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3/22 Sunday: off
3/23 Monday: 3.12 miles track followed by BODYFLOW at YMCA
3/24 Tuesday: off
3/25 Wednesday: 6 miles outside (slow/fast)
3/26 Thursday: Evening Yoga at the YMCA
3/27 Friday: 4.2 miles track
3/28 Saturday: off
I took the most amazing BODYFLOW (BODYBALANCE 56) class on Monday night at the YMCA. I know everyone’s tastes are different, but this class spoke to me as it was more fast paced than some of the Yoga classes I take and also incorporated some pilates. I am a fiend for core work when it comes to taking classes. I don’t like to take breaks and I don’t like to get bored. The more core you give me, the harder you work me, the sweatier I get – the happier I am!
A few months ago, after over a year of nearly no cross training with running, I could barely hold a plank for longer than 3o seconds. It was embarrassing. How could I be in awesome shape, could run miles upon miles, and still have such little strength? I decided after the last Spring/Summer/Fall “running season” (I run all year but I run more during these times), I would concentrate more on my overall strength and fitness, beyond running.
I am so happy with the results from taking Yoga, and other classes like BODYBALANCE, 2-3 times a week and doing more strength training after my shorter weekday runs at the gym. While, I didn’t lose any weight during the last few months (I wasn’t looking to lose any), I have had a pretty awesome body transformation I can really be proud of! Now, when I set myself up to do a set of planks on my own, I can hold various positions for minutes at a time.
I say all this because, it is so motivating to see improvement in something I chose to improve on! I encourage you to try something new, or set a new goal for yourself, and watch yourself attain those goals. While, I feel like I could always be working harder at a lot of things like running, strength training, and LIFE, sometimes all it takes is a little tweak here and there to make things interesting, a little more fun, and help you feel great about yourself.
Warwickshire Fitness lists a typical BODYBALANCE class including:
Tai Chi warmup
Easy, flowing moves from the ancient Chinese exercise discipline let you leave your day behind, centre yourself and warm the body.
A traditional yoga sequence that warms your whole body more deeply, stretching and strengthening key muscle groups.
Yoga standing strength
Poses such as warrior pose and triangle pose strengthen and tone your entire body.
Concentration and focus allow your mind and body to adapt to meet the challenge of balancing poses.
Focuses on stretches to produce greater flexibility and freedom of movement in the hips and lower back.
Uses exercises from Pilates and yoga to strengthen core abdominal and back muscles.
Twists and forward bends
Poses and stretches to create suppleness and flexibility in the hamstrings and back.
Relaxation and meditation
The final ten minutes deliver the mental and physiological benefits of meditation and enhance the effects of the exercise you have just completed.
I think I responded to this class so much because it is the perfect opposite to running, for me. Completing all these movements and mind work in BODYBALANCE, while great for my overall health and attitude, ultimately make me a better runner. You can learn more about the Les Mills BODYBALANCE class I took, here!
What is your favorite way to cross train? Do you change it up? Have you ever taken a class like BODYFLOW or BODYBALANCE?
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