Friendship is defined the moment when one person says to another: “WHAT! You too? I thought I was the only one.” That was the moment that I shared with my colleague Ramon and my sister Christal in regards to the aches and pains that our thirty something bodies felt after a Body Pump class at the John R Grubb YMCA.
There is nothing I would not do for those who are really my friends. I have no notion of loving people by halves, it is not my nature. So when we adjourned our weekly Mid-City Connection strategic planning meeting Ramon had advised us that we would be participating in a Body Pump class in the same building I happily complied.
Body Pump is a barbell class introduced to the world by Fitness Guru Les Mills which will sculpt, tone and strengthen your entire body, fast! The class is structured around his motto that great bodies aren’t born; they are transformed, using the formula that is called the Rep Effect. Body Pump is a breakthrough in resistance workout training. Focusing on low weight loads and high repetition movements, you’ll burn fat, gain strength and quickly produce lean body muscle conditioning. Body Pump is one of the fastest ways to get in shape as it challenges all of your major muscle groups while you squat, press, lift and curl.
I have several friends who have run MARATHONS, a word that is actually derived from two Swahili words: Mara, which means ‘to die a horrible death’ and Thon, which means ‘for a stupid T-Shirt!” Look it up I’m so serious! So you will understand that the closer I got to the aerobics room the more apprehensive I was growing. Of course self-discipline is the ability to make yourself do what you should do, when you should do it, whether you feel like it or not.
There are times to stay put and what you want will come to you. Then there are times to go out into the world and find such a thing for yourself. So if I plan on having that ripped sexy beach body that every woman couldn’t resist by 2018, then I have got to spring into action now…..not now, but RIGHT NOW!
The music began and we started out by doing some stretching, bending, pushing, pulling, stepping at an accelerated rate to get the heart rate up to let the body know its time to wake up we’re going in….time to work! I began to get extremely sweaty and just when I started to run out of breath looking over at my bottle of Gatorade reaching out for it with my eyes as if I could somehow teleport it to me, the music stopped. I thought wow what a great work out that wasn’t bad at all and I’m still alive….how about that. As I start to walk over to that beautiful bottle of Gatorade I hear the instructor shout out…..”Great Job everyone…the warm up is over grab your weights…time to get started!”
By the end of the hour long class my chest, arms, legs and pretty much every other muscle ached, my body was speaking a language my head didn’t quite understand. That night trying to sleep seemed to be an impossible task every part of my body felt electric. My chest ached and my head throbbed with the great terrible limitless possibility of the morning and when it came the sky was washed white, everything was new and I hadn’t even slept. The amazing thing is no matter how much pain I was in I knew it was ultimately going to help me to get healthier in the long run. So I asked myself why is a third of our world battling obesity and spending huge sums to burn off excess calories when all they have to do is take a Body Pump class at their local gym that has it for little to no extra cost.
Maya Angelou once said, “You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated in fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.” Did I feel defeated? Sure, but I didn’t quit and am ready to go again. So I dare you to join me at the Bump Pump class at the Grubb Y on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:30AM.
Will my weight loss goals happen overnight? Absolutely not! Is sculpting your body a slow process? Your damn right! The most important thing to remember is it doesn’t matter how slowly you go as long as you don’t stop!