It’s the start of a new week and I’m feeling great about the next 10 days. What’s so special about them you ask? Well I’m going to take advantage of the range of fabulous fitness classes offered by the YMCA, and challenge myself to experience 10 of them over the next 10 days!
To start things off, I choose a group class that will get me energized for the week: Group Power. This 60 minute barbell program focused on strengthening all of my major muscles, but with an awesome instructor and great music! Each body part is trained through one track and the shoulder’s track was really tough but I feel great for finishing!
I woke up feeling the class from yesterday throughout my body, but excited for a new challenge! Since my arms got the harder work-out yesterday, I decided to join the Group Ride class today, which is a 60 minute cycling program. The theme was ‘make legs’ and my legs are feeling great after climbing mountains, rolling over hills and chasing the rest of the pack!
After two days of intensity, I’m opting to participate in the Group Active class where the instructor mixes up some step and resistance training. With about 12 people in the class, everyone has lots of room to really move. This class was great for today since it was a little lighter intensity - something I was hoping for after going all out the last two days!
After only three days of different work-outs, I’m feeling stronger and more confident. All of the instructors are friendly and welcoming, and I’ve met some of our Y members who are just starting their new work-out routines. Today I decided to go back to the Group Ride class, and it was just as I remembered! I love the intervals and feel incredible after working so hard for an hour.
Well I’ve reached my half-way point of 10 classes in 10 days, so I decided to step it up and try boot camp. Let me tell you, it IS as hard as it sounds, with pushups and burpees, but I feel awesome post
Zumba was a great choice for my sixth day of YMCA classes. Not familiar with Zumba? Well, it’s a fusion of high energy and motivating music with unique, Latin inspired moves and combos. It’s fun and it’s easy to do - what a way to start the weekend!
After lots of intensity, I choose something a little different for Sunday afternoon. Yoga! My body is thanking me, it really needed this stretch. During the class, we did a series of sun salutations and spent time working on our breathing. I feel stronger and more relaxed that I have in a really long time!
Well it’s day eight and I’m feeling fabulous. Not only have I had some terrific work-outs over the last week, but I’ve adopted a new routine and I’ve met great people along the way. Today I decided to go back to Group Power, and I’m glad I did! Although I knew what to expect, it didn’t make it any easier. I love the ab work at the end as it really works my core.
Today I wanted to try something different, so I went for Kettle Bell.Terrific for the glutes, it’s very challenging, and I loved it! Kettle Bell is often noted as one of the most effective and efficient pieces of strength training equipment, and this class helps members increase strength, power, speed, coordination and stability. I love the small group sizes and the attention the instructors give to all members in order to increase motivation and make any form corrections.
It’s hard to believe that 10 days have gone by, and I’ve participated in 10 classes. Today I finished the challenge with the group active class. The theme was ‘make arms’ so I was happy to give my legs a rest after yesterday!
I love the variety of classes at the YMCA and I always participated in them, but I surprised even myself with how great I felt after the challenge. It highlighted how important it is to continually challenge yourself and try new things!
I’m not stopping my challenge here – come join me for Group Power tomorrow!
~Alicia Clow-Ennis, Manager of Adult Health and Wellness (Centre Branch)