After five years as a member of Gold’s Gym, I decided to end my membership. No major reason except for the fact that I literally drive by a larger, better equipped gym (with a pool) to get there. And I have friends who are members and they will make the gym experience so much better! So I’m likely going to switch at some point, because a change of scenery is good, right? But in the meantime I’ve been enjoying the opportunity to experience some other fitness outfits. I recently finished up a yoga series at the Living Social headquarters in D.C. (5 yoga classes for $15…and somehow they gave me an extra class). It was a great lunchtime work out and their facilities are awesome. I’m looking forward to checking out some of their cooking classes and other offerings down the road. I’m just finishing up my one-month of unlimited spin and yoga at SculptDC and I just got in on another one-month of unlimited yoga there. I really like the facilities…kind of like going to a spa and all the instructors are such high energy and really know their stuff. One other deal I found on Groupon is for 10 barre/mat classes at ThrivePilates in Shirlington. I haven’t started yet but excited to experience this as well.
In keeping up with my “change is good” theme, I have taken a bit of a step back from as much running as I had been doing the last few years. My flexibility and strength are improving. Last night at yoga we had a lot more free time than usual to work on our practice and to my thrill I was able to hold the crow pose for nearly a minute! This is essentially a low squat where you take your legs up into a lift while keeping your hands on the ground and elbows on the inside of your legs for balance. I was barely even shaking–can we say I amazed myself!
I’m paying particular attention to utilizing my core in both yoga and spinning because last week (mainly while sleeping) I had a lot of lower back pain. Whether I overdid it with exercising or my garden work, I am not sure, but all I know is that it is forcing me to notice and listen to my body while exercising.
And tonight is a new experience–trapeze–So stay tuned!