In more ways than one. Firstly, I’m back to writing in this blog after going back to Australia for a month and then just being too lazy to write on here. Ok a lot has been going on, so I can’t possibly catch up here……but instead I’ll talk about the second thing I’m back to………which is BODYPUMP.
I intially made a start back at pump when I first starting teaching balance in the Netherlands. But after having an experience with a dodgy chiro, ditching him and then finding a better chiro, my pelvis was causing me a lot of troubles and in particular I felt a lot of instability and pain around my sacroilliac joint. So I took (another) rest from bodypump to let it recover, which didn’t totally recover until my holiday in Australia.
So now, I’m finding a huge improvement. I’m finding that anything that works and stretches my glutes is the awesomest exercise, as that really seems to be the root of my problems. It seems to be a combination of super tight glutes as well as extreme weakness in the muscles which makes it very hard to move anatomically correctly for difficult tasks like squats and lunges etc.
It seems that one of the best exercises appears to be bike riding, which is very unfortunate considering how much I hate bikes. Lucky for me the butt exercise in the latest back track in balance (BB39) is just the perfect exercise. 🙂 MUCH better than riding bikes! Although to be honest I don’t mind riding outside to get to places (if it’s not raining) because the Netherlands has wonderful bikes paths everywhere, but Connor has kinda grown out of his harness and I REALLY need to get him a seat for the bike. Last time I rode the bike with him it was hard to pedal properly cuz he kept kicking my legs………well, he thought it was fun.
So back to pump………I really like this release. I’m a bit over Pink, but there are some really awesome tracks in this release. The music for the squat track really motivates me, oh and the back track I think…….and the shoulder track. Think those are my favourites music wise? Favourites choreography wise I can’t really comment to be honest, since I’m so totally smashed that I can’t feel my legs, feel my body, think clearly or remember my own name. It’s so hard coming back from remember how fit you were squat 30kg (total weight on the bar), and now being reduced to rubble when trying to push 10kg. It’s just not fair! It’s much easier starting from the start when you’re already unfit, because you just feel so proud when you manage to push the weight up to 12kg!
The 3/4 squats in the lunge track are just cruel……..totally cruel! I’m sure they’d be awesome when you’re all super fit, but now they’re just not fair, lol. The first class I did coming back to pump I lifted no weight in lunges, but in the second class I remembered my own advice I used to give as an instructor: “Lunges ALWAYS hurt no matter how much you lift, so you may aswell put the weight on and get faster results, seeing as they’re going to hurt anyway.” So, reminding myself of this advice I figured I could push through a measly 5kg on the bar………..and you know what? It still hurt, go figure 🙂
So………I’ve been to pump 3 times in total now, and I still get muscle soreness after each class. I hope I can get back into shape soon, but I am listening to my body carefully and making sure I don’t go backwards, it’s not worth it at this point. Unfortunately I can only get to 1 pump class a week, but once I’m sure I can get through 2 classes, I will also go to the pump on Sundays that’s before my balance class.
(sigh………..just remembering how it once wasn’t a problem for me to do pump, attack, balance in the morning and then do pump and combat in the evening)