I haven’t been to the gym in five months and I am OK with it. 2017 was the first year l stepped into a gym and reached a fitness level l had never attained before. It was also the year l lost 15 kilos. And because the gym was bae, l was taking my butt there 3-4 times a week to train with my personal trainer. I also spent an ungodly amount of time checking myself out in the bathroom mirrors.
However as l progressed with my #fatmustfall missions l discovered that l liked other forms of exercises which don’t necessarily make me want to lay down and die from panting too hard. I attended a few Yoga and Pilate’s classes at the end of last year and although they are not designed to for weight loss, l found that l quite like the slower pace and the improvement in flexibility and posture. I have such poor posture my back hurts because of it. I get stretched and strengthened in ways l never knew l could.
I kept going to the gym because I loved building muscle and the quick results (quicker than yoga, that is) it guaranteed me. Well l might have also been entertaining the notion of an AB or six. However as 2018 rolled in my fitness goals went from weight loss to weight maintenance as it where. I was, still am 5kgs from my goal weight of 65kgs. In as much as wanted to reach my goal weight l also wanted to consolidate the gains of the revolution (political science student here) he he.
In March this year l said goodbye to my personal trainer and cancelled my gym membership. But to be honest as much as l loved the transformation l never really liked the gym *gasp*. So l felt like since the bulk of the work had been done l needed to look into other avenues that held my interest more.
Unlike my gym routine, my new gig is more flexible and more exciting to say the least. I have continued with Yoga and Pilates which go to once a week, alternatively. Both are at the same studio and because they are small classes you almost always see the same people. Which l love because l now have a few people who I chat with after the classes, which l lacked at the gym. I usually go on Tuesdays or Thursdays.
For cardio, I have also been doing Kayla Itsines’ Bikini Body Guide fitness program for the last 3 months. It’s a good way to get my heart rate up and it always successes in leaving me in a panting and messy and drowning in my own sweat. I do it Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. I hate all the jumping up and down that burpees but the program has toned my body so much.
I shot myself in the foot by signing up for a 5 kilometre race, sigh. My first 5k (thank you, new year’s resolutions) It takes place on the 1st of September and because I am lazy l left the training too late. l started training for it in the middle of July, l just hope l don’t faint at the starting line. By training l mean stopping after every two minutes to catch my breath and curse myself out for buying a ticket in the first place. Hence l have taken up running every Sunday.
There you have it, l exercise for at least 4-5 times a week and this set up, except for the running is unlikely to change anytime soon. I am also a fan of Bootcamp classes and l am always on the look out for any that feature things l haven’t done before. If any of you guys know of any, happening in Harare, let me know. Because as lazy as l am, l love the motivation and social fitness that comes with classes.