I went back to the gym today after a two day hiatus. Thursday, I had my second writer’s group and last night, well, let’s just say that I was lazy.
So, I got up this am and had my coffee, my breakfast, and a protein snack. I took my vitamins and I felt prepared to work my butt off. Or so I thought.
I wanted to do one of the exercise classes today. I thought maybe there was a Zumba class, but there was not. I arrived and they were in the middle of the Bodypump class. I don’t think I’m quite ready for that one just yet only having just started back to the gym this week. So, I decided to wait until that one was over and do the Bodyflow class.
I did 15 minutes cardio on the bike to warm myself up and get ready. Then I made my way into the class. Bodyflow is part yoga, part Tai Chi, and part, what the %^$* was I thinking! Holy crap.
Now, I have taken yoga classes before. It’s been a number of years, but I have some knowledge of the different poses. I have never done Tai Chi though. I didn’t think it looked hard, so I thought I could handle it. To say this class was a lot harder than I thought it would be is an understatement.
The instructor moved quickly through the different poses and exercises. I could barely keep up sometimes. Plus, I’m not as balanced as I once was. Granted, a lot more balanced than I was when I weighed 117 pounds more than I do now, but still. The whole, downward facing dog pose combined with the whole, now bend your knees and take your right hand and reach back and grab your left foot, thing, let’s just say, didn’t happen.
Downward facing dog was hard enough. I was actually quite pleased that I could get myself into that position. Let’s face it, it’s not easy for a middle-aged out of shape grown woman who is still 56 pounds overweight to get into many positions. But reach back and grab my feet? No. I could barely maintain my balance as it was. I just stayed there in my pose, precariously maintaining my balance and watched the instructor.
She looked around the room, her eyes stopping on me, and I just shook my head. Not gonna happen hon. She smiled and continued with her crazy routine.
There was one other moment when we did some sun-warrior pose, which consisted of standing on one leg, extending the other leg behind while reaching forward with arms. And then! Bending forward so that our bodies were perpendicular to the leg we were standing on. I tried this one. Really I did. Fortunately, I did not fall on my face, but I am clearly not ready for this pose yet. I stumbled forward a bit and turned to look at other people in the class. There was a woman behind me standing with her hands on her hips with an absolutely incredulous look on her face. We both just laughed and shook our heads.
It was a pretty tough class all around, but I’m glad I did it. I now know my limits as far as my strength and coordination. I talked to the instructor of the Bodypump class and she thinks I should give it a try despite the fact that I feel woefully less than ready. Maybe I will. But I think I will do the regular yoga class tomorrow. I may wait a week before I try anything as tough as the Bodypump class.
Needless to say, the end of the class, the relaxation and meditation, was my favorite part. After such a tough workout, I definitely needed to release that tension.
The class was tough, but I am not deterred. I will try it again. I will start with the regular yoga class to build up my ability to do some of those poses. Plus I will keep the cardio workouts up. Just because it is difficult does not mean I do not want to do it. I am determined to get myself back into shape. I will never be as limber as I was when I was a teenager or in my early 20s, but I really want to get into much better shape than I am right now. I never want to go back to where I was before.
Wish me luck.