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February 2, 2012

1/24/2012  Well, last week was an interesting one for me.  After weighing in for Best Loser I worked out on the machines with the Smart Key.  Pretty nifty little device!  Has all of my training routine on it and I can add to it if I choose to do so.  I begin on the elliptical for my 10 minute warm-up.  I plug it and the time starts and I start moving.  When my 10 minutes is up the key saves my workout and tells me where to go next.

I then head to the weight machines, plug in my key and get started.  The key tells me what weight to lift, where to set the seat and the number of repetitions to do.  As I complete each set it is saved on the key and tells me where to go to next.  Sometimes I have to go out of order because somebody else is using the machine, but it’s really no big deal as long as I make sure I get to all of them!

I finish with 15 minutes on the treadmill and a 10 minute cool down on the recline bike.  When I’m done I check out, my routine is recorded on the key and I moved on.  This week I’m going to go through the weights twice!  I can add that to my workout as I go.  I love my Smart Key!

On Tuesday I went to water aerobics with Maria at 9:00 am.  It was awesome!  Great cardio workout!  Maria has announcements shares at the beginning of the class so that everyone knows what is new and happening at FFSW.  She then introduced the new people (me) and went around and introduced everyone to me!  The fact that she knew everyone’s name and knew something about all of her students speaks highly of Maria and tells you that these ladies are faithful participants!  Her class meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9-10. We warm up with some simple move, creating resistance with the water dumbbells and moving arms, legs and middle.  One of the exercises I felt the most was done using kickboards (I used 2) and pushing them under and through the water – front and side.  My biceps and shoulders were sore for 2 days!  We moved on to the cardio portion with a serious of kicks, running and jumping while using our arms, also!  I was sweating which is an accomplishment in the water!  One of the last things we did before stretching and cool down was dog paddle with our arms while riding a noodle.  It was harder than I thought it would be.

As I said last week I was going to choose another group class to try.  I chose piloxing.  Like it sounds it is a combination of Pilates and boxing.  It was well-attended and Angie was the instructor.  She was great at encouraging everyone and making sure that we all understood the move before we took it up tempo.  I enjoyed it but it is at the same time as the water aerobics class so I’ll have to revisit it when I can go at another time.

After piloxing I had an appointment with a personal trainer, Darek Morris.  We walked and talked on the track.  Darek wanted to know what my Journey goals were and a little about myself and my family.  After tracking a mile he put me on an elliptical for some interval training.  For those of you who don’t know, interval training is about working hard for a certain amount of time, bringing your heart rate up then bringing it back down by resting.  Not stopping – just slowing down for a few seconds.  I held up fairly well there but then he moved me to a stationary bike for more interval training.  And that was the straw that broke the camel’s back…………Tune in next week for “the rest of the story”!