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Interval Training

As I sit at my table writing this, I’m pretty sure I resemble Goldie Hawn in Overboard.

Buh buh buh buh buh is right. After 45 minutes, the tiny man is FINALLY asleep. In order to make this happen, I had to listen to 35 minutes of hysterical crying. Not all in a row mind you. I’m not a monster mom. This was AGONIZING for me. I did let him cry for 10 minutes at a time though. Each minute feels like an hour. Worst thing for a mom ever! My heart has never hurt so much. The hubs told me I need to set a timer because the tiny  man is starting to get smart. He is like a little tiny spy. Trying to figure out our weaknesses. Tricky little tiny man. We are bigger. We are smarter?

So, I let the tiny man cry in intervals: 10 minutes on, 5 minutes off. Kind of like my spin class this morning. Tabatas. 20 seconds on, 10 seconds off. I’d rather do tabatas for days then listen to that crying though. The crying is just him testing me. I have to stay strong. Just like getting through those 8 rounds of tabatas. Isn’t this a great analogy today?!?!? If you’re not a parent, it probably isn’t that great.

Let me just say, when the crying was finished and the sleep won out…I rejoiced. It felt as if I was a unicorn galloping on a rainbow! Reminds me of a Lisa Frank folder.


Ah, Lisa Frank. Yes, I am a child of the 90s. Anyhoo, I’m sure my class felt this way when the tabatas were over too. If you can’t tell, class today was HIIT. The spin had 3 tabatas. A sprint tabata, tabata on a medium road, and a strength tabata. Basically, each time we did a tabata, a bit more resistance was added. Say it with me ta-ba-ta.

The (you guessed it) tabatas are pretty killer. They definitely get you working in that anaerobic zone! In between each tabata was working recovery and a couple hills were in there too. Here is what class looked like today:

  1. Warmup
  2. Jumps on a medium hill, 2 resistance changes
  3. Recover 1 min, 8 rounds sprint tabata, recover 1 min
  4. Run w/resistance in 2nd  & 3rd position
  5. Recover 1 min, 8 rounds medium road tabata
  6. Working recovery in 2nd & 3rd
  7. Rolling hills
  8. Medium to heavy hill (3 resistance changes), seated to standing
  9. Working recovery in 1st
  10. Strength tabata- 4 rounds seated, 4 rounds in 3rd
  11. Recover
  12. Stretch

And here was the soundtrack to class:

tabata time

So, there you have it. Nothing like a little tabata to get your Monday started on the right foot!

Also, even though the tiny man was being a crank nugget, I still was able to bake banana bread, regular bread, and peanut butter cookies. Multi-tasking at its finest. Now, I’m off to enjoy this peace and quiet while it lasts. Hopefully I have at least another 5 minutes!





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The power of music

Well, I have been absent from posting because Baby G was born on Saturday, February 22nd.  Pretty good reason to be MIA, don’t ya think??? I can’t believe it’s almost been 3 weeks! I won’t bore you all with the details, but it was a bit of a traumatic labor and ended with an emergency c-section. Needless to say, it is going to be a long 6 weeks before I can get back to any type of exercise or teaching classes. Oh well, I’m just enjoying the time getting to know the new tiny man in my life and trying to not focus on how mushy my stomach seems to be.

In the last few days, we have figured out that the tiny man seems to be quite the fan of music. We put on some Motown the other day and he stopped crying immediately. Weird? Maybe. Understandable? Totally! We had music on all the time while I was pregnant and the tiny man definitely heard a lot during all of my spin classes. In addition to Motown, he is loving the 80s. I put on my Howard Jones Pandora station the other night and he went out like a light. He also started crying a bit in the car yesterday and then Madonna came on and there wasn’t another peep. I like his style!

Not that this is profound or anything, but it is so amazing how music can motivate, soothe, or energize us. For me, it is definitely a form of meditation. If I’m having a bad day, I can put on “Life in one Day” by Howard Jones or “I love it” by Icona Pop or “Train in Vain” by The Clash and I instantly feel better. Music also can bring back strong memories. For instance (don’t judge me) anytime Mr. Big’s “To be With You” comes on, it takes me back to being in my mom’s van driving to my Oma & Opa’s house and singing along to that song. Or hearing Weezer’s “Sweater Song” and being instantly transported back to 7th (or was it 8th?) grade.

I’m so glad that the tiny man can be soothed by music and I hope it continues. I can’t wait until we can have dance parties with him in our living room and embarrass him by singing Hall & Oats or whatever else it is that he will find totally cringe worthy. I’m sure me singing and dancing to my ultimate jam, “It’s Tricky” by Run DMC will be sure to get him running for the hills!

Do you guys have certain songs that take you back, totally soothe you, or get you in the mood to work out?



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