Saturday, March 17, 2012
Flab Fighters is a class that I really enjoy taking at the Fitness Studio where I work out with some of my SP Friends, EBeams,TBeams and SkinnyRadle.
This class is 'sold' as "the heaviest 5 pounds will ever feel" - or something close. The instructor is usually Kim Rose, she also owns the Fitness Studio. Anyway, why am I tell you all of this? Well, because this is my blog and I want to! Ok, I'm being smart. First, I have been asked to blog about FF and second, because I have an idea that I will describe in my next blog.
Ok, so I love FF. It's usually at 5:30 or 6:30 in the evening which is my very favorite time to work out - I feel good at that time, I have energy. I like the energy of the instructor. I like that several people attend the classes consistently so I can work out with some of the same people each class. I don't really like to 'be the new kid' or know no one so there is a FF camaraderie of sorts that I like. But...my very favorite part of the class is this - the class changes every single time I attend!
You can go to one class and you'll walk in and be told - choose one heavy weight and a mat.
Or another class, pick a pair of light and a pair of medium weights and a mat. Or it might be a run-the-rack class where you use the heaviest weight you can until the muscle fails, then you drop down one weight and do that move until the muscle fails at that weight and the next weight down...you get the idea.
Or Kim might have stations set up for interval type training where you go from station to station...
Or it might be an active rest class where in between each weight lifting move we do a minute of some activity to keep the heart rate up; jumping jacks, frog jumps, mountain climbers, lunges, high knee raises, jump rope, etc.
Kim also has what she calls 'the smorgasbord of pushups' - that class will make you wish you'd chosen to stay home!
So, no matter when you go, even several classes in a row, you always get a different work out.
Let me share a few memorable moments from class:
*We are doing this move, on your hands and knees push up style, push your chest down toward the floor moving forward like you are going under a barbed-wire fence and then come back the same way-under the fence. This move is so hard, so awkward that I'll take the barbed-wire, no thanks to that move!!!
* Fitness instructors cannot always count, I'm not talking about intelligence here, I'm talking about motivation. Kim has been known to count, "5, 4, 3, 3, 3, 3...". Really?!?!
*We're laying on our mats, doing endless abdominal/oblique moves, Kim says, "Come on, how can you have a 6-pack if you give up now?" The gal next to me, SkinnyRadle's niece says, "Dang, I have a 6-pack in my fridge! For that I could have stayed home!"
*Kim loves this move, of course near the end of class when we are tired and muscles are failing, single leg raises. Easy enough, right? Except we are laying there, right leg in the air and she says, "Switch!" so the left leg is up, and she says, "Switch!" and the right leg is up again. Abs are burning but we're still keeping good form and then that Flab Fighting Hitler yells (she's small but trust me, she has a set of pipes on her!), "Switch! Switch! Switch! Switch! Switch! Switch!" AAAAAAAaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhh
But, I have to say, I've lost almost 16 inches since attending classes at the Studio. I really do like the "community" and I love all that I've learned about form and muscle use. I've even learned about cheating, because in cheating a muscle, using another to create the motion but not using the intended muscle, I've learned how my body has compensated for weaker muscles, using larger and stronger ones. So, there you have it, Flab Fighters!! I still love it!!