There were two, no three, things that made this weekend a bit out of the ordinary.
Saturday started with my usual RPM class at Surge Health and Fitness in Clarkson (get along to one sometime if you can!), always a GREAT way to start the weekend, especially when I see the familiar faces on the bikes ;)
That afternoon I had the RPM quarterly workshop, a pleasure in itself, but when special guest presenter happens to be Glen Ostergaard, the very man from NZ who puts together the whole RPM program... well, let's just say I was VERY, VERY excited!!!
I'm sure most other instructors out there will agree, that while watching our Les
mills DVDs when it comes time for learning the new choreography, we dream of being a part of one "those" classes, having the AMAZING instructors and program directors in front of us coaching us through the class.
So to be able to have that happen is truly amazing!
In my time as an instructor I have been lucky enough to attend workshops for BodyCombat with Dan and Rach who are FREAKING AMAZING! This round we scored Glen for RPM on Saturday and AND BodyPump on Sunday!!
The ride was amazing just as I knew it would be :) Glen was a great sport and let us snap away photos afterwards. Here I am with the other Craigie girls, Anna, Holly and Kylie :)
Apart from a great class we were also presented with a great education session where Glen, amongst other things, talked about the AMAZING benefits of interval training.
Let me share with you :)
If you've been to one of my RPM or group training sessions before you would have heard me talking about this. It's not a new concept but it's one that WORKS.
It's all about hitting peaks in your workout and backing them up with short recovery so you can go HARD again. Why?
• It helps you continue to push you effort levels, avoiding plateaus.
• You keep buying calories for hours after the workout
• Fires up your metabolism
This is the essence of RPM :) You can do this type of training in many ways though. Next time you go for a run put a few SPRINTS in there then drop back recover, do it again etc, etc...
Then came Sunday and the first of our Team Vivid community events for 2012, the Freeway Bike Hike!
We had a team of around 20 of all ages doing all three stages of the race (10km, 30km and 70km) but with the majority starting at Currumbine for the 30km ride into the city.
Here is a photo of most of us before we took off on the ride.
All in all a great day though and an event we will definitely have a team in again next year! You RPM crew, come and see how different it is to ride a real bike :)
One of my favourite things about this event is the FREE FRUIT given out at the end, something that I think should be done at all of these type of events, including runs such as the City to Surf!
Below are some more of the team after the ride :)
An awesome release coming your way guys! A few highlights:
• The propulsion lunge has made it's way back which will set your heart rate soaring!
• Rotator overhead press is back for shoulders
• New move in abdominals
You'll have to wait to find out the rest ;)
One thing that was pointed out to us was the reason BodyPump gets results. There are 800 reps in your average BodyPump class which is about 4 times the amount of reps you'd probably do in a session on the gym floor. It's because of this high rep rate that we get the results fast.
Don't forget when you come to a BodyPump class, or any other class for that matter, you are coming to get the workout you wouldn't get by training on your own. The instructor is there to make sure you are doing it correctly and to coach that little bit extra out if you that you didn't realise was there. So when I yell at you, it's out of love ;)