I'm so excited! For starters, I had been training at a boxing gym (seriously old-school, ratty, downtown gym) for about 9 months or so and just loved it. I had to stop going because I just couldn't afford it. Even to just take the group sessions was too much $$. So, I've just been skating and doing the Shred DVD on off days. I've squeezed in a couple of runs, but we've had crazy weather so I've been relatively housebound.
A week or so ago, I decided to see what classes our new rec center was offering. They have a Performance Fit class on Thursdays. Our practice schedule is Tues, Thurs, Sun but we have a "Fundamentals" practice on Weds that counts for attendance. It's with a guy who speed skated competitively since he was a child and actually played "professional" derby in the late 80's-early 90's. So, it's really a great opportunity and I go whenever my schedule allows. When I go, I usually skip Thurs practice.
So, I decided to do that this week and check out the class. Admittedly, I was nervous because you never know what you are getting into. The rec center classes I've been to in the past, have been a little vanilla. Lots of middle aged (which I am, LOL) housewives (me again) and older ladies.
This class promised athletic training agility, conditioning, etc. and it delivered! The guy who ran the group was cool. It was me and another guy who had been going to the class for a long time and then two older ladies who modified the stuff *a lot* or just did their own thing. We did some warm ups back and forth across the room (lunges, high knees, etc) We did 8 sets of agility ladder drills at 2 mins each. Then we did varying height box jumps. 7 sets of forward, 7 sideways. Then this continuous up and over jumping 3 sets at 1 min each. The last thing was by far the toughest of the class.
After that we did 2 rotations of 1 min each kettle bell extension, kettle bell swings and then a minute of "fast feet" (the football stance thing).
That was it. They guy said this was a less intense than usual class since we did more plyos and more ladder drills than they normally do. I have a feeling my butt will by double-kicked next time.
I am totally going back! It was so much fun and it was like having a personal training session. All the stuff is totally great training for derby. I worked my footwork like crazy last night on those ladders.
| current weight: 129.0