I remember when I first started taking group classes. I looked for the least busy time slot, kept to myself and avoided others. Don’t even get me started if someone was too close to me in yoga. Namaste- now get off my mat.
Now that couldn’t be farther from the case. People bring energy and I need that energy to go deeper in my backbend, go deeper in my front squat and pick up speed at the end of a run. I cross my fingers for a packed class and it makes my day when someone touches me in yoga.
I have the energy of others to thank for the success of tonight’s workout.
I made the 6pm WOD after a hot power yoga class. The WOD looks deceiving but it was mentally challenging because of its length and cardiovascularly challenging because of the movements completed witch such little rest.
The deal was you complete five burpees and one bear complex (see below) every minute on the minute. All movements must be completed within each 60 seconds. If you don’t complete it in time or take a minute to rest, that’s the number you count (although you still go on to finish all 30 minutes).
The Bear Complex:
1. Power Clean
2. Front Squat
4. Back Squat
Most people weren’t hitting 30 consecutive minutes. I began the workout planning on going far but certainly not hitting 30.
At 25 I was out of breath and the bear complex was slow and hard. I decided I hit my limit and would sit out a round, making 25 my score. I sat there after the timer signaled another round, sad I didn’t make it to the end even though I’d be completing the rest of the workout. All of the sudden one of the coaches and athletes next to me told me to get down there and go, that I could do it. I said I didn’t have time to complete the round and was sitting out. They disagreed.
Boom I slammed to the ground, banged out five burpees and whipped through that bear complex faster than I knew was possible.
I finished all 30 rounds exhausted, shaky and oh-so-satisfied. All thanks to the energy of those around me.
Do you like others close to you in classes?