Yesterday I had planned to ride my bike to/from work. However, in the morning my husband said it was spitting with rain and offered to drive me in with my bike. I don't mind riding home in rain, but I really dislike being wet and frizzy haired all day, so prefer not to have to ride to work in that. He asked me to sit with him while he had breakfast & coffee. The whole time I was looking out the window and didn't notice it raining, nor did it rain on the drive in. Hmmmmm ... probably should have ridden, but it was nice to have a little time together since I rarely see him these days.
Since I missed the ride in, I knew that I'd be getting alot less mileage on the bike. I contemplated a run after work, but ... in the spirit of mixing things up, I decided I'd find a fitness class to drop in to. Last week I did one day of bootcamp (which I'll also do this week), but 2 days is better than 1, right? Well, not so much with this class.
The class was called Abs, Butt, Thighs BALL class. The whole thing was done while using a fitness ball. It's a good concept, but to be honest I found the ball more annoying and distracting than anything and I got nothing out of the class.
We spent about 15-20 minutes "bouncing" (i.e. squats while rebounding off the ball) while doing various arm movements. My ball kept walking away from me and I had to keep adjusting. This was to be the cardio portion of class and I never broke a sweat. SNORE!
Then we moved on to doing various squats while bouncing the ball in front of us. I found it awkward to get into a really deep squat with the ball. Normally squats kick my ass big time and I can barely walk the next day. These did nothing for me.
Next was some upper body work while leaning on the ball against the wall, and doing squats while rolling the ball up and down the wall. Again, because I'm trying to keep the ball from flying out from behind me, I couldn't concentrate on the moves and never felt a burn.
My shining moment was when we were lying on the ground, doing leg lifts with the ball between our legs. My ball was admittedly a bit big for me, and my legs are short and stubby - thus it's rather difficult for me to hang on. The ball shot out from between my feet and beaned some poor woman in the head. What a nice feeling! Laying there, concentrating on the burn, and WHAM ... someone's ball nails you from across the room. Poor lady!
admittedly, this is my favourite
thing to do with a fitness ball
This is definitely a class I will NOT be attending again. The instructor is good, I've had her before .... but a class focused solely on the ball does not do it for me. Should have gone for the run. :(