Thursday, 30 December 2010

Beachy Head Run

Yesterday Jason and I went running over the hills at Beachy Head. It.was.so.hard! A 46 minute run which had me aching so so much at the end! (I was aching before we did it too if I'm honest)
Boy was Eastbourne foggy yesterday! Whilst running over Beachy Head we couldn't even see the cliff edge!
Here I am fighting my way up this horrid hill
Jason egging me on, I really did need it as that hill sure was defeating me!
You can also see Jason clutching my Powerade Zero drink in his pouch 

Wednesday, 29 December 2010

Running again

Went for a belated run down on Eastbourne seafront yesterday morning, my first fun in a few weeks so I wasn't expecting much from it, but I really need to get training for this marathon or I have absolutely no chance of crossing the finish line alive! 5.36 miles (8.62km) in 1hour 2 min not good! Better luck next time!

The afternoon brought me a personal training session with Jason Day, running intervals on the treadmill, followed straight away by 20 reps of 25kg deadlifts, dynamic lunges across the gym (its a big gym) with an 8 kg kettlebell in each hand, phoar they were deadly! Back on the treadmill for more intervals, followed by vipr curl and presses for one minute, straight into tricep dips with vipr bar on my lap for one minute, followed by pushups. Back to the treadmill one last time, where I had to cut the session short as I forgot some books that I had to give to someone by 4! oops! After all of this I had a practice of Body Balance and a stretch afterwards then called it a night.

My flexibility is already improving, when I went on the balance course I could only sit in straddle with my hands on the floor, now...I can get my elbows on the floor in front!!
Soon this will be me :)


Monday, 27 December 2010

Body Balance™

The latest course I have been on is the Body Balance™ module.


'BODYBALANCE™ is the Yoga, Tai Chi, Pilates workout that builds flexibility and strength and leaves you feeling centered and calm. Controlled breathing, concentration and a carefully structured series of stretches, moves and poses to music create a holistic workout that brings the body into a state of harmony and balance. Like all the LES MILLS™ programs, a new BODYBALANCE™ class is released every three months with new music and choreography' (lesmills.com)

It was probably my favourite (out of the five I have done) Les Mills module! I really did have a fab weekend, I'm really looking forward to teaching Body Balance™ and finally being flexible again. The module leader Lee Hopkins gave us an insight to Tai Chi, Yoga and Pilates and taught us 'proper' breathing. I learnt so much and came away from the module truly inspired to be an inspirational role model for all my participants. There are many benefits of taking part in a Body Balance class such as:

  • Improve your joint flexibility and range of movement
  • Increase your core strength
  • Improve your cardio-vascular function
  • Burn calories
  • Reduce your stress levels
  • Provide a lasting sense of well-being and calm
  • Focus your mind and raise your level of consciousness (lesmills.com)

If you do alot of training be it strength and conditioning, or cardio (or both hopefully) then Body Balance will be of massive benefit to you and your training. Stretching you out, strengthening your core and teaching you to correctly breath when exercising so as to ensure you execute all moves effectively. If you lead a hectic lifestyle then Body Balance
 will help you to unwind and re-centre your thoughts and feelings, and with a class that ends with 10 minutes of relaxation, how can you complain?


Friday, 24 December 2010

Monday, 6 December 2010

My snow affected week in Exercise

Monday
Spin, abs, Swim 500m
Spin 1 hour, spin 1/2 hour

Tuesday
No run due to a ridiculous amount of snow! Taught Dancercise

Wednesday
On my way to work this morning I slipped and fell on the ice, in doing so I hurt my ankle, no exercise for me today :(

Thursday
Still got a sore ankle, yet another training free day

Friday
I was unable to make it back to Eastbourne to teach my classes this weekend so I had to stay in Loughborough. I did Body Combat in the evening

Saturday
Body Pump, Body Attack, Swim 520m, Body Balance

Sunday
Body Combat

This week was in my eyes, a rubbish week in exercise!

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

WaterWorks Diary of an Instructor

My mixed gender WaterWorks class is still going strong, with the numbers continually growing! Only had one space left today! I'm really happy to be teaching this group, I get on great with them, their always smiling, always engaging with myself and one another, and always coming back for more! They really like knowing the routines, (and trying to pre-cue me, which seems to be an ongoing joke with them now, really need to launch WaterWorks2!) I'm just waiting to get the funds so that I can get the annual membership for WaterWorks in order to get the new release. 


The WaterWorks community is definitely growing and is now growing from a 'wave of change' to a tidal wave!