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!
- 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.
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?!