I’m just going to start out being very honest here…indoor cycling was never at the top of my list of workouts I wanted to try.
I always just associated cycling with those people you see at the gym chilling on the bikes reading a book sipping on a Starbucks frappuccino…you know the people I’m talking about HA!
So when my work scheduled a team building event at Rush Cycle I was very intrigued to find out if cycling would actually be a good workout or not. Plus what better opportunity to try something new than with a bunch of my coworkers who also had never cycled before?
Last Saturday I finally worked up the courage to try an Orangetheory Fitness class!
I know it sounds silly but trying new fitness classes is very intimidating for me. I still have never taken a barre class, never tried crossfit, never taken spin…yet am 100% comfortable taking yoga in a 110 degree room haha.
BUT with my yoga instructor out of town I figured it was the perfect time to take advantage of the free class Orangetheory Fitness offers to try the workout. To help ease your nerves if you’ve been thinking about trying Orangetheory Fitness too I wanted to breakdown how it works, what to bring, give both Bryce and I’s experiences and more.
During the holidays efficiency is everything.
Why do you think Amazon is so popular? Instead of battling traffic and the crowds at the mall you can simply log onto your computer and order things without ever leaving your house.
So how can we make working out more like Amazon? The answer is knowing a few quick, effective workout routines you can do at home or at the gym…in and out in 30 minutes or less…yes please!
I was inspired to do this post after sitting down and writing all the events I have from now until New Years into my planner. After writing down the events I went back and wrote a realistic workout goal for each day. More often than not I was writing something like “30 mins treadmill” or “quick weight session” something FAST that I could squeeze in before work.
I use to HATE lifting weights.
I would walk into the gym and have no idea how to use any of the machines, was too embarrassed to walk into the free weight section with all the guys and quite honestly just didn’t know what exercises to do. So what did I end up doing? The elliptical for 45 mins then leaving and not seeing any results.
I’ve slowly learned over the years that lifting weights is crucial if you want to see any muscle definition in your body and ladies- NO lifting weights will not make you get “”huge” or “bulky” try toned, defined, strong and sexy.
Does that alarm clock situation look familiar to anyone who has ever tried waking up early to workout?
IT’S SO HARD!
I have always been so envious of those people who can wake up at 4:00 am, hit the gym, shower, get ready and show up to work at 7:30 am energized and ready to start the day. Seriously by 7:30 am these morning exercisers have already been more productive than most people will be in an entire day. #GOALS
I bring this subject up because for the past couple weeks my yoga instructor has been gone on vacation. I usually go to his yoga sculpt classes every Tuesday and Wednesday from 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm which kind of pushes the rest of my weekly workouts to the evening as well. While he was gone Bryce and I decided we were going to try working out in the morning to get it over and make some time to actually do things after work.
You guys, IT WAS LIFE CHANGING!
Most people look for any excuse NOT to workout.
Me, I go through my day trying to find any excuse TO workout and sometimes even how I can workout twice.
Which mentality is better? The answer is neither!
A couple weeks ago I was talking with a friend about our current exercise routines. We both work out 6x/ week admittedly to almost an obsessive level where we feel guilty taking days off fearing that it will hinder our progress.
Are we crazy? Yes, probably!
Is skipping 1 workout to go to happy hour with friends really going to make you gain 10 lbs? Absolutely not!
In fact sometimes taking a rest day can be more beneficial than forcing a workout! Rest days are so important to allow your body to recover and build itself back stronger than ever! Skipping necessary rest days can actually lead to very harmful side effects and dramatically increases your risk for developing an injury!
Hot yoga can be a hot mess if you’re not prepared!
I’ll never ever EVER forget my first time trying hot yoga. I had a Groupon to try hot yoga that was about to expire and figured I might as well try it figuring it couldn’t be that different from the yoga classes I had been taking at 24 Hour Fitness.
I showed up in baggy cotton sweat pants, a t-shirt, no water, no towel, a cheap $5 mat from Target 10 minutes before class started and it all went downhill from there.
Within minutes I was dripping in sweat, my clothes were soaked, I was slipping all over my mat and started panicking because of the intense heat. I vividly remember getting to the point where I thought I was going to pass out so I ran out in the middle of the class and laid on the cold tile floor in the bathroom to cool off.
I stayed in the bathroom until class was over, got my mat and didn’t go back for months!