Cross training: I don’t.
But that didn’t seem like a very good post, so I went out and cross trained. Seriously, the things I do for you people.
With a little nudging from Courtney, yesterday I attended my second Pure Barre class. I’d attended one class before that was offered to MRTT members, but it was in a location too far from my house. I know myself – I can barely make it to the yoga and bike studios that are walkable from my house. It’s totally unlikely I’d *drive* 20 minutes to work out.
Anyways, a new studio has opened and it’s easy to get to and they offer a $15 first class and Courtney made me asked me to join her, so I did it.
And I hated it. You know, in that way you hate it when you foam roll or go to the chiropractor. The “hurt so good” way. The “OMG, you’ve found all of my weaknesses and reminded me of them” way.
Yeah, it was so awful that I immediately signed up for unlimited classes for a month.
Seriously though, while there were indeed moments where I was cursing the instructor under my breath, I engaged muscles that I have not used in years. (Little know fact: I started running to combat postpartum depression. Before that? I was all about lifting weights. Yeah, I used to be strong). I don’t know if I’ll love it long term as it seems like something your body can adapt to (and honestly, I’m not sure I can afford it after the “introductory rate” period is over), but I really need to start somewhere. And right now? It’s totally kicking my butt.
The class moves quickly and keeps me mentally and physically engaged in a way that yoga does not. And while I love spinning, I need the core and upper body work right now. I’m planning to go at least twice a week (gotta get my money’s worth) and hopefully I’ll see some nice improvements. And maybe by the end of the month, I’ll be able to hold a plank for longer than 20 seconds. Ahem.
Now to convince Courtney that she needs to hold me accountable ’cause we all know I’m a slacker when it comes to cross training.
What do you do besides running? Do you enjoy it or is it just something you make yourself do?