Gym Classes

So, as mentioned in my July Update, I became a member of my local gym for over the school holidays. I’m traditionally a tight-wad and so shelling out for a gym membership means that I’m bloody well going to have to get my money’s worth while it lasts! My first tactic was to book onto as many classes as I could for the couple of days before we go away. So far I’ve been to ‘Body Attack’ and ‘Step and Tone’:

‘Body Attack’
Yes, yes it was. I really don’t want to be extremely negative (because I do have a penchant to sway towards the cynical), but this is a class I won’t be going back to. From the camp, bald yet hairy all over lycra-clad instructor to the 500-mile-an-hour pace, I hated every second. It should have been a huge warning sign that there was no-one over a size 8 in the room (including the comedy instructor). On the plus side I did sweat. A LOT. On a serious note, the main issue I had with it was the pace. We were squatting and doing all sorts of manoeuvres that I wasn’t doing properly because we had to go so fast. Maybe I’m just getting old but I can’t get into and out of positions at lightning speed!

On a side note, why do they always have the music so loud in this types of HIIT classes. My current theory is that it’s to focus your attention on the headache you’re developing and away from your aching limbs.

‘Step and Tone’
I could have predicted that this one would be more to my taste. Being mid-morning meant that there were fewer people there and a seeing a real mix of people was much more comforting. I fit right in amongst the 70-year-old grannies and the overweight students. This class was a mixture of step aerobics/step dance routines and some toning exercises with weights. I could have done with a bit more high intensity cardio, but the toning was right up my street; proper beginner style. I’ve already booked again for next week.

The only other class I’m booked in for is Treadfast on Tuesday evening. That class will definitely be a reoccurring one. Pilates is fully booked but there’s a couple of others that I’ve got my eye on. One called ‘Just Jog’ stands out but the description of it as an ‘outdoor jogging club’ doesn’t massively sell it to me. We’ll see.

Whatever happens and whatever terrible classes I sign up to, I will get my money’s worth!

Happy healthy exercising.

Around the Corner Fitness.

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New Gym Wear (Again)

In my post about meal planning, I mentioned that I shouldn’t be allowed to go to the supermarket. Well…I went to the supermarket.

Every time I pop into Sainsbury’s I can’t resist having a look at the clothes. Most of the time I don’t like anything but every now and again there’s a little hidden gem. This time it’s their gym clothes. I could have bought at least half a dozen things from their latest collection, but settled on these three pieces (for the time being until I go back).

The leggings (£14)
The top (£12) This has a mesh panel at the pack which provides a lovely breeze!
The jumper (£14)

The jumper is particularly impressive and I’ve found that I can wear it just as a regular jumper. It’s not the most flattering thing I’ve ever owned, but it’s definitely been one of the most comfortable. I’d size down if you’re going for the top. I bought a 10 (I’m usually a 10) and I’ve found it to be a little baggy; I think it’s just a more oversized style.

Happy healthy exercising.

Around the Corner Fitness.

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New Gym Wear

With all the extra time I’ve been spending in the gym I felt that some new gym wear was justified. Originally I started off with 3 pairs of leggings that were going to be rotated around. I bought 2 pairs from New Look and 1 pair from TK MAXX that were an American brand with a rather funky pattern. Unfortunately, one of the New Look pairs and the TK MAXX pair fell down all the time whilst I was running. Perhaps I just have an overly large tummy or am weirdly proportioned, but I’d find myself doing a comedy half run, half hike up the leggings hop down the street, which was doing nothing to help improve my running time. Those pairs were resigned to the charity pile and the hunt for more comfortable and practical leggings resumed. It was needed. Recycling the same pair of leggings for 2 months is not pretty!

On a trip to London for my birthday earlier this year I made the mistake of wandering into Lululemon, the most gorgeous fitness shop. Unfortunately most of the things were out of my price range but I picked up a wonderful pair of ‘Toasty Tech Tights’ that kept me warm through the Northern winter runs perfectly. (I’m thinking of doing a separate post on these if anyone is interested).

When I was chatting to one of the PT girls about my leggings woes she suggested having a look at Sara da Silva Brazilian Fitness Wear online. Sara is a Brazilian body builder that has created her own small business making leggings and gym wear from really bright material. I had a browse on her website and her Facebook page and I knew instantly I had to get my hands on a pair. From the pictures that other people had posted, the leggings looked so bright and Sara’s promise of them being high-waisted and squat proof was a lure too much. I purchased two pairs (I hope Mr Rose isn’t reading this).

 

The first pair I ordered were the ‘Ace Ace Baby’ leggings and OH MY GOODNESS.When I unwrapped them I actually did a little squeal of excitement. They are the brightest thing I think I will ever own and although squeezing into them felt a bit like how I imagine sausage meat feels when it’s being shoved into its plastic wrapping, they are comfortable.

I agree with one of the reviewers on the website who says that the waist band is quite tight; they’re a legging I want to take off rather than lounge around the house in, but they’ve been perfect for going for a run. No hopping around or pulling them up. The only slight downside is that they’re hand wash only (who does that?!) but I’ve been advised by people who have bought them before that they’re fine in the machine on a hand wash and cold wash setting (Update: I washed them last night on a 20ºc hand wash and they’re fine). I’d definitely recommend them and repurchase.

The second pair I’ve ordered are the black ‘High Fashion’ leggings (which makes me laugh – there’s nothing high fashion about me!). These were out of stock when I ordered so they’ll take 7-10 days to arrive. I’ll put some pictures up when they come through. If they’re as good as the first pair I’ll love them.

Is there anywhere else I should consider shopping for gym wear that isn’t too expensive but isn’t so cheap it’s see-through? I’m in need of some tops now. Any suggestions welcome.

Happy healthy mind and body.

Around the Corner Fitness.

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