If retirement is about revisiting possibilities for one’s body and mind, then let me tell you, EVERYTHING I just experienced fits into this category.
To alleviate some sadness with the new school year starting without me, I purposely planned a visit mid-September to see my daughter. Of course, it is always great to see her but I must say this trip did indeed fulfill the task of perfect distraction for me.
When I visit my daughter, I never know what I might be getting into. You see, she works hard thinking about her core values and belief system. This notion had its beginnings during the college years and seems to be continuing through these employment years. From teaching high school art, teaching yoga, working in art studios and for independent artists, working retail, and currently holding a managerial position at a fitness studio, she continues to seek what she believes in and what makes her happy. This creates surprises and unknowns when I visit.
On one visit, as a high school art teacher, I was asked to teach a few students how to sew using the machines you see in the background.
Yet another occasion, I was scheduled to go sky-diving. I said NO.
On this latest visit, I was asked to participate in a class at Orangetheory Fitness. Upon doing so, I learned a bit about the theory behind this fitness studio.
In layman’s terms:
- success for all ~ The idea that no matter where you are in your fitness level, it is desired that participants work towards 12 – 20 minutes accelerated heart rate, the orange zone and red zones. (pushing for gain) You want 25 – 40 minutes in the green zone which is the main fat burning zone. (To me, it also allows getting through the hour.)
- taking ownership ~ Participants are able to take ownership of their effort by wearing a heart monitor (hidden under clothes) that gives data of heart rate output as well as the fact that the workout goes according to personal heart rate, which makes it possible for everyone to benefit from time and effort spent.
- having fun ~ Fun because the hour is organized by rotating through three main activities and is done in a class format with friends.
So, you ask… What are those three main activities?
Did you survive?
The studio was beautiful and very well organized however, that said, I was quite nervous for my class. I have NEVER been on a treadmill, NEVER a rowing machine, and have NEVER lifted weights. I am, however a runner and somehow, I do have a good attitude.
My daughter’s report was that she was impressed with my body form in the weight room and on the rowing machine but felt it was odd I was fumbling on the treadmill. I reminded her that sidewalks don’t move.
You wonder . . . Does anyone help?
I was a gamer, however what really made the entire session tolerable and yes, FUN was Coach Roberta. She was quite patient with me. Here she is teaching me better hand positioning for energy efficiency. And, yes I need to give credit to my daughter who was my supportive mentor.
So, with a mentor, a coach, and a bit of luck, I made it through the hour. Hopefully, I did not embarrass anyone in the process.
And, of course you want to know . . . Will I go back?
The coach suggested fitness goals for me after examining my data and I was reminded that it is about consistency of timely workouts that will make the difference.
So, with my daughter’s diligence of researching the just-right job for her, I benefit from a multitude of experiences. I can’t wait to tell her I’ve just purchased the basic package of OTF here at home. With this initial class behind me, I should be pretty confident for my next session!
*A special thanks to Rosanna for taking pictures as per my request.
*And, a great big shout out to OTF Fairfax for welcoming me so warmly.