October is here!! It's that time of the year where we take out the crock-pot, eat all the comfort foods, celebrate Thanksgiving (Canadian & American) then Christmas hits and boom you're making New Years Resolutions to loose weight, run a 5k race, try out a new class or other goals. Why not start now? Why not start before the gyms are too full, and the classes fill up?! We can always make excuses to not go to the gym, for a run, or to even try something new. I still remember the month when I started training for my first half marathon, I thought it was going to be so easy to do, all you have to do is run, right?! It was the most difficult thing I had ever done, I seriously just wanted to quit, so I did. I stopped training for about a month I had every excuse to not train, "I'm too busy with work" "I'm out of town again for business" or "I'll start again next week". Yes I was busy with work and travelling, but I had to stop making the excuses and just start. As soon as I stopped making excuses it all became easy to get up and get going.
Now that my routine and training plan has changed, it's a lot easier to wake up and get to class and after class run home (most days-I'm not perfect on Mondays I take the streetcar home, c'mon it's Monday!) Starting a new month is always a good reminder that it can be a fresh start to something new, to challenge myself.
This month's goals at OWC are:
- get up on that bar,
- do ten hollow rocks perfectly in a row (I'm at 6 woo!)
- touch my toes! I'm a runner, and most runners are not very flexible people.
It's taken me a couple months to get up on that bar, I tried one week, and got over the fear of jumping up to the bar, so that's cool. But now I really want to do at least one chin up! We learn to do proper hangs and pulls. Some of the things that I can do on the bar are: dead hangs for 30 seconds and more, this is where you just hang and your shoulders are touching your ears. An active hang, your shoulders are away from your ears, and lastly, scapular pull-ups, you move from a dead hang into an active hang as many times as you can. For me this is the first step to being able to do pull-ups.
On Wednesdays we work on doing handstands and we do lots of core work as well. Paluna enjoys making us do hollow rocks. I'm not a fan of this move, but like I mentioned earlier, my goal is to do 10 hollow rocks in a row, but with my arms above my head. I need to remember to breath, these hurt. I remember the first day that Paluna showed us the right way to do them, in my head I was like 'Okay I can do that, looks so easy!' Friends, it's not as easy as I thought it would be. I'm at 6 in a row then I usually need a break, stay posted as I reach my goal to do 10 in a row.
Lastly, I've been working on my flexibility, we do some moves that we touch our toes and do a few yoga moves, as some of you may know, runners are not very flexible, I can't touch my toes, I'm getting closer, but maybe this will be the month where things change. There's so much to work on, I'm not giving up, I'm going to do my best and challenge myself and touch my toes. I'm so close!
Y'all should come try a class at OWC there's been a few changes which is pretty amazing to see the classes grow. OWC now has a second location, and it's a co-ed class. Also, it's in the evening, so if you're not an early riser come out to an evening class. First class is free!! Drop in classes are $25 but if you mention 'Aylin20' in an email to Paluna, she'll give you a 20% discount ;)
Here's all the information you'll need if you'd like to come and play with us at OWC:
On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays we meet at Yogaspace from 7am-8am. This class and time is limited to 10 people, and it's a women's only class.
On Tuesdays and Thursdays we meet at Revenge Gym from 6pm - 7pm. This class is limited to 12 people and it's a co-ed class.
Don't be afraid to start something new now. Set your goals this weekend, and start on them right away. If you need someone to keep you accountable, let me know, or ask a good friend that you know will push you achieve those goals.
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Huge Thank you to Catherine Cachia for the photography.