Well I probably wouldn’t go that far! But 2 years ago I never would have thought that I would enjoy fitness. The 10 minute run in my high school gym class was the bane of my existence! (Otherwise grade 12 gym was awesome. We got to go bowling and play bocce ball.) Though I did have a pretty sweet run as a kid softball player. Also worthy of honourable mention: random trips to the gym throughout university (i.e. summer of 3rd year; my roommate, me, and all the seniors).
After university, I began to get moving with yoga (a fantastic studio with great teachers in Toronto) and some sporadic running on the side. A friend convinced me to try spinning with her and I hesitantly obliged. It didn’t turn out to be my thing (I wasn’t a huge fan of teachers yelling at you either) but it got me hooked on gravity strength training (the other class offered at the spin studio). I had never lifted something heavy (intentionally) in my life! Though this wasn’t your traditional weight lifting, gravity classes involved some serious strength building. If you ever have the chance to try out a gravity class I highly recommend it! It is a form of resistance training that uses a crazy looking machine, your own body weight plus machine resistance, and a whole lot of core! It is also (strangely) a lot of fun.
Since then I’ve moved to Vancouver and on my own in the fitness department! Of course I am doing some yoga I’m also a big fan of body weight exercises. If you are looking for a quick and tough workout I suggest checking out Amanda Russell’s YouTube videos! You pretty much feel like a kid again. You get to do frog jumps! Star jumps. Squat jumps. Which all seem fun… For about 30 seconds!
For the past 4 weeks I’ve been participating in Tina Reale’s Best Body Bootcamp! I’m not a huge fan of using free weights in the gym (they get kind of boring) but the program has been great. It starts up again in April if you are looking for something new to do! The workouts change every 2 weeks and it’s a great mix! I have also been introduced to some ridiculous core moves:
Exhibit A: The Scorpion
Exhibit B: The Ball Pass
I didn’t have any big goals going into the program. But! Last week I did 30 push-ups on my toes (some breaks in between). So let’s just go and say! End of program I hope to be able to do 50 push-ups and a 6 minute plank. Even as I write this I can honestly say I never thought that would happen! 10 minute run watch out for me now.
Anyway! The point is. Fitness can be a lot of fun! It’s changed my mood and the way I feel. I’ve met some great people doing it and it’s one of my favourite morning habits and ways to de-stress.
What have you tried lately? Any new favourite workouts?
PS. Probably the best part about all this is the fact I can do a headstand! Totally used that as a party trick before.