Cutting Back is Hard to Do.

As you may know by, 1. my lack of posts throughout the last two months, and 2. the fact that I apologize for it every time I manage to get a post out, life has been pretty hectic here in 2014. I’m still getting my workouts in, classes are great, work is fine, the boy is wonderful … but I feel like I’m constantly running (and not in the way I like to be).

The last six months of my life have been pretty whirlwind. I started a new (more demanding … and significantly better paying) job. I met my Marine (which made me realize that there really are great guys out there … even if I sometimes call him a jerkface, I can’t over look the fact that he took me to a ball and Hawaii). I’ve made new friends, seen new places, and, as my mother would say, finally allowed myself to have somewhat of a life outside of the gym and work. Granted, it hasn’t all been great – I (barely) survived the government shutdown a mere three weeks into my new job, and seriously, if the longest winter of all time is not behind us, I may completely lose it. But overall, I’m probably in the best place I’ve been in a long time.

However, with the good, I’ve realized that while I’d like to be, I’m not superwoman. I can’t do it all, no matter how hard I try. At the end of the day, I’m exhausted. Life has been a treadmill, and it’s been set at a 9-mile an hour pace (whereas my average running pace usually hovers more around 7). I’ve had to really look at what I can do to find a fraction of time in my life and start to catch my breath before I pass out. And it’s led me to do something that has me still struggling with some mixed feelings.

I’ve been teaching two classes on Sunday mornings for more than three and a half years now. And while I love my classes, I’m exhausted. I’m not making enough time for myself and the people and activities that are important to me outside of the gym. Which is why, though it was a hard decision to make, I’m stepping back a little.

Tomorrow is my last Sunday double. I’ll still be teaching Pilates every other week, but I just feel like at this point in my life, it’s too much for me to be committed to every week. Though it should already be, I still want to make it clear that I thought long and hard, and struggled with what I really wanted to do. I’ve thought about it for months, and even asked back in November if there was any way to find an alternate schedule. Unfortunately, I was only able to make it work for one class.

It’s tough to give up my Piloxing class, though. Honestly, it’s something I’m really proud of. I’ve built the format from scratch, introducing something totally new to a club that drinks the Les Mills koolaid by the keg. I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished with that group. I’ve seen many of my regulars become stronger, fitter…heck, I’ve watched a couple of them fall so in love with the format they became certified instructors. And I’m so glad I’ll still get to play with them every Wednesday.

This will be a change for me. I won’t have an alarm wake me up every Sunday. I won’t have to turn down plans because I have to teach in the morning (or I’m teaching during said plans). I’ll be able to go out of town without having to beg someone to cover a class for me. It’s definitely a change, and change is good. I’ll miss seeing those faces every week…but I’ve also missed having a life.

So there it is, the big news. The rest of my schedule is staying the same, so I’ll update on the new schedule early next week.

Spinning Playlist – March 27, 2014

Happy Thursday everyone! I feel like this has been kind of a whirlwind of a week so far – there has been a lot going on! Despite all the craziness that has been the story of my life these days, it is always refreshing to walk into a studio full of familiar faces ready to have their butts kicked.

That said, here’s what we rode to tonight:

Warm-up (Flat Road; Start Resistance 3-4 on a Scale of 10)
Love Don’t Die – The Fray

Building Block #1 (Start Resistance 5, Build to 9)
Part of Me – Katy Perry
Titanium – David Guetta ft. Sia
Telephone – Lady Gaga
Paralyzer – Finger Eleven

Building Block #2 (Start Resistance 4-5, Build to 9+)
Sweet Nothing – Calvin Harris ft. Florence Welch
What the Hell – Avril Lavigne
In My Head – Jason DeRulo
Forever Now – Ne-Yo
Up in the Air – 30 Seconds to Mars
Criminal – Fiona Apple

Building Block #3 (Start Resistance 4, Build to 9)
Work Work – Britney Spears
Take Me Home – Cash Cash ft. Bebe Rexha
Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) – Kellly Clarkson
Miss Jackson – Panic at the Disco ft. Lolo

Peace – O.A.R.
All of Me – John Legend

Have a great weekend everyone! Good luck with your brackets (assuming that those crazy first couple rounds didn’t break them) – it should be a full weekend for basketball fans (for the record, my Tigers are in the NIT. I guess it’s better than nothing?)

My Students are Becoming Instructors. I Feel Like a Proud Mama.

I know, I know. I’ve been a slacker lately (from a blog perspective). But there has been a LOT going on … and I have some exciting news to share – albeit about a week later than I really wanted to talk about it.

I’ve been teaching group fitness classes for about five years now, and it is, hands down, the most rewarding job in the world. Though it’s more of my free-time fun activity vs. my actual job (at least for now … someday …), I’ve found not only the success stories you hear, but also the relationships you build to be pretty amazing.

Which brings me to what I want to talk about today. I’ve had a few girls take the leap and attend certification classes for a number of formats throughout the years (and another one is picking up another certification soon). Let’s be honest: it’s easy to sign up for a class, but to actually take the time to practice, get an audition, rock it, and get hired by a gym? It’s a lot more difficult (and time consuming) than most people realize.

Which is why I was THRILLED to find out that last week, the first of my “babies” (yes, I’m claiming them now) did all of these things. My girl Kim has been a regular in my Piloxing classes for a while now, and took the leap of faith to get certified herself back in July. And last week, she got herself hired to sub at XSport.

Yes, there is still some work to do, and she’ll do a little team teaching and likely still practicing (and obviously, still attending classes). And the first couple classes may not be perfect (I’ll admit mine did not go as well as I would have wanted them to). But the biggest hurdles are already behind her. It takes a lot of guts to get in front of a room full of people and convince them that you’re not torturing them, you’re having fun with them. And getting a good sweat on along the way. Like anything else, once you’ve done it a few times, it becomes second nature. And as the classes pass, you’ll find what works for you, what works for the class, and how important continuing education truly is.

But I’m claiming “proud mama” (no, I do not have children, and yes, I am younger than Kim). To know that your passion has helped another person build that same kind of passion within herself? It’s incredible. And that’s what makes a great instructor: passion. Seeing Kim’s smiling face in class all these months, I know she has that passion. And I can’t wait to see her start rocking her own classes.

So, are you motivated to make it happen for yourself now? Here are a couple former posts that can get you going:

Finding a Group Fitness Mentor

How Do I Break into the Fitness Industry?




Spinning Playlist – March 20, 2014

Warm-up (Flat Road; Start Resistance 3-4 on a Scale of 10)
Mr. Brightside – The Killers

Building Block 1 (Start Resistance 5, Build to 9)
Starstrukk – 3oh!3 ft. Katy Perry
Neon Lights – Demmi Lovato
How I Feel – Flo Rida
Clumsy – Fergie
My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark – Fall Out Boy

Building Block 2 (Start Resistance 5, Build to 9)
Turn Me On – David Guetta ft. Nicki Minaj
Sex on Fire – Kings of Leon
Closer – Tegan and Sara
I Need Your Love – Calvin Harris ft. Ellie Goulding
Give Me More – Britney Spears
Find Your Love – Drake

Building Block 3 (Start Resistance 4-5, Build to 9)
Moves Like Jagger – Maroon 5 ft. Christina Aguilera
Untouched – The Veronicas
Dirty Little Secret – All-American Rejects
E.T. – Katy Perry ft. Kanye West

Clarity (Zedd Union Mix) – Zedd ft. Foxes
Wake Me Up (Acoustic) – Aloe Blacc

Spinning Playlist – March 13, 2014

Hi everyone! Good thing getting back to consistent blog posts was not my New Years’ resolution, because if it was, I’d be failing miserably these days. Speaking of resolutions (which you know I don’t really believe in) … maybe that should be a post soon…
But on to tonight’s playlist, straight off of the bike:
Warm-up (Flat Road; Resistance 3-4 on a Scale of 10)
Believer – American Authors

Building Block 1 (Start Resistance 5, Build to 9)
Club Can’t Handle Me – Flo Rida
Keeps Getting Better – Christina Aguilera
Stay the Night – Zedd
Blackout – Breathe Carolina
The Fighter – Gym Class Heroes ft. Ryan Tedder

Building Block 2 (Start Resistance 4-5, Build to 9+)
Endorphins – Sub Focus ft. Alex Clare
Feel So Close – Calvin Harris
Safe and Sound – Capital Cities
Don’t Cha – Pussycat Dolls
Inside of You – Hoobastank

Building Block 3 (Start Resistance 4-5, Build to 9+)
Lucky Strike – Maroon 5
I Believe – Timeflies
Repeat – David Guetta ft. Jessie J
So What – Pink
Miss Jackson – Panic at the Disco

Burn – Ellie Goulding
Unconditionally – Katy Perry

Have a great weekend everyone! We’ll see you back here next week!

Spinning Playlist – March 6, 2014

Dear Spring, where are you?? We’re still waiting. At least we had a great class tonight to warm us up!

Here’s what we rode to this evening:

Warm-up (Flat Road; Resistance 3-4 on a Scale 10)
Out of My League – Fitz and the Tantrums

Building Block #1 (Start Resistance 5, Build to 9)
Take Me Home – Cash Cash
Let Me Love You – Ne-Yo
Miss Jackson – Panic! at the Disco

Building Block #2 (Start Resistance 4-5, Build 9+)
Work Work – Britney Spears
Tommie Sunshine Megamix Smashup – Katy Perry
Up in the Air – 30 Seconds to Mars
Stronger – Kanye West

Building Block #3 (Start Resistance 5, Build to 7+)
Bombs Over Baghdad – Outkast
Neon Lights – Demi Lovato
Animal – Ke$ha
How I Feel – Flo Rida
Desert Rose – Sting

Human – Christina Perri
Say Something – A Great Big World

Have a great weekend! Enjoy the (hopefully lasting) warmer weather!