It has been one month since I joined PAI Yoga & Fitness. Wow, a month already. I thought I'd do the 10 classes, get the free nutrition plan and move on but I was INSPIRED. After my 10 classes ran out, I signed up for a monthly pass which gives me the ability to go to all of the classes I want each month. I am trying everything!
I have really benefited from TRX. It is a strength training exercise created by the Navy Seals. You use your own body weight to build your muscles and strength. When I first started, there were exercises I just couldn't do - not enough power. Now, when I stretch, I can reach the floor and put my palms down! I know, something small but it is the little things you notice that keep you motivated! We do planks (see here: planks) which I found very challenging the first 2 classes. I couldn't do more than using my elbows to support myself. Now I can do them on my palms and hold them for 30 seconds. Phew! I do need to work on fixing my back - apparently I am not arching it but I will get there. Now that it has been pointed out, I will definitely pay more attention during workouts. The instructor says I will get faster with my race walking and be able to trim out time for my next half marathon (Cleveland - May 15). I can already tell a difference with my weekly walks with MiT and New Albany Walking Club! Keep going!
I have attended spinning every week. I think this was week 5 or 6. It's funny - each week is a challenge even though I am attending the same class with the same teacher. I am sure it has to do with me and how I am feeling that particular night. Not sure, but I love it. Next week I am trying a spin & TRX combo class. Excited!
I have started my yoga practice. I am not very good - I will admit that - but I have seen improvements there as well. I took 4 classes at The Yoga Factory in Westerville from a 5 class package I bought from Groupon. PAI offers it as well and I was in one class that whooped my butt! Tomorrow, I will do a 2 hour Yoga 101 class. I think that will make a huge difference for me.
I've tried Zumba. And failed. Since when did I think my hand/eye coordination got better? Did I think it'd happen over night? And rhythm? This girl ain't got none! The class was intimidating but helpful - you spend the entire time looking at yourself in the mirror thinking "This outfit highlights my rolls! Woo hoo!" "I thought I was moving like her but boy, am I not!" I also didn't really fancy the music and I think that makes a big difference.
This week I tried Pilates. A tough class but a challenge. I had no idea what I was going into but I liked it. Hard work and I definitely felt the burn. I can't wait for next week's class.
The diet plan? The first week was great. Lost 4 lbs. Second week, gained 2. Hmm? Why? I think it is because Jason gave me the 1,400 calorie plan which apparently is for inactive people. What part of I am training for a half marathon (20 miles ish a week right now) did he miss? Ending week 3 this week and I was starving a lot this week so we had a pow wow and now I get the active plan - 1,600 calories per day. I was burning about 2,000 or more calories a week so I need to balance that out. You don't lose weight if you burn more than you eat. Recently learned this fact and it makes sense. I am coming up on my 2 year anniversary of race walking & no weight has been lost! Maintained but not lost. Now, we will lose it!