I always say this when I write about work, but I don’t often write about work. Oh, I write about training and coaching, and the classes I teach, and I’ve been filming my vlogs there (after hours, of course), so I guess I should say I don’t often write about things relating to my workplace.
I am the fitness director at a small fitness center located in a country club in Rancho Mirage (Playground of Presidents). We have a cardio and strength room, a group exercise room, two spa treatment rooms, and last fall, we added a Pilates reformer (plus a second one in February).
Being in a country club, we tend to have an older population, with an average age close to 70. But fitness center users tend to be younger and more active, plus there’s been a bit of a shift in country club memberships lately toward a younger crowd. So to keep the youngsters happy (in my world, those are people in their 50s), we just added this:
It’s an eSpinner®! Made by StarTrac, the eSpinner® is a high-tech spinning bike, that has an on-board computer complete with personalized programs and your own personal master spin instructor. Without sounding too much like a commercial, just let me say this, “it’s really cool!” Now we can offer what amounts to spin classes for the members who are interested, without having to find a dedicated space, invest in multiple spin bikes, or pay an instructor.
I don’t usually work out at my own fitness center, but I had to try it out today. I just did a mid-level, short program and I’ve got to say, it kind of kicked my butt. I definitely need more interval training in my life!
In other news, Alan is again fostering a litter of kittens. When you care for feral cats, it seems that no matter how many you get spayed and neutered, there is always another litter coming along.
And finally, I just completed four weeks of my 30 day Yoga Challenge! That’s right, 28 days, never missed a day, feeling great, want to keep this up, yoga challenge. I only have two more days to go, but I plan to keep yoga a big part of my life. I want to continue to practice most days, if not all.
Today, instead of going to the gym, Alan cleaned his bike and I had the time for an hour audio, Power Vinyasa Flow from YogaDownload.com. Aside from the strength and mental benefits, I can now hold Bakasana (crow) for about 15 seconds, and the other day I did a tripod headstand without toppling over! I am so proud.
I plan, for the last two days of the challenge, to finish up with style and head to my favorite Vinyasa class at Yoga Central (we regulars call it the Yo-C), tomorrow with my fave instructor April, Sunday with a new instructor, which is also exciting.
So we’re off to an exciting, active weekend? What are your plans? Do you enjoy spinning? Have you ever tried the eSpinner?