After Ellie was born, my body was out of whack and my back was killing me. I went to the chiro at least once a week and, after a year, I decided I needed to go to physical therapy.
PT: What do you do for exercise?
Me: Hmmmm…. define exercise.
He gave me the big speech that I was in my 40s and really needed to do some kind of exercise. Well, it must have been kissmet because a few days later, we got an opportunity to join the spa (gym) at Turtle Bay. (In years past, doing ANYTHING at Turtle Bay has been off-limits. But not long ago, they started offering memberships to the public, how amazing is that?!)
We have the couples membership. It gives us gym equipment access, pool access, discounts on resort restaurants and spa services, and most importantly – class access. (You get 10 classes included per month with your membership – which is the perfect amount.)
I’ve always been intimidated by exercise classes – mostly because I have no experience and I’m severely uncoordinated. But then I learned – nobody is looking! They are all focused on their own workout too much to worry about mine! I also learned that the teacher is what makes a class good (similar to school, I guess).
The two classes I do (that have my favorite teachers teaching them) are HIIT and Barre – both of which I have NEVER done before joining.
The HIIT is a high intensity circuit training class consisting of 9 stations – each of which you spend 60 seconds doing. The stations vary at every class and I won’t lie – sometimes while he is explaining what we will do at a station, I start laughing because it seems like it will be impossible! (But yes, I do get through it.) The entire class is 30 minutes – and researching online told me that doing this type of work out burns the most fat in the shortest amount of time – AND BONUS – will continue to burn fat throughout the day. It is more efficient than running on the treadmill for an hour.
The Barre class goes to another level for me. Think: classical ballet meets pilates. It is aerobic, uses balance, and relies on flexibility – NONE of which describe me. But it’s fun because it’s challenging. I told Ross I do my best to copy the teacher and THINK I am doing pretty well – until I look in the mirror and realize I’m a clumsy mess. (By the way, this teacher is the most beautiful person on Earth – I mean, even her voice comes out like a song! It’s like buying clothes from Victoria’s Secret catalog – you have high hopes but it never looks the same ON YOU as it did on the model!)
These classes have changed my life. I look forward to them. They actually make me feel happier – like I’m living a fuller life. I still can’t do a crunch without wincing and forget about asking me to do push ups plank-style, but I am proud to say I know what a TRX is, and I actually like it! (Planning to take that class next month while my mom is staying over.)
If you live in town, these two classes alone are worth the drive out. Classes without membership are $10 (a steal!) and you can join anytime. Here is more information about the spa: http://www.turtlebayresort.com/Oahu-Spa/Memberships