Thursday, September 30, 2010

Extreme Interval

In my effort to get fit, I decided that I need to put my gym membership to better use than just using the boring treadmills. Luckily, my badass gym offers oodles of classes! Fluidity (planning to do another post on this one), Pilates, and Just Dance are some of my faves, but tonight, tonight I tried Extreme Interval knowing I would hate it.

And I did.

Just kidding... I didn't hate it.  But it was exactly what I was afraid of, meaning it kicked my bum!  Multiple times!!  It's basically 45 minutes of nonstop hardcore cardio and strength training (as in cardio-strength training-cardio-strength training).  We did all kinds of nonfun things like mountain climbers and loads of push-ups and so much jumping and sprinting in place that I wanted to kill the instructor.  The class, however, made me realize a few things:

1. My legs are not as strong as I thought.
2. My arms are stronger than I thought (that's not saying much).
3. My abs... well, they're not as strong as either of the above.
4. I need to go to this class every week.

On another (food-related) note, in an effort to eat better, I've been paying significant attention to the nutritional breakdown of the foods I eat.  I was SHOCKED to learn that my beloved green smoothie has a MUCH higher calorie count than I expected.  Then I was shocked to learn how many calories and fat are in my beloved Earth Balance.  Apparently, I was equating vegan with "low in calories," and well, that just ain't the case.  I'm still processing this information (and hating it).

So... Fit for Fall is still goin' strong!!!  How are you gals doing?


Valerie @ City|Life|Eats said...

Go you!

Yeah - green smoothies to me are a total meal - mine clock in around 500-600 calories, though that usually involves a 32 oz smoothie, so I split it up as a meal and snack.

Jess said...

Good on you! I flagged the gym today but trying not to beat myself up about it.

Globetrotting Cacti said...

Psyching my-self to go out running in a bit. Really need to get my-self exercising again - have been craving it recently but need that last push.

Interesting about calories in a smoothie - hadn't considered that before.... (whoops!).