Pilates in the Park

July 2, 2011

Chicago has workout classes in Millennium Park every Saturday in the summer. I made my first attempt to get downtown early enough to participate today. Unfortunately, I had to wait 20+ minutes on my bus and my train got delayed for 10+ minutes at one of the stops on my route…which extended my commute by 30+ minutes (for all you English majors out there). I arrived downtown just in time for yoga relaxation.

So, instead of yoga, which was the class I most wanted to take, I took pilates. It was so nice to be outside first thing in the morning…and to work out with a couple hundred of my closest friends.

I rewarded myself for getting up early with a very large iced coffee for the train ride back home.

It was bliss.

How do you feel about working out in public? Cool? Or not cool?

Read more about workouts in the park here.

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Operation GetFit

May 22, 2011

Ah, summer. It is the time for cool drinks, outdoor events, and…swimsuits!

That is why Operation GetFit starts this week. We officially have a beach trip planned for August, and I want to be swimsuit ready.

So what does Operation GetFit include?

I’m not actually sure yet. I would assume it would mean harder workouts and less ice cream for the next few months…but I am open to alternatives.

Word of the Week:  Body

Word to the Wise: “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.”  1 Corinthians 6: 19-20

Disclaimer: The author of this blog makes no claims that harder workouts and less ice cream will actually make her, or anyone else, more fit.

What do you do when you want to get fit?

Bosu! God bless you!

May 18, 2011

What the hay is a bosu, you ask? It is my worst enemy!

You may know what a stability ball is (that big round thing at the gym), but you may not know what a bosu is. Imagine the top third of the stability ball attached to a flat surface so that one side is round and one side is flat. That is a bosu.

We did strength and balance exercises on the bosu for 45 minutes. I’m pretty sure we did a total of 15+ minutes of squats alone. I cannot sit. I cannot walk.

The bosu is my enemy.

And because the bosu is my enemy…I will be back in the gym with the bosu again next week.

In last week’s post, Just Say No to Resolutions, I mentioned the increase in the number of gym goers in January of each year. It is noteworthy to say the least. Regular gym goers are suddenly battling for their chance at the treadmill and waiting their turn for use of the yoga mat. But the number of people in the gym isn’t the only thing that changes.

Have you ever noticed the language of the weight room? If you are one of those folks who stays in the fitness room with the cardio equipment, you may not have noticed, but if you join the testosterone-filled weight room, you know what I’m talking about. Grunts and sighs fill the air and provide a sense of camaraderie in the weight room.

And that is all the language weight room users need. The words they use to communicate are more sounds than words, but they speak of pain, of triumph, of strength, and even of defeat at times. Gym goers use these sounds to speak to themselves, to those that support them, to those they support, and to those they do not know. They communicate encouragement, dedication, and perseverance.

And with the increase in the number of people who use the gym, there is also an increase in the volume of the language of the weight room. So, while you are fighting for your time on the treadmill, think of those who rather than fighting, use sounds to unite with others and show their commitment to their new (or old) workout routines.

Word of the Week: Perseverance
Word to the Wise: “Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.”  James 1:12

Disclaimer: The author of this blog considered providing examples of the language of the weight room but was unsure how to spell the grunts and sighs typically uttered by weight room users. If you care to give it a try, feel free to do so.