(They’re excited, I swear.)
I am in FULL ON spring clean-and-purge mode. Anyone else feeling it??
Everywhere I look in my house, I see something I want to clean, sell, or throw away. And the #1 feeling, after doing one of those things, is: why didn’t I do this a LONG time ago??
So my weekend was a perfect mix of relaxation and productiveness. Along with the usual movies and pizza, I cleaned out two (TWO) disastrous closets, painted Josh’s soon-to-be bedroom (so long, guest bedroom! Sighhh…), cleaned a few things, took two giant bags of stuff to Goodwill, and sold some things online.
(Side note: why is Craigslist SOO sketchy?? Is it really that fun for people to pretend to want to buy things and then bail? Confuuuusing…)
I also went to my first CXWORX class! (Finally! It’s been on my To Do list forever.)
CXWORX is a 30-minute core training class inspired by workouts personal trainers use. So lots of planking, resistance band work, and single arm/leg moves (anything one-sided forces the core to participate more to keep you stable).
My reaction: I think I liked it!
I had the typical first-timer problem of not knowing what I was doing half the time (picture lots of fumbling around with a resistance band)—and then, three blinks later, the class was over (30 minutes really flies in a group class). So I felt like I could have gotten a better workout, but I know my rookieness was 99.9% to blame for that.
One of the critiques of CXWORX I’ve heard is that they include crunches, which are sort of frowned upon in the fitness community these days. (The problem: they force you to bend the spine too much and can strain the neck. Better options are planks and resistance moves that keep your spine in neutral.) But honestly, I think we only did a handful of oblique crunches—and there is a semi-safe way to do them (check out this video for more on all that).
Bottom line: love the brevity of the class, love (most of) the moves, and I’ll definitely be back!
Right now, I’m supposed to be learning the next release of BodyFlow (my gym is launching it in early May), but for some reason, I just can’t bring myself to start.
This is a totally new problem for me—usually, I’m pumped to dive into learning fresh stuff. What I think is happening is that I’ve now learned JUST enough tracks to start getting picky. With this release, I’m not super inspired by the new songs, the choreography isn’t my favorite, and I’m generally feeling pretty meh about the whole thing.
So THIS is what it’s really like to be a group exercise instructor…
I’m just trying to remind myself that everyone likes different things…so, who knows, the release I don’t love might be my participants’ favorite one EVER.
Have you tried any new fitness classes lately?
Is spring giving you the clean and purge itch too?
Have a great week!