Sweating Outside the Lines

So. If you couldn’t tell from my ‘Confessions of a Personal Trainer’ post, I’ve been hit with a bit of workout ennui, and I think I’m kind of in a rut.  I haven’t tried anything new in a long time.  Yes, I’ve started biking, but I don’t really think I can consider that new since I’ve been doing it since I was seven

And that, dear reader, is where YOU come in.  Do you have any ideas for me on what I should try next?  Boxing? P90X? Dance? Some sort of class? (and I know what I said about classes before, but since I know proper form for most moves, I’m willing to give it a shot! Except for Zumba. Not budging on that one.)

Speaking of fitness and shaking it up...

I’m desperate here, though! So help a sister out, and give me your best ideas on how I can start sweating outside the lines and shake up my fitness routine!

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My name is Heather, and I moved from a big Midwestern university to a GIGANTIC Midwestern city. I'm working at a gym as a personal trainer, and I work as a freelance writer on the side. Sometimes I pretend to be an adult. I'm also figuring out how to keep my mouth shut every once in a while -- not here, though. How boring would that be?

Posted on August 11, 2010, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…Check out a Pilates reformer class for great core training. I would suggest a visit to Frog Temple in Bucktown. It is a great studio, and Randi will make your abs burn! They also do a few bootcamps that incorporate cardio training with Pilates so you can get your strength and cardio done in one class, and they offer a yoga-pilates fusion class that is great for winding down after a long day.

    Also, just to say you’ve tried it, you should hit up a Bikram class. It’s not for everyone but worth a try. Just plan to drink tons of water and arrive early to get acclimated to the heat. It is a great mind challenge even if you aren’t sure about the health benefits. When I did Bikram 3 days a week in law school, I felt stronger, weighed about 20 pounds less than I do now, and I was less likely to snack during the day of class since I knew I’d feel sick if I ate too much sugar before sweating it out. The teachers at the studio in Wicker Park rule…They are all really nice and willing to answer any questions you may have before and after class.

    • Hey Kate! Good to hear from you! I actually might try the Bikram, as nervous as it makes me! There’s a studio right by me (think it might be affiliated w/ the one in WP) that has unlimited classes for your first month for like 30 bucks! So I figured that would give me a chance to see if I like it! And I have plenty of people who tell me I’m too high strung and need to chill the eff out, haha. Maybe this will do the trick!

      Question though… If I do Bikram that day, and rehydrate well, is it healthy for me to still do cardio that day? You know how I love my gym workouts, so that makes me nervous since I know I can’t cut that out entirely.

      • I’m no trainer, but I think if you do an early morning Bikram class, and then do your cardio in the afternoon, you should be fine. I know it’s just yoga, but when you leave your first Bikram class, you are whipped! When I was going all the time, I often hydrated through the day, biked to class and then biked home. I was only biking about 3.5 miles total, so it’s not much, but at least a little bit of cardio. A lot of people freak out about the heat, but since it’s in a controlled environment, it’s a nice way to push your limits (unlike the environment I was in when I had to run track in Mississippi heat in junior high with heat indexes well above 100). They also focus a lot on breathing and concentration, and that helped me out when I did other things, like running (which you know I hate) and keeping my anxiety in check.

        It’s way different than traditional yoga, because instead of zoning out or passively stretching muscles, you have to concentrate 100% on what you are doing while battling a lot of distraction (i.e., the heat, sweat making it harder to get a good grip, breathing through the heat and sweat, learning not to wipe your brow and fidget even though you are uncomfortable, etc.). I know I’m probably not painting a pretty picture, but if you can make it through at least 3 classes, you might get addicted in the same way marathon runners do…It’s one of those things where you spend a solid hour and a half really challenging you mind and body, so there is definitely a high when you step out of class and hit the cool air and showers.

        I’m positive the place by you is owned by the same people who own the WP location. If Kerry is still teaching, you should go to his class. I’m also a big fan of Ian and Miryana.

        That was probably a lot more info that you ever needed to know, but I’m a fan of everyone trying Bikram at least once, so I can’t wait to hear what you think of it if you try it!

  2. I agree with the Bikram and Pilates suggestions to shake it up. I’ve never tried it but I hear awesome things about the Bar Method classes.

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