I’m not sure where your whereabouts are, but it’s a gorgey day in Rochester MI! Fall is right around the corner and you can tell by the crisper mornings and cooler nights. I’m no vampire or emo but I love the dark, both later in the mornings and earlier in the evenings .
Last night was my first Abs, Glutes, & Thighs class at OU! With that kind of name, it attracts a lot of the girls
(who woulda thunk) and I had a smallish group of 11 lovely ladies who glistened, burned, and had an hour filled of fun! As much as I love a huge group of participants, like the Spring Break a Sweat class I taught at NC State, a smaller group offers just as much satisfaction because:
- you can connect with the participants on a more personal level. getting to know their names and having a conversation instead of just teaching at them.
- it’s not as intimidating to suggest an exercise they want to do or region they want to work when they’re surrounded by the same people every week.
- as an instructor, you can really see their progress; not only in fitness but in their body awareness, appreciation, self efficacy and esteem as well. on the fitness aspect, maybe when the class started they performed push-ups on their knees and by the end of the semester, they’re doing them on their toes! in their body awareness, their form has improved tremendously to where they can actually feel when they’re doing it correctly/incorrectly; focusing on what their body can do rather than what it struggles with (notice I didn’t say can’t!); self efficacy is strengthened by realizing they’re capable of reaching their goals and not giving up; and their self-esteem sky-rockets simply because when we exercise, we feel good about ourselves.
This morning started with another run around campus! I’m telling you, OU has some serious hills! I ran the same route as before (minus the intervals) but did it twice around. I then wanted another hill
(say whaaaaaat) so instead of stopping at the Rec center:
- continue on Pioneer Drive. you’ll stay straight (or veer right) on the road and NOT turn onto Ravine Drive (a parking lot and the soccer fields will be on your left)
- enjoy running down the hill.
- make a U-ey and trek back up the hill. try not to lean too far forward; it restricts your breathing and actually makes it harder because your weight is forward rather than upright.
- now turn onto Ravine Drive
- turn right onto Meadow Brook Road and continue until you reach the stop sign.
- make another U-ey back towards the Rec center.
When you’re finished, you’ve added ~1ish more miles! Make sure you properly cool down and stretch those muscles!