6/17/08

"Be honest with your workout"

So Rhobyn has me hooked on bodypump. Despite the fact that I got stuck next to some random douchebag who decided he didn't need the choreographed movements, would go at his own pace and I couldn't see past him to the mirror in front to check my form, I'm hooked. I did enjoy the guy in the back who was trying to lift heavy throughout though and kept having to take breaks though. Rookie. So the Monday instructor has an annoying enthusiasm that you kind of love to hate. Love in the sense that he tells you how much weight you need to take off for each set to guide you through the class, tells you to watch your form, yells that he can't tell if you're liking his class or not, etc. ...which also makes me want to gag too because it's uber kitchy. But then he said "be honest with your workout" And I stopped dead in my deadlift. I'm looking around in this class and I'm thinking, who here is going through the motions and who is here kicking it up a notch? Do we do enough to get by, have the appearance of doing well, putting in an effort, just so we can say we're going to the gym, living a healthy lifestyle, trying to lose weight, doing something right for our bodies, etc. Like following Weight Watchers half ass...or counting your calories...or your carbs...or whatever it is you're choosing to do today...tomorrow... I can't put the girly weights on the bar anymore. I can't go around asking, "what is this weight watchers program you speak of?" I'm lifting heavy, I'm lifting often. I'm running hard and I'm running long. And I count my points. Honest.

16 comments:

Christy said...

Brilliant post! I ranted the other day how it drives me nuts when people are at the gym not putting 100% into it. Then I figured, who cares if it bothers me, they are the ones not benefitting from it. I love your posts how they always take a positive swing - I'm going to try and follow suit.

I've come to realize that although I've been portraying the role of a healthy person, if I am completely honest with myself, I haven't been giving it my whole. And yestreday was the start of my new start. So your post came at a perfect time for me. You know what? It always seems to :)

Xenia said...

I love body pump! I just started recently, but it's great. I have a difficult time making myself do strength training, so by signing up for the class I know I will get it done.

I sometimes worry in my spin class that I'm not at the right resistance. My new mantra is--if in doubt, crank it up!

Vickie said...

REALLY GOOD POSTING

Along this path said...

I'm not sure if I've ever left a comment here, but I read all of the time. I needed your post today. Thank you so much.

MH

Jen said...

AMEN! I love this post girl!!!

I was being REALLY dishonest with myself for a long time, hence the 9 month plateau right??? Even now I tried to give myself a "cheat" on Sunday where I wouldn't count my treat...um yeah, I woke up in the middle of the night and counted it...feels better!!!

My step instructor always asks us on a scale how hard are we working and what we SHOULD be...so I usually kick it up!!!

awesome awesome post...

Carolyn said...

Ooooh good one!

I like it. It always helps to get a little more honest with whatever you are doing!

jodi said...

great post! were you talking to me? ;o)

Maria said...

awesome post. :)

oh, bodypump. I hate the tricep track with a passion, but actually like the rest of it. the best part is when sweat is literally pooling from the elbow creases after the (usually) insanely long squat tracks, which strangely is my favourite. I loved my instructor in Kingston, she was additively peppy in a way I'll never be, and could lift more, properly, than most of the big gym fellas in the room!

Maria said...

* that should be addictively

Sally, Rawkstar said...

do you pump at Y&F or downtown?
i should make it a more regular habit as i do like the class.

Thanks
Sally

marie said...

SALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLY!

Bloor Park M & F - COME OUT!!!!!

Sarah said...

So the boy and I were just talking about doing this class. I'm not sure about together, but definitely doing it. Is it a good beginner class? He's never done a group class. And I almost died in my step class 2 weeks ago (although I completed it).

marie said...

It's a weight class. The plates you put on the bar dictates the level you put into the class from beginner up to advance.

You get out what you put in.

Candace MacPherson said...

Sounds like a good class. This must be a theme - I ran across something else last week about working out like you mean it - really focusing on the muscles being worked. Hmmm...maybe a lesson to learn here.

Sally, Rawkstar said...

HEY - Bloor Park is a great location for me! Monday at 6:30 pm for some Pump. See you then.
Sally

Sarah said...

Fantastic post! and thanks for the little instructor lesson, I am so that guy! now I realize I'm probably annoying for some. And the weight suggestions, set up, are mandatory for us to say even if its redundant and cheesy.

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