Friday, July 25, 2008
What in the world is Trekking?! Trekking is a true interval class.(straight out of the mouth of the instructor) In trekking class, we utilize the equipment in the fitness center (in my case at my local YMCA) Spin Bikes, Recumbent Bikes, ARC trainers, Elliptical trainers, rowers, steppers etc... some days we pick a piece of equipment, some days we rotate equipment. We always start class by meeting on the track, usually just walking or slow jog, then a quick warm-up with the group and then into the fitness center we go. The best part is that not only do we exercise our bodies, we exercise our minds. The instructor brings us on a journey... Today we traveled across the US, a few weeks ago we went to college, and before that to the Kentucky derby. The addition of the trek, makes the time go fast, and makes it more interesting. For example we may be exercising on a RPE (rating of perceived exertion, on a scale of 1-10) of 6. Then we increase speed and ramp for a designated time period. Usually the instructor is reading the facts or asking triva type questions about the topic of the trek, then we return to recovery for a few minutes until the next interval. Today was a bit different, we were in teams rotating equipment, if it was our turn and we got the question right, the other teams had to speed up or increase their ramp. If we got it wrong we had to speed up. This made it fun and challenging in a new way. I was also dripping by the time I finished. Today we were answering questions from Brain Quest, for 7-12 yr olds. I learned a few things, knew a few things and came to the conclusion: 'I am not smarter than a 5th grader.' At least I got a good workout!