If you’ve been reading the blog for awhile, then you know I’ve upped my fitness game these days. A lot of it has to do with marathon training and other is group fitness via Classpass. In either situation, as much as I hate to admit it, there’s an opportunity do A. do things wrong B. slack off because there are 20 other people in your class or C. not follow the right mix of exercises catered to you.
Long story short: I found a way to fix all of these issues- PERSONAL TRAINING.
I’m about to start in on my 4th week of working 1-on-1 with Ryan Miller aka. RiseUpRyan of Rise Up Fitness. I’ve known Ryan for years and have always admired and been inspired by his enthusiasm, approachability and, most importantly, his expertise. Bonus: he’s always got great music in his zone.
We kicked things off by doing a fitness assessment, which meant taking height, weight and BMI. Ryan warned me that whatever my goals were (and mine were to cross train for my half), I might gain weight in the process at first, but the ultimate end result would be converting fat into lean muscle.
Then with that we were off! Two days a week, I’ve been getting up bright and early to do some really challenging, but very rewarding workouts. I really like Ryan’s approach, which is pilates-based so everything is super core focused. That doesn’t mean that I’m delicately working out my abs doing crunches and whatnot.
Oh no. Quite the opposite.
There’s Bosu Burpees (which involve doing a burpee while balancing my plank on a bosu ball then hoisting the thing over my head).
There’s treadmill running (and sprinting!). There are plyo pushups, which I can eek out just a handful of before dropping down into my level one.
Everybody knows a rowing machine, but did you know that you can turn it into a leg-training reformer of doom? You can. It’s super tough.