So it’s been another week of random workouts … I am sure at some point I will get into a routine!!
Rest, rest and more rest after the sweaty session that was Run Hackney Half Marathon!
Morning – all about the upper body! After an awesome session whilst at at the Nürburgring I was keen to try out things on my own … including pull ups! Yep, I busted out out an assisted pull up or 30 😉 plus some skull crushers (!?), renegade rows, shoulder presses and tricep dips!
Evening – Run Dem Crew – since stepping up two pace groups this is definitely now my speed session. 4.3miles around London … phew!
Morning – Leg day. So, I haven’t fine tuned my workout plan yet and well now I know not to do leg day after RDC, aka the speed session, but it still felt good to get those squats and lunges in!
Evening – Xen Do taster session – Laureen, Charlie and I got to experience a short kick boxing taster session which was brilliant!! We kicked and boxed as hard as we could, whilst learning some great self defense moves! The class was led by Rafael Nieto who took the time to explain the theory behind the moves and then got us working…hard! Really hope to go back for another session soon, I loved it!!!
4mile steady run. Awful, like I said my workouts need tweaking slightly but hey it’s all a learning curve!
I joined Zoe, Charlie and Lissy to test out my new Sweaty Betty swimming costume at the Oasis Outdoor Pool in Covent Garden. Sadly the outdoor pool was closed (which I was a little bit glad about as I am such a whimp in the cold) but this also meant that the indoor was manic and I definitely got splashed a lot more than I wanted to! However, this was a lovely excuse to catch up with the ladies and I managed to swim a nice and relaxed 30 lengths in 25 minutes, so not all bad :D!
Fulham Palace parkrun with Lissy, Leah and Steph, introducing Leah to the world of parkruns! This was a great route, 3 laps around the beautiful Bishop’s Park taking you through the park and along the river! I love parkruns! Free, timed 5km runs where all involved are super friendly, runners and volunteers, and all in a relaxed atmosphere (with the option to push if you really want :D!) This was a great run and Steph and I definitely helped pace each other for a great sub 26 minute 5km time!
Roga! Roga! Roga!
The awesome Lululemon Islington every so often (I am hoping they will become more frequent!) throw a ROGA event… Run + Yoga = ROGA! Led by the awesome Becs (after a nice warm up 2mile run to the studio / Lissy joined me via bike – proof below) we did a gorgeous 6 mile route along the canal to Victoria Park enjoying the sunshine and then headed back to the studio to stretch out with an hours yoga session in a near by park. Honestly I cannot recommend this enough! The run definitely makes yoga a little bit more intense and don’t be surprised if you find yourself falling asleep in the end of the class but it is just such a good way to spend a Sunday! Keep your eyes posted for the next one!
So for those of you that don’t know …
Kickasana classes are a fusion of Thai Boxing, Yoga, breathing, stretching and creative visualisation
As part of Selfridges “Festival of Imagination” Sweaty Betty had got together with Kick Studio to hold four complimentary fitness classes in the Imaginarium Space …
Yep this crazy looking space!! Just imagine all the foam blocks gone and in it’s place mats, water and ladies ready to box, breathe and stretch!
The class was lead by Sophie Pittaway, Creator and Founder of Kick Studio. Sophie explained a little bit about the theory behind Kickasana and how it incorporates boxing and yoga training, linking body, mind and soul together. After being given a generous amount of warming massage oils to slather all over our ankles, calves, arms and shoulders we were instructed move away from the goings on of the day and to focus on what we wanted to achieve, whether that be strength, weight loss, fitness etc. I, personally was ready to get STRONG.
After a few minutes focussing our breathing and enjoying childs pose and downward dog (that annoying yoga move I am still trying to master) we then sprung into action learning basic boxing poses throwing punches, uppercuts and elbow .. elbow jabs … I am not sure what the technical term is here …
These minute long cardio bursts were then followed by various yoga stretches which then were quickly followed again by drills such as jumping jacks, push ups and crunches. The mix of cardio and gorgeous stretches actually really worked and definitely got the heart rate going all over the place!
Sophie took the time to really explain each move and her enthusiasm and belief in what she was teaching was really clear to see and very infectious! Whilst punching and kicking we were told visualise someone and really put our all into it, I loved this! Particularly after the day I had had!
During the class we were also encouraged to work in pairs, getting our cardio in – one attacking, one defending and then helping each other to stretch! As a runner to have someone help stretch out my back was like heaven and I am definitely going to be recruiting “friends” in the gym to help out!
I wish I could give you more details about this class, but as instructed I think I got a little lost in focussing on what I wanted to achieve. I definitely felt strong in my punching, helped by a lot of grunting and heavy breathing and really felt the benefit of the moments of breathing and stretching inbetween.
Sophie was a fantastic teacher and I cannot wait to head down to the Kick Studio next week for a class! If you fancy joining me then get in touch!!