I always say this when I write about work , but I don’t often write about work. Oh, I write about training and coaching, and the classes I teach, and I’ve been filming my vlogs there (after hours, of course), so I guess I should say I don’t often write about things relating to my workplace.
I am the fitness director at a small fitness center located in a country club in Rancho Mirage ( Playground of Presidents ). We have a cardio and strength room, a group exercise room, two spa treatment rooms, and last fall, we added a Pilates reformer (plus a second one in February ).
Being in a country club, we tend to have an older population, with an average age close to 70. But fitness center users tend to be younger and more active, plus there’s been a bit of a shift in country club memberships lately toward a younger crowd. So to keep the youngsters happy (in my world, those are people in their 50s), we just added this:
It’s an eSpinner® ! Made by StarTrac , the eSpinner® is a high-tech spinning bike, that has an on-board computer complete with personalized programs and your own personal master spin instructor. Without sounding too much like a commercial, just let me say this, “it’s really cool!” Now we can offer what amounts to spin classes for the members who are interested, without having to find a dedicated space, invest in multiple spin bikes, or pay an instructor.
I’m not sure what the instructor’s name really is, but one of our members called him Troy, and that seems to fit.
I don’t usually work out at my own fitness center, but I had to try it out today. I just did a mid-level, short program and I’ve got to say, it kind of kicked my butt. I definitely need more interval training in my life!
In other news, Alan is again fostering a litter of kittens. When you care for feral cats, it seems that no matter how many you get spayed and neutered, there is always another litter coming along.
And finally, I just completed four weeks of my 30 day Yoga Challenge ! That’s right, 28 days, never missed a day, feeling great, want to keep this up, yoga challenge. I only have two more days to go, but I plan to keep yoga a big part of my life. I want to continue to practice most days, if not all.
Today, instead of going to the gym, Alan cleaned his bike and I had the time for an hour audio, Power Vinyasa Flow from YogaDownload.com . Aside from the strength and mental benefits, I can now hold Bakasana (crow) for about 15 seconds, and the other day I did a tripod headstand without toppling over! I am so proud.
I plan, for the last two days of the challenge, to finish up with style and head to my favorite Vinyasa class at Yoga Central (we regulars call it the Yo-C), tomorrow with my fave instructor April, Sunday with a new instructor, which is also exciting.
So we’re off to an exciting, active weekend? What are your plans? Do you enjoy spinning? Have you ever tried the eSpinner?