Who does this?!

Just watching Faye having, what friends are for haha. I look awfully indifferent.

We survived!

What a team!

Hi lovelies! Two days with the blog at a stand still. Not ideal but sometimes life happens as much as I do hate to disappoint by not putting content on here. I haven not forgotten about you I promise! I apologise in advance about how long this post is but that’s what happens when I don’t get to express my thoughts for a while!

After working at SFN EXPO all weekend a little while ago now, I have two days my bosses have given me to take off at a later time. Faye and Kate asked me if I perhaps wanted to take a half day on Tuesday this week to go to lunch class at Fly and then have brunch. With the three of us having very different schedules: Faye being a student, Kate working at lululemon (retail job meaning she works weekends a lot) and me at voomfit (office job working weekdays and off during the weekends) doesn’t make us meeting up the easiest task. So of course I wanted to join in on the Tuesday fun.

Fly’s lunch time classes vary in what they are, this particular Tuesday it was their Assault bike class. I’ve explained what an assault bike is before but for those of you who are new to the blog, it’s essentially a bike where you use your arms and legs to get the bike spinning. Sort of a weird crossover between a crosstrainer and a bike. Sounds alright still doesn’t it? Usually you count the calories on the bike as a benchmark or score to reach during classes, so like 20 calories on the bike. Doesn’t actually mean that’s the calories you burn but you what to work towards. The evil thing about an assault bike is you want to accomplish these calories as quickly as possible and you need power for the calories to start ticking up. However, the harder you pedal the more resistance you get, but at the same time if you don’t pedal hard enough you’ll be on that bike forever. It’s vicious circle of pain haha.

Assault bikes are tough and the thought of being in a half an hour class when usually we only are on it for a couple of minutes at a time and feel dead made me nervous. I probably wouldn’t have gone to this class if Kate and Faye hadn’t suggested it. I don’t think anyone of us was particularly excited about this but we’d told each other we were going there was no backing out. That’s why friends are so good for accountability. Ross decided to join in for the class as well so that was four of us going making it even more difficult to back out haha.

I was at G5 in the morning doing some snatch practice and all morning in the office afterwards leading up to the class I was quite nervous. I thought I was going to throw up in the class because those bikes are intense. The clock ticked closer to 12.30 and I headed over to Fly. I loved seeing the amazing Fly crew David, Ross (Fly Ross not Motivational Dude Ross, I know too many Ross’s in my life, it can get confusing haha) and Lorna. Those guys are the best people and it makes me so happy seeing them. They make that gym such a special place.

It was time to get on the bikes. I was not feeling it at all but sometimes in life you just have to bite the bullet and do stuff even though you’re not feeling it. As we sat down on the bikes I thought, who on earth takes time off work to do something like this?! Haha what is wrong with me? If you love fitness, you love fitness I suppose. The class started and I had no idea what to expect or what we would be doing for the next half an hour and I think that made it worse, because you expect the worst. The class was a mix of intervals (that felt never ending at some points).

We got some minor breaks in between the different sections. It was incredible sitting next to a guy who goes regularly to the class, he was insanely good. It might’ve been easy for me then to feel rubbish because I was struggling but instead I felt inspired and thought if I would go regularly to those classes maybe I could get that good? It would be pretty cool. It proves that it is possible to get better when you’re sitting there struggling with your thoughts and all you really want to do is roll off the bike onto the floor and just lie there. BUT, I didn’t. None of us did. We persevered and survived! To put this into perspective, usually 20 calories or so in one go is quite tough. At the end of this class we had done over 200 calories!

Afterwards I was reflecting on my experience and whether it lived up to all the thoughts in my head and the fear of what it would be like. Was it as bad as I thought it would be? No. That doesn’t mean it wasn’t tough, it was brutal and it was an inner battle with my mind saying I can’t do this at some points. Which happens in some workouts when you’re being pushed out of your comfort zone. However, it was not as bad as I thought it would be and the feeling afterwards, when you had fought through those inner barriers and you continued despite that really uncomfortable feeling of wanting to stop, you felt amazing. We were all so happy we had done it and felt almost invincible. I’d been dreading this class for a while and just sitting through it and now knowing what it’s like now I feel so great about myself.

So if you’re sitting there reading this and you’re thinking oh god, after her explanation of this class I never want to go. Please don’t take that thought away from this post. I wanted to share this because yes it was difficult and I struggled and it wasn’t pretty but the feeling afterwards is amazing. When you fight through it and come out on the other side. You feel amazing. So if you’re hesitating going to the gym class you’re or doing something else you’re curious about but too scared to do. Just do it, what is the worst thing that could happen? You’ll gain so much more from trying than not trying.

If you are reading this and want to go to Fly’s assault bike class just remember you can scale it to your ability. Everyone is on their own path to health and you should take the one that works for you. Don’t think about what other people are doing in the class. you have no idea what their story is. You have your own which has led you to this point and you being there is going to help you on your journey. There is so much pride involved with being fit and I know a lot of people feel embarrassed when they aren’t as good as the people around them. I’m the same and sometimes it comes back. I’ve tried to let go of my pride as much as I can and just embrace the stage I’m at with my fitness and that it’s a working progress.

Truth be told, there’s always going to be someone who’s better than you or more unfit than you. That’s always going to be the case. Let the people who are better than you inspire you and learn from them. Let go of that inner person who feels bad that they’re not as good. It’s not helping you in anyway and just embrace the fact you are on a journey. It’s not always going to be easy but see the light and the happiness in the fact that you are on it and that you are trying. Just enjoy the ride and don’t let fear stop you.


M xxx

Published by madeleineskristensen

Madeleine Moves is a blog celebrating a love of exercise, food, travelling and life. I love being active, exercising and being out and about. With my blog I hope to spread this joy and inspire you to be your best. Who am I? I’m Madeleine (surprise). I’m a Swede who lives in the vibrant city of Glasgow in Scotland. I moved here for my university studies and in summer 2016 I graduated with a degree in Business and Management at University of Glasgow. My keyword has always been balance. I love eating healthy food but I also love to indulge once in a while. You need to enjoy life at the end of the day and limiting yourself is not the way to go. With this I would like to say welcome to Madeleine Moves. Love, Madeleine

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