On Tuesday night my new friend (Jill) and I went to Whole Foods for a free class – “Get Fit with Catra“. Catra is a rockstar ultramarathoner, so we were a little nervous. It ended up being really fun. Catra does this thing called Crossfit (Natalie is doing this now too) and it seems pretty intense, but fun. I had no idea that Whole Foods had such great free programs – we were sent home with a book and a bunch of free samples, including the new Amazing Grass Peanut Butter bar – yum.
Back to the class. Catra started out with a short intro, and then we jumped right in to the exercise. We stretched first, and then she had us do lunges using the Tabata method. The Tabata method is apparently one of the most effective way to improve your cardio endurance and burn fat (though… I actually want more fat. But it’s fun nonetheless, and I am never one to turn down the opportunity to try new exercise). The great thing about Tabata is that you can do it in short intervals (3-7 minutes) and it’s still really beneficial.
Tabata lunges: 20 seconds lunging as hard/fast as you can; 10 seconds resting. Repeat 8 times (4 minutes). I managed to do 11-12 lunges during each 20 second set.
Okay, my legs actually felt pretty fine after this. Were they fine the day after? Heck no. My legs were sore yesterday (Wednesday), but they didn’t reach maximum soreness until today (Thursday). Apparently my quads are not as strong as I thought. After the lunges we did…
Tabata pushups: 20 seconds pushups; 10 seconds resting. My arms are strong but since I’m trying not to gain muscle (long story), I took it easy for these. I did them on my knees and every time I started feeling it I pushed back into down dog.
Were my arms sore the next day? Not noticeably – probably because I didn’t push myself here.
Catra said this week was an easy week since we couldn’t go outside (it was raining) and it was the first week of the class (8 weeks total). The class will end with a 5K. I have never run a race before. The longest distance I ever ran was about 5 miles, I think.
Have you done the Tabata method or Crossfit? What did you think?