Friday, March 7, 2008

LA Fitness

This morning was interesting. My mom picked me up at 7:30 to attend yoga class at LA Fitness.

First, I hit the weights:

Dumbbell Snatches: 5/5 x 35, 3/3x45, 1/1x60, 1/1x65
Turkish Getups: 1/1 x 35, 45, 60
Deadlifts: 5 x 135, 165, 185; 3x205; 2x225

The dumbbell snatches were good fun. I might be missing a set or two in my log. I think the dead snatch with a 65 ties an old PR. I know the Turkish get up with a 60 ties my PR. Deadlifts were impacted by my efforts to be quiet and respectful at my Mom's gym. Overall, the session made me appreciate the kettlebells, bumper plates, and music in my garage.

Yoga followed. The session was an hour, with 10 minutes of warm up, 40 minutes of exercises, and 10 minutes of cool down. Other than the teacher, I was the only male in the class. I was one of two people under 30. I did most exercises and represented my demographic well.

My weak points were foot endurance, hip flexibility, and my push up strength (due to shoulder stability). I picked up a few twists on stretches I do regularly that made the session well worth my time investment. I would have preferred the instructor to hold the stretches much longer, but I probably carry more tension than the typical person in the class.

My mom has seen huge results from doing the yoga. I originally encouraged her to attend because of severe rounding present in her thoracic spine. Six months of regular sessions has resulted in highly visible postural improvements. Her back is inches straighter and she is walking in a position much closer to neutral spine. For the next phase, I have given her two basic exercises that could lead into light Turkish get ups six months down the road. We'll see how it goes.

We are watching my Grandma's dog for the next three weeks. Yesterday I walked 1.5 miles, 2 blocks at a time. Today I upped the walk durations, reduced the frequency, and will hit 1.5 miles 4 blocks at time. The dog seems to enjoy himself. I am not getting much exercise, but it sure gives me something to do.