4.18- 4.24 in review
Last week was an aggressive workout week, so here’s a recap with studio notes and healthy highlights.
I bonded with my Sweat Sisters…
A fellow Spinning instructor made her subbing debut at Elevate Studio within the CrossFit Southbay complex, giving me a perfect excuse to stop in for a sweat. This facility is more than I’d imagined, very spacious with class options ranging from Spinning and CrossFit to Yoga and Pilates.
The Cycling studio was open allowing fresh air and sunshine in. Kelley's music was on-point and the intervals guaranteed a great sweat!
My only note would be a need for a speaker upgrade, for the spin room, which would really help electrify the environment and immerse clients into their Spin class.
Knowing how busy I’d packed my workout schedule this week, I took an Epsom salt bath that night. Epsom salt breaks down into magnesium and sulfate in the bath water, you then absorb these minerals through your skin, easing aches, pain and swelling to name just a few of its benefits. For your standard tub size 1 to 2 cups is recommended. Fancy it up with an essential oil for aroma and a maybe even a candle for ambiance. It’s all about that balance, recovery will keep you fresh and prevent injuries.
We followed up our 50 Minute LIT class with a 27 min CelluliteFIT Class at PLATEFIT, a workout combo I highly recommend (And only a few minutes commute in between). Once again, balancing a strength class with some muscle recovery time. The Power Plate engages your muscles 30-50x a minute allowing deeper stretches and increased blood flow. I felt some soreness while using the foam roller/Power Plate combo, during class but as always I left with my legs feeling light and fresh. PLATEFIT is one of my absolute favorite workouts on ClassPass, I wish it were closer to home, but always visit when I can.
Thursday morning, I chose a favorite close to home, Poise Fitness in the South Bay for their 60 minute Signature Class. This class combines Strength, Core and Cardio work using a variety of weights, equipment, and treadmill intervals. Very aware of my active week, I listened to my body more closely today, engaging my core to protect my lower back and adjusting equipment when form suffered (Swapping Bungees for free weights & etc). The exercises for this class had more of an emphasis on the back muscles, which was a nice change-up and still a great sweat due to the cardio.
Thursday night called for some rest while watching others get STRONG on NBC, including a friend and yesterday’s LIT instructor Wes Okerson. If you haven’t checked out the show yet, what are you waiting for?!
I got back on the Instructor bike…
Friday night I had been looking forward to a Vino and Vinyasa Class/girl time with some fitness friends at YogaCycle Redondo Beach. Which was such a fun night of restorative yoga via candlelight, followed by great conversation, people and vino. As an added bonus, I got an opportunity to chat with the studio owner about joining his Spinning Instructor sub list. To my surprise, there was an opportunity to teach/audition the following morning at 8am. Early alarm for a Saturday but I really enjoyed teaching again and earned myself 3 days of sore thighs, haha.
Schedules aligned Tuesday and Rachael of Sweat and Repeat introduced me to Cari’s Pilates Plus in West Hollywood. The fast pace between intervals and slow movements shook my muscles right away. Jenny was an awesome instructor rescuing me quickly from poor form and incorrect weight adjustments. I was very happy with this workout and found that its format is similar to Coreology Fitness in Manhattan Beach.
I love this facility, it’s so clean and spacious. Look for my name on the schedule in the coming weeks!
I learned how feisty I can be in the face of a FitBit Challenge…
In all my years of tennis, I feel like I was never as competitive as I am now. Which is why I happily accepted a FitBit challenge my coworkers organized. A week in and I am drinking the FitBit cool-aid, fully embracing the lifestyle changes this monitoring is encouraging and maybe car dancing on my commutes...
These changes include:
- Lunchtime walks to break up the work day
- Taking the stairs without hesitation
- Having a watch on my wrist again
- Having a better idea of hours I’ve slept and the quality of those hours
- Morning workout motivation, to arrive at work with a “step” count edge