Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Pushing the Prowler & Hanging with Horses

So I told you I was going to my first strength training session on Monday. And I will say that I was pleasantly surprised! It wasn't what I would have necessarily expected... but I liked it.

It was about a 50 minute session with a group of around 10 people. Mostly women, one man. There were a few girls around my age, but even some older women - I'd say 50s-60s.

The trainer was great - always walking me through the workouts since I was new and didn't know the lingo like everyone else. I pushed the prowler for the first time and used kettle bells which I always thought looked fun. :)

The most surprising thing to me was that it was very low key. At no point was I sucking air or sweating like crazy - my usually state when I do a workout on my own. I always have the mindset of "no pain, no gain"... if I'm not pushing myself to the limit, it's not working.

But this was a different type of workout. I was definitely working my muscles - core, arms, legs, etc. But it was slow movements at your own pace. It was done in circuits. So I would have 3 different things to do and would go through 3-6 times. Then he would give me another 3 things to do.

Their main focus is on your breathing and making sure your movements are correct. It's not about pushing yourself until you are about to pass out.

The 50 minutes flew by and I was surprised when the class was over. That's always a good thing.

I wouldn't say I'm entirely sold yet - just because it's so different than what I'm use to. But I will say this: If I can accomplish my strength training goals doing it their way, that will be awesome. Why overwork my body if I can get results using this method 3 times a week? Only time will tell!

Also - since the work out was low key and at your own pace, I still plan to supplement with my running. I feel like I need the cardio to burn some calories and for the mental benefits.

I have my second free session tomorrow. Then, I plan to sign up for a month and see how I feel after training for that long. It's going to be tough because I have a lot of traveling coming up, but I'll go when I can!

And while we are on this topic, go check out my girl Rennay's post from the other day. Very relevant and totally helpful!!

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On another note, I went on a horse farm tour last night to Taylor Made Farm with some of our staff at work. I've lived in Lexington for almost 8 years and haven't been to a horse farm! That's what they are known for if you didn't know. So here are some pics! It was really interesting to learn all about the horse selling and racing business... and to see le bebe horses!

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  1. The horses are SO cute!! Looks like a lot of fun.

  2. I'm a HUGE horse lover and they're just beauties <3


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