Tuesday, January 13, 2015

"You don't have to run."

After I taught my Group Power class at the gym Thursday morning, I stopped to talk to one of the trainers, Dave. Every time I see him, he's with a client, so I haven't spoken before, but this morning he was free for a moment so I said hello.

Dave has been with Gold's for a little over 10 years. He is one of the best trainers, in my opinion, and since he is always busy with clients, I believe others feel the same way. I wanted to tell him that when I was a recent high school graduate, he trained me for a few sessions. I had started exercising and attending group fitness classes the summer after I graduated. I used a little graduation money to buy a summer membership to the gym, but I knew that when I went to college, I'd be on my own as far as exercise.

I wanted to learn how to use weights properly (outside of classes) so I signed up for 4 sessions with Dave. He knew I wouldn't be a long-term client, but that didn't matter to him. He still gave me the attention I needed, and I was able to learn a great deal from him.

I didn't expect him to remember me, especially because I was about 50 lbs. heavier at that time and because he trains so many people. We talked for a bit about clients and the types of things that most people don't know when they start a fitness journey. 

One of those things is what kind of exercise to do. This seems pretty simple to most active folks, but some of us didn't really grow up as athletes, and so we are starting from scratch. Dave said that one of the big questions he always gets from his clients is, "Do I have to run?"

A big misconception is that running is the only way to get your body in shape. Again, this might sound silly, but a lot of people really don't know what they should expect when they start into fitness. Even many runners think that running is the only way to stay fit. This is why they panic when they get injured and have to take some time off. Believe me, having taken some pretty significant breaks/backing off from running at times over the past two years, I can honestly say that I never lost fitness when I took those breaks. I cycled, lifted, did HIIT, did yoga and pilates, walked, and kickboxed. Point is, running is not the end-all, be-all of exercise. A lot of people hate running, and that's fine. You don't have to run!

Monday, January 12, 2015

A week in workouts 01/12-18/2015

Monday: Afterburn (HIIT circuit - 30 min.)

Tuesday: Group Power (teach), R30

Wednesday: rest day - track club volunteer meeting day!

Thursday: Group Power (teach), Group Ride

Friday: Group Power (teach)

Saturday: Atlanta Track Club half marathon training group 6.2 mile run, and 3 mile walk doggie playdate walk with a sweet friend

Sunday: Group Power, Group Centergy (teach)

Thursday, January 8, 2015

A week in workouts 01/05-11/2015

Monday: rest day - Group Power destroyed my legs on Sunday!

Tuesday: legs still destroyed, but taught Group Power anyway!

Wednesday: rest day

Thursday: Group Power (teach), Group Ride

Friday: Group Ride, Group Power (teach)

Saturday: Atlanta Track Club half marathon training group - Week 1 - 6 miles total

Sunday: Group Centergy (teach)

Monday, December 29, 2014

A week in workouts 12/29/14-01/05/15

New year week!!

Monday: Group Ride, 10 minutes of ab work

Tuesday: Group Power (teach)

Wednesday: Rest day

Thursday: 1 mile walk and plank challenge (90 second forearms and toes, 60 second forearm and toes side plank each side) (On vacation!)

Friday: 3.1 mile run, same plank challenge as above, 40 tricep dips, 40 bicep curls, and ball squats 1 min. (On vacation!)

Saturday: Two dog walks, 6.91 bike in 26:30, 5 min. stair climber, same plank challenge as above. (Return day from

Sunday: Group Centergy (teach), Group Power

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

A week in workouts 12/22-28/2014

Monday: Group Ride

Tuesday: Group Power (teach), R30, and ***edit*** another Group Power - filled in for a coworker buddy. Ouch ��

Wednesday: ***edit*** 3 miles with Dad and Lexi...Tuesday nearly killed me!

Thursday: rest day - Christmas :)

Friday: another rest day, unless shopping counts ��

Saturday: Group Centergy (teach), ***edit*** 10 of the 12 days of Christmas workout (I ran out of time!!) 

Sunday: ***edit*** Group Power, Group Centergy (teach), vinyasa flow hot yoga

(Lots of changes to the plan this week, but I still got it in!)

Friday, December 19, 2014

Atlanta Track Club Coaches Appreciation Run/Brunch 2014

I was a run leader/"coach" for the In Training for Peachtree program and for the Fall Marathon Training program with the Atlanta Track Club this year. Even though I am not the best or fastest runner, it always feels good to be able to share my experiences with running, fitness in general, and nutrition in the hopes that these experiences help someone else.

Last Saturday, many of the ATC coaches from throughout the year gathered for a group run and a celebratory brunch at Meehan's in Buckhead. The track club had rented out the facility just for us and gave us really nice puffy vests and a yummy breakfast as thanks. It was nice to be able to celebrate being done with school for the year, as well :)

Jessica and I ran 5 miles around the area where we did a good bit of our fall marathon training. We were very familiar with the neighborhood, but we decided to take a slightly different route than usual just for kicks. It's always fun to run by the big fancy houses on Valley Rd. :)

When we got back to Meehan's, coffee and friends were waiting on us. It was such a lovely morning - thanks, ATC!

Running "boyfriend" Harley and I! He's gotten to be such a good runner this year. I am totally jealous.

My shades twin Jerome and my awesome Christmas socks!

The whole crew! I don't know all of these people, but they run and they help others run, so they are cool in my book.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A week in workouts 12/15-21/2014

Monday: Group Power (learning the new music!)

Tuesday: Group Power (teach)

Wednesday: Group Blast, Group Centergy

Thursday: Group Power (teach)

Friday: Group Ride and 30 minutes of Group Power

Saturday: Group Ride (again!) followed by 10 minutes of Group Core then back to the bike for R30 (ouch!!)

Sunday: tough week. I feel like my legs need some mercy today.