11 Oct Failure or Fatigue?
Do you schedule your workouts for the week? Or are you like me and just wait for your Apple Watch to tell you "You can still do it!" The days I wait for my watch for reminders are the days that quickly got away from me. If I do not move enough, my sleep is impacted and my family will even notice I am more on edge. With the pandemic I have realized I have anxiety. This worsened on the days I do not move. With a pulled muscle injury all summer, mixed with not going to a studio to teach I had the most inactive summer of my life. I know I am not alone. It is fall and I am back to moving more and scheduling in my workouts around my households schedule! One of my favorite parts of doing & teaching BarSculpt barre is it leaves me feeling successful. Not just because I worked out, but because I challenged my body! I pushed past, moved more and kept going!
What helps me feel successful in my workouts is the shake that happens when I work to fatigue! At the Lotte Berk Method at one point (before my time there) this part of class was called work to failure. Literally teachers would wait until someone would fall over (or so the legend goes). Fatigue is a much nicer word, but also leaves you juice for the remainder of the class to get your full body workout!
ThighWork comes first in class followed by SeatWork. Fatiguing the thighs first allows the largest muscles in the body to tire and NEED help from the abdominals (and other) muscles so that we get the ultimate activation. The thighs are also working hard in SeatWork as they need to help us balance as we work one leg at a time. The Seat (Glute) muscles work much better while paired with the abdominals and allow us to tighten our backside while lengthening the muscles in the front. Together these two sections leave us excited that the next half of class is on the floor. The body is now warmed head to toe, fatigued front and back and excited to work as a unit. Think of the first half of class as leveling the playing field. We turn off (or fatigue) our prime movers so we can develop the smaller muscle groups!
Take a look at these videos! They may help you understand the overall muscle involvement needed for these sections of class!
Schedule a class this week NOW!! You'll be happy you did!