Yesterday, I found myself in yoga class.
Let me back up.
I've been getting a little bored by my workouts lately. To be clear, I work out 10 times a week (twice on MWF, once on the other four days). MWF, I've been taking bootcamp (though I have decided not to sign back up for September, for reasons I'll discuss later) in the morning and then I put in an hour of cardio in the afternoon. The other days, it's just an hour of cardio in the afternoon (I also add weights once or twice a week). All of this cardio is generally on my own, on a machine - I did the treadmill May-July, the elliptical July-August and now I'm switching back to the treadmill (I've never tried the arc trainer - I'm not 100% convinced that it can hold my weight).
7 hours a week of doing the same exercise gets really boring. Even when I try to switch it up with intervals and whatnot (and watching Paula Deen), it still gets really dull after a week or two. So the wife and I decided to take some classes.
Yoga was...Intimidating. Especially because everyone else was wearing flip flops and had their own mat, and I was in my trainers and borrowed a YMCA mat. My shirt sleeves were too short, so I kept seeing my new batwings (Why hello there, loose skin. Took you 80 pounds, but there you are!) out of my periphery whenever we did warrior I.
And lord, downward dog hurts my wrists. I don't know if I was doing it wrong or if it's because I weigh 233 pounds and my wrists are like, "Girl, you need to lose at least another 30 pounds before you think of putting your body weight on me." Either way, by the end of it, owie.
I will say this - parts of it (especially the part where we kept going from downward dog to standing half forward bend) got my heart pumping. By the end, I was sweating.
But I'll also say this - I felt pretty ridiculous about a lot of it, especially the part where I was standing with my feet on my hands. And I'm not sure corpse pose counts as exercise, but I'm *really* good at it.
Tonight? Body Pump. I'll keep you posted.
Now, why have I decided not to sign back up for bootcamp? 1) Even with the employee discount that my wife gets, it costs about $40 total for us to go. This works out to about $4 per class. Which doesn't seem like much, except that it adds up quick and I feel like I only get a good workout about 60% of the time. Last week, for example, I mentioned that we played kickball. With 7 people in the class. This meant that the majority of the time was spent standing around waiting to either field or kick the ball. It wasn't a terribly effective workout, and it made me mad that I got up at 4:45am. There have been several instances of things like that - where I'm not entirely convinced that I couldn't work harder on my own. So the wife and I discussed it, and we'll be taking the month of September off to see if we can motivate ourselves to work out harder.