Sunday, April 1, 2012

Whouda Thunk It?

Friday morning, after working with my private client for an hour, I went upstairs and actually used the gym I work at.  When I teach my mat classes I do the class with the clients, and on Wednesdays, before my class, I take Spin.  But on Tuesdays and Fridays I see my private client.  I teach with her on the Reformer and me off, then usually leave right after.  But the gym now has these computerized Spin bikes that let you program your own workout: you put it together (or choose a pre-made one) and an instructor comes on screen to guide you through.  It's not quite as fun as a live class, but it's still great, and a nice way to get a workout in when there isn't a class available.
Afterwards I ventured out onto the gym floor and lifted weights.  After all that, and a shower, I felt like a new woman.  I went to the grocery store, fortified myself with an iced soy latte from Peet's, and continued on with my errands.
So I guess there's something to that whole exercise-creates-endorphins thing.

I used to workout in the morning all the time. It was the only time I had available, and with 2 toddlers, I would hit the hay pretty early.  I generally prefer evening workouts, but there is something to be said for not only getting it done first thing, but getting that energy boost and endorphin rush.
Especially today: WG was home with a cold most of the week, but went back to school Friday.  LG has spring break this week, and WG's is next week.  So downtime will be at a premium.
Or, y'know, nonexistent.

I go back and forth between wishing they both had their break at the same time and liking the fact that I get one-on-one time with them both, which doesn't happen often.  So we'll go swimming, rollerblading, ice skating,  And I'll keep up fervent wishes that it doesn't rain, lol!

And I'll keep up with the cardio.  I know there's now a school of thought that steady-state cardio is BAD, that intervals and Tabatas are the way to go, but I can't deny the good it does my brain and my spirit.  (Besides, we always do intervals in Spin, and my kickboxing/boxing/MMA DVDs are mostly intervals.)
Because as much as I love and will continue to practice yoga and Pilates, sometimes a girl needs to pretend to win the Tour de France, or imagine she's kicking and punching that guy who rode her bumper the whole time she was on the freeway. In the slow lane.
Because imagining it is better than actually DOING it.  At least in the case of the latter.
I'd hate to have to have my 10 year-old bail me out of jail.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend, everyone!


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Geosomin said...

I know what you mean about the happy endorphins. As much as it hurts to get up early I have grown to love starting my day off this makes the rest of the day sort of fall into focus, and knowing I've done something for myself makes me confident and happy about the rest of the day.
Those electric spin bikes sound very cool indeed. I've been trying to find spinning podcasts but this would be even better. I push myself harder if it's for a shorter time or if someone is ordering me around, even if it's a robot! :)

azusmom said...

It's not even a robot! A real-live Spin instructor (who kinda looks like a buff Dave Foley) pops up on the video screen to lead you through!

azusmom said...

And your workouts leave mine choking in the dust, lol!