Hi, welcome back to Part 2 of my blog relaunch! In case you missed it I’m releasing 5 more posts today in celebration of relaunching my blog. A project that has been in the works for over a year now. But fear not, it is finally here. In today’s post I’m talking all about working out and how I stay fit after a life of gymnastics.
This is something that is super important to me now but truthfully wasn’t always. Honestly, I absolutely hated working out. And I still do a little bit. But once I found something that works for my body (non-impact workouts) I started to warm up to the idea of daily activity.
Working out and Gymnastics in College
It’s no surprise that after 14 years of gymnastics and a few of those years training as an elite gymnast that my body was pretty broken down. In college I had trouble lifting hand weights heavier than 15 pounds and I was pretty constrained to just squatting the bar with no weights on it. And even then, my back would feel the wrath.
Oh and did I mention, I was in a bad car accident my sophomore year in college that resulted in some very serious rib pain. They couldn’t figure out exactly what it was but it caused me a lot of pain while doing any cardio workouts. It was such serious pain that I walked around most practices and some competitions with two ice bags strapped to my ribs.
So when I graduated I pretty much shut the door for any physical activity. Completely stayed away from it.
And then when I moved to Jersey, and saw how important working out was to Kaalen I decided to give it another try. I was hesitant at first because I didn’t want to deal with any pain. Luckily, I had finally gotten to a place where my ribs healed and I was able to do cardio.
I still stayed away from the weights because that is just a nightmare I refuse to do! But I started to run, everyday just for 30 minutes until I made it a routine and then started to add on.
Then, along came Pilates
But I got really bored of running wanted to try something completely different. I had heard of Pilates and Barre workouts but never really knew the details. So I decided to take a free trial class at Club Pilates nearby.
And I completely fell in love. It’s a great combination of core, resistance training, cardio, stretching, muscle isolation and TRX training.
I do Pilates on the reformer machine which is basically a spring based tension machine, which helps to lengthen and strengthen your muscles. It’s a great workout by it self but also really compliments workouts like Crossfit.
Pilates is great because not only am I getting my flexibility back and getting in great workouts without impacting my body. As a plus, I’m also working muscles that in gymnastics, weren’t the main focus.
Working towards certification
I have loved every minute of my Pilates membership. Once my schedule stabilizes I’ll be able to try and go more than 2 days a week. I’m also working on saving money to eventually get my certification so that I can eventually teach Pilates classes in my free time.
Pilates is definitely my favorite way of working out. If you’d like to hear more about my Pilates journey I’d be happy to share.
P.S. if you didn’t already get the chance be sure to stop by my About Me page to get to know more about my story.
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