Getting My Swole On
Finding an exercise regime that you enjoy can be difficult. There are millions of options out there ranging from regular ole gyms, apps on your phone, classes, races, team things, multi-level marketing gimmicks, DIY, and more.
You know that saying that if you love the work you do, you'll never work a day in your life?
I actually think that saying is bullshit.
However, I do think the sentiment can be applied to your workout routine. Like most people, I've tried many different exercise solutions.
Trying to exercise at home only strengthens my ability to procrastinate and distract myself. I actually ran a half marathon one time but hated every inch of those god damn 13.1 miles. I've gone to barre classes (which are nothing like ballet, btw - anyone who says otherwise is a liar), but I was bored and the class felt oddly patronizing.
Anyway, I have finally found a mix that I truly enjoy. Hell, I even look forward to it!
Here is what works for me:
I try to exercise 4-5 days a week depending on my schedule and how well my tired old bones are feeling. Most days I take a HIIT (high-intensity interval training) class at Arsenal Strength. It is also sometimes called a boot camp class. I never thought in a million years I would be into a workout like this, but I've been going to this gym for about a year and I love it. It kicks my ass but I always feel good afterward.
Guys, I actually have visible arm muscles now.
Trainers Megan Sicheri and Allie DiFiore put together really well-rounded, full body workout classes and motivate the students every step of the way. They are really great about helping students find modifications due to injury or disability. The other people in the class are pretty awesome too. I have found other exercise class settings to feel cliquey and judgy (hi, barre class). But here, everyone is friendly and supportive of one another and it's just a really good vibe to be around.
Yoga is another part of my routine that I absolutely love.
I've been practicing yoga for many years and it can do wonderful things for a person both physically and mentally. My go-to-all-time favorite yoga class is at Yoga Flow with Rachel French. Her classes are challenging yet restorative and she always incorporates a little mental pep-talk into every class that is always on the mark.
The Pittsburgh area is pretty well saturated with yoga studios so you can practically find a class at any time of day. I would love to venture out and try some new studios and teachers.
Where and how do you exercise? Comment below, please!