A fellow vintage/fashion lover I follow on Instagram Hayley Angell has done a series on YouTube called Look Fabulous Feel Fabulous where she has done various different workouts in the UK she’s done everything from Hula Hooping, pole dancing, belly dancing, curling (the last video) and even Roller Fitsco! (Why can’t that be a thing here??). I love her motivation to try new fun fit things it’s motivated me to to STRIVE (my word for 2017 remember?) to try some new workouts!
If I am going to be a personal trainer in 10 months I need to be well rounded in fitness. Unfortunately my down fall lately has been lack of workouts. My stress level and anxiety have hit an all time high and I find myself wanting to retreat to the comforts of my home instead of the gym. I need to break out of my comfort shell (which has been hard AF) so I thought it would take on Hayley’s challenge myself and learn something new! I’ve been scouring the inter-webs and I will be doing Cross Fit! Which is next Saturday February 18th!
I wanted to do Barre 3 free class but it was already full (I am hoping to attempt this one later!) so I am hoping at least once a month along with my check ins, I will be sharing a post from a new workout class! I am really excited to be expanding my knowledge!
Having not done any real prep prior to this (I did a bit lifting mid December) I have been more focused on Jazzercise challenge as of late (25 classes in 30 days). I was a bit worried that it may effect my performance but I tried not to let it get to me. I had been feeling off all week as well so I only made it to Jazzercise 3 times this week. (More on that later).
Anyways First National Bank Tower is the tallest building in the Omaha area. With 4o floors=870 steps. I had read some info about it and studied a You Tube video to give me an idea of what I was in for.
I had a good high carb breakfast:
My intention was to just do my best and not worry weather or not I got a good time or not. When I started, I was got pretty winded early around the tenth floor. I took breathers in between some of the floors I was grateful for the water stops and chairs along the way. Since the event was indoors it was very dry in the building. I felt the effects on the way home and stopped for more water. I listened to my body and I took enough time to recover when the breaks provided. Before I knew it I made it:
Here is a break down of my results:
Overall place 1650 out of 1730
Place in Gender: 1650 of 1730
Place in Age Division: 142 of 151
I think my best time is around 22 minutes. But given that this was my first time doing the event, I am happy with that. Given the fact that I used to get winded climbing three flights of stairs to my apartment! I say that’s amazing progress! I am not 100% sure I will do this again next year, since it was pretty tough. I will see when that times comes.
As I’ve mentioned before, in Jazzercise we do challenges throughout the year besides the 150 challenge. We just did 20 classes by December 24th. I barely made that one!
In February, we are doing our annual “35 classes in 30 days challenge” this one you get a sweet tank top. During class Friday, the instructor mentioned that there was a limit on how many classes you can attend each day. Some were doing 3 classes a day!! That’s a little much if you ask me for a silly little cosmetic bag? Or a tank top? Come on.
It got me thinking however just how exercise is enough? This is 100% my opinion and being a future personal trainer this is advice I’d give my future potential clients.
Typically on average you should at least workout for 3o minutes 3 times a week. Jazzercise is an hour which is fine as well but for beginners 30 is good. Once a day is good too. IF you do twice a day space it out so you’re not overwhelming yourself. I like to do double Jazzercise classes once in awhile I haven’t yet in 2016 but my plan is soon at least once a week if possible. But don’t go overboard! I hear these stories of body builders going so many times a day and I’m like why?? It is not necessary. I can be competitive at times and with my crazy schedule, I’m happy if I get to Jazzercise 3 times a week it’s a good week if I get 4 in. I could NEVER
You’re at the risk of injury for starters, plus you’re not giving your body time to recover and recuperate from exercise because you’re working muscles they get tired too.
Here is a good article if you want a little more information on it.
Remember to enjoy your workout, don’t go bat shit crazy with it.
Before I get any further, let me tell you my story about Jazzercise:
I was in year 2 of my weight loss journey in 2014, and I was getting tired of the same old gym routine. Go to the Y, cardio for 10-3o minutes, then lifting alternating between leg and arm day. I was in a serious rut! I had done a few classes at the Y such as Zumba but honestly, I started not enjoy the class. Now don’t get me wrong some people swear by it however it just wasn’t for me. One thing I tried to stay in the back but would get eeked out and have to move up a row (sidebar which I hated I didn’t want anyone to see me!!)
The other the instructor wasn’t much of one she would just take off dancing and expect you follow along no guidance whatsoever (she was wearing a headset too!) I would feel loss like “how in the heck am I supposed to do that?” She also did not socialize with anyone or just “certain” people, she relied on CD’s not an I-pod or something to create a mix, so between songs there was a minute wait! Don’t even get me started on the mirrors! I hated to see myself as well. Last but not least, the only time I could to Zumba was on Saturdays late in the morning, thanks to my work schedule I couldn’t attend the other classes.
That lead me to Jazzercise anyone remember it from the 80’s? Well it’s still around and better than ever!! Thanks to the powers of social media I was able to find a friend who was a member and she took me on their free days. I had so much fun that I immediately signed up!! I can be spontaneous when I want to be! 🙂 I went as often as I could. Classes were conveniently at 8:30am most days. In July that year on a particular Saturday, I had reached 25 classes and the instructor announced like it was some old big deal, everyone cheered while I was dumbfounded until I learned that at Jazzercise attendance matters! They hold a year round game that if you make 150 classes by from January 1 to December 31, you get a free t-shirt! Sweet right? Needless to say due to some conflicts I wouldn’t reach 150 by December 31, 2014. However my goal for 2015 was to make 150 classes. I even proudly wrote it on a resolution snowflake and placed it on the bulletin board of our Jazzercise studio.
One thing about me, I tend to be quiet/shy in certain situations and places. I know right? That’s how I was when first joining Jazzercise. I kept to myself mostly. I thought to myself what do I have in common with these women? Besides the fact I love Jazzercise, and I love a good workout? Most the women in my 8:30am classes are stay at home mom’s with little ones at home, and they’re married. I am the single, motherless, night owl, crazy cat lady, who likes to get her workout in after a hard days night (see what I did there?), who often wears mismatched socks to class superhero and quirky gym shirts. I felt really out of place because conversations before class were about their kiddos, husbands or whatever was going on in their world. What was so exciting about me?
2015 started out pretty good until Mother Nature put a halt to that. We had an attendance game we started in the spring (we do others beside the 150 classes) to reach 35 classes by a certain date for another cute top. There were several snow days that cancelled my class and I wasn’t able to go at 5:30pm because that was my sleeping time. I was bummed that I wasn’t going to get that shirt plus I cant double up on classes like some of the girls can. I was lucky to attend one class a morning! However I kept pushing getting 25, and 50 classes under my belt. Which leads me to the summer, where another attendance game started this time it was with a partner and we had to get 70 classes in a month’s time. My partner who was a regular at 8:30 she and I would chat often. She was going to be on vacation for awhile and asked if I was sure I wanted her as a partner. I still didn’t know a lot of the girls well enough to have anyone else so I told her it was no problem.
Between the two of us we made it! Right before the contest was over we were one of the last sets of partners to get the bags. It was a huge victory for me not only that I got up to 100 classes as well! Only 50 more to go!
Soon summer was over and I started school. Which meant giving up daily Jazzercise classes. I had a grand plan to go on my nights off work but I would only make to one class a week because school was draining. I missed Jazzercise a lot! I would talk about it a lot in school! And I was starting to make a few friends but school came first. I thought there was no way I would make 150 now.
After fall term was over, I could go a bit more to class since I was on my break, but importantly, I decided to go part time so that I meant I could squeeze in more classes!! Then came the fateful day I made 125 classes!! I was set on getting the shirt now! I serious made a countdown calendar with chalk duck tape:
Right before the BIG day. I was down to about four classes. I was doubling on Saturdays (7am and 8:30am) it was the only time I could do it. If you remember we have another attendance game for a cute cosmetic bag for 20 classes by December 24th. Combined with how many days I had left to get a 150 was 4. To be completely honest I wasn’t too concerned about not getting the cosmetic bag, I was more focused on my shirt. But one of the class mangers a good friend of mine was encouraging. She said if I just did one more double class right before the deadline (December 24th) I could get both in ONE DAY.
ONE DAY!! It sounded crazy because I had my final on Tuesday and I just wasn’t sure I could pull it off I had to think creatively and it also meant having to get up early possibly one of those days to attend the evening class. If things didn’t workout the way I planned!
I gave myself until Wednesday to do the double class just in case I couldn’t pull it off Monday or Tuesday which turned out to be the case. I attended my regular class Monday, Tuesday I didn’t get out early (well if you count 5 minutes!) so Wednesday was the day! Of course the evening class was Strike (a kick boxing style class) so that meant working my booty out harder!
Then the day arrived. Christmas Eve 150th day! I got off work to a snow storm!! This was not in the plan!! Insert panic mode! I prayed class would not be canceled!! I got ready and watched the Jazzercise Facebook page like a hawk. I left WAY early so I could make it on time. Sure enough we still had class and well the picture says it all:
And here’s me with my “toning partner” (from this summer) who got one of the last bags too!
Still with me? I’m almost done I promise!!
Moral of the story is first of course is to Never give up when you set your goals go get them!!! Even if you feel like you’re going to fail you have friends to back you up! Thank you to the Jazzercise instructors, managers, and other classmates for the encouragement! I love Jazzercise more than anything on this planet. It’s a great workout and I workout with great people!!
I decided that I would attempt a weekly check in. I probably should have started this on my weigh in days. For awhile I was weighing in on Fridays. In previous events (3 years ago) it’s been Mondays. I go back and fourth. So for now whenever I weigh in I will update.
My starting weight was 179.
Current weight is 176. I am down three pounds (as of Monday 11/30/15).
I started keeping track back in October and I’ve only been recording my losses. If I’ve gained or stayed the same I wouldn’t document. I know I have a weird process but as I’ve done this game before I thought I’d try something different.
It’s only Wednesday and I already cheated yesterday. I’m trying not to beat myself up over too much over it.
I finally meal prepped Monday morning after an almost two-week hiatus. And so far I have stayed on task with that. More on that soon! I promise!
With the holiday, I was proud of staying on task in my eating. I did leftovers for lunch Friday and Saturday for lunches but did alternatives for work meals, and before work supper. But as luck would have it I had only enough leftovers for 2 days. I didn’t workout Thursday as planned because the weather was iffy. However on Black Friday I got up really early, and made it to the Y then after (with an hour rest in between) I went to Jazzercise at 8:30am. I also made it to class Saturday.
I am at 138 Jazzercise classes and this morning will be my 139th. Friday, I will I have 140 so that means only 10 to go till I reach 150! I am hoping to do a double class Saturday since it’s my weekend off. I wanted to do a double Monday, but since I had to meal prep and again the weather was iffy. Darn Nebraska weather!
I also plan to try a pre-workout supplement and I have created an workout that I can do at the Y to help me prepare for The Trek Up the Tower so I will also be sharing that once I do it again!
I have always heard of people doing two workouts in a day. At first I thought it was ridiculous, then I noticed a lot of ladies in Jazzercise attend two classes a day as well. For me and my schedule honestly it doesn’t work for me to go twice #nightshiftproblems. I’ve only done Jazzercise twice in one day once because it was part of a demonstration, I was off work, and I got double attendance credit. There are never enough hours in the day for me to go twice. Perhaps I’m making excuses for myself but what can I say? I like my sleep (can I get an Amen?)
Last week I only went to Jazzercise twice I fell sick with a cold and I had a week until my next 5K. Not good! Sunday night I didn’t work and I couldn’t sleep I was awake at around 5am, so I thought about squeezing in two workouts in one day. Jazzercise does have a 5:30am class but I didn’t make it to that one. So I went to the Y first before my usual 8:30am Jazzercise class. I was able to use the stair stepper machine (10 minutes), followed by some leg lifting.
I left the Y an hour before I had to go to Jazzercise to refuel and recover. This is important because you don’t want to burn yourself out and since I was going to be about an hour apart from workouts. I know that you should space out your workouts further apart in the day. Lesson learned. I did feel fine after both workouts just super sweaty!
I am planning to make it my goal once a week to try and squeeze in two workouts in a day (spaced out of course). I will keep you posted on my progress!