On Monday morning, I had my RPM class at YMCA Casey ARC in Narre Warren. With the recent opening of Bunjil Place, there has been a significant increase in car parking issues as the City of Casey haven’t allowed additional spaces in the area. However, I was really lucky to get one this morning. It’s pretty much become a waiting game and it will only get worse in the coming weeks leading up to Christmas. Let’s hope that the council acts on the issue and fast.
This morning’s class was really enjoyable. It was faciliated by a fitness instructor named Shell who was really bubbly, positive and entertaining. We did quite an older release with songs including Bruno Mars’ Treasure, Rihanna’s Diamonds and The Madden Brothers’ We Are Done. I really gave it everything this morning, pushing the resistance up to 40-47% at times and burning just over 500 cals. I could feel my knees, thighs, hips and glutes all working hard throughout the class with Shell talking about muscle recruitment and flushing lactic acid out from the legs (Biology 101 everyone :P). https://www.lesmills.com/workouts/f…
On Monday night, I did my first group Weight Lifting class with Abhishek Ashokkumar at The Yard Strength & Fitness in Pakenham. Of course being my first class, I was presented with several mental barriers: meeting new people, performing a new movement, training with a new PT. The key word obviously being “new”. I really needed to cut myself some slack, be kind to myself and acknowledge that it’s okay to be nervous, shy, socially awkward, make mistakes…basically it’s okay be vulnerable and be myself around other people.
Thankfully, it was only a small group of four people: Ashu Sharma, Emma Mcfarlane, Rebecca Thomas and myself. Obviously there were already established social connections within the group. Even before the class began they were cracking jokes and this helped to ease the tension a little. Still, it’s always been my biggest challenge in social situations; feeling like I’m a part of the group. But again being my first class, this expectation is unrealistic.
Tonight we worked on doing cleans. I was literally in the deep end here however I was determined and willing to give it a go. We warmed up by doing some deadball clean lifts. I managed to do 20 reps at 30kg which is a pretty awesome achievement considering I haven’t really done much strength training at all in the past couple of weeks. Next we set the bars up to do our cleans. https://www.bodybuilding.com/exerci…
Abhi made it easier by breaking the movement down into smaller components: 1. Start by standing in a wide stance and lowering down into a squat position. 2. Next lift the bar up and over the knees/thighs, thrusting the hips back and bouncing the bar forwards, jumping from the heels. 3. Lift the bar quickly upwards and catch the bar onto the collar bone/shoulders, supporting the bar underneath with your forearms.
It’s a very complicated movement but with practice, I know eventually I will get the technique right and be able to perform them. Right now I managed to put an extra 10kg on the bar and lift it up to my shoulders. For someone who’s never done cleans before, it’s an achievement that I can be proud of. I did have some performance anxiety and self-consciousness at times but for the most part, I think I did pretty well to remain calm and focused. https://www.facebook.com/silverback…
On Tuesday night, I went to the Reclaim Your Body seminar held in the training room at YMCA Casey ARC in Narre Warren. The one-hour seminar hosted by Craig started off like any other presentation or lecture and then turned more or less into something of a physio session. He highlighted the fact that abdominal breathing is really important for adequate sleep, brain function and body movement.
We went through several mobility and range of movement tests involving hamstring flexibility, squat depth and lifting through the glutes. Lying down on the yoga mats, we each gave rubbed into several areas including the ribs. sternum, base of the skull and along the jawline as these generally hold the most tension and tightness. Whilst massaging into these points, we had to breathe deeply and continuously into the diaphragm.
The improvements were felt pretty much immediately with a reduction in soreness and greater ease of movement. I did feel slightly light-headed when I sat up and walked around the room but this eventually subsided. Craig was very hands on and informative with each of us and I certainly gained benefits from what he taught us tonight. https://www.facebook.com/ReclaimYB/
On Friday afternoon, I went to the Mind Body Spirit festival with Amy Amy held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) in Southbank. To be honest, I wasn’t feeling particularly mindful (excuse the pun!) going to the MBS festival today as I’ve been dealing with a lot of mental and emotional issues lately plus feeling stressed and pressured at work, feeling indecisive about where my life is heading and what I’m doing. But I’m still glad I made the effort to come out as it was a good excuse to catch up with Amy.
I always find these types of festivals and conventions draining and over-stimulating but like anything in life, you have to take the good with the bad. As always, I was deliberately being guarded and avoiding eye contact passing by all the stalls. I just find it really difficult to trust salespeople in particular who try to pressure me into buying something. No thank you! Plus being broke and in debt doesn’t help either so I really couldn’t afford to buy anything today even if I wanted to. http://www.mbsfestival.com.au/melbo…
Amy and I started off by doing the 10 minute introductory guided meditation with Brahma Kumaris. I recognised the facilitator named Angie who ran the Foundation Meditation course I was attending at Brahma Kumaris Centre for Spiritual Learning, The Peninsula earlier this year. I ended up not continuing with it as I didn’t feel comfortable with some of the philosophies she was teaching. However, I did the meditation mainly for Amy’s sake as she hadn’t been practicing it much.
The one positive that I gained from the MBS festival this time around was a seminar by Julie Rennie, talking about her self-love toolkit and being able to release inner demons from deep within us. She also talked about the importance of clearing negative thoughts, judgements and emotions so that universal love can flow more freely within ourselves.
Not surprisingly, she was also trying to sell her book for $25. But I felt very strong and assertive today, walking away from something I don’t really need. The talk however was very insightful and reminded me of the things I need to work more on…self-belief, self-acceptance, being more patient, being kind and gentle with myself. https://julierennie.com/
On Friday night, I attended my Vinyasa Yoga class with Jade at YMCA Casey ARC in Narre Warren. I was so grateful for tonight’s class as I was in desperate need of reconnection with myself and my body after burning myself out this week. My mind was cluttered with negative emotions and I could feel how tense I was in my neck, shoulders and head so this was exactly what I needed to do tonight.
We started by doing some warm-up flowing sequences (Downward Facing Dog, Plank, Cobra, DFD, Low Lunge, Side Angle Pose) as well as strength and balancing poses (Cat-Cow pose, Arm and Leg balance, Knee to Nose pose, Boat pose, Plow pose, Shoulder stand). I honestly did what I could tonight. Some poses were just far too difficult for me in terms of flexibility and soreness (Heron pose, Noose pose, Half Lord of the Fishes pose) but everyone else was in the same boat.
During the final relaxation pose, Jade was using a Tibetan singing bowl which is made out of hammered brass and a wooden handle is used to create the sound and vibrations. It is quite calming to listen to, clearing the mind of negative thoughts and inducing a peaceful mental state. She also used a high pitched chime to bring us back out of the meditation. http://www.yogayoga.com/Singing-Bow…