Although I’ve been working out for a few weeks now, I still get lost at the gym sometimes and I don’t always have a plan on what to do for each workout. With that being said, i decided to take another group fitness class today. This one was called ‘Cycle (60)’.
As you can tell from the sign posted above, the class ran for 60 minutes and our instructor’s name was Elizabeth. She was very fit, really motivated, and kept the group encouraged. We did multiple different intervals and changed gears many times. We focused on endurance and then we also spent time working on fighting hard resistance. I learned that cycling works major muscles, gets your heart rate up, and will leave you exhausted… Overall, it was a difficult class, but well worth it.
I took another group fitness class today. It was called “Core” and it consisted of exercises that strengthen your abdominal and lateral flexers. It’s also supposed to improve torso stability and function. This class was only 30 minutes in length which is why I also did ten minutes on the stair master and ten minutes on the rowing machine.
Although today’s workout was fairly decent, I wanted to focus on the workout I completed last night. I got to the gym later than normal, at around 8:30 in the evening and I completed the following:
- One hour of cardio on the Cybex Arc Trainer
- Ten minutes on the rowing machine at level 9
- Ten minutes of lunges and squats without additional weight
When I first began working out, I could only go on the Cybex machine for about 15 minutes. Last night, I was able to stay on it for an hour, burning 668 calories. This is a huge accomplishment for me because it shows that my hard work is increasing my stamina. Hooray for progress!
My classes begin at 8:30 am and end at 6:00 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. With that being said, I don’t have very much time in the morning to devote to my first meal of the day: breakfast. This morning I threw together a little bowl of protein, antioxidants, and fiber. It was quick and delicious. The ingredients are below.
- Non-fat yogurt
- Half of a banana
- Almond slices
I definitely recommend this. It tasted like a morning treat.
My current living situation is in a sorority house on the University of Florida campus. Living here means having breakfast, lunch, and dinner made for me every. single. day. (Sounds incredible right? If you’re not watching what you eat, it is.) Our chefs sometimes make healthy meals such as grilled shrimp with crab legs and rice, flat iron steaks with asparagus spears, or honey-glazed salmon with zucchini and squash. Our chefs also make quite unhealthy and buttery meals such as grilled cheese and tomato soup, pasta bar with garlic bread, and fried chicken tenders with macaroni and cheese.
Luckily, a salad bar is offered with every meal we get. Today, I made my own salad for lunch that included the following ingredients:
- Spinach leaves
- Baby tomatoes
- Grilled chicken slices
- Sunflower seeds
- Raspberry Vinaigrette dressing
Not only was is tasty but it was quite aesthetically pleasing:
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The University of Florida’s student recreation and fitness centers offer multiple group fitness classes for students to take. Not only are the classes offered at multiple different locations, but they are also available to students for FREE. Free workout classes are wonderful and they shouldn’t be taken for granted because after graduation, similar work-out classes will be far more costly and at public locations.
I began taking fitness classes on Sunday, January 10th, A.K.A. just yesterday… and I also took a class today called 50/50. It consisted of 50% cardio and 50% body weight training. Some of the exercises included plyometrics, agility, and other activities that raise your heart rate. Although it was difficult, I feel a lot better and more energized after taking it.
Below are my current statistics for anyone interested: (I’ll be posting these periodically to keep track of progress!)
- Height: 5’3
- Starting weight: 135 lbs
- Size: Medium, 4
P.s. I’m already sore…
A Multimedia Journalist. A Traveler. An Aspiring Fitness Junkie.
I’m Megan. I currently work for WUFT News at the University of Florida and plan on graduating this April. Before I take my first steps into the real-world full of big-girl jobs and newsworthy activities, I hope to reach my goal of becoming healthier and adding the word “fit” when describing my lifestyle.
On my resume, my dream is to become a news reporter or anchor. In reality, I dream of being successful in that career field but I also hope to be in better health, in better shape, and to be more active than I am today. (All of these being done with the resources that are currently available to me.)
I’m 20 years old this year, which means it’s prime time to get in shape. On this blog, you will witness progress and hopefully be inspired to do the same.