What's up, pumpkin?
Hopefully, you are having a fabulous weekend so far. Yesterday was the first time I've had a half-day at school before Thanksgiving break, and boy was it necessary! I wanted to leave early. My kiddos wanted to leave early and were wired. I appreciated my district not kidding themselves this year and just making everyone be there for four hours...I think it should be a requirement that any Friday before a weeklong break should be a halfway. It's better for everyone, and when I say everyone I mean me.
This past week wasn't too wild and crazy in my life. I know, though, as Christmas approaches, things will get hectic for sure. Nonetheless, I've got a variety of workouts for y'all to check out that are all thirty minutes or less, excluding the fitnesses classes I taught or attended this week.
Speaking of which, I've been taking a weekly Pound class that I've just got to tell y'all about! It's unlike any fitness class I've ever taken. I guess that's where I'll start first today!
No, you won't lose a pound after one class. No, you don't hold weights in the class. No, you won't be losing a pound of sweat during the class.
Pound=drumming. Yes, drumming. Drumming+cardio+pilates.
Thanks to my varied fitness background of Zumba/cardio dance/Piloxing (boxing, pilates, dance fusion class), this class totally rocked my socks off. Like many classes that emphasize core strength, this one is barefoot optional. There's little jumping, making it pregnancy bladder-friendly for me and ideal for those of you with grouchy knees or joints.
So what's the class entail? It's 40-45 minutes long, which includes your warm-up and cool down. It goes through about 10 tracks in an interval-like manner, with some tracks focusing on lunges and inner thighs, some tracks glutes, and some just abs. During each track, however, you will be drumming different rhythms in the air, on the ground, and everywhere in between. Trust me, your heart will be pumping and your legs will feel a beautiful burn.
While I didn't find my muscles fatiguing in class, I sure did have some sneaky soreness in random small muscles throughout my booty and thighs I didn't know existed the next day. It's not a I-can't-walk soreness, but don't be surprised when you discover new muscles the next day.
So, to summarize:
Who Would Enjoy It: People looking for a fun alternative to add to their weekly fitness routine. It's NOT a dance class, and you DON'T need rhythm to do it.
Who Should Avoid It: If getting up and down off the ground is uncomfortable (I had to roll myself up several times thanks to my growing belly), this may not be for you.
Intensity Level: I'd give it a 4/10 on my sweat scale. 10=I'm nauseous and have sweat in my eye and 1=I didn't even break a sweat.
Frequency of Attendance: I wouldn't recommend doing this as your only form of fitness, but once or twice a week it is a fun, motivating way to get yourself moving
What to Bring: Water and that's it
What to Wear: Normal fitness clothes, though you can go barefoot so sneakers aren't a necessity
Similar To: Piloxing (though less intense) or a pilates-fushion class
This class is available at my Corsicana YMCA on Wednesday nights at 5:00 (childcare starts at 5:15). It's a super laid-back atmosphere; you can leave early, come late, have your toddler in the class with you. Come on down and give it a try!
Here's what I was up to the rest of the week:
Sunday: Neighborhood walk
Monday: Quick 20 Minute Circuit
5 Rounds- 15 push-ups, 15 v-ups, 15 step-ups
Tuesday: Zumba boogie time at Shall We Dance Studio
Wednesday: Pound class at the YMCA
Thursday: Lower-body Circuit
I did one series at a time before moving onto the next series of exercises
5 deadlifts (95 lb), 20 wall-balls (12 lb)
5 front squats (55 lb), 20 overhead plate swings (25 lb)
5 good mornings (55 lb), 20 mountain climbers
Friday: A Little of This and That Workout
1.5 Mile Jog
4 Rounds- 25 weighted lunges on each leg (95lb on Smith machine), 1 pull-up, 10 spiderman push-ups (see above), 20 v-ups
Saturday: Body Pump Class in Dallas with my blessing of a sister-in-law Julie; family that body pumps together, stays together.
That's all for this week, y'all! I've got a bonus post coming later today all about the past month of pregnancy and how I've kept up my health and happiness goals for myself along the way. Hasta la bye-bye, y'all!
Healthy Happy Texan
I'm a Foodie, Fitness Instructor, and Follower of Christ. Add a passion for teaching others, dark chocolate, bacon, and dogs -- and that's me in a box.
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