Friday, February 13, 2015

Fitness Friday - Week 6

Fitness Friday is here! I can't believe we are already one month and a half into Fitness Friday. It seems like I just started this! Tomorrow is Valentine's Day (YAY); so, that means a lot of chocolate will be involved (YAY). Do you have any plans for tomorrow? Let me know in the comments below!

Saturday I went to Mat Pilates 2. We had a substitute instructor. I enjoyed it a lot. She focused on traditional Pilates instead of getting fancy with everything. Afterwards I went to Zumba. I had a substitute instructor for this class as well! The sub was awesome! She only taught the new Zumba dances to songs like Uptown Funk (one of the best songs ever). 

I did Zumba again on Monday. I got to teach a song again! My instructor gave me some Zumba DVD's to help me practice to be an instructor. I am going to look at those soon. I danced along with ClubFitz dances on Youtube for 55 minutes on Tuesday. I mentioned this channel in last weeks post (see it here). I also stretched for 28 minutes. Afterwards I did a 9 min. Beginner Ab Blasting Workout by GymRa on Youtube. I did more than the required reps to make it more advanced.

Wednesday I went to Zumba at a nearby studio. The sub from Saturday teaches Zumba somewhere else, so I decided to go to her class since it was so much fun! At the end we did a lot of ab, butt, leg, and arm exercises. 

Today I went to Barre Buns. I also went on the spin bike for 45 minutes. I gradually increased my level of difficulty. I started off doing 10 minutes on easy. Then I did 5 minutes on medium, 5 minutes on medium/hard, and 5 minutes on hard. I reversed and did 5 minutes on medium/hard, 5 minutes on medium, and 10 minutes on easy. When I was finished, I stretched and used the foam rollers.


This week I have a few challenges for you. You might find them difficult, but I believe they are all equally important to complete! When I go to the gym, I like to look around and see what everyone is doing. There are a lot of different characters, but 90% of them all share one thing in common- they get distracted! 

I see people talking/mingling with everyone and cutting into their workout time. I see people who have no clue what they are doing. They get to the gym and decide what they are going to do at the last minute. They don't know which equipment they are going to use and they don't know how long they are going to use it for. I see people using equipment with bad form! They don't even know how to use the machines! Most of all, I see people listening to music and/or watching the TV when they are working out. All of these things frustrate me. So, here is your challenge: 

Don't get caught up in any distractions. Try not to talk with a lot of people when you go to the gym. You aren't going there to socialize. You are going there to workout. Know your workout when you get there. If someone is on the piece of equipment you are going to use, have a back-up plan OR switch the order of your workout. Know how long you are going to be on each piece of equipment and stick with it. 

Make sure you know how to use the equipment and have proper form. Don't be afraid ask an employee for help. You can also look up proper form online. If you aren't using proper form, you are risking your physical health. You will have a lot of wear and tear on your body in the future and no one wants that! Lastly, don't listen to music or watch the TV. Someone once told me there are few real athletes anymore. There is a very small amount of people who have the mental strength and ability to get through a workout without gadgets to distract them. Try to not only improve yourself physically, but also mentally. Focus on your workout. Focus on what you are doing. Don't focus on anything else. Side note: Did those last three sentences remind you of Bob from Runaway Bride or what? LOL

Do you think you can do it? Which one of this week's challenges do you think will be the most difficult for you?
Let me know in the comments below! Keep in mind that these challenges shouldn't only be for this week. You should continue with these things for as long as you continue to workout.

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