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11 July 2009 @ 05:01 pm
I've had better days, but overall not bad  
So I've been going to a new fitness center for about a month now, doing weights (machines, not free weights; I know they're considered evil by real athletes, but I don't have the strength to maintain proper form with free weights yet) and cardio (elliptical cross-trainers are wonderful, and I'm up to 35 minutes on level 2). Today I attempted one of the aerobics classes, the BodyVive, which is meant to be a low-impact, set your own intensity, session.

Well. Note the use of the verb "attempted."

I got about 20 minutes in, not always following all the moves but doing a reasonable job of at least keeping moving and kind of faking it. And then I did something too fast, or zigged when I should have zagged, and suddenly I couldn't catch my breath. Between the adrenaline from the workout and the now gasping for breath, I started panicking, and then I started feeling on-the-edge of hysterics. It felt almost exclusively physical, the hysteria, rather than emotional, if that makes sense? If I hadn't been having trouble breathing, I probably could have channeled the adrenaline into energy. If I hadn't had the adrenaline in my system, I probably could have calmed down my breathing. Between the two, though, I was screwed.

So, not wanting to disrupt the class, I toughed it out to the end of the song, which was fortunately only maybe another 30 seconds or so, and when everyone broke to the walls to grab their water bottles, I grabbed mine and headed out of the class.

I got back to the locker area, plunked myself down in one of the curtained changing rooms, did deep breathing and relaxation until I felt calmer, drank some more water to loosen up the knot in my throat, and came home and had a beer.

I think that I'll avoid the classes for a while; I'm just not up to them yet.
A Wandering Hobbit: purpleredbird on July 11th, 2009 09:33 pm (UTC)
My sympathies.

I do a lot of machines and a few free weights. I don't care what "real athletes" think, I care about results, and the machines are giving me those.
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on July 12th, 2009 01:04 pm (UTC)
That's a good way to look at it. I was just thinking about an article a friend pointed to recently about how "proper form" with weights may be different for women and men, due to differences in skeletal layout (e.g., "knees in line with shoulders" may actually strain women's knees because of the tendency to a wider pelvis), and it was very dismissive of weight machines.
Nannimuejohn on July 11th, 2009 11:49 pm (UTC)
My gym has the Les Mills classes too. Not BodyVive, but if that's anything like BodyCombat wrt co-ordination I can easily see zigging instead of zagging. Do they have RPM (stationary bikes) at your gym? That's low-impact, doesn't require much co-ordination, and you set your own pace and resistance.
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on July 12th, 2009 01:02 pm (UTC)
They do have RPM, but it's always full up -- you have to get there about an hour before class to have a chance of getting a number.
hedwig5221hedwig5221 on July 11th, 2009 11:59 pm (UTC)
I haven't tried the classes yet...I just don't feel comfortable in that setting. I'll stay with my weight machines and treadmill. The elliptical kills my knees!

Of course, I pulled my back last week and had to put a freeze on my training until it's better.
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on July 12th, 2009 01:01 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry to hear about your back -- I hope you get to feeling better soon!

I didn't really feel uncomfortable in the class setting, which was reassuring. I'm just not yet physically ready for it.
hedwig5221hedwig5221 on July 12th, 2009 08:51 pm (UTC)
It's still bothering me...I may have to call LTF tomorrow and freeze my membership until I get back from EFAM...just to be on the safe side. Sucks.

I want to try that class someday...after my back is better, for sure!
Curious Stuffonelargecat on July 12th, 2009 02:24 am (UTC)
Classes are definitely intense. I don't currently belong to a gym, but what I miss about classes is that they always pushed me to work out harder than I did when I was working just on machines.
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on July 12th, 2009 12:55 pm (UTC)
This is true, about pushing oneself. But I think I'm going to push myself on the machines for a while yet before trying another class.
Maggiesillymagpie on July 12th, 2009 07:05 am (UTC)
Was the trouble breathing brought on by a sudden strain or is it something that could be alleviated by using an asthma inhaler before class when/if you do go back?
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on July 12th, 2009 12:49 pm (UTC)
It didn't feel like asthma not being able to breathe; it felt more like getting the wind knocked out of me not being able to convince my body to take a deep breath. If that makes sense?
Maggiesillymagpie on July 13th, 2009 05:42 am (UTC)
Hmmm... If you were having some trouble breathing all along, it might have knocked you into worse stress. I don't know if an inhaler would have helped or not.
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on July 13th, 2009 12:34 pm (UTC)
I don't think I was having trouble all along -- it didn't build up slowly, it just suddenly hit. Or anyway that's how I perceived it; I might have missed a slow build-up through concentrating on what I was supposed to be doing.
Maggiesillymagpie on July 13th, 2009 03:38 pm (UTC)
I don't think so. You would have noticed it you had started panting, so it probably did begin suddenly.
Cognitive Dissonancecaitycat on July 12th, 2009 07:07 am (UTC)
Don't feel bad - the first time I did a Les Mills Bodystep class, I fell over and sprained my ankle - much embarrassment and pain and weeks off!

Classes are HARD, even when they are allegedly "set your own pace". I was doing a Radical Fitness class called "Oxigeno" for a while, but have gone back to doing machine weights for now - gotta build up strength and fitness first before I tackle classes again.

The only freeweights I do are teeny ones for shoulder - 1.5 kg, it feels like a joke for the first few reps, but by the end - owie!

Beer afterwards definitely the right prescription!!
Janet Miles, CAP-OMjanetmiles on July 12th, 2009 12:54 pm (UTC)
Oh, dear!

That Oxigeno class looks lovely in the promo video, but I can see where it would require some considerable strength to do some of the moves.