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Saturday, January 08, 2011

even if it means I'm signing up for getting my arse kicked every week.

Back in September, my son and I started taking PunkRope classes at the Abington-YMCA on Wednesday nights. Then, they did some renovations and our class got relocated to the baskbetball gym. Needless to say, the acoustics were awful. We couldn't always hear the instructor or the music over the bouncing basketballs and raucous bball players on the other side of the gym. Once the new cycle of classes began, the athletic director moved the class back up to the original room. However, in order to do this, she had to change the night from Wednesday to Thursday. I had class on Thursday night last semester, and again this semester. This means no PunkRope for me (or my son).

While going to the Ambler-YMCA on a Friday night, my hubby and I saw a class going on up on the second floor mezzanine of the Fitness Center. We found out it was called "Kurt's Short Circuit Training." and it meets every Friday from 6:00-7:00. According to the YMCA blurb it is "a nonstop circuit that will test your endurance in both strength and cardio capacties." So, last night, we decided to give it a shot. OH! EM! GEE! We had no idea what we were in for. The instructor gave an overview of each exercise in the rotation and then we were off. We had to do each exercise at as high intensity as possible for 1 minute, rest for a minute, and then move to the next station. We did all 8 stations and took a 5 minute rest. Then we did the circuit a second time. These were the stations:

Box jumps
Incline push-ups
Burpees
Ship rope
Weighted crunches (I used a 10-lb kettlebell)
Plyo lunges
Six inches
Seated row

I've never done P90X, but I've seen the infommercials. I think this class has a similar feel to some of the exercises of that program. I had to modify some of these exercises on occasion because of my knees. Otherwise, it was an awesome workout. Hubby and I felt like we really gave it all we had during the class. The instructor was super-nice and helpful. He commented that the stations are different from week to week, and this week's stations were on the more intense side. There were some exercises I felt like I was a complete noob. The machine didn't start right away on my first go-through on the box jumps. My plyo jumps were more like step-forward deep knee lunges. The ship rope will take some getting used to. My first set of burpees were uncoordinated and seemed only marginally better in the second set.

Even so, I can't wait to go back next week. Same goes for hubby. I may be a fumbling foundling for the first few weeks, but I can only get better from here.

BRING IT ON ! emoticon
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