Thursday, December 3, 2015

The Missing Spice in My Workout Routine...

Over the past little while...

My training has shifted quite a bit in terms of what I've doing more and less of.

Over the summer months....

I was running a lot. (I was addicted to lacing up and breathing in the freshness of the air)


After feeling a tiny pinch of pain just under my knee (old stress fracture)...

I decided to take my running inside with the intention of slowing it down a notch. (Which I did.)

Despite the shift in my routine...

My weight training was always on schedule (more or less) no matter where I was taking my running or, how much slower I was going. (Side note: I am happy to report that I was able to head back outside later in the summer season)


Most recently though...

I felt like I needed to add some more oomph to my workouts.

In other words...

I felt like I was missing something....

Something that would enable me to push myself a little more somewhere, somehow.

Well...

To make a long story short....

My training over the past couple of months has been filled with more than just oophm.

It's been filled with something that now leaves me wanting more of what I've been doing.

What's that exactly?

A take on Tabata style training while using a super cool, stand alone piece of large equipment intertwined with different 'stations' called a rig (some say rack). In the rack, we do a number of functional and strength training exercises.

Furthermore...

We will use the rig to perform many of the exercises chosen for our workout of the day which we put together prior to the class. In other words, a circuit type workout that is meant to target specific muscle groups. We also add in a cardio component to keep things rolling (and our heart rates up).

To give more detail, the Tabata style of interval training will consist of:
  • 8 rounds at 4 minutes each
  • 8 pre-selected exercises
  • 20 secs on
  • 10 secs rest (in between each exercises)

(the number of rounds and exercises we do vary depending on what circuit we draft up - the variable(s) being in level of intensity and whether we are target training - but that's the joy in it, that it's completely adaptable to what we are striving to achieve, it's ever-changing while still being functional and fun!)

Needless to say...

I've been loving it! (And my time spent in the rack!)

I've been craving the next workout challenges!

Although challenging...

It's been making me feel allliiiiiiiiiiive.

Welcome to the new rack (rig) at my gym!
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It's also been making me see and feel more of my strength, both mentally and physically.

If anything...

The interval style workouts, the exercises at play and the maximum, controlled efforts has opened my eyes and body to new limits I didn't know I had within me.

Like all things...

We have to learn to embrace the new and get over our fears of the unknown.

FUrthermore...

We have to open ourselves up to learn what may not be familiar to us, explore our potential, discover parts of ourselves we didn't know were in us and...

We need to push ourselves beyond what we think is possible! (It's great to be comfortable but sometimes a little more oophm can be a great awakening for our being!)


**Looking at the rack we use in our training can seem intimidating at first but that's only a matter of perspective because really, it's a piece of (impressive) equipment used to perform numerous exercises. So don't shy away from it because there is nothing to fear. Plus, you won't know until you've played in the rack to realize how fun(ctional) it actually is!**

I think it goes without saying...

That oophm I've been craving has been met beyond my expectations! (Playing in the new rack at the gym plus adding in X Fitness classes into my routine has been awesome!)

Heck...

Perhaps this type of training is the missing spice in your workout routine! (I know it was for me!)

Post XFitness class smiles and faces :P

Questions FU You...

Do you incorporate Tabata style workouts into your exercise routine?
Do you fear the unknown with a worry that you may not be capable of doing something you have not yet tried?

Stay Tuned FU More on *CaNdY FiT*

5 comments:

  1. I love Tabatas!! I do them in bootcamps classes and with clients sometimes... people whine and moan but always feel like they accomplished something really challenging when the 4 minutes is over! :)

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    1. I love the variety and the intensity that is all intertwined into one - it's a ton of fun :)

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  2. I am just crazy enough not to fear but to worry HMMM WILL I BE AS KICK ASS AT THIS AS I THINK I WILL BE??
    It sounds the same...but in my head it is not :-)

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    1. I agree with you in that they are not the same...they do certainly intersect in some areas but can definitely be separated into two very different feelings. And yes, I do believe you would be kick ass!

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  3. The rack looks tough to me! But upper body has never been my strong suit. This definitely sounds like it would kick my butt - in a good way of course!

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