There’s so much to look forward to when a new year begins isn’t there? One of my favourite things about last year was discovering new ways to workout (check out the best of 2015 here).
So if you’re looking for me at 6am , this is where you’ll find me:
Imagine doing your practice in the fresh air, with the smell of salty water and the sounds of the ocean waves lapping the shore… hmmmm, heavenly.
Louise Kelly runs this yoga studio at Narrabeen (do you call it a studio if it’s outdoors?) on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. I’ve been in Lou’s yoga classes before, at the stretch/restorative session she runs on a Friday at CrossFit Athletic, and she is a truly amazing teacher.
This year, I’ll be taking my yoga practice outside (literally) of the CrossFit box, and getting my flow on by the Pacific.
I had a little taster of the Pop Up Fitness Project in December 2015, and the progam, run by Project Livewell, picks up again this weekend.
With different sweat sessions around the Northern Beaches, awesome coaches and spectacular scenery, these workouts are something to savour. That fresh air and endorphin rush even makes a bazillion burpees enjoyable. Well…
Also looking forward to the 4 week clean eating meal plans… I’ve been off training for a few weeks over the Christmas period, recovering from a mid-December operation, so let’s just say I’m a little softer round the edges than usual.
Time to go easy on the wine and the chocs for a bit haha. The meal plans will be just what I need to help me get on the straight and narrow, and kick start my new year’s fitness.
It’s no secret I’m a bit excited about the new F45 gym opening up around the corner.
F45 can be life-changing for some, and I can’t wait to see what it does for me. It’s a full-on high intensity interval training technique with experienced and enthusiastic trainers, happy vibes and even live music from a DJ on a Saturday morning.
If there’s anything that makes me sweat happy, it’s good, loud music. So turn it up and let’s get it on, F45 style.
Mothers Day Classic
There’s also an 8km run. Or you can walk either distance.
Last year, I’d been sick and unable to prepare, so I’m looking forward to running it without a blocked nose, sore throat and aching limbs this time around.
And I’m looking forward to ricotta and honeycomb butter hotcakes at Bill’s afterwards with my Little Man and the hubby. Love how we’ve created this new family tradition that’s both meaningful and fun. And I think that’s why I want to stick to just the 4kms… sometimes 8kms is not fun! Definitely not as fun as hotcakes, anyway!
OK, so I’m not an athlete, I don’t compete and all the science behind altitude training is a little complicated for the ordinary gym-goer like me. However, it’s also super interesting. I’m intrigued and scared all at the same time. Which means I should probably give it a go, right?
In essence, you complete your training sessions inside an altitude chamber, which has limited oxygen, mimicking conditions atop a mountain.
Your body gradually adapts to the reduction in oxygen and gets more efficient at transporting it around your body. What this should mean is that your regular training gets a boost, as you’ll be able to push harder as your thresholds will have been stretched.
I met Scott Reynolds, who runs Peak Altitude Training in the City (Sydney) at Scenic Cycle, where he also teaches. And I am going to trust him to be gentle with me when I book in a session to see what it’s all about. Given I find it heard to breathe training at sea level, this should be interesting!
Are you guys trying out any new workouts this year?
Let me know what they are below, I can’t wait to hear how you’ll be getting fitter and stronger in 2016. Happy New Year everyone. x