping with pliés and curtseys and Pilates arm strengthening, I added in barbells. Oh yeah, I’m that mean. 😉 Plus, what’s a better way to get summer-licious than by making it core and ab focused?

a wide plié stance. And while we typically use chairs, we did not for this class.

Class started with a warmup of pliés, romanian dead lifts, overhead reaches, trunk rotations, more pliés. After that, 5 whole stinking minutes of planks and side planks (with hips dips and toe touches.) Then the torture fun began! Here’s my set list from class last night after the warmup and planks (spending 3:30 per exercise):

  • Curtsey Lunges
  • Weighted Mermaids and Pliés
  • Barbell: Romanian dead lift
  • V-arm circles, forward and backward
  • Barbell: Plié with overhead press
  • Barbell: Bridge lift

Then the last 20 minutes of class was all ABS!

  • crunches
  • bicycle crunches
  • bicycle 7-count pulse crunches
  • hat take-off
  • heels to heaven (straight leg reverse crunch)
  • Passé leg lift
  • V-sit knee pulls
  • V-sit crunchie frogs

the Passé leg lift

Followed by a quick stretch.

Conclusion?

Yowza!!!

I’m sore from last night’s class in my quads, glutes, and obliques. . . And I saw everyone’s facial expressions, so I’m guessing they’re sore, too! 😉 I get paid to torture people for a living! Can life get any better?! 😉

So this morning I joined my aunt, Robin, at Jazzercise. Monday was my first ever Jazzercise class, so I was excited to try it again (today was a different instructor.) And just like everywhere else, different instructors can teach the same thing but it’s a whole different class. That’s one of the reasons why I LOVE LOVE LOVE group exercise! 🙂

The class on Monday and the class today was the traditional Jazzercise class: floor cardio (both high and low impact) that’s dance oriented for 30 minutes, light weights for 15 minutes, and a cool down and stretch. I must say, I worked harder today than I did on Monday, but I’m thinking that it was because today had more complex choreography (though still simple: think along the same lines as Zumba, but not as twirly). I liked the routines more, so I put more energy into it.

this isn’t the class we did, but I totally wish it was!! Yeah, baby!! Grrrr! 😉

this gives you a general idea of what the cardio section of the class is like, tho

(HINT: the best exercise is not what’s a fad at the moment, but what you truly enjoy and are willing to put effort into.)

If you’re interested in trying Jazzercise, click here to search for classes and deals in your area!

My advice: try every form of exercise. Don’t give up on finding something active that you love to do! There’s something out there for everyone!!! And even if you’ve already found your passion, try new things anyways! It’ll keep your muscles activated and make what you love more effective!

So now I’m home, contemplating how I want to fix my breakfast/protein smoothie and ignoring the fact that I need to vacuum. 😉

true story! 😉

What are your exercise plans for today?!

What’s your favorite protein smoothie recipe?!

Let go of the water bottle!

Provided that you actually eat fruits and veggies, and that you drink things that are water-based (yes, even caffeinated coffee), then you’re getting water! My fave foods to get water from: cantaloupe, watermelon, romaine lettuce, and tomatoes. So while you still need to drink water, lay off the guilt trips and drink when your body tells you to. 🙂

Let go of the water bottle. You’re plenty hydrated, people – TODAY Health.

Scatter-Brained Headless Chicken Mode

Guess who’s back? Back again. Heather’s back, tell a friend. . . Okay, sorry. I’ve been in singing mode lately. . . ever since I started singing “I’ll tell ya what I want, what I really really want” at the hospital the other night.

For me, stress = scatter-brained. I feel like a chicken with it’s head chopped off. (Lovely visual, right? Sorry about that.) Well, the more scatter-brained I get, the more I sing random songs. And the more movie lines I quote. It’s as if my brain has given up trying to think and just relies on what’s already stored in there. . .

And once that starts happening, I lose track of time! Seriously, I’ll be getting ready for something, look at the clock and realize I’m early. Then, somehow, I end up being late! This has happened a lot the past 2 weeks. See? Scatter-brained headless chicken.

The past two weeks have been filled with 3 final projects and 3 final exams. I have learned something very important this semester: I dislike hate loathe despise abhor Financial Accounting. First off, me and math don’t hang out too often; we really don’t like each other. Second, add math into accounting principles, and make 2 people do a project designed for 5 people. . . I think we can all see how this is going. Bad cabbage.

Add in a family event (the ER and hospital were involved, but the docs handled it so well that there wasn’t really a scare) and some friend drama, and I was stressed. The past 2 weeks have been filled with studying (read: sitting on my bootay), writing (again, sitting on my bootay), and eating crap food (while sitting on my bootay). Oh, wow, my eating was terrible! If it had been Girl Scout season, I would gained 25 pounds. No joke.

As of last night, all of the projects are turned in, and all the tests are done. WHEW!! Glad that’s over!! And now it’s time to get back to business!

This morning’s workout was an hour of kickboxing (TKB style, of course!), and an hour of weight training (omg, my poor glutes and triceps hate me already!) with the lovely Megan. I am sweaty and sore and ready for more!!! 😉 Actually, I think I’m done for the day. That was a lot of work. hehehe Thank goodness for my Clif Margarita Bloks!

I’m not a breakfast-eater. Well, not when I first get up. I love breakfast food, just not at breakfast time. If I eat too soon after waking up, I get major tummy problems. I’ll cramp and feel sick to my stomach. Ew. So when I get to the gym at 8:20am, the only thing in my belly is tea. The milk and sugar help keep me sustained, but when I do back-to-back classes, I need something more. Hence the Margarita Bloks this morning. And, come on, who doesn’t like to have margaritas while they workout?! 😉

So I’m standing at the kitchen counter right now making scrambled egg whites, refried beans, turkey bacon, and spelt tortillas for “breakfast” burritos. It’s time to refuel and get on with the day!! (I know if I do’t refuel properly now, our LR tomorrow morning is going to suck. lol)

What’s your workout today?! 

Breakfast anyone? What’s your favorite recovery breakfast?!