lately Mason and I have been getting to the YMCA around 9:15-9:30am. Most mornings I walk by the list of group exercises to see if there are any classes that interest me. This morning I saw a "cardio strength interval" class from 9:30-10:15 and decided to give it a try. After dropping Mason off in daycare I ran a quick mile on the treadmill and then headed upstairs to class.
All I knew about the class was the blurb that I read on the schedule:
Tone up in a combination class that makes for the ultimate total body workout.
Once in the studio I grabbed a step with 2 risers per side, a mat, and a pair of weights. The instructor quickly explained the class ... 3 exercises are done in a row for 30 seconds each, with 10 seconds rest time in between. each exercise is done 3 times before a new set of 3 exercises is introduced.
since it was a total body work out we worked out shoulders, triceps, biceps, back, abs, and legs all in a quick rotation, while mixing in some cardio moves. I really struggled with the squats which surprised me and did well with all of the arm exercises (I'll probably increase to 8 pound weights instead of the 5 I used).
It was a great work out in a fast paced environment, which made the time go by quickly. I'm glad I found a class that works in our schedule that is challenging and demanding. Hopefully I'll be there next Tuesday.
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