Thursday, February 11, 2010

She Was All About The Tough Love

As I was changing clothes in a fast and furious manner, I saw a familiar face, Joy, who said that she takes classes because she operates in that manner:

I need to be told what to do.
I went to Muscle Works, a new class for me but taught by the same Kate that teaches Tuesday's Cardio and Muscle.

Muscle Works:

Time to target muscles and get lean and toned! See and feel the changes in your body!
We warmed up by marching and doing, of course, the grapevine but we didn't do a whole lot of cardio. We did a lot of squats. A whole lot. What's more interesting than a regular squat? A squat with your leg elevated on a step platform.

You all are going to love me tonight.
Sure, Kate wished us a happy Valentine's Day but she didn't mean love in that manner; she was all about the tough love.

My favorite exercise of the night was leg work with the resistance band. We waddled for awhile and I couldn't help but think about March Of The Penguins. Waddling made me smile and you can't beat smiling while working out.

Kate reminded us that, for extra work, we could hold our abs in during most of the exercises. Kate's reminder made me feel like I had homework. She also reminded us to breathe. What is it about holding in ones abs and repeating shoulder presses with heavy weights that makes you want to hold your breath?

It was kinda of weird not doing high impact cardio and I was tempted to jump on a machine after class but I've wanted to do more weight training so, voilĂ , I got weight training.

As I was leaving, one of my classmates told me that I looked wonderful. It's hard for me to be on the receiving end of a compliment but I'll take it.


  1. I'm so glad that you got that great compliment and had a great strength training workout!

  2. Diane,

    In the end, I'm always glad when I've mixed up things up -- knowing in the back of my mind how the body gets accustomed to a routine.