Sometimes you just need to change things up a bit.
This past holiday weekend I spent mostly alone. I treated it as a normal weekend and ran my weekly errands of grocery shopping and cooking for the week. I’m one of those people who find it difficult to cook everyday when I get home from work so I cook a large dinner for the week and keep it in the fridge to reheat in portions for the week. The same goes for lunches. I prepare something that I can just quickly toss together in the morning for both breakfast and lunch.
This week I made a penne pasta salad with tomatoes, arugula, and feta along with buffalo chicken wraps for lunch. On the same theme I mad a buffalo chicken lasagna for dinner with grilled asparagus. And for breakfast a banana and a toasted whole wheat sandwich thin with Justin’s nut butter. I actually got a bunch of different packets to try of the nut butter. Well anyways I whipped all that up over the weekend.
Since Monday was a holiday I was super bummed to remember that Life In Synergy was closed and I couldn’t take my normal 5:30 SFM Level 1 class. I spent some time trying to figure out what other time slot I would take the class in and I had settled on Saturday morning when I read a tweet that Helena was subbing for Abs and Arms and Lean Legs on Sunday morning. I immediately cancelled the Level 1 class and signed for the two 1 hour classes back to back on Sunday morning. I mean how bad could it be? And (the founder and owner of Life In Synergy) Helena’s classes are sold out for months. When would I get an opportunity like this?
Sunday was warm. I wore a sweatshirt over my workout clothes and I didn’t get a block from my apartment on my way to the T before I had to take it off. And that was at 9am. I got to class and Helena got right into it. Wow what a workout. There were definitely things that I had trouble doing. It’s funny because when we got into the second class (which I thought was going to be easier for me than abs and arms- ha), Helena actually reassured us all with the thought that if everyone could do everything she taught she wouldn’t have a job. It was a nice way to put things in perspective. Just because you have trouble with something doesn’t mean you should give up. Just try harder and eventually it will get a little easier (I never said easy just easier).
Needless to say, my body was the good kind of sore yesterday and I hadn’t felt like that in a while from the Level 1 classes. Which means either I’ve found a way to not do the workout effectively (aka cheat) or I’m just not getting enough out of it. I think it’s a little of both. Level 1 is one hour of full body. Abs and arms is one hour of just abs and arms and Lean legs is one hour of just legs and butt. Targeting a few muscle groups will ultimately force me to feel it. And I find myself cheating a little in Level 1 now which isn’t worth it.
My solution, mix it up. Instead of taking 2 Level 1 classes a week I’ll take 1 Level 1 class and either Abs and arms or Lean Legs as a second class for the week (and if I’m feeling adventurous both for a total of 3 classes a week). No pain no gain right. :)