MAC Fitness workout
45 minutes -- Rounds of mountain climbers, medicine ball slams, jump squats and Airdyne.
I went with Jen to one of her boot camp classes today. It was a nice change of pace. The gym has a crossfit style approach with a little Gym Jones thrown in. It was a good environment and the trainers clearly know what they are doing. I'll probably try to go there once or twice a week to mix things up. If I get a nice total body workout there once a week, it will allow me to focus more on other stuff at home.
Some misc. observations:
1. There were three other girls in the class (other than Jen). I was surprised how half assed a couple of them were with form and rep counts. Initially I couldn't figure out why two girls so quickly got ahead of me on the rounds. But then I noticed that one was only doing about half the required reps, and their form was so bad it was almost embarrassing. If you're not going to do it right, why do it? This baffles me.
2. They have the old school Airdynes at this gym and I'm convinced the calorie counter is different than mine. At the middle and end of the workout we had to do two minutes all out on the Airdyne. I was pretty tired, and I still got 56 calories the first time and 49 the second time. 56 calories would be tough for me to get on my Airdyne if I'm fresh. I'm going to have to try the 10 minute test there and see what I can get. I bet I can do better than my current best of 207.
3. They tested my body composition before the class. I was 171 pounds, have a Body Mass Index of 24.2 and bodyfat of 16.2%. When I had my bodyfat tested last year, I think it was around 10.5%. I definitely haven't gained 6% bodyfat, so I'm assuming there are some differences in the tests. Both tests were done on those fancy body composition scales, but something is fishy.
4. The threshold for the Overweight portion of the government's BMI scale is 25. If I weighed 174 pounds (which I did at the start of this week), I would be considered overweight by the U.S. government. I'm not. It's tough to make a one-size-fits all measurement, and I'm not defending Fat America, but when you hear the statistics about how many Americans are overweight, if it is based on the BMI scale, take it with a grain of salt.
The U.S. Government says this is overweight:
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