The purpose of my 30 before 30 list is to complete 30 different items, not just the same one 30 times… but I wanted to try another class at the gym! This time it was 24Lift, a 60-minute basic strength training class at 24Hour Fitness.
24Lift: This is a group class and everyone starts with a step/risers, a bar bell and two sets of hand weights (I chose a 15-20 pound bar, 3 pound weights and 6 pound weights). The class focused on legs/lower body first, then arms/upper body and finished with some core work.
My Review: This was a great class and I can’t believe I’ve been missing out for so long. I’ll definitely be back. Getting set up was really easy… just copy what everyone else is doing! I would never think to do a strength training routine for a full 60 minutes so it was a great way to push myself to stick with it. There’s no fumbling around with the Nautilus equipment and way better than having your number of sets/reps and routine scribbled on a piece of paper or ripped out of a magazine… you just watch, listen and follow. The group format made strength training very approachable. A+
My only negative thought about this class was that the teacher was kind of goofy and kept making up moves like “scramble forward, scramble forward” and he’d take off on his hands and knees. Only a few people followed him and then he totally made fun of them to the rest of the class! I was glad I wasn’t together enough to copy him on those moves…I would have been really embarrassed, especially since it was my first class. And, yes, I suppose I feel a tad bit guilty for laughing at those who did copy him. 😉
I can check off step one of a 31-step process — I’ve figured out the location for my 30-day yoga experience. Today’s Groupon is for One Month of Unlimited Classes at Yoga Union for just $30. Sweet! I was researching yoga studios last weekend and had (almost) settled on Yoga Union for my 30-day experience, but this seals the deal.
Yoga Union is one of the only Portland studios with a variety of styles, including hot yoga (plus!), daily classes, and an eastside location (double plus!). Initially I was hoping to do my 30-days at an official “Bikram Yoga” studio but the ones in Portland had mixed reviews.
Now if only I can determine the best time in the next 13 months to redeem my membership so as to not show up at the same time as the other 689 people who bought it.
I’ve been faithfully working out at 24Hour Fitness for five years – usually taking two group classes a week. My favorites The only classes I take are spin and TKB (turbo kick boxing). One of the things on my 30 before 30 list is to try a new class at the gym… perhaps this will break me out of my workout rut!
My choice? Boot Camp! I don’t know if this is the Biggest Loser Boot Camp they’ve been advertising or Camp24, but it sure beats trying Zumba or 24Tease (as in, strip tease). I’m not quite sure what to expect, but it sounds fun. I just hope they don’t yell at me!I found this video on the 24Hour website, but the class ended up being way more fun than this class looks:
Boot Camp: I arrive a little late so when I get to the basketball court, people are already doing jumping jacks while they await their turn at baseline sprints (suicides, lines, ladder drills, whatever you call them). I join a random group, and the two people in front of me go painfully slow. Finally, it’s my turn but there are only two other people out on the court …and they’re on their way back. Eeek! I looked at the instructor, “should I keep going?” And he starts hollering and clapping. So there I am running by myself in front of 70 cheering people. An awkward start, that’s for sure, but I did feel a little special.
Then we were split into groups of 10 for circuit training at different stations.
- My group does bicycle crunches first, followed by planks.
- The next station is lunges.
- The obstacle course, where you leap onto a platform, jump down, do a burpee (a squat/jump/pushup thing) and repeat down the line of four platforms.
- Then there’s a station with some variation on lunges with weights.
- Next, we move on to flipping tractor tires down the court (seriously) and taking turns jumping into the middle after each flip.
- Then we hold weight plates above our heads and walk on our heels to the end of the gym, followed by sliding the weight plates on pieces of cardboard down the length of the gym.
- Finally, we’re at the last station where we lift bar weights (I feel like a powerlifter).
Phew! Tiring. We stay at each station for about 3 minutes and do the entire circuit twice. For the last 10 minutes of class, the whole group does pushups, mountain climbers, planks and squats.
My Review: Good workout, fun format, and the hour went by super fast. The group was huge so it was a little chaotic at times, but it was fun seeing such a variety of people at a group class, and it oddly felt like grade school PE. Alas, I was totally ready to do a rope climb to the ceiling. My only surprise – sore legs! I do lunges pretty regularly, but for some reason my hammies (yes, I did just call them that) were killing me the next day. As in, take the elevator instead of the stairs, sore. Mission accomplished!
While in the throes of a “holy hell I’m getting old and what do I have to show for it” moment, I opted for organized and rational thought. Rather than pursue a traditional quarter-life crisis, which I’m technically too old for unless the average life expectancy grows to 120 ( hey, it could happen), I decided to create a 30 before 30 list. Lists cure all!
I will turn 30 in June of 2011, which means I have about 13 months to complete my 30 before Thirty list:
1. Eat (hyper) local for a week.
2. Spend a day at the spa.
3. Buy a new house.
4. Start strength training.
5. Create a wedding album (seven years and counting).
6. Start a blog, website or side project.
7. Create a cozy mini-office at home.
9. Do Finish the Apartment Therapy Spring Cure.
10. Make a plan to start a family.
11. Go to a comedy show.
12. Learn CPR.
13. Cook a 5-course meal and have a dinner party.
14. Do a 30-day yoga experience.
15. Attend a cooking class.
16. Go rafting or sailing.
17. Learn how to change a diaper (I always got out of this, like dodging the empty water cooler at work).
18. Run a 10k or 1/2 marathon (I ran a marathon in 2007 but stopped running consistently).
19. Get a smart smartphone.
20. Visit Turkey, Greece or the Adriatic Sea.
21. Make work meaningful.
22. Go backpacking (and possibly have to pee in the forest).
23. Get a full set of grown up dishes.
24. Visit 3 National Parks.
25. Read 13 books in 13 weeks.
26. Take a day or two off work (holidays and vacations don’t count).
27. Try a new class at the gym.
28. Get a dog.
29. Learn the Tittibhasana (Firefly) pose.
30. Attend a scooter rally or go on a group ride.
I will post my progress on the “30 before 30” tab and sidebar of my blog.photo by 96dpi