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Fitness Adventures In Mexico

2 Apr

 

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7am Aqua workout with moi!

Teaching Aqua fitness to a pool full of LadyBosses may just be the highlight of my year, but this whole trip was an epic exploration and I just want to share a few of my favorite moments.

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Working my best poolside Britney Spears impersonation.

Daily Workouts

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Workouts on the beach with Coach Jan and Coach Ang.

Let’s be real, I’m here for the exercise.  Every morning we hosted a workout from Aqua, to dance and yoga, to After Burn At Home.  Our talented coaching team led indoor, outdoor and all around workouts that were the best way to get our bodies and brains primed for each day.

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Body Sculpt workout with Coach Jessica!

Relationships

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Client focused!

 

As a coach, I got to have one on one time with clients that was precious and valuable.  Getting to know my clients, really helps me to expand my capability to help them.  Then getting to know and connect with other women in the program and build those relationships opened doors of communication that as a coaching team continued to unify are already cohesive team of coaches, and further enabling us to best serve our clients.

Fabulous Food

Ok, I am NOT here for the food, but it was pretty darn great. I’ve never been to an all inclusive before but I didn’t have a bad or greasy meal.  They were very accommodating to requests and even remembered my no cheese breakfast burrito every morning from room service.  My only complaint is the menu on the TV was irritating because I am an impatient Xennial who literally hates TV anything.

The Resort

I don’t know if I’ve simply been in Tahoe to long (I’m convinced we have the worst service on the planet) or what but the service at this resort was ABOVE and BEYOND.  Every single person I encountered on their staff was excellent and attentive.  I highly, highly recommend them for creating a stellar experience from top to bottom and thinking of literally everything.  If you weren’t sure  if you wanted to come to the El Dorado Royale, you do.

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Not my room, but dang….

The Dream Team

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Retreat Coaching Team

 

Incase you don’t know I work with amazing, passionate and driven women.  Gah! I’m so lucky and this isn’t even all of them, but every day spent around these folks levels me up and re-ignites my passion for health and fitness.

The Beach y’all!

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This photo really needs no words…

The LB Obstacle Course

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Cheering on while Lady Bosses completed the plank and body arches challenges.

So the workouts were cool, and the beach was cool…but put them together and I’m in heaven.  On this trip I got to tap into my passion for OCR and work with the fabulous Coach Shanda to design and run obstacle course challenge.  We had such a great time and the ladies really took to the challenge and teamwork, got outside their comfort zones and got dirty!  I laughed, I cried tears of joy, I loved every second.

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Rise and splash!

I am filled with gratitude, and smiles looking back on these photos all  I have left to say is THANK YOU to Kealin and Brandon, the entire LadyBoss Company, and the Coaching team, especially my senior coach Piper and the director of coaching Jessica for giving me these opportunities to shine, share and experience.

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Attitude is everything.

Much Love,

Coach Christine

PS

Don’t miss the highlight reel here: https://www.facebook.com/jzpeart/videos/10161640002265343/

Athletes and Active Agers alike discover the benefits of Aqua X

25 Apr

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Recently I had a humbling experience that apparently is not all too unusual for a land based trainer or athlete. I took an aqua HIIT class at the Truckee Community Pool.  In this class I was clearly the rookie. I felt like I was really working hard, which mind you, is saying a lot.  I train in and out of the gym at least 6 days a week, in addition to teaching group, personal and athletic clients. Somewhere in the back of my mind were these little whispers of facts on recovery, and how great being in the water can be for your body.  I knew water felt good after workouts.  I knew water workouts existed, but that was really the extent of my knowledge. Nevertheless I was intrigued, as an athlete and a trainer as to what water could bring to my personal training and recovery, as well as what incorporating it could bring to my clients.  So when I was contacted by the Truckee Community Pool with the prospect of bringing some of my land based prowess to the water I jumped, literally and figuratively right in.

First I set out to see what other instructors were doing.  Hence, my butt kicking Aqua HIIT experience.  I was astounded by how satisfyingly worked aqua exercise made me feel, but without the next day soreness.  I was acutely aware of my pounding heart and deep breathing during the workout. I also had fun, and was challenged by watching other class participants who were clearly more practiced and seemingly working way less hard than I. That’s when I knew there was more to this method than meets the eye.  I subsequently attended a fitness professional conference with the intention of spending four days educating myself about aqua, what I learned there really got me excited to share this method of training, especially with those of you who are thinking things like; aqua exercises is easy, and imagining groups of leisurely movers in bathing caps.  You’ve got it all wrong, and here is why. 

The properties of water are astounding and make for a fantastic addition to your training protocol.  Water offers a drag resistance that is 12 times that of air.  That’s right, if you are a bodyweight trainer, like me, or if you train with weight or resistance, imagine the possibilities there.  There are no eccentric muscle contractions in the water, and since it is generally thought that eccentric contractions are what cause muscle soreness that is likely why you won’t experience that unpleasant exercise side effect, which will lead to faster recovery time.  If you have low body fat, aqua exercise will be especially hard since you lack the especially buoyant quality of the less lean.  So potentially, the fitter you are, the harder the workout.  Other benefits include; water increases exercise caloric output by up to 28%, the forgiveness of aqua training on the joints (while still being hard on muscles), it relives pressure on the spine, and results up to a 90% reduction of body weight, which is what makes it so great for our active agers, and injury recovering populations.  The hydrostatic pressure of water surrounding your entire body improves circulation and breathing , quickens return of blood to the heart, and reduces swelling.

Think about how you can work water training into your current regiment for great benefits.  Maybe you need an active recovery day, or maybe you want to find a unique way of improving your cardiovascular function, and performance thresholds that aren’t your typical dry land intervals.  In my new class at the Truckee Aquatic Center, Aqua X, we will explore how water can regress or progress exercise.  Imagine busting out your max of an exercise on land and then hitting the shallows for some water support and digging a little deeper, finding a few more reps.  Or preforming a body weight exercise on deck, then moving to the water for an intense cardio interval, minus the pounding on your joints.  Gone is the image of synchronized swimmers waving and kicking (although I have way more respect for how hard that probably is now) replaced with an athletic exerciser wearing training gear just like you would see in a gym, maybe even shoes, ready to for an intense, challenging and fun workout for all levels.  Be ready to be humbled by aqua, and likely, fall in love with it too.

Aqua X starts Thursday May 10th at 2pm, ongoing.  At the Truckee Community Pool,  http://www.tdrpd.org/facilities/community-pool.html  (530) 550-4406 for more info.

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