Saturday, March 2, 2013

Burn Away

Every Saturday, I have a commitment.  I wake up and head to the gym.  But not for just any class.  A kick-your-butt-every-time class.  Intervals.

I LOVE this class!

We begin with one arm raises (think kettle bell) squats.
Move to raise it up for a shoulder press.
Plie squats
Swing it like bat for your arms and back.
Quick cardio - jump rope or run the stairs.

Now repeat on the left side.

Enter tabata drills (twenty seconds on and ten seconds of rest - eight times)

Another round of working with the heavy weight from before.

Tabata - jumping lunges



Tabata - side to side squats with a resistance band.


Shoulder work with lunges


Tabata - burpees and ab plank work.


Granted, I may have missed an exercise here or there and messed up the order.  But you get the gist.  

What do I love about this class?  

One, I used to do NOTHING for myself.
Two, I have lost weight and inches through this class.
Three, I can do more now in the class than before.  I can't do it all, but that means I can always improve!
Four, I feel empowered and that I have done something good for my body and health.

Probably five years ago...
Before - many years ago...
A camp counselor...probably 7 to 8 years ago.

Today...I am proud of myself.
Today...I feel strong!

Today...I made a good choice!


Deanna H said...

Wow! You look amazing and have such a great, positive attitude. Very inspiring. Thanks for posting.

Chris Boyd said...

You are amazing inside and out beautiful girl. Keep doing what you are doing...for your health!!! The "looks" are a perk for sure...but just think how strong and healthy you are inside and out. Brave to share...inspiring to others...Congrats on this lifelong journey.

elsie said...

Good for you! I had no idea what those exercises were, but they sounded challenging. Then the pictures, wow! You are an inspiration!

Rachel Z said...

Congratulations! You look great and I bet you feel great, too. Does reading your post count as my exercise for the day?

Anonymous said...

Losing weight and doing it right can be very hard - it is always comforting to read success stories - thank you for sharing a great post.

Deanna said...

SOOOO proud of you! And look at those muscles, girl! AWE.SOME!!! :)

A Little Faith and A Lot of Heart said...

Great job, Cathy! You have worked really hard, and you look amazing! :)

Ruth Ayres said...

Looking good, Queen Bee. ;)

Lena said...

Cathy, go woman! YOu looks awesome!

Anonymous said...

You are such an inspiration! Even to old ladies like me. I want your arms you sassy mama! I am proud to call you my Zumba friend, heck just friend, Zumba is just a bonus. :)
Kathy Glor
the other kathy

Anonymous said...

Cathy- you never cease to amaze me. The transformation, not to mention... blood, sweat and tears, that your pictures capture is amazing. So proud of you for working so hard! Can't wait to see your skinny self in person in June! Love you bunches. -Megan