Monday Sculpt

What’s the best part about shootings at school? You make it home in time for Sculpt! It really is not funny…but it is true. A little after 5, staff was asked to leave the buildings because of shootings next door. But that’s another story, for another time…

One of my favorite things about Monday nights, aside from the fact that Monday is over, is the sculpting class I attend at SixPax. It is a perfect end to a long day with tired kiddos. Fayth and her team do such an amazing job. If you live in Chicago and are near Michigan and 14th, I highly suggest you check them out. My husband actually commented yesterday on, “How tight my abs are.” This is a pretty strong compliment for someone who loves french fries as much as I do.

It’s a great class for me because it gets me doing all the things I would never do unless someone was forcing me. I can run endless miles on my own but weights and squats and planks bore me to no end. I’d rather sit on the couch with my cat or play on my iPad. I’m a fat kid at heart. Another one of the reasons I love this place so much – they always have a motivating quote on the wall. Gotta love chalkboard paint!

Joanna is the Sculpt instructor.  She is high-energy and motivating. She reminds me a lot of Reese Witherspoon in Legally Blonde teaching “The Bend and Snap”. Sculpt incorporates short bursts of high intensity exercises with sculpting exercises. Think planks, push-ups and high-knees. We do so much glute work that I’m shaking at the end. While the class can be upwards of 10 people, Joanna individualizes her instruction. While she’s constantly reminding me to pull my shoulders back, she’s telling someone else to tuck their stomach under. Joanna is teaching me to break all of the bad habits I picked up from years of gymnastics.

We use a handful of props in Sculpt. A mat, obviously, 2 2 lb weights, a resistance band, Gliders (LOVE), and a Pilates ball.

Attending a class on Monday sets the tone for my entire workout week. I’ve found that if I skip Monday, it is harder to find motivation to workout the rest of the week. Classes are always my first choice on Mondays. I’m always tired, I usually have a headache, and the gym is the last place I’d like to be. I sign up for classes weeks in advance, put them in my calendar, and it’s a sure-fire way to get me there. Add some cardio by walking to your class instead of driving. I know it’s cold but Sculpt is done barefoot so throw on your Hunters and get going!

What’s stopping you?

🙂 Happy Monday

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