At the beginning of the month, as I was leaving The Barre Code, my friend-instructor Jen asked me if I was participating in the Get Hot for Summer 2015 challenge (take 18 classes in 21 days & be entered to win a lot of very cool prizes!!!). Before I could even answer, she told me I was doing it.
The only challenge I’ve ever participated in at The Barre Code was the bingo challenge over the holidays because it involved both classes and fun holiday activities, like treating a friend to hot chocolate and making Christmas cookies. A “challenge” I could easily attain.
I usually take about 3-4 classes a week because with my work schedule and Larry’s work schedule that’s all I could fit in. Or so I thought. By participating in this challenge I would essentially be doubling my class load. I looked at my schedule for June and decided to go for. Challenge accepted.
I decided to take on the challenge because the past two summers I have dedicated my time and sacrificed my social life to marathon training. I was THRILLED when I found out I was pregnant with baby #2, but a part of me felt a little sad that I was going to have to “take it easy” this summer and take time off from training for anything for the rest of the year. I like setting goals for myself and achieving them, so the thought of doing nothing all summer really didn’t sit well with me. Enter this challenge and a new mindset: instead of wallowing, I decided to look at it as training for my delivery-which is definitely an athletic event in its own right.
How I made it work
*Each week, I fit 6 classes into my schedule. Luckily, I get an hour to workout that’s built into my work day (if the work gets done) so that helped out A LOT. Because of Larry’s schedule change I moved my normal night classes to morning classes. I’d drop Madelyn off at daycare at her normal time, but instead of heading to work right away, I went straight to The Barre Code. When we were in Chicago visiting Larry’s parents, I took advantage of trying out a new studio in Oak Park to get my 6th stamp for the week.
*I found time in my schedule. The day I ran my 5k, I also signed up for a 9am barre class.
*I scheduled my classes ahead of time. At The Barre Code, you have to cancel a class before the 4 hour mark in order not to get charged a $10 fee. Once I was within that 4 hour mark, I was committed. The only workout you regret is the one you didn’t do.
I completed 18 classes in 19 days. I took the last two days off from the challenge because I had a lot to get done around our house before we go out of town. I took 11 Barre Code Classes (strength training), 5 Interval Classes (cardio!), 1 TBC class in Oak Park (2 cardio blasts sandwiched between 30 minutes of strength training, and 1 Brawl class (cardio kickboxing). Overall, the challenge left me feeling strong, energized and fit in my ever growing body. The days I doubled up on classes, I noticed that my appetite was really high and naps were necessary. I enjoyed taking the cardio classes and modifying as I saw fit. I plan on writing a post on how I modified the classes throughout my pregnancy.
Now that the challenge is over, my goal is to attend as many classes as my schedule allows me to (reasonably about 4-5 classes a week). I can’t wait to take on the next challenge which will probably be after the baby is born.
What was the last fitness challenge you participated in? What was it? How do you find time to make fitness a priority in your life?