Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Fitness Studio

On January 30, I posted on Facebook:

I completely forgot that I bought a voucher for 5 Kangoo-Jumps (trampoline shoe) classes MONTHS ago. Amazon sent me a reminder that it will expire in a month so I signed up for my first class this coming Monday. I'm not sure how well my klutzy self will do with trampoline shoes but I managed to not kill myself on the Segways when Karin and I went and it's supposed to be a great workout so...here goes nothin'.

As of today, I've attended 13 Kangoo classes, and I love the studio (Beachside Ryde) so much that I started several of their other classes too - Pilates and Tabata being my favorites, and I'm going to try the TRX class and Indo-Row too. I started with a 5-class voucher, signed up for another 15 classes, and then this week I fully committed and signed up for 6 months of unlimited classes. I was hesitant to do it (it took a not-insignificant chunk of our tax refund) but Scott made the point of looking at how much we spend on TV service, going out to dinner, etc. and that if it made me happy, we could cut back elsewhere.

It DOES make me happy.

This is the Beachside studio - they have all kinds of toys that add lots of interest to the workouts - BOSU balls, weights, hula hoops, TRX straps, a ballet barre etc. The workout is NEVER the same twice.

My friend Maria (also a band patient, and she is the receptionist for my bariatric surgeon) started attending Kangoo with me once a week...it's a blast working out with a friend. Last Saturday we both rented heart/calorie monitors and competed for who could burn the most calories. She won by about 100 calories so I had to buy lunch. We had salads with tuna on them. :-)  I burned over 1200 calories that day, so I'd say we both won though.

A couple of weeks ago we had an incredibly gorgeous afternoon, and we did a Tabata boot camp outside...it was amazing!

This is my trainer Tania, who teaches most of the classes that I take. She is also the owner of the studio and is incredibly inspiring!

Even though a small studio is more expensive than a big-box gym, the difference there is amazing. It's like the difference between shopping at Walmart versus a small, locally-owned boutique - in theory, you're just working out but the difference is truly incredible. I can't wait to get there for each workout.
The individual attention makes all the difference in the world. I love walking in and seeing the same faces week after week.

And you know what else? When I work out, I want to feel light and strong and that influences my eating choices every day.

I have no idea how much weight I have lost, and it doesn't really matter. My pants are definitely getting too big on me. I'll weigh in next Sunday but no matter what the scale says, I know what I'm doing is really, really good for me and I have my motivation back.


Chris P said...

I would love to work out in a small place. I stay away from the big gyms because I can't stand all the people. I love the privacy of my own bedroom and i dont feel like the world is watching. This looks like a ton of fun!

Chris P said...

Thanks for sharing the post about the assbone pain!! I will try to work on those muscles :)

Mari said...

This sounds awesome! I wish we had gyms like this in the UK. Great to see you blogging xxx

Holly Marie said...

That studio looks amazing!

Run, Chelle, Run! said...

I love my small gym! It actually helps get me in the door, knowing that people notice when I'm there or I'm not there. I'm glad you're enjoying it so much!!!