First, my day started with speedwork. It was 71 and gorgeous but I forced myself to go to the treadmill. As boring as it is, it gets the job done when it comes to intervals.
I made my usual mistake of reading over the speedwork directions and thinking "oh, this doesn't sound too bad, it's only 3 miles". Naturally I forgot the warmup, cooldown, and jogging in between intervals, so it was actually 5.1. The speedwork portion was a 400, 800, and a 1200, with a 400 jog in between, then repeat the set. I did the intervals at 7:53 pace and was basically about to die at the end.
So after school I went to free yoga in our school gym. As I've mentioned, I am now massively in love with yoga (especially free yoga).
On the first day of class, the teacher pulled up her shirt to show us her "awesome" abs, which had apparently developed as a result of yoga. Not exactly very yogini of her, but whatev.
Since then, every class has included some sort of comment like "keep going, you want that bikini body!" "you're going to have the tiniest waist around!". Um, excuse me, first of all, are we in a 1982 aerobics class?
Second of all, maybe I'm mistaken, but who comes to a yoga class to get a bikini body? According to Wikipedia, "Yoga refers to traditional physical, mental, and spiritual....goal is the attainment of a state of perfect spiritual insight and tranquility".
Umm, ok, I'm not going that far, but my basic reasons for going to yoga are:
- it stretches me like crazy
- works random body parts that I didn't even know about
- totally relaxing (at the end)
Personally, back when I first realized that fitness existed back in high school, the bikini body (or in my mind, lack thereof) was the main motivation for me going to the gym. I mean I enjoyed working out and the endorphins and all, but the be all and end all was I knew fitness was good for me and I didn't want to be fat. That was probably the case up until recently, when my massive love affair with running began. Training for races changed my viewpoint from "I need to work out to burn x amount of calories because I ate so much crap this weekend" to "I need to do this workout to get faster/be able to run further/beat the strollers in the race/not drown during the triathlon, etc".
Obviously I've made some comments about having Michelle Obama's arms
or Gwen Stefani's abs
so it's not like I'mabove vanity or shallowness (or jealousy, for that matter). But I am really trying to get away from that mindset and of all types of exercise I would think yoga would be the number one on board! I really don't appreciate being told my abs need to get ready for bikini season when I am just trying to get some zen in my life.
But then on the other hand, if getting a hot body motivates people who wouldn't otherwise workout to get to the gym, is there anything wrong with it? If that's what pushes the majority of the class, maybe the instructor is right to hit that angle. (FYI, my yoga class today had two other participants besides me, both with hot bodies already, in my humble opinion.)
Why do you run or workout?
What's your main motivation?
Do you appreciate people yelling "bikini body" comments at you, or not?