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Sore back, butt, tris, thighs, OH MY!!!

on July 22, 2012

Sooooooo I just peed and  realized that sitting on the toilet was much harder than yesterday.  This is a result of the second half of my ACTIVE SATURDAY!!   After finishing the nearly 5 mi Boston running tour I rushed home to shower, hydrate and get some food in me!   I was super excited and curious about what was to come for the next part of my day.  Oh, my friend did need to make a pit stop at City Sports, which gave me the PERFECT opportunity to get a yoga mat…and a few other cute things 🙂

As many of you know I’m part of the TONE IT UP team/community/plan.  http://toneitup.com/  Over the past few months I have become extremely close with SO many of these girls.  I know it may sound weird, since I have never met any of them, but it’s something I can’t really explain unless you experience it.  There is just something about going through your day…or coming home from work every night, and seeing kind words, motivating inspiring tweets and pictures that just make you smile and remind you of why you are striving for this healthy lifestyle!    These girls just get me.  Whether it be when i’m sad, happy, hungry, tired or whatever…..they pick me up at the drop of a hat.  And I know that I do that for them.   It could be with a tweet, a video, or just a simple quote….but these girls are my (TIU) WORLD!!!!   So you can imagine my excitement when one of my TIU friends Taylor coordinated a “BOSTONED TIU” exercise day for some of the TIU girls that live in the area.

What I knew going into it:

1.  Pilates Fusion class at North End Yoga – Wasn’t sure what this meant, but I thought  “Windsor Pilates” (I did the DVD once in high school- that was my pilates experience extent) :),  plus some extra cardio/strengthening

2.  The instructor: Jen Phelan.  When I looked at her website http://www.jenniferphelan.com/and saw HOW FIT (&  gorgeous) she was, and had won “best exercise class of 2010“, I knew this was NOT going to be an easy peasy class.  My friend and I both said to each other “did you see her website?  Yikes.  This is gonna be no joke“.  LOL

3. That I was going to SWEAT my booty off.  A few of the girls, Taylor and Kerri, both said this class was amazing and be PREPARED to sweat.  yahooooooo.  BRING IT!!

So when I arrived to the studio, I was welcomed by my TIU girl Taylor, (who I couldn’t help just give a BIG HUG to!!!  I felt like I knew this girl from way back!!) and Jen Phelan.  I felt horrible b/c we were a few min late b/c of the craziness going on in Fanueil hall  with parking, (shocking), but they put me at ease right away.  The studio is GORGEOUS!!  Lovely orange walls, beautiful wooden floors, tall mirrors, a big bathroom and nice decorations throughout.  It was all so welcoming.    I couldn’t believe how big this place was for the NORTH END!   What the heck is the rent on this place?!

It was so fresh and fun seeing the friendly faces that I have been communicating with on twitter and FB for the past 6 months !!  My TIU BOSTONED GIRLS!!  Jen gave us a little overview of what kind of hell, ahem, fun we were in for 🙂  A lot of us had never done pilates before, so it was kind of nice we were all on a similar level.  She explained that Pilates Fusion is a combination of standard pilates, with some barre involved, bootcampish stuff (planks/pushups) and there would be some music, some quietness.   She went over the equipment we would be using….including a 12″ inch ? ring and 2 small balls…that both LOOKED harmless…but I knew better:)   I was I was a tad nervous since I had run 5 miles that morning, and I have been having trouble with my hip flexor/IT band, but was just going to do the best I could.

The Class:

I knew that when I needed a tricep rest after the 1st couple minutes of pushup style planks, that I was in for an amazeballs workout.   This was also my first “ding!” moment:  There IS a big difference between forearm and pushup style planks.  I always figured they were both great for your abs….but since i don’t have great wrists,  I figured why not just do them on my forearms? Well I realized how weak my triceps are!  So that is my new goal: work on my pushup style planks and daily pushups.

The next exercises involved that harmless looking ring and set of small blue balls.  (insert joke here).  I can’t say much more than man, they WORK!   Then after 20 of my favorite exercises: burpees (kidding),  we went back down for some more planks.  That is when I saw the sweat just dripping onto my yoga mat….and the forearm plank attempt was a FAIL since all i was doing was sliding all over the place!   Note to self:  BRING TOWEL NEXT TIME.

We headed over to the wall for some barre style type exercises, some with a block between our legs, some without.  It didn’t matter what we were doing…what Miss Jen was having us do was making my legs shake, shake, and shake.  Whenever I didn’t think I could hold it longer she told us to tuck our butts, get our heels higher, and get lower.   (“This class is NO joke” was running through my head again).   When she finally told us to release and shake out our legs, I wasn’t sure if i’d make it back to my mat safely with my Jello legs!

We ended the class with some abs and standard pilate exercises.  During one of them you lie flat with your arms above your head…..you sit up and roll forward like you’re making a “C” with your back.  As I looked at my shins I noticed sweat just dripping down them.  Ahhhhhh, love me a great sweat session.  Makes me feel like I’m really working….which I didn’t really need that proof since my muscles were all in overdrive!

When the class was over Jen talked to us about her different classes/locations, being a ZICO ambassador (SO COOL!), and how we could make this TIU group thing happen again!  We all had such a great time and I can’t wait to do more of Jen’s classes.  There is no way I wouldn’t get results with her classes.  My friend Erin and I said “um, that was def. one of the hardest classes ever.  What the heck have we been doing at these other classes?!” haha

Here are some pics after we finished this SweatFest, I mean Pilates Fusion class.  Fortunately you can’t tell that my hair was drenched in sweat and wished we had taken “pre class” pics 🙂

So I’ll end this by saying I went to bed with some soreness in my butt….I woke up with some sore lats and as the day goes on, my thighs and abs are joining in on the fun.  Walking up and down stairs, and peeing, are hard tasks now….and i LOVE every bit of it.  BIG BIG thanks to Taylor for taking the time and effort to set this up, and THANK YOU JEN for taking your time to make this happen for us.  You’re a friendly, energetic, motivating, beautiful woman and I look forward to seeing you again!

Love Stephy 🙂


2 responses to “Sore back, butt, tris, thighs, OH MY!!!

  1. Kerri says:

    Love the way you write, Steph. 🙂 It brought the class right back to life including the burning in my legs…I thought I was going up in flames! So great to meet you – can’t wait for next time. 🙂

  2. Melanie Bowen says:


    I have a question about your blog, could you please email me? Thanks!!


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