For awhile now I have been doing a lot of exercising on my own. The blog world is filled with awesome workouts from personal trainers and then there’s also the glory of sites such as Pinterest. Then I decided I wanted to run my first 5k, which led to running 3 times a week. Once I started training, my other workouts got pushed to the side. In the beginning I wanted my body to rest, but I was also just so busy it was all I could do to even fit my runs in. But I do know that cross training is important and I didn’t want to put myself at risk for injury.
I could have just added back in the workouts I had been doing before, but I realized something. I really missed group classes! I’ve also heard so much about BodyPump through other blogs that I was dying to try it. There’s a gym not far from my work that offers BodyPump and all of those other LesMills classes. It seemed like a pretty good gym and I thought that maybe I’d consider joining. It’d give me unlimited access to classes and to all of the machines and such that I don’t normally have access to. So I printed out the free pass that all gyms seem to have and went in to try the BodyCombat class.
I was a bit underwhelmed. The gym itself was just ok and the class was definitely not as intense as I thought it would be. I even zoned out at one point. All it made me do was miss the classes at Fit for Fashion.
F4F is a bit further away for me…definitely not on my way home. It’s also a bit more expensive than a gym depending on what package you get. But I bit the bullet and bought an 8-class package which would allow me to take 2 classes per week for a month, which is just the amount I need. I went to the Tabata Love class yesterday. And it was awesome. I love tabata already and doing it in a class atmosphere was fun.
I’m so happy to be back at F4F. I like the intimateness of the studio, the variations of classes, the challenges, the people…I just feel comfortable there. And back when I was going all the time it was the best my body had ever looked and felt. I hope to get to that point again. I’ve definitely noticed positive changes in my body with running, but am hoping that the F4F classes will tone me up.
My point to this post is that I feel like it took me awhile to find my “fitness groove”. And I’m sure I’m not the only one. I feel like you really need to get in tune with your body to understand how it reacts to different exercises and what you need to do to get to where you want to be fitness wise. I knew all along that my body needed cardio, but I wasn’t able to get myself to do it until I started training for a 5k. Now that running 3 miles ain’t no thang for me I can comfortably incorporate it into my routine while doing cross training classes at F4F. And I tried to workout on my own to save money and time, but I realize now that I need classes. I enjoy the atmosphere and I also push myself harder. Some people can push themselves, but having someone encouraging me along really helps motivate me.
I’ve also made claims before that I’m ready to be in the best shape of my life and I’m going to exercise regularly, eat healthy, blah blah blah. And each time I’ve fallen by the way side a bit. But I’ve learned now that I just hadn’t found my groove yet. Now that I know what works for me I’m sure I’ll be able to stay accountable.
Another thing I should stress (because I always think it should be stressed for us women) is that I am NOT looking to loose weight. I am happy with my body. It carries me around every day and has been good to me. I strive for a healthy lifestyle because I want my body to FEEL as good as it can feel…very different than LOOK. I had to remind myself of this when I visited the gym the other day. There was a scale. And I stepped on it. And I was shocked to see that my weight had increased 5lbs. How could that be? I had been running so much I was sure I had lost weight. My clothes were fitting great and I felt like I looked good. I mentioned this to Jon that night and he helped remind me that muscle weighs more than fat and that the number on the scale doesn’t mean anything. And he’s right. So many of us worry about a silly number on the scale rather than body fat percentage, which is really a better indicator of where your body should be. And at the same time I’m glad I got to see the scale number because I do track calories in/calories out so I needed to update my FitnessPal 🙂
Do you feel like you’ve found your fitness groove?