It’s another chilly and rainy day in Ocala today. I don’t know what is with our weather lately, but the rain seems to be non-stop. I think Florida forgot it is supposed to be the Sunshine State.
Though it may seem silly, whenever it rains, the number of people who come to the gym decreases even though only a very small portion of our group exercise classes take place outside. I think dreary weather makes everyone want to stay inside. It’s movie-watchin’ weather!
My TRX group was smaller than usual, but we still had a fun class this morning.
For those who have asked, when I teach TRX, I don’t do the workout with the class. I have to check and correct form a lot and I teach the class in a circuit format, so there are a series of stations and no one person is doing the same exercise at a time. It’s a lot of fun to teach, but doesn’t really count as a workout for me since I’m just demonstrating the exercises in the beginning and middle of the class when I introduce new exercises.
As someone who loves group exercise, I definitely like it when instructors do the workout, but there are certain formats that incorporate circuits where participants are not all doing the same exercise like boot camp classes and TRX workouts where I feel like the instructor would be off in their own world doing their own circuit if they tried to participate as they taught the class. I want to be available to correct form, offer modifications and answer questions. Just wanted to clarify for those who were curious! I hope this makes sense!
Backing up a bit…
This morning I woke up nice and early to get my workout done before the work day began.
I did 20 minutes of incline walking on the treadmill before it was time to do some strength training. I targeted my shoulders with overhead presses, side shoulder raises, front shoulder raises and upright rows. I am trying to challenge myself to use heavier weights and incorporated drop sets and supersets into my workout. It was a good one. Shoulders are my favorite!
Breakfast began with an apple!
After breakfast, I showered and headed out the door to work and teach before my stomach told me it was lunchtime.
I had plans to meet one of my fellow group exercise instructors for lunch at Starbucks to talk about my experience with NASM. Though she’s a certified group exercise instructor, she is hoping to become a certified personal trainer, so we chatted about NASM’s Certified Personal Trainer program and I brought my study guide and notecards along for her to borrow.
Just in case becoming a personal trainer or a group exercise instructor is one of your goals for 2014, here are links to recaps of my experience with NASM and AFAA certifications:
- AFAA Group Exercise Certification
- NASM Certified Personal Trainer Study Guide <—The bottom of this post has a discount offer for NASM certifications, just in case you are interested!
While we chatted away, I sipped on a decaf latte (caffeine after noon keeps me up at night) and I ate a chicken and hummus bistro box. We also split a chocolate chunk cookie.
The box didn’t do too much to fill me up, so I’m on a mission to grab something else to eat before I head back to the gym to round out the work day. It’s another late night at work tonight!
Enjoy the rest of your day!!!