the perfect indoor workout

I tried a new spinning class at the Richmond YMCA today and loved it.  It was heart rate training specific and actually felt like a training ride instead of an aerobics class.  We did a good 45 minute endurance ride plus warm-up and cool-down and it was strange to watch my heart rate stay in what used to be my zones 2 and 3 but feel as though I was working.  When I first found out I was pregnant, I did quite a bit of research online and and spoke with my OB about workout heart rate during pregnancy.  Most health care professionals agree that heart rate is less relevant than perceived level of exertion or body temperature, so I focus mainly on how I’m feeling.  Still it was fun to strap on a heart rate monitor and see how hard I was indeed working.  What I learned is that I could probably push myself more than I’m doing, but that I’d rather be comfortable these days.  The issue of bike shorts digging into my belly (and bladder!) is an entire other comfort issue.  I wonder if anyone sells maternity bike shorts?

the workout:

45 minute endurance heart-rate spin class

core work:  crunches leaning on bosu ball to keep head above heart, side crunch, quadruped birddog  2 X 10 each

upper body strength training: shoulder press w/ dumbbell while doing wide leg squats (toes pointing out to maintain neutral spine), front arm raises w/ dumbbell, single are dumbbell bicep curls, tricep dips   2 X 10 each


The sunshine has disappeared from my neighborhood once again. I was looking forward to running in the park this morning but when I woke up it was so windy and cold outside I opted for the gym.
I like the treadmills at the Richmond YMCA because they’re on a wall of windows and I can watch what’s happening on the street. I hooked up my iPod (not ready to try the running meditation on a treadmill yet!) and upped my speed gradually until I’d hit a 10 minute mile. I learned about the seasons and “participated” in a Hebrew conversation about salads as I settled into a 9:30 minute mile. Any faster and my heart rate shot above my target ZN 4 aerobic zone. I took a walking break at 45 minutes to avoid flat out quitting. So many random aches and pains kept popping up, trying to convince me to end early, but nothing lasted long enough that I could justify stopping. The very short walk saved me then I did my last 15 minutes. I concluded my gym time with some gentle stretches on the mat & a set of core exercises.

The workout:
60 minute treadmill run, completely flat, HR mid to top of ZN 4, 9:22-10 mm pace, 6.5 miles