Workouts 3/15 – 3/21

Another good and varied week of exercise. I am very happy to say that I lifted weights twice this week. That hasn’t happened in a while so it feels great. I also made it back to my yoga studio and it was a tough class after over two weeks off. I needed the sweat and stretching.

I wanted to run with the Running Club yesterday (Saturday) but I had to be at work by 7 a.m. (sense my enthusiasm). Hopefully next weekend!

Sunday: 4 miles. It was that run I talked about earlier this week. Needless to say, it was tough.

Monday: 30 minutes of upper body weights (mainly back and biceps)

Tuesday: 3.25 miles. Afternoon runs are hard for me, but the summer-like weather made it even more challenging. Time to get readjusted to running in the heat.

Wednesday: Spin (I used this playlist from a few weeks ago) + 20 minutes of chest and triceps.

Thursday: 4 easy miles in the morning + hot yoga at night

Friday: 90 minute walk while listening to podcasts. I covered about 5.25 miles. The weather was too gorgeous to not stay outside as long as possible. Especially because I knew I would be inside all day on Saturday.

Saturday: Off

What’s your favorite podcast?
How often do you lift weights?

The Megaformer

Have you heard of the Megaformer? Before last week I thought it was a superhero or Transformer character, so I understand if you’re confused.

Over spring break I became well-aquainted with this little contraption and took three classes at a local studio in Tampa called Mantra.  We have a family friend who raves about it so my mom and I wanted to try it for ourselves.

From Mantra’s website: “The state of the art Megaformer™ provides constant resistance and infinitely more exercise options than a traditional reformer; it allows the body to shift smoothly and quickly from one exercise to another to get the blood pumping and maintain increased heart rate. All muscle groups, from big to small, are strengthened in a non-aggressive, no-impact manner making this workout as good for your muscles as it is for your joints. Your spine stays protected, your mind engaged, and your body pushed to its limits.”

Megaformer workout Tampa

Going into the class I expected to have a similar experience as I did when I tried a barre class. I didn’t find barre to be a workout  and I felt silly during the class (just my opinion). However, the Megaformer surprised me. Big time.

Yes, I guess it is a “girly” workout and you’ll probably see mostly women at the studios, but it’s effective.

The Megaformer incorporates elements of Pilates with cardio segments for a full-body workout. The focus is on slow and controlled movements with fast transitions in between exercises. The names of the exercises are kind of confusing (ex: Mermaid Twist, Elevator Lunge, Spoon) but the instructor explains them well and corrects form.

Megaformer Tampa

What adds resistance to every exercise are the springs at the front of the Megaformer. There are two blue springs and four yellow springs. The blue springs provide the most resistance but for most exercises we used two yellow springs. The instructor will cue when to change them and you can always adjust if needed.

Megaformer Tampa

Every class is different. We did some of the same moves each time but there are endless variations. Plus, the instructor switches the order of the exercises and spring resistance so it’s not the same workout every time.

Both ends of the Megaformer have straps that can be used for upper body moves and core. You stand, sit, kneel and lie on the Megaformer depending on the exercise. That part feels silly. The middle platform is what moves (slides back and forth with effort).

The class is 50 minutes and is broken up into four segments: core, obliques, legs and upper body. Each movement in the segment is done for 30 seconds to 1 minute before switching. The time FLEW by. Both my mom and I commented that it was the fastest 50 minute workout we’ve ever done.

Here is an example of a core movement:

Megaformer Tampa

Keeping a straight spine I used my core to move the platform forward and backward.

Megaformer Tampa

It’s a small movement but I was sore the next day. I said to my mom (who was sore too), “I’ve never had my stomach hurt and it not be a stomach ache but instead sore abs.” That’s a feeling I’d much rather have! My abs NEVER get sore.

Overall, my inner thighs and hamstrings were probably the most sore. The upper body movements didn’t do much for me.

Other things to note:

-It’s expensive. There’s no getting around that. My mom and I each bought a Living Social for 3 classes for $39, but otherwise it’s $30 a class. They have membership options but it’s still pricey.

-You have to buy grip socks. They were $20 at the studio but you can probably find them cheaper elsewhere. I’m going to try to use them for yoga to get my money’s worth.

-The website claims you burn 500 calories per class, but I have a hard time believing that as I barely sweat and I didn’t really get my heart rate up. My mom is going to wear a heart rate monitor next time to test out that theory.

I won’t be going to a studio near me unless I can find another Groupon/Living Social package because, like Soul Cycle, it’s way out of my college student budget. But I really enjoyed the class and the results. Give it a try at a studio near you!

*Linking up with the Fit Dish today! Thanks, Jill and Jessica*

Do your abs get sore after core work? If so, tell me your secrets!

Workouts 3/8 – 3/14

Happy Sunday! Well, today is not the happiest Sunday for me as spring break is over as I’m heading back to Miami this morning. Sigh…back to reality. But this week was just what I wanted and needed.

Workout wise, this week was a complete 180 from my normal routine. Low-intensity, low-impact and just all around different. Will explain more tomorrow!

Sunday: 2 mile walk with my mom and dog. I love these walks.

Monday: Megaformer class. More on this Tuesday! Let’s just say my legs were really sore.

Megaformer workout Tampa

Tuesday: Circuit training class.

Wednesday: Off

Thursday: Megaformer class

Friday: Megaformer class

Saturday: 30 minutes of upper body weights. For some reason I’m more motivated to do weights when I’m home. Not sure why, but I went with it.

Talk to you tomorrow!