Monday, March 12, 2012
You know, I do enjoy the Arnold. Not only the people watching - actually, watching the people who are watching the attendees - but the whole atmosphere.
My friend Melissa and I (we worked together, then spent a lot of time drinking together, before she got into fitness too) went to the Friday expo this year. We got there a bit late, too late for the Zumba/pilates/yoga classes, but with plenty of time to hit the floor.
If you've never been to the Expo, or to another fitness show, it's not what you'd think - there are people of all sizes and shapes. There is a refreshing lack of judgment - most people who are into working out know exactly the kind of work it takes to get fit. No haters. (Okay, well, except for me, watching a photo shoot and thinking, "you know, it might be worth never eating again if I could have abs like that!!!!!)
Melissa and I did a couple of laps of the hundred-plus booths, then backtracked to give a few more time. I got a couple of prizes for lifting heavy stuff (a 25# ball, c'mon!) and we collected lots of samples, protein bars & other goodies. We took in the start of the men's fitness competition, which was a plethora of WOW.
If anyone asks me again - "What muscles does deadlifting work?" - I can visualize the lower backs of these dudes and describe each muscle group in detail. Not that I was paying *that* much attention to their backsides. Hee.
Also, the Arnold proves that women who lift weights do NOT get bulky or too muscular. Sure, if you use steroids. But we saw many of the promo folks (like Nadia Coyne) and they are nowhere NEAR as muscular as they are in their ads. Photoshop works both ways, I guess!
Those of you who live in the Columbus area, give it a shot next year. Admission for the day is $15.
First long-run of the year, first long-run fail of the year happened yesterday. C'est ma vie, c'est bonne. :)
Thursday, March 01, 2012
Hi all, usual excuses for not posting regularly. If I only had a personal assistant...the pay would be terrible, but I could make the benefits pay off...
ANYWAY. I spent February training - and getting my classes trained - for the Big Ride. Our YMCA branch does a 4-hour indoor cycling challenge to raise money for our Association's People Helping People campaign. Very important to many of the folks at our branch, since we have housing on-site & interact with those residents on a regular basis. This year, we partnered up with a nearby branch (Ward, for those of you C'bus types) to have as many people, bikes and fun as possible!
Training - my goal for cycling class is to train "up" - that is, to get everyone to maximize their output through a balance of form, strength, balance, and timing. I call it the "edge" - where technique meets speed & tension. February entailed a lot of things like "loops" of tension/sprint work; long sets (like three songs of jumps w/increasing tension, then a three-song sprint interval, followed by another three songs of hill climbing); and HIIT.
Yeah, we were ready to spin for four hours, no problemo!
Wake up early on Saturday; felt good & ready to get on with it. One of our instructors works for Abbott Labs (the EAS/Clif people), so there was LOTS of scientific goodies along with fruit & granola bars. The best - these Twizzler-like Clif kids chews that Paul brought especially for me (since I am allergic to the preservatives in the other stuff). No coffee - but we will rectify this next year. Need. coffee.
Instructors were AWESOME. We all have various musical tastes (I went to Billboard 100 & picked my list from there) & it flowed perfectly. I was the third instructor up, energy was high, rocked it out all the way. Lots of motivational noise, whooping all the way through everyone's set. My ego was gratified by the cheers that went up from the Friday morning folks during my outtro.
Our Ride also featured valet towel, water and snack service from volunteers. We watched Tour de France highlights on the big screen and Paul brought in video of his Pelotonia ride back from Athens last year. Very cool - you could adjust your tension & ride with the DVD.
Some of the great songs played:
"No You Girls" --Franz Ferdinand
"Star Guitar" --Chemical Brothers
"Good Feeling" - Flo Rida
"Ohio" --The Black Keys
"Roxanne" --The Police
"Decent Days and Nights" --The Futureheads
"International Love" --Pitbull
"Jungle Cruise Line" --Weird Al Yankovic
There were over 40 riders total, some rode two hours and some did all four.
The best part, the real pump - our Ride raised $1200 for People Helping People! That means 8 kids can go to camp on scholarship this summer!
No soreness to speak of afterward, although I did lighter workouts for a few days.
Now it's on to training for JASR at the end of March. Bring it! :)
Sunday, February 12, 2012
Sorry about the lack of blogging. I think about it, but I am typically away from home 14 hours and I'm way too busy at work right now to even contemplate doing anything other than quickly updating my food/exercise tracker in a spare moment.
But, a song!
"It's a Long Way to the Top (If You Want to Rock 'n' Roll)" by AC/DC
Monday, February 06, 2012
Well, I know the new Madonna/Nicki Minaj song will NOT be on my list. Heard it on the radio yesterday - what a stinker.
ANYWAY. Let's try "When I Grow Up" by Pussycat Dolls
Friday, February 03, 2012
"OMFG" by Deluka
We're practicing "surging" (super-tight, super-low, just barely out of the saddle pushes) in my morning cycling class, and this is a great mid-tempo song for that, as I discovered this morning.
This morning, almost everyone was just about done for. Thursday's Cardio Muscle class was brutal with the lateral lower body moves and OW MY BUTT was the chorus of this morning.
One thing that is so awesome about our morning folks (and possibly morning exercisers in general) is consistency. They are reliable in class attendance, and the linear progression from relative beginners to quite expert has been very cool to witness, in spinning and in cardio muscle. It's something I don't see with the lunchtime or after-work crowd & I wonder that it is connected to simply showing up on the regular!
ANYWAY. I can't WAIT to get out to run today since it's in the mid-50s here!!!!
Have a GREAT weekend! TGIF!
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