I'm going to print this and hang it up next to my workout calendar.
Yesterday was a big day for me and I'm so so happy with how it went. I was very nervous all week, waking up in the middle of the night and not able to go back to sleep because I couldn't stop thinking about class. I love group fitness. I love the community, the energy, how much harder I push myself than I do when I workout with a DVD. I know it's not for everyone, but it is a very good fit for me. And it's about time that I actually got the nerve to start teaching since I've been talking about it for 4 years.
A little more on Tabata: A Japanese doctor (Dr. Tabata!) worked with professional athletes in 1996. Through research he discovered a time combination that elevated these athletes anaerobic abilities. It's 20 seconds work, 10 seconds rest, 20 work, 10 rest, etc. You do that with one exercise: 8 cycles with a 90 second recovery at the end. That is one Tabata. It is 4 minutes. 4 minutes! That's it. Then you move onto another exercise for the next 4 minutes. There are tons of variations on this. The Y is following the original Tabata as closely as possible.
30 min. class:
4 minute warm-up: stretched a little, went through each of the 4 exercises we'd be doing
1: high knees
2: plank jacks
4: jump squats
Then a 4 min cool down and it's over. It goes by fast!
I practiced teaching and had DH do the workout on Thursday. He helped me rearrange the exercises and gave me feedback of what to say when. I've said it before, but it's worth saying again; he's a great guy. Then I did the workout early sat am so I could have a good feel of when it was really hard. I felt prepared by that point.
Since this is a new class at the Y I had no idea what kind of turn out there would be. 21 members! Not bad. A such a great mix of people. Young & old. Men & women. Thin & bigger. It feels good to be in a room full of people that are all there for fitness and health. And to be the leader of it! I felt awesome. This is a great class because you don't need to be coordinated, it's not dancey. It's more like a bootcamp. You can make it is hard as you want. Whether your goal is weight loss or improve fitness, or both: this class is for you! The members seemed to like it. The real test will be next week to see who comes back.
It was super fun to get to use some of the little sayings that have been in my head over the years of taking classes. I know I'll get better with experience, but it was a good Day 1. The class went so fast that I didn't have any time to really think about what I was doing. It just felt right. I want to do more!
Goal accomplished. And the best part about it is that this is like a contract to exercise. No way to fall off the workout horse when you're teaching. And getting paid to do it! Plus our family membership is cut in half. how cool is that?
Thanks for all the encouragement and support!