Just what I was missingย 

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I found something I was missing tonight…. My feet on a couple of bike pedals! I got to the gym and knew one thing “Must sprint” (In a total caveman voice) and slowly meandered over to the rowing machine – but in my way stood a spin bike, if there’s one thing I’m good at its biking. So eff the rowing machine and I’m smiling as my feet step into the pedals – wow! I missed this! And then it was game on, 5 of the most gruelling sprints I’ve done in a while. The cool thing about sprints is you only have to commit to 30 seconds – it can hurt like hell and burn but you know you only have to kill it for 30 seconds!!! I timed out some wicked songs for the sprints too! All you do is play your favorite pump up tune and use the beginning of the song to recover, no resistance, keep your heart rate as low as possible, then as the song progresses (and you start getting into the groove) you pick up the resistance a bit then the pace until you are kind of at a jog. This should all happen leading up to that final heartfelt chorus of the song – think “And as we wind on the down the road” or the 2:35 point of Awake and Avenge the Dead by Thrice (personal fave) and just as the lead singer pours his/her heart out one last time you pour all your energy (glycogen) into those 30 seconds!!! I go through a whirlwind of emotion during my sprints, smiles, swear words, winces, the odd cry out in agony but I do the work and reep the benefits. A boosted metabolism, tighter feeling (not sure about the looking part yet) physique, heavy boost of endorphins, and an increase in confidence and pride that my body did exactly what I needed it to do. 

I actually started writing this post last week and crushed more bike sprints this morning after quite the indulgent weekend. I’ll admit it was a bit of a punishment workout for being so lax with my workouts lately but my muscles didn’t skip a beat and now they’ve earned some delicious refuelling ๐Ÿ™‚ 

Have you tried sprints yet? I’m very interested in hearing about which type of cardio works for you! I love my long outdoor mountain bike rides but there’s something amazing about being in and out of the gym in 40 minutes having burned 300 well earned calories and feeling the benefits all day long

Xoxo

Mel 

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The DO’s and DON’Ts of the GYM

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Soooooooooo now that I’m back at the gym 6 days a week (we are going to Mexico in less than a month by the way) I’ve noticed some awesome and some annoying things about going to the gym. I’m going to start with the good things to do at the gym because otherwise I will scare off some people from ever stepping foot in the sweat box and that’s just not what Sister Act Fitness is about!

DO DO DO AT THE GYM:

1 – GO!!!!!!!!! Step foot in the door, actually as you open the door smile! It will trick your mind and body into thinking it’s gonna love what you do to it – plus if you smile as you walk through the door (any door in life for that matter) you look welcoming and happy instead of a “bitch on a mission who has 3.5 seconds before her preworkout powder kicks in so get the hell out of the way” look (If you have been to the gym you have seen the latter, she’s scary)

2 – WORK! It doesn’t matter if you sit on a bike and sweat and swear for 45 minutes if you are working you are benefitting every aspect of your life. Your mood, your relationships, your physical appearance, your organs – everything!

3 – DRINK WATER – it doesn’t need to be gatorade or vitamin water, regular water will do and will taste mighty refreshing once you start doing #2 (#2 on the list not the other #2 get your minds out of the gutter)

4 – SMILE (yes again) at the other people working out around you as you walk by, especially in the women’s only section. People (especially women) tend to walk around the gym like their shit don’t stink. We are all there for a common goal, to better ourselves and you would be amazed how not-snobby people actually are once you smile at them. I witnessed women talking and working together tonight at the gym, sharing equiptment and machines and it was nice ๐Ÿ™‚

5 – TRY SOMETHING NEW – it took me years to feel comfortable in a gym but I still like to get out of my comfort zone sometimes – go try a new class, zumba is as awesome as you expect it to be believe me! Grab some girlfriends (or boyfriends or random friends) and go!

6 – WIPE DOWN YOUR CRAP AND PUT IT BACK WHERE YOU FOUND IT! (Ok maybe this should be in the don’t section because it seems grumpy but technically its a do so shhhh) If you put 100 pound plates on a bar please take them off after cause if I come behind you and have to take them off I’m gonna bitch and nobody likes hearing me bitch

Hmmmmm – I think that’s it for DOs – show up, sweat, wipe and leave ๐Ÿ˜‰

Now the fun ones

DON’T DON’T DON’T at the gym:

1 – DON’T WEAR 5 POUNDS OF PERFUME!!!!!!!!!! There’s this really pretty girl at my gym who has ginormous fake boobs and a tiny little waist and over the last month we’ve smiled at each other and shared equiptment but she literally gives me a migraine if I go within 5 feet of her. Today when I got to the gym I knew she was there before I even saw her – seriously if you look and smell like that you should probably be working out in the co-ed section cause that’s the vibe you are putting out

2 – DON’T TALK ON YOUR PHONE AND SIT ON A MACHINE!!!!!!! Today (apparently there was a plethora of idiots at the gym today, hey something has to inspire me to write) I watched a woman wait to use the abductor (that amusing inner thigh machine) while some oblivious idiot sat on it talking on her phone. That woman had much more patience then I would have it that had been me – props.

3 – DON’T BE A SPACE HOG (that’s a band isn’t it? Squirrel) Don’t put your barbell, dumbells, bench, water bottle etc all over the bloody place. Any workout can be done in a 4 foot by 8 foot space especially when the gym is busy – thank you

4 – DON’T BE A CARDIO JUNKIE – this isn’t me venting this is the truth. There’s a time and place for cardio but your body will be happier and you will see better results if you move some weights around. Muscle burns more fat, lifting weights will fuel your metabolism long after you leave the gym. Cardio burns calories and yes fat but as soon as you step off that treadmill your burn is done. If you love biking or the treadmill try sprints – work as hard as you can for 30 seconds then rest until you catch your breathe then work again for 30 seconds. Do this until you are exhausted but no more than 30 minutes – I guarantee you will see better physical results, you will spend less time in the gym and you will feel your revved up metabolism for hours after.

Have any DOs and DON’Ts to add? We would love to hear them!!!

xoxo

Mel

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5 – DON’T GO IT ALONE – yes I’m aware there are people out there that are so determined and goal oriented that they succeed at whatever they put their mind to – I’m not that person, Mo is but she still texts me what she has for dinner almost every night so there is definitely a two-way support system in place with us. Find a friend (yes I’m available) to go to the gym with – our friend Melissa and I went to a class the other night and it was awesome, I laughed my ass off, falling all over the place but it was good, it was hard but it was good. 95% of the people you know would love to be healthier, even the most skinny gals I know want to be more active. There’s no harm in asking so call up a friend and go ride the bike together, go for a walk, spot each other in a 100 pound bench press – whatever! Actually call me if you can do a 100 pound bench press cause I would love to watch!