Monday, June 21, 2010

Serious Sculpt

Now that I don't have to be on the east side by 7:30 I have more flexibility in my morning routine... so I decided to try the "Serious Sculpt" class at my gym in Ballard. Never having been to a group class there, I didn't know what to expect. Did I have to get there 15 minutes early to put my name on a list? Nope. In fact, at 5:50 there was no real indication that there would even be a class that morning. But at 5:58 there was a small flurry of activity as about 12 of us got step benches, risers, hand weights, and (gulp) jump ropes.

By 6:15 I was exhausted. :)

I don't know the last time I jumped rope. I doubt it was in the current millennium.

The instructor kept us moving through a variety of moves, using light and heavy hand weights, and then intervals of jumping rope. Much tougher -- must faster moving -- than my boot camp experience! There were a number of exercises that I simply couldn't do. I was about to type that "I don't know the last time I wasn't able to keep up with an exercise class" -- but, then again, I don't know the last time I ATTENDED an exercise class. :)

I'm a big fan of group exercise -- at least in a semi-anonymous way. I like the shared energy... and I like someone else telling me what to do next. Overall a fun and challenging morning.

Off topic: when I came home I noticed that the yard waste collection hadn't been by yet, so quickly trimmed some of the tree branches and cut down the terrifying "thistle tree" that erupted while we were gone. This all seemed very normal until I saw a neighbor in his suit heading out to work and realized I was doing random garden work at 7:20am...

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