This weekend I was able to enjoy Miami Beach for a number of workouts…it was a great chance to remind myself how lucky I am to be near the ocean, the sand, and such a variety of opportunities.
SHAPE BIKINI BODY TOUR
Shape Magazine set up this weekend on Miami Beach for their Bikini Body Tour . As part of this event there were a variety of workout classes on the beach running from early in the morning throughout the afternoon. Classes were on average $10 and normally I tend to find ways to do things for oh say FREE, but I figured the experience was well worth the cash.
Since I was paying for this I wanted to do something new and different. My first class was kickboxing! While I truly LOVE kickboxing, this particular class had a very small turn out as it was noon and 90 degrees outside. This left the instructor a little flustered because the energy was probably much lower than her normal class. After about 30 minutes, I asked her to slow down and suddenly the whole class was back on track. She was so friendly, but simply talking so fast we couldn't figure out what move was happening.
Next up it was time to figure out if I had any dance moves...What did I learn? ZUMBA is freaking fantastic! I have zero rhythm and am positive what I’m doing does not look like dancing, but I could not stop smiling for the entire workout. My back muscles have also been sore for two days from all the new ways in which I was moving and grooving. Unfortunately there aren't any gyms right near me that offer Zumba, so I won't get to do it quite as often as I might like in the future. I know they make DVD's, but truly I would say it was the group environment the crazy smiling instructor that just got me going! It also clearly proved that running is not the only way to break a serious sweat and feel like I got a great workout.
Along with the classes, Shape had a number of booths set up and some great areas for lounging in the sand...yup workout followed by lounging in the sun is a great day.
CHI RUN CLUB
A great running friend in Miami, started a Sunday morning run club a few months ago. We rotate locations which gives us all a chance to see new places in Miami and this week we ran the boardwalk along South Beach at sunrise.
A group of army boys was out with their 50lb packs doing a training session during our run and literally talked to every one of them. It was a blast joking and each of us cheering the other on…all punctuated by the sun coming up over the water.
Mr.BMX took his bike on some crazy wicked trails this weekend while I was out running and came home with a few war wounds. While I’m willing to push myself through long run pain…I am not willing to slam in to trees.
Have you tried Zumba? Mountain biking on wicked trails?
I am grateful for soldiers
I am grateful for not carrying a 50lb pack
I am grateful for Xmen movies
I am grateful for quiche
I am grateful for Florida oranges