Little did I know that my upper body strength would sustain me on a hike – a nine hour trek that was supposed to be four hours. After the climb up those rocky mountains, an endless rock slide appeared to be the only way down – over two thousand feet. Sure, some of the time I was on my bum, and a lot of the time, I could support my weight while grasping boulders on either side of the “trail”/slide and propel myself through.
“Functional Fitness” is the description my friends at Diesel offer – strengthening the total body plus cardio – such a departure from the aerobic only focus of the past few decades, especially for women. It motivates me to add more equipment to my training studio. Well, .. uh, actually I DO have a new toy this week.
It is my goal that each client walks out of our session empowered and ready for Anything, just in case:
– you’re hanging at the beach and a friend walks up, dragging a two-person kayak and asks you to paddle out. You have no thoughts like, “What if I can’t get in it?” You just reply, “Great – I’m in!”
– you’ve found a furniture deal at a garage sale, and there is only one skinny teenager to help transfer it into your vehicle. Of course you consider the smart way to proceed, and then, “piece of cake”!
– The elevator is broken and your office is on the seventh floor. Your boss walks with you and starts asking you questions …., well, you should have been taking the stairs all along!
As my friend, Susan, remarked earlier this week, “Trails are for wimps”.