HIIT: A Love/Hate Relationship

HateAs many of you know, I’ve been doing quite a bit of cross training lately while my cranky ankle heals becomes less cranky. With this in mind and in an effort to fire up the tired and worn out 50-year-old metabolism furnace, the hubs and I have been attending a HIIT class on Wednesday nights named “Triple Threat”. As I’ve previously stated, I personally believe that the triple threat is that it is designed to either make you puke, pass out or die. I’ve come close to all three, yet have survived to attend another class.

FriFive2I’m linking up with Running on Happy and Fairytales and Fitness for their Friday Five 2.0 link-up where I’m sharing with you 5 things I love/hate about HIIT class! Be sure to visit our gracious hostesses and other bloggers…you just never know what fun topics and helpful tips you may find!

I love that it pushes out of my comfort zone…. yet I hate getting out my comfort zone.

Yeah, you know what I mean. We all get in that rut of doing the same workouts, exercises and classes. And to be honest, it’s hard sometimes to step out of that comfort zone and try something new. However, I also find that the more I push myself to try new things, the more open I am to venturing out more and more. Who knows, maybe it’ll inspire me to try that Orange Theory class I’ve been stalking for a couple of months now. We all know one of the most popular motivational quotes out there today …”Growth occurs just outside of your comfort zone”? Well, it’s true!

love the energy in the room …but I hate the instructor.

Okay, hate is a strong word and I really don’t hate her. However, while I do find her young 20 something year old, energetic, peppy little self bouncing all around the room with the greatest of ease just a tad annoying …I do love the energy she exudes. Even though we are all drenched in sweat, gasping for air, grunting and groaning …we are pushing ourselves harder than normal because of her and it feels amazing, in a sick, twisted sort of way.

love that it challenges me physically ….and I hate burpees!if-burpee-gymmemesandmotivation-had-a-face-if-burpees-had-a-2034875 (2)

I know, I know …I sound like a broken record here, but seriously! Why does every single class HAVE to include those damn things? I suck at them. And she has us doing every variation known to mankind and none of them are easy. I don’t know if it’s because I’m old and stiff or just because they’re not a staple in my workouts ..but I have a hard time with jumping back to the squat from the push up position. I can’t seem to ever get my feet to land as close to my hands as necessary to be able to pop up as quickly as everyone else. While everyone else in the class looks like little jack-in-the-boxes popping up all around me, I look in the mirror and see an old jack-in-the-box whose spring is all stretched out and just barely ‘hangs’ over the edge of the box when the lid opens. Yet I feel like I am accomplishing something by attempting them and I’m positive that I will improve!

love that it is also a great core workout ….I hate burpees!

Notice a pattern here? Yeah, I thought you would. But seriously though …no matter what exercise we are performing, the core is engaged. Due to the high intensity, reps and the fact that there’s usually a ‘hop’, ‘jump’ and/or hand weights involved somehow …the core is being used to stabilize and help balance you. I can always feel some soreness either in my lower back or abs the next day …which is always a good thing.

love that it makes me feel like a badass ….but I hate that it makes me feel OLD.

Just being real here. I’m pretty sure the hubs and I are the oldest ones in the class. When I wonder why our peppy little instructor isn’t at all breathless or nearly as red-faced as I am,  I’m reminded of just how freaking old I am. However, when I see someone younger than me walk out mid-way through class, I feel pretty dang accomplished for just completing the class …without puking, fainting or dying. Better to be an old badass than just old!

I’ll be back next Wednesday!

Do you HIIT? Ever feel like you could puke, faint or die from a workout? Ever feel like a total badass when you out last a much younger person? Tell me about it?

xoxo,

Finding “Fabulous” at Fifty, one HIIT at a time!

 

 

 

Run thru History 10k Recap ~ Vicksburg, Ms

If you are looking for a challenging 10k course and just so happen to be somewhat of a history buff, this race is for you! It is a beautiful course run entirely within the Vicksburg National Military Park which commemorates one of the most decisive battles of the American Civil War. It is filled with civil war cannons, fortifications, trenches, monuments, statues and plaques echoing the stories of the thousands of Confederate and Union soldiers who fought and died on these battlefields. The beauty of the park will inspire you while it’s considerably dramatic hills will humble even the strongest of runners. Continue reading

This Week’s Gallivantin’: One Step at a Time

Another week, another weekly wrap! I really don’t know what is going on with me lately. During the week, I feel like I’m getting good solid workouts in, then when I sit down to work on my post for this link-up, I think …”that’s it? No wonder, I’m not losing these extra pounds that Aunt Minnie has gifted me!” Then I vow to amp it up for the coming week only to find myself in the same boat the following Sunday…. sigh  On a more positive note …it was an absolutely beautiful week with plenty of sunshine and warm weather for said workouts!

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February Runfessions

Happy Friday everyone! As February comes to a close with March just around the corner, spring is already in the air! Like many of you, Mother Nature has been showering us with lots of beautiful sunshine and some pretty fabulous temps….instant mood changer, right? Before we get this fabulous weekend started, let’s take care of a little housekeeping by getting all of those “runfessions” off our chests.

I runfess ….

One of my goals for 2017 was to incorporate Yoga into my workout routine …it’s almost March and I must admit that I’ve only done two 20 minute videos. What is wrong with me? I just can’t get into the Yoga groove …well, the truth is I have a difficult time getting into many of the positions, therefore; I can’t get into the Yoga groove. I’ll keep trying but I’m afraid it’s just not my ‘thing’.1a64589eb115cf8953851d3eead630f5

I runfess….

The hubs and I tried a new class at our gym the other night called Triple Threat …and I’m pretty sure it was named such because the instructors goal was to either make you puke, pass out or die. It was a 45 minute circuit HIIT class with four different stations. Each station had a piece of paper with 6 different exercises on it. You had to roll a dice and do the exercise that corresponded to that number. Soooo …while at the second station, first roll of the dice …bam! burpees ..with push ups! Yep, and the word pushups was underlined. 20 of those suckers. Well, I runfess that after 5 of them, I eliminated the push up portion and after 10, I stopped and just watched the others in my group continue to torture themselves. A few minutes later, after three other exercises were completed, the next roll of the dice turned up BURPEES again! I confess that I just looked at the other in my group and said “No, we’re not doing those again. Roll that dice again”.  It was a great workout, with a lot of sweating, moaning and cursing …we’ll definitely go back but I refuse to do those dang burpees!380fb526fd3cab2c8339591755c879f1

I runfess…

One of my biggest gym pet peeves are those guys meatheads who obviously do zero cardio, focus only on arms, shoulders and chest and spend more time sitting on the equipment, talking loudly, looking around to see who all is paying attention to them than they do actually working out. You know the ones …they usually are wearing a lifting belt which sits just below their big belly. They can usually always be heard giving others either unsolicited advice or incorrect instruction on how to properly perform a particular move. They’re never alone, having at least one to two side kicks who serve as ego-strokers. Yep, there’s one in every gym and it didn’t take long for me to peg the one in my new gym. He’s always there in the evenings when Major Hubs and I workout together. The hubs told me the other day that I wasn’t doing a very good job of hiding the fact that he and his posse were annoying me. I runfess that I wasn’t trying.508e5698728f4778b2e5862e77abfbd4

And that’s a wrap on this month’s Runfessions. runfessionsWhew, I feel so much better! How about you? Do you have anything you need to runfess? Do you hate burpees as much as I do? I’m linking up with Marcia for the Runfessions link-up. Be sure to stop by and see what other ‘sole-cleansing’ runfessions are being laid to rest and add a few of your own.

Have a wonderful weekend! Namaste.

xoxo,

Finding “Fabulous” at Fifty, one runfession at a time!

 

This Week’s Gallivantin’: Love is in the Air

weeklywrapWelcome to the last full week of February…while last week was the longest week ever, the month is flying by! Other than Valentine’s Day, the highlight of my week was that I got my “new feet” and I have mixed feelings about them. It’s one of those odd love/hate scenarios ….they feel so good yet hurt so much all at the same time. Ever experienced anything like that? Anyway, I was told to wear them only a couple of hours the first few days then build up over the next two weeks. I’ll save all the frustrating rants for another post …I hear there’s another edition of Runfessions coming up soon. wink,wink So let’s get on with this week’s Weekly Wrap hosted by Tricia and Holly where we all wrap up our week of workouts and all of the accomplishments and challenges that go along with them. Be sure to stop by these wonderful ladies blogs and others to see what all they’ve been up to! Continue reading

This Week’s Gallivantin’: For the Love of Fitness

Ahhh February …the month of Love !  The month of candy, heart shaped boxes, flowers, jewelry, teddy bears, conversation hearts and romance ….Valentine’s Day! Don’t you just love it? Well, it doesn’t have to be just about couples and romance you know. Think of it as the month to show others how much you care …about their health and fitness. Share with them your love of running, cycling, yoga, etc… Whatever it is that you love to do, make it a point this month to reach out to someone ….a friend, coworker, spouse, child, relative and invite them to a class with you, to the gym or out for a slow jog/walk. Whatever it takes to get someone else motivated to make a change for the better and begin their fitness journey, that’s what it’s all about, right? Sharing the love …our love of health and fitness. Continue reading

The World is Your Gym

Happy Friday everyone and welcome to February, the month of love! This week’s Friday Five topic, with Running on Happy and Fairytales and Fitness is all about our favorite gym workouts/equipment. Now before we get started, let me first just say that I am a self-professed gym rat! I love the atmosphere and I feed off the energy from everyone else around me.I love that while lifting weights, there is the one guy over in front of the mirror with arms like Hulk Hogan while at the same time, there is the sweet little elderly lady on the leg press working one leg at a time to try and maintain enough muscle strength to keep her from having to use a walker.  I love that at any given time while on the treadmill, there may be one person to the right of me that is a lean mean running machine working on speed intervals while to the left of me there may be someone huffing and puffing just trying to walk a couple of miles …and they all inspire me! I’m moved by the fact that in one building there are all of these people on their own personal fitness journey, all at different levels and with different motivations and goals. There’s no judgement and no competition, just everyone striving to be a better version of themselves. That’s motivating and inspiring to me and I love it! Continue reading