Pushing through the burn is part of a great, indoor cycling sweat session. There’s a big difference between that ‘hurts so good’ feeling and real pain. If you’ve ever left a class with a killer workout under your belt, but an aching body, here are some suggestions to stop the pain, and why it could be happening. Continue reading
A few weeks ago I participated in the BMO Vancouver Marathon. This was my 5th half marathon, third BMO race, and first postnatal half. In typical BMO style the race was top notch. From package pick up and organization, to the crowd and finish line party. The difference this year was my attitude.
For the last six years I have enjoyed the privilege of having someone else’s children in my home for part of Mother’s day. It is not until last year that I was able to celebrate this day with my own child. Holidays, including Mother’s Day, are important to me. I try to foster this attitude in my children.
Over the years I have reminded them of holidays. Encouraging them to make cards, work on crafts, or taking them out to purchase a little something for their Mother. It never occurred to me that I wouldn’t help my stepchildren with gifts for their Mothers on holidays. Why wouldn’t I? She is the reason I am blessed.
It’s been over a months since I’ve returned to work after maternity leave. I never thought going back to work would be as difficult as it has been. Before having my little guy I expected to walk back into the office as the firecracker that I was pre-babe. After having him I discovered how profoundly unrealistic that was. Expecting to walk into the office the same person I was when I left is the professional equivalent of expecting to wear my favorite pre-pregnancy pants out of the hospital. Ain’t gonna happen.
I’ve been an Indoor cycling instructor for over ten years, during this time I’ve learned quite a few things about teaching group fitness. I have had success and a few failures, all of which have helped me to become a better, more confident instructor.
As an instructor it’s important to choose music you love that gets you “pumped.” The more I “feel” the music, the more it comes out in my voice, energy and instruction- and the more it gets everyone else energized and excited. With that being said its equally important to know your audience, what gets me pumped might not work for my class so its important to meet them on common ground. Read on for some of my insights into teaching and one of my classes favorite playlists.