Bikram Yoga review

Huh. Here’s a review I wrote from a Bikram yoga class I tried back in April, lost in the draft folder…

•Wish I had gotten there a little earlier so I didn’t feel so rushed
•Per a friend’s recommendation, I drank more water than normal that afternoon. Good, except I had to leave 15 minutes into class because I couldn’t suck in my stomach (which I swear the instructor said 100 times during the 90 minute class) with a full bladder.
•I wore capri pants and a tank. Shorts would have been better. Lots of ladies in sports bras and booty shorts.
•Bring a big towel to cover your mat – I had a smaller towel and it was ok, but everyone else had full size towels on their mat
•Wash your clothes right away or hang them up. Everything is really wet and nasty
•Speaking of nasty… Wish this place had normal tile floors instead of indoor/outdoor carpet (or whatever is on the floor). As one might expect, this studio was pretty rank. Floor would have been more sanitary than carpet

Overall? I liked it. You keep moving, the class is pretty easy to follow, and the heat does make you feel more flexible.

Add: I didn’t get to continue past a few classes because my bf and I found a new apartment and The Move took over. May try it again, would be nice when it gets a little cooler outside.


October 2013 Report

Well… I didn’t meet all my goals based on the schedule I set last month. But progress is still being made as I get back into the triathlon lifestyle*.

The successes:
I DID start swimming at Alameda Masters. It has been quite fun and I’m proud of myself for taking that leap. I’m in the slowest lane, which has made me feel way less intimidated. No fasty mcfastersons around to run me over! I feel like I’m already improving. In fact, just this week I learned that I’m not pulling all the way through my stroke (meaning, pulling all the way to my hip and flicking my wrist a little)! This change will be a challenge to incorporate into my stroke, but I’m looking forward to seeing the rewards!

I’ve been doing push-ups and sit-ups. Squats not so much.

Running! Some intervals here and there, a couple good trail runs, hills. Hiking. Some research into a local track workout, which I hope to try soon. I even managed to run in the morning AND make it to work by 8am.

Joined a gym near my house for spin. No power meters, since this is more 24 Hour Fitness than M2 Revolution, but they had a cadence display, which the instructors seem to use most of the time. Been going once or twice a week for the past three weeks, which seems like a good way to get back into it.

Bought a Groupon for a nearby gym that has Crossfit! Why can’t all of my needs be met AT ONE PLACE?!? Sigh. If only mo money meant mo fitness.

The fail:
Complete fail on the food tracking. This is only the gazillionth time I have tried and failed at this though, so I don’t feel too bad. My diet is, overall, not horrible, but I know that I need to get a grip on the snacking.

Goals for November:
1. Keep it up!
2. Vegetarian at least once a week. Preferably more often.
3. Take my vitamins every day
4. Work on my new swim stroke
5. At least one AM workout per week

* showing up everywhere with wet hair since you go from workout to shower to other stuff, carrying around various articles of spandex and shoes and shower stuff ALL THE TIME, sleeping super well after a tough workout, telling friends that you can’t make happy hour because you need to go workout, getting drunk off one beer, waking up early to ride on Saturday and run on Sunday…