With our wedding only nine months away, I’ve started setting some goals to get myself in top shape. Not only physical goals, I want to prioritise my mental health as well. Exercise has always been very therapeutic for me and I’m a big believer in exercise as medicine. Who doesn’t feel much better after a run, a yoga session or a spin class? I’m even a bit superstitious when it comes to exercise, making sure I’ve gone for a run or attended workout class before any major presentation or important event…
Needless to say, when Cadence Cycle Studios asked me to take part in their eight-week challenge, I jumped at the opportunity. Other than running the occasional half marathon, I don’t really set fitness goals for myself and have a relaxed approach to working out (despite my superstitions). However, as a freelancer, I don’t have a lot of structure in my day-to-day life, so more intensive workout regime is definitely appealing.
Unlike other fitness challenges, each participant sets their own goals and workout terms for the eight weeks. There’s no set number of classes you need to tick off, rather it’s about creating a plan that works for you. Whether you’re wanting to lose weight, tone up or build confidence, each participant sits down with the Cadence team prior to beginning to identify their plan of attack and undergo testing. The testing involves a body scan that calculates height, weight, BMI, body composition, segmental lean analysis, and several other factors that I won’t go into… Basically, the analysis tells us our target weight, fat and muscle amounts. After completing the scan, we dive into a physical challenge that involves cycling 2km as fast as I can, completing as many press ups and burpees as I can in a minute, and then holding a plank for as long as I can.
I wanted to reflect on how I’m feeling before the 8WC kicks off on Monday. Recovering from a bout of sickness last week, I’m feeling a bit fragile and my diet is a bit out of whack. I’m looking forward to getting into the swing of things, particularly with the madness of wedding planning. Perhaps the most important factor is my diet. As a food writer, I love eating like my job depends on it (because it does) but I know I need to eat more greens and less sugar. My goal is to tone my upper body and lose weight around my middle, which has always been a slight problem area for me. I also want to manage my anxiety and feel confident about myself and my future.
Nick and I are heading back to Canada and the States at the end of June, in the middle of the challenge, so I’ll be doing quite a few of my workouts in the Northern Hemisphere. Fortunately, I always eat healthiest at home because my mom cooks the most wholesome vegetarian meals. I come from a family of runners, so I’ll be embarking on lengthy runs and using my parents’ fitness room in addition to swims at the lake. It’s important to switch up my routine to ensure I don’t get bored. My favourite thing about Cadence is the variety within the workouts. It’s high intensity interval training mixed in with strength and functional fitness, which results in the ultimate full-body workout.
If you’re interested in hearing more about the 8WC or Cadence Cycling Studios, feel free to leave me a comment below or send me an email. I’d love for you to join me for a class sometime.
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