FIT CHATZ: It’s kind of like chit chats except with fitness and a “z” for added visual interest. Get it? Anyway…
Photographer: Jackie Beale | Hair: Dylan @ Civello Salon and Spa | Wardrobe: Nike | Featuring: Sharlene Chiu
As you all know, I love food – cooking it and eating it (but especially eating it). In an effort to decrease the speed of my ever-growing waistline, I rung in 2014 by taking part in the free Nike Training Club class offered at Academy of Lions. I had previously downloaded the NTC app months ago on my phone but never actually opened it (there were a lot of dinners that got in the way, okay!!). So, in January, I did several group classes with NTC Master Trainer, Eva Redpath, and was hooked. I’m the type of person who gets super bored with fitness routines (pilates, zumba, spin, you name it and I’ve tried it), but every Thursday, I drag myself out of bed at 7am in anticipation of what Eva will have in store. With every NTC class, my ADD-attention span is kept entertained with a variety of workouts like studio, high intensity, gym, and yoga.
It’s been 6 months since I started my routine as an avid NTCer, and for times when I’m out of town or on a shoot and unable to attend class, I actually open the app on my phone (shock!) and press play on one of the hundreds of different specialized workouts available. Just between you and I, I tend to do the 15 minute “Get Focused” selection more often than the 45 minute workouts when left to my own device but hey, it’s not a sprint, it’s a marathon, right?
As I get older and more responsible (haha so hard to say that with a straight face) the condition of my health and fitness has become more and more important. Both my parents have osteoporosis and arthritis and to say the least, it is not a fun experience. Seeing firsthand the physical pain involved when the condition of your body when it isn’t in tip top form is definitely a huge motivation in getting my butt off the couch or restaurant chair for just an hour a couple of times a week.
Just last week at the NTC class at Academy of Lions, Eva said something that really resonated with me. As we were stretching, she asked us if we felt stronger – and almost in unison everyone said yes. She said THAT was the true success of working out. It’s not to aim to have a bikini body or the body you had when you were 13 (because well, you were THIRTEEN) because that just sets yourself up for disappointment. To feel good and strong is what it’s all about. Can I get a “helllllll, yeah” Hell yeah!