It’s been nearly a week since I last shared my workouts, so read on, and then you can consider yourself all caught up. I’ll work backwards.
Sunday, 2/6 (Super Bowl Sunday). I awoke bright and early and made it to Beverly Hills for Sherri’s 9am class at Slimmons. Sherri’s Sunday morning class is long (90 minutes), and she packs a lot into it: cardio aerobics, toning with free weights, exercises at the ballet bar (squats, lunges, leg lifts, etc.), ab work on the mat, and she ends it with a good 10-15 minutes of stretching, which feels great.
I got a nice second round of exercise today, because I went to my cousins’ place for the big game, and since my aunt, cousin, and I could care less about the big game, we left at the end of the first quarter and went for a great walk around their neighborhood, which is very hilly and quite beautiful. We walked for close to 1 hour and 15 minutes, most of it going either uphill or downhill.
Saturday, 2/5. I went to Richard Simmons’ Saturday class at Slimmons. The theme was all ’80s music, and Richard was his energetic, festive self, and it was a good, fun class. Richard’s classes are made up of about 45 minutes of cardio dance aerobics, then roughly 10 minutes of toning with free weights, 10 minutes of abs and push-ups, and a short little motivational pep talk at the end.
Friday, 2/4. I tried something new – a boot camp class! It was led by Craig Ramsay, who you may recognize – he was a trainer with Jackie Warner on Bravo’s weight-loss show Thintervention, which aired last fall. Here’s the Thintervention website, and here’s Craig’s Thintervention bio. I’ve been hearing about Craig for, gosh, probably a couple of years. He and I have a few mutual friends, and they’ve been taking his boot camp classes for a while now, and raving about them. Despite hearing about Craig, over and over again, I didn’t actually meet him until about a week and a half ago, and he invited me to one of his classes, and so, on Friday, I went.
It was tough. There was only three of us in the class, so Craig was able to move us out of the gym’s classroom and onto the gym floor. He had me warm up on the bike, and after a few minutes he handed me some weights and talked me through a trio of shoulder exercises to perform while pedaling away. Then some different bicep and triceps exercises with a barbell, then three different types of push-ups that made me want to throw up, then he put me on a treadmill and upped the incline until my legs felt ready to fall off, then, at the end, a couple different types of pull-ups. Phew!
What I liked most is that in addition to being really personable and funny, Craig really knows his shit, and articulated exactly why I was doing everything he had me do, with an emphasis on how exactly I’ll benefit from keeping the correct form and executing the proper technique. I felt sore and exhausted after class was over, but I also felt smarter, and I can’t complain about that!
You can learn more about Craig on his website. And here’s a picture of me and Craig after class:
Thursday, 2/3. Rest day!
Wednesday, 2/2. I had a busy day on Wednesday, but in the morning I headed to the tiny little gym in my building and did 10-15 minutes of toning with free weights, and 45 minutes on the elliptical.
Tuesday, 2/1. Since I hadn’t run in about a week, I decided to juice up the iPod and hit the streets. It wasn’t my best run, by any means. I felt ready to quit after about 10 minutes, and had to push myself to go just a couple more blocks, or just until the end of the song… I was hoping I could push past the feelings of not wanting to run anymore, but I couldn’t, and after 20 minutes, I stopped. In those 20 minutes, I made it 1.9 miles. My route:
You’ll note that my end point was nowhere near my starting point, which meant I had a long ways to go to get home. I ended up alternating between walking and jogging every couple blocks. All in all, I was out on the roads for close to 50 minutes, but since I didn’t keep track of the time during the off-and-on jogging part, I’m only gonna add the first part of the run, when I ran continually without stopping, to my running chart:
- 9/21/10: Distance: 3.1 miles. Time: 41 minutes. MPH: 4.53
- 9/27/10: Distance: 3.3 miles. Time: 45 minutes. MPH: 4.4
- 10/5/10: Distance: 3.2 miles. Time: 40 minutes. MPH: 4.8
- 10/12/10: Distance: 3.8 miles. Forgot to note time and MPH
- 10/16/10: Distance: 2.9 miles. Forgot to note time and MPH
- 11/1/10: Distance: 3.1 miles. Time: 36 minutes. MPH: 5.16
- 11/6/10: Distance: 5.1 miles. Time: 60 minutes. MPH: 5.1
- 11/14/10: Distance: 3.9 miles. Time: 45 minutes. MPH: 5.2
- 11/28/10: Distance: 4.2 miles. Time: 46 minutes. MPH: 5.47
- 1/4/11: Distance: 3.0 miles. Time: 34 minutes. MPH: 5.3
- 1/24/11: Distance: 4.4 miles. Time: 45 minutes. MPH: 5.86
- 2/1/11: Distance: 1.9 miles. Time: 20 minutes. MPH: 5.7
I’m actually surprised that despite how crappy I felt on the run, I moved along at 5.7 mph – a pretty good pace for me! After returning home, and feeling like I just bombed that running attempt, I hopped on the stationary bike in the little gym off my lobby, with the idea that I’d do another 15 minutes of cardio. I ended up doing 25 minutes, which made me feel better about the whole day.
Monday, 1/31. Click here for my workouts from 1/28 – 1/31.
Oh, and since I’m talking about exercise, I’ll end this post with the exciting news (to me, at least) that I jumped at the chance to renew my gym membership at a great promotional rate, and now I’m paid up through February 2012, and I’m paying less than I ever have in the three and a half years I’ve been a member!
Keep it up, David!