When it comes to fitness; I am not super adventurous. I find something I like and I stick with it. I need a workout that keeps my interest, challenges me and that gives me results. I have very little free time each week to fit in my workouts, which probably is another factor into why I am so picky. If I am only going to fit in 4-5 days a week for 45 minutes, I better be getting my ass kicked.
I have mentioned this before, but I don’t think I have worked out as hard in my entire life as I have the past few years at Health House. I did the Bar Method for a few years, which I loved, but I was missing the cardio aspect. When I started rowing it shocked my body and I could feel myself getting stronger and stronger with each class. We recently added dumbbells to our studio, which has been awesome. I love having that strength training aspect as well. But, I was longing for something that would give me the good “stretch” of Bar Method, and something to mix into my weekly routine that wasn’t as intense as a rowing/cardio class.
After many requests from our clients we decided to add a Yoga/Rowing class, which we call Row + Flow. I had only done yoga once before. While I loved it, I felt out of place. I felt like a novice in a class full of experts.
When I walked into Health House a few weeks ago to try Row + Flow for the first time I was apprehensive.
I felt a blast of heat when I walked into the studio, which hit me like a ton of bricks. Rowing in 80 degrees?! Was I cut out for this? After accepting the fact that heat is great for your muscles, I was mentally prepared to get my yoga on.
We did 12 minutes of rowing. 3 minute medium pressure mixed with 1 minute sprints. After a good burst of cardio we moved on to Yoga. JaNae; our instructor is incredible. Even though I am not well versed in Yoga, I thought she did a great job instructing those of us who were new or advanced. She gave modifications for all levels. The poses were challenging but not impossible. I danced for half of my life, and I felt like a lot of what I learned in dance is also used in Yoga. I miss that focus, and flexibility and was glad to be able to work on that during class.
We ended class with some meditation. This is the BEST. I am sure you all can relate; we get so caught up in the hustle of everyday life. The constant running, driving, working, playing, entertaining, planning. It doesn’t stop! To just take 5 minutes to lay there (with a cold, lovely smelling towel on my temple), dig deep, and to focus on just myself left me feeling refreshed. I didn’t realize how much I needed this in my life, until I tried it again.
I am a novice. I am not great at Yoga, but I think I found another new aspect of fitness that I really love. Thank you to JaNae and to my husband Jon (for being open to it). Rowing + Yoga may just be the perfect combination!
Happy Friday everyone 🙂