Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Workin' on my fitness...

Franklin Family YMCA
I was totally rocking my New Year's resolution to get back in shape... until I started job interviews, traveling, and moving to a new state.  Happily, I only gained a few of the pounds back, but I definitely noticed a huge change in muscle tone compared to when I was working out regularly.  Not cool!

One of the first things I did when I moved to Franklin was join the YMCA.  What I really love about it is that my membership grants me access to all of the Middle Tennessee YMCAs, so I can go to classes wherever whenever, nearer to work or nearer to home, shower after Nashville 5Ks, etc.  Plus, I can walk across the street to the Y from my apartment complex!

It's been blazing hot, even though I work out in the morning before work, so I haven't been running as much.  Instead, I've actually started SWIMMING in the lap pool inside the Y.  (There are outdoor lanes too!)  I'm not a natural swimmer.  I mean, I like the water... but I'm not fast or strong at it.  In fact, the first day I swam, I could only manage 10 laps (500 yards) but I'm adding laps every time I swim.  I'm hoping to build up the ability to swim about 30 laps, at which point I might be able to do some cool interval workouts.  I haven't swam laps in over a decade, but it feels so good to be in the water.

I'm also really enjoying the classes that the Y offers... I tried a Zumba class, but I really like the Les Mills Bodypump class.  Les Mills Bodypump is a group barbell class, which is an hour of working different muscle groups.  I really felt like building muscle would help me in terms of fitness, and Bodypump is great.  Between swimming and Bodypump, I was sore in muscles I didn't know existed.  I like having both strength and cardio in my workout routine; I do Bodypump 2-3 times per week.

I've still got a long way to go, but I can't complain when I have such a great workout facility on my doorstep!


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