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Sunday, January 15, 2012

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
3: skaters
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!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
SUPERMOM8482 1/21/2012 10:47AM

    wow congrats :) Sounds fun!!!!

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LADYBUG1107 1/17/2012 9:38PM

    It sounds like a fun workout.

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WANT2BEFIT10 1/17/2012 9:24AM

    It sounds AWESOME! Way to go!

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ALWYS-LKN-UP 1/16/2012 3:07PM

    I'm with Mama-2-4 in saying that I wished I lived closer! I have no doubt that it went wonderfully, way to talk the talk AND walk the walk & following thru on what you've wanted to do for 4 years!

***BRAVO :) *****

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RUSSELLORAMA 1/15/2012 8:43PM

    I'm so excited for you! There's so many benefits to this for you and your family. Congrats!

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    This was a great blog to read! I'm glad you enjoyed the teaching so much, and the perks sound great. Talk about built-in accountability!

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OFFDREA 1/15/2012 11:32AM

    Im so stoked for you!!!! Im glad it went well!!!
I am definitely going to give that workout a try :)

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MICHSTATE 1/15/2012 11:16AM

    Yay Maura!!!!!! That is so awesome!!!!!! I was wondering how it went!! Thanks for the detailed description!!! I think I would really like it, except for the skaters, I have never liked those for some unknown reason!!;-)
Keep us updated on how class goes, is it just once a week?

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FIT_MAMA_2_FOUR 1/15/2012 10:09AM

    Oh how I wish I lived close and could attend your class-I'd be there in a heartbeat:)

Sounds like you enjoyed yourself. This is just fabulous. I love that you are doing this. How many weeks is the class? And the perks are fantastic.

Please do blog about it again. I wanna hear more and more.

I'm so proud of ya.
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JOYCERN12 1/15/2012 9:50AM

    WooHoo, sounds great, I like to tabata on my lunch break, good to see it. Wish if lived near you, I would take the class.

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BASEBALLMOM410 1/15/2012 9:41AM

    I am so happy for you that it went so well!! I knew you'd do great though! What a great Hubs you have to help you with a practice round. Can't wait to heat how next week goes for you! emoticon

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JELLEN726 1/15/2012 9:29AM

    Love group fitness classes! My session starts this week too! Great blog an good luck on working out emoticon

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