Abs and Cycle


You know what’s funny about this class?  I thought the abs workout was going to be the hard part and the cycling would be easy.  I could not have been more wrong!  I got through the ab exercises fairly easily (surprisingly), but my legs were literally like jello during the cycling.  To be honest, I haven’t taken a cycling class in about 10 years so it became obvious that I was working muscles that I normally never use.

This is a great class for those of you are interested in getting a tough workout when you come to the Ranch.  The first half of the class consists of crunches which I don’t want to make sound easy because they weren’t.  We did about four or five sets of different crunches and leg lifts (always the hardest for me) and I’m definitely feeling sore just a couple of hours later.  So to be honest, by the time we got to the bikes, I thought, awesome, now for the easy part!  Ha!  About a third of the way through my legs started to feel particularly tired and embarrassingly, I started to wonder if I was going to make it through the rest of the workout.  A word of advice, make sure to keep yourself hydrated during this class (you will need it).

So, there I was, basically getting a harder workout than I anticipated and Alejandro is telling us that now it’s time to stand up and pedal and I’m thinking, yeah right.  But what am I going to do, quit?  Yeah right.  So I fought through the fatigue plus the pain and stood up to pedal.  Guess what?  Pedaling standing up is way easier than sitting down (don’t ask me why).  So every time we went from sitting to standing (which we did a lot)  it was like a little bit of relief.  Finally the end of the class came and I can’t lie…I was very happy about it.  Here’s the thing, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again.  Sometimes working out can be torture, but the spectacular feeling you get after doing it (not to mention the health benefits) is so so worth it.  I felt really really good after Abs and Cycle, not to mention being proud of the mere fact that I finished the class.  I think my body was telling me I need to do this more often.

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