Thursday, January 29, 2015

My Father's Daughter?

Setting up the torture.

The department that I'm in at USC offers a FREE biweekly workout to staff. This workout is led by a woman from the PE Dept. 

I went for the first time on Tuesday. I don't know what I was expecting, but what I got was a crossfit-esque circuit training. Omg. I don't even know what a 'burpee' is. 


Now, let me just preface this by saying, I don't work out. I mean, I'm active. I very rarely sit STILL. I do yoga as much as I can, which lately is about 20 mins a day. I like walking and hiking. I do my daily 2 mile walk on weekdays. But that's kind of it. I only run if someone is chasing me and even then, I'd try to negotiate an alternative. I am NOT a high intensity work out person. I've NEVER done anything even remotely like this.  I don't like feeling like I'm going to puke from doing sit ups. My dad thinks that's a fun time. My dad looks like this:

He's the one in the middle ;)
He's a crazy workout person. Always has been. He even won the Beachbody contest for his age group a few years ago. My dad had his hip replaced and had to give up his beloved running. As a result of this surgery, he started doing beach body and p90x. My dad has always been in good shape, but p90x really put him on another level. Even though he was ALWAYS working out and running, his body didn't always show the fruits of this labor. p90x and a radical change in diet did. In fact, it was because of p90x that my dad met his girlfriend! They met on a dating site and she only talked to him because he had a picture with Tony Horton!  Haha. Yvonne is a workout freak too! :P

Check out this video of my dad from the infomerical :D He donated all his winnings to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. 

ANYWAY, exercising until puking is my dad and Vons idea of a date night. ;) But that's not a fun time to me! I like being active, but I hate working out. 

That said...I've never really been in very good shape. Maybe when I was swimming in high school. Maybe. I'm 34 now and I feel like now is the time to do it! Especially considering (ONLY considering) the idea of having a baby-I'd like to be in the best shape possible beforehand. 

So, with the motivation from some of my coworker's...I'm going to do my best to attend this class the two times a week that it's offered. The class can vary from this kind of stuff to yoga to whatever. Danielle, the instructor, is incredible. Despite the large group size (around 40 people), she really takes the time to go around and correct form and push everyone a little harder. It's like a FREE personal trainer. Who can say no to that?

Today was my second day. My legs are SO sore from Tuesday. As I sit here typing this...my arms are quivering and I can hardly walk. :P No pain no gain, right? 

Happy ALMOST weekend!! 

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