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BodyPump 86: Is it just me, or is it really tough?

Maybe it was the lazy weekend, or the long break from pump, but this new release was insane. The squats were not that bad, but the chest song was first indication that it was not going to be easy this time. The back was even harder, but the triceps were the last straw. I just couldn’t do those dips. Oh man. I liked lunges and abs, and the shoulder song was great too. I’m a bit lazy going to the gym when it’s hot, so maybe I’ll go to pump more often. This release is awesome 😀

2013-06-24 19.29.17“Look at me, I survived.”


Trying out: Les Mills GRIT Strength

Instead of gym, I went to see what is this GRIT about. According to Les Mills,

Using the Les Mills SMARTBAR™, weight plates and the bench, LES MILLS GRIT™STRENGTH is an intense 30-minute team training session that will blast all major muscle groups and take your training to the next level. 

So basically, it’s a HIIT workout with weights. The instructor said that we should use 1/3 of our bodyweight in the songs that use Smartbar, but I took things a little (maybe too much so) easier and used only 15kg this time around. And yes, it was seriously too little. But then again, the song where we did clean and presses, jumps and rows, one had to hold on to the bar for the whole song. And believe me, it was a long song. My grip couldn’t have handled 1/3 of my bodyweight in that song….

Otherwise, it was refreshing and hard. Next time I know to use more weights, and try to handle all those burpees too. Here’s a review of this GRIT, by Bek.

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(I had little extra time before the class started…) How’s your Tuesday gone?

Friday Combat

I went to see what’s the new BodyCombat is like. I’m not sure. I really hate those “grap the opponent from the calf”-moves and they were included in this program. Plaah. Muay Thai was ok, overall this BC goes into category “sure, I’ll might go again”.

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In other news, the summer is not far away. Sure, there is still 10 meters of snow everywhere and it’s below zero degrees all the time. But it’s not dark when returning home from afterwork gym! Summer, please get here NOW!

Going nowhere

How do you people kill time before classes to start? I had today extra 30min before spinning class. Just out of pure boredom, I ran on the treadmill for 15 minutes. I ran little over 2k, at 8,5km/h.

This was my first time of Les Mills Spinning. All good, but I think I prefer the other classes, where the instructor can choose their own music. Rammstein, Volbeat and that kind of music anytime for me. It’s a bit bore when Les Mills tends to recycle their songs, there’s a limit for how many versions of Adele’s Someone like you one can listen… (Thank heavens it wasn’t on RPM’s track list.)

After the spinning class I just felt a bit stupid that I had just spent an hour pretty much working my butt of to go nowhere…

Wimp at BodyPump and Friend Making Monday: Chris Barnes edition

Happy Monday folks! I went to BodyPump for a change. Let’s just say I was a wimp and took the whole thing really easy. Wasn’t that tired at the end of it, but well, it was something.

  • Warmup: 7kg
  • Squats: 20kg
  • Chest: 15kg
  • Back: 15kg
  • Biceps: 3kg dumbbells
  • Triceps: 10kg
  • Shoulders: 3kg dumbbells, 10kg on the bar
  • Lunges: 10kg

While Kenlie from All the weigh is dealing with her things, Chris took the ball for FMM this week. So let’s see.

Just some things

Middle name? Irmeli.

What’s one phrase you remember your mom or dad saying to you clearly and often? “Do not squint your eyes at me Satu-Maria Irmeli.” Apparently I squinted a lot when I was just about to make some noise or have a tantrum.

Pets? Not at the moment. I want a dog (actually three pugs) and I used to have a little rabbit.

If you could do only one workout, what would it be? Skating. No competition here.

Do you have a mentor, or at least someone you look up to? I look up to one friend of mine. She did half marathon last year, and I’m gonna follow her footsteps this year 🙂

If you could have one Superpower what would it be? This is difficult. I’d think I’d want the power to heal. Helping others and that sort of thing.

Do you have a talent? Not so much. I guess you could say I have talent when it comes to organizing and delegating things. But I can’t sing, draw, act or anything like that.

Thanks Chris for keeping the FMM ball running 🙂