Before it was time for me to teach water fitness this afternoon, I broke into the lunch I brought to work with me.
A Pear + Tuna salad + Red pepper + Smartfood white cheddar popcorn
After lunch, I changed and put on some sunscreen before heading out into the heat to teach. I’ve been incorporating 30 second intervals into the class where I have class participants do underwater tuck jumps (modified for some, of course) or another difficult move for 30 seconds, followed by a brief rest period before we go through it all over again. Apparently this is something new to the water fitness regulars and I’ve received positive feedback on it so far, which is great. I just want to keep everything moving and challenging so they leave the class feeling like their workout was worthwhile.
On my way home from the gym, I popped into WalMart to buy some supersize sunscreen so I’m prepared for teaching outside throughout the summer. While I was there, I found myself in the hair care aisle checking out the curling wands.
I tried using a wand once before at my friend Laurel’s bachelorette party and burned the inside of my arm like a champ. I’ve watched a few YouTube videos and feel like it’s time to give it another go since I absolutely love the loose, beachy waves that the curling wands produce.
I’ll be sure to report back after I give it a go!
Questions of the Month: May
It’s time for a fun monthly feature! For those of you who may be new around here, once a month I take a few minutes to address some of the common questions I received from you guys throughout the month on the blog. Let’s get to it!
- Where did you get the blue lace dress you wore to Laurel’s rehearsal dinner?
- I am hoping to get certified to teach group exercise and am wondering what made you select AFAA?
Nearly every group exercise instructor that I spoke with at my gym highly recommended AFAA and it is a certification that seems to be respected in the fitness industry. When I started looking into it, I loved that the certification involved an all-day workshop. (I still need to recap my experience at the workshop. That’s coming soon!) When I was studying for my NASM personal training certification, I really missed the classroom environment and wished there would’ve been an in-person component that didn’t cost extra money. The AFAA certification includes an in-person workshop because there are a few practical portions of the exam where you must demonstrate exercises or a sequence of exercises and that is included in the cost of the certification. (Apparently you can also do this online using Skype!?) I was also able to borrow an old book from one of the trainers at my gym which cut down on the cost. Always a plus!
Past Questions of the Month:
- March 2013: Mascara, sunless tanner
- February 2013: Creating workout images, favorite crock pot, timing circuit workouts
- January 2013: Tips for new bloggers, wrist wallet for running fuel, 5K training plans
- November 2012: Red lipstick, vitamins and non-healthy living blogs
- July 2012: Sadie’s harness, half marathon training, peanut butter
- March 2012: Heart rate monitor/running watch, roasting vegetables, planning workouts, protein powder