My inner yogi.

Let me begin by saying I am not flexible, spiritually centered, coordinated or graceful. I am used to getting down and dirty in a Spin studio and running long distances. Therefore when I began this project I made it my mission to reach out of my comfort zone and try new things. Bikram yoga was just the trend that would allow me to increase my flexibility, strength and willpower. And I thought I sweat in Spin…
Walking into my first “hot yoga” class I thought I was prepared; water bottle, yoga mat, and towel. Going through my head were thoughts like, “You went to school in Florida, you LOVE the heat”, “You can run 13mi, you can do this”, and “You sweat in Spin, no biggie.” Sure I sweat in Spin, a few beads run down my face every few minutes and my arms and chest become damp and glistening. After 90 minutes in Bikram, someone could have mistaken me for just getting out of the shower. 
When I decided to include yoga in my new ventures, I wanted to go full throttle and really immerse myself in the practice. For three weeks, I have gone anywhere from 4-6 times a week. By no means was this easy! Dedicating 90 minutes of your day (which is really more like 2-3hrs if you include commute and showering) is no simple task. For me, it was also very hard to motivate myself to go. Once I was there I was fine, and after the class I was extremely satisfied with my commitment to the program.    
The first class was miserable. I was dehydrated, tired, nauseous, dizzy and lightheaded. I had to come down to my mat about 6 times just so I didn’t pass out. This didn’t deter me from coming back though. They say to make it back within 24hrs of completing your first class; this is exactly what I did. And let me tell you, my body was ready for round 2.

Getting in the ring.

Boxing. Defined as “the sport or practice of fighting with the fists, esp. with padded gloves in a roped square ring according to prescribed rules.” I’ve never been a violent person. I’ve never been known for my agility and speed. It was by chance that I became involved in boxing. A colleague of mine graciously offered to show us some moves. While it was more difficult then I expected; this heart-pumping workout soon became an addiction for me. Your back and shoulders burn with fatigue and you become so winded you feel as if you are going to throw up.
Yup, I said addiction.
That’s what happens when you are pushed to the limits in exercise. You soon forget the pain and exhaustion and the endorphin induced “high” takes over. It wasn’t long before I was looking into boxing gyms in the Boston area.
Enter The Ring Boxing Club (http://www.ringboxingclub.com/). I discovered this unique gym from a BuyWithMe deal at the beginning of the year. It would allow me to participate in classes for one month. With more than 60 classes offered a week, this seemed like a flexible alternative to boring cardio. 
Boring this was not! From learning the uppercut and rear cross to cardio intervals like jump roping and jumping jacks, this was one of the most intense workouts I’ve ever done.
This is definitely a fad I wouldn’t pass up. If you are interested in a hardcore, powerful workout this is just it! I also highly recommend The Ring. It was a great introduction to the sport as well as very professional environment for those with experience.

Workout Rut.

Growing up I was constantly trying out new sports and activities. I never seemed to be satisfied with just one; I loved being introduced to new teams. This personality trait definitely translated to my career. I am always on the move. I teach Spin and muscle conditioning classes at 3 different gyms throughout Boston and in addition I am a personal trainer.
This blog idea came about when I got stuck in my own workout rut. I wanted to be challenged, to be pushed, to step out of my comfort zone. An avid runner and Spin instructor, I began thinking of high intensity, total body workouts. After researching classes in my area I decided to begin this journey with a sport I never thought I would expose myself to. Now that I think of it maybe “expose” is the wrong word.