After the Vegas relocation and getting out of my fitness routine, I needed some serious motivation to get back on track. Apparently, anything worth doing is worth overdoing...
For the new studio, I ordered a Ladder Barrel. My SA studio was too small to have one so it has been since May that I have had access to one. Now I can perfect my Swan Dive (and assist Doug in his backbends).
Physique 57 is a studio with 3 NY locations. They just released a dvd series! Many celebrities are swearing by their workouts. I've had my eye on them for a while. They teach a mixture of Pilates, Barre and Orthopedic exercise at an interval training pace. For $50, I have brought their studio to me. I like the workout intensity. Let's face it, trainers love squats and lunges but dancers truly have the best butts. Sold separately and as a set.
This is Zuzana and she is my new fitness guru. A "fitness enthusiast" rather than a professional trainer, she loads a free daily workout on YouTube and at her website, BodyRock.tv. Truthfully, this is about as close as you get to fitness porn (that's what happens when the fitness model is also a soft porn model). The workouts are grueling. The videos and still photos give you a very good idea how to replicate the exercises. Take it from me, it is best not to do the Physique 57 Express workout and follow it up with Zuhana's latest!
I am also working on functional (wellness) training with a coach two days a week. The gym uses very modern machines, the TechnoGym's Kinesis unit and the Power Plate . The Kinesis machines move like the Pilates Reformer to me (although not progressive resistance) and the vibration of the PP adds a challenging new element to my work in plies, side kicks and planks. I am continuing the work I was doing with Wellness In Motion: squats, lunges, martial art kicks, cardio etc. Other days, I can choose from Pilates, Physique 57, BodyRock.tv, yoga, a walk or a combination.
Doug says "You never know how much is enough until you find out how much is too much."
A new piece of equipment. A new workout system. A free daily challenge on the web. Quality professional coaching. My choice is to kick myself in the pants from several directions.
Get moving and keep moving.