Wooohooo! A corker!
Yep. One of those days where you feel like you could continue endlessly until you collapse into a heap. Well..kind of anyway.
GN had it all planned. As the new Spin Instructor drove the class hard, it was now essential to get back into the habit of a warm up run before the class. To pootle in, without first pre-warning the body what was expected of it, was not only foolhardy, but asking for trouble! Gym Ninja fuelled up with a mix of carbs and protein, plenty fo fluid to aid hydration, and with a cheeky energy shot packed in her bag, (purely an insurance policy!!! Ahem) and headed out to the gym.
Gym Ninja ensured she was poured into her lycra Nike leggings today. There is No place for excess flapping fabric in one of these Spin sessions, not on a Saturday Slaughter Session day!
See, the way to survive classes such as these, is strategically. Plan ahead! ....
1. Plan the outfit. Streamline yourself. if it can be shoehorned on, then it's the correct fit. if you can easily step in or out of it, DO NOT WEAR IT as it will slow you down. Aerodynamic all the way!!!!
2. Fuel up. None of this 'an empty stomach burns more fat' malarkey. Wanna bet? See how much fat you burn after you've collapsed after 20 minutes as you have no energy to train hard, then go and whoof down as much food as possible as your body is craving it? It's FAR better to have a light well balanced meal about 90 minutes before your session, so that the body has enough energy to train long enough to become a furnace for calories. As you get fitter, the body will reach into its fat stores, don't you worry. Just concentrate on moving at a decent enough intensity. Empty stomach is NOT the way to survive! Your body will only tear down and eat it's own muscles (protein) if it's starving and why would you want that? You're here to work hard today remember?
3. Tell your body what to do! By this Gym Ninja means, don't keep bleating on and telling yourself you're tired and there's no way you can keep up, as your body will just obey your mind. Be a Body Bully! DEMAND it keeps up. Tell it there is no quitting, not on your shift! It can hardly get up and leave without your say so can it?
4. Stay hydrated. Makes sense eh? Think about how much better you function when properly hydrated. Don't become all shrivelled up and prune-like. You'll just make everything feel ten times harder.
Okey dokey. So Gym Ninja arrived at the gym, and decided on a quick run to warm up the body. On the treadmill, in the little shelf for your phone/keys/ipod, she discovered this....