Not What I Expected- Fitness Update

This week was a disappointing week for me, exercise-wise. The most frustrating part is that most of it was out of my control. What exactly happened this week? 

I’m going to start with my fitness classes that I take on Wednesday and Thursday, yoga and zumba. Somehow, both of the usual instructors were. One particular instructor covered both of these classes, and unfortunately I don’t overly enjoy her style of teaching. I love yoga because while you do get a strength work out from it, you also get a lot of stretching and a lot of mindfulness from your practice. However, this instructor is very much a workout person. If you have a work out that involves weights, sets/reps, and exercises specifically targeting one muscle, I probably won’t enjoy it. One of the reasons that I love yoga and zumba and dance is that it works out a number of muscles, and the movement has another purpose than just contracting and stretching a muscle to build strength.

Well, this is what she uses yoga for. Everyone has their own style, but it is very jarring when compared with our regular instructor. It wasn’t calming, and if you don’t have a good deal of experience with yoga, you wouldn’t have been able to modify it very well. She said at the beginning that there probably wouldn’t be push ups, and then she laughed. Nope, there were push ups. I left feeling agitated, and all out of whack. Not typically the goal of yoga, I daresay. Our yoga instructor isn’t back until the first week of August, so I think I will be skipping class this upcoming week, and perhaps doing my own yoga sequence in the stretching area of the gym.

Imagine my surprise and trepidation to see her when I walked in our zumba class on Thursday. She admitted that she has never taught it, or even tried it herself. I admire that they didn’t want to cancel a class, but I think in this case it might have been the better choice. She picked two zumba videos on YouTube, and played those. They weren’t great, they were old and not difficult on any level. Whomever choreographed them was just awkward. (The main person kept flipping their mullet. FLIPPING. THEIR. MULLET.) It was 40°C with the humidex, and they didn’t turn on any fans or air conditioning. I left after 25 minutes, which I’ve never done. I was just so disappointed.


Ballet- I am so happy to be back, but my knees are still not doing terribly well. I tried one jumping exercise on Wednesday, but no luck. I am going to call and book an appointment with my sports med doctor, as I need to figure out what is going on. My knees aren’t swollen in the least, which means I’m hoping that I can just let them rest for the August.

This upcoming week is the last week of summer classes. I’m less upset that I have to mark some of class because I do have classes to go back to in the fall. While my original plan was to do more of Kathryn Morgan’s barre and centre videos, I think that I will focus on stretching and gaining back some of my flexibility. That doesn’t irritate my knees, and I do really need to work on it.

So, all in all, not a great week, fitness wise. This happens to all of us, or at least I keep trying to tell myself that. My old tendencies to push through anything are coming to the surface again, and I’m hoping that I don’t slip into it again.

What do you do, when you are faced with a fitness setback and you need motivation? 

Until tomorrow,
The Historian!

4 thoughts on “Not What I Expected- Fitness Update

  1. Victoria July 24, 2016 / 2:37 am

    Bad fitness weeks suck! I always find the biggest motivation for me, as someone who has never been “into fitness” is to think back to where I used to be fitness wise and how, now, even my “bad weeks” are better than what I used to be able to do on my best weeks. Also I’m a big believer in the whole “a bad workout is still better than no workout” idea which also helps


    • anhistorianabouttown July 26, 2016 / 8:23 pm

      I’m the opposite with ballet- my worst weeks when I danced before are still better than my best weeks now 😦 I guess I’m not dealing as well with losing my technique as I thought. I have been focusing this week on staying moving, though!!

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      • Victoria July 26, 2016 / 8:28 pm

        It’s great you’re staying positive though! I think it’s a shame how many people find themselves giving up on fitness altogether after a hurdle like that


  2. Gail July 24, 2016 / 11:05 am

    Maybe as a fitness professional, I am the wrong person to answer your question, but for me, cancer set me back. I just pushed through it and did what I could. NOT working out was never an option. If I couldn’t run, I’d walk. My motivation always has been, and always will be, my health…and to fit into my skinny jeans!

    As far as the subs for your regular instructor…I feel your pain. My rule is when you need to sub out a class always get an instructor of equal or greater value. It’s a big NO NO to have an instructor teach a class that doesn’t actually know the workout. You were right to be frustrated with a Zumba class that was taught by someone completely unqualified. The class should have been cancelled OR turned into something that she could teach effectively. Ugh!!


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