Chief Aircrew Survival Equipmentman Jose Castillo, a fitness instructor, leads a step aerobics class on the fantail of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson. (Photo credit: Official U.S. Navy Imagery)
I’ve taken excersizing classes before, but it was six years ago and never with any fancy equipment or really anything beyond a few light weights. The time period (and three pregnancies) leave me at super beginner level. I try to remind myself that everyone has to start somewhere, and at least I am starting now while I am still young and not fifteen years from now when my body will start to really rebel.
My newbie moment this past week happened in an aerobics class. We were suppose to be using steps, and instead of grabbing a couple of risers to go under the steps (like your suppose to do), I grabbed two of the steps. Yes, that’s my level of newness. I’m sure I would have noticed my mistake before getting started, but I am thankful the instructor stepped in to help me out before I injured myself. Hahaha! We all start somewhere, and now I know…don’t be the first one to grab equipment if I don’t fully understand what I’m doing 😛
Aqua Aerobics Category:Water Aerobics Category:Aerobics (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Monday was my first experience with water aerobics. It was pretty fun. There were a few moves that I wasn’t too sure about (meaning I couldn’t figure out what I was suppose to be doing, or I felt no burn) but other moves definitely pumped up my heart rate. I especially enjoyed the low impact on my knees, hips, and lower back (which have taken quite a beating with three back-to-back pregnancies).
Tuesday: Didn’t know the class schedule (or my husbands schedule), so we just picked a random time to go. Only managed twenty minutes on the treadmill before the Childcare center closed. Worked my shin muscles, raised my heart rate 🙂 nothing special though.
Wednesday I did another bought with water aerobics. It was called water Zumba but really it’s just kick boxing in the pool.
Thursday I killed my upper legs with some kick boxing. I’ve taken a kick boxing class before but never with a bag. I sweated and it was definitely a work out.
Hiit on Friday was a killer! That’s High Intensity Interval Training. One way to describe it is “gasp, pant, breath, gasp, gasp.” Hahaha! The goal of these type of workouts are to do a lot really fast. You need to be so out of breath that you can’t talk…apparently. But your body continues to work for a long time afterwards. I guess you are suppose to see results in a shirt amount of time. I definitely sweated and that’s saying a lot for me (I rarely sweat at all).
Starting weight 155
Inches around waist 38.5
Ending weight 155
Inches around waist 136
Trying not to get bummed out at the lack of weight lost. After all, at this point it is about getting healthy not about losing weight. And inches are probably more important than weight anyways. The way I see it, muscle weighs more than fat…and I’m definitely gaining muscle (noticed by the inches lost), so maintaining the same weight should mean I’ve lost about 8 lbs. of fat, or so…I’ve just replaced it with 8 lbs. of muscle. Which will continue to eat away at the fat! All in all, I’d say it’s been a productive week 😀