Inside the place where some intense fitness magic happens, and for free on a Sunday morning in the city. Groundhog Day in 15 minutes.
In Sydney, we're fortunate to enjoy a selection of top quality group fitness workouts. Many of these workouts are community based, and they usually don't charge you to experience and to enjoy. For some, you may need to book - while for others you just simply turn up. Have you been to any free group fitness sessions in Sydney? A free yoga class? A run club?
The one that the writer has in mind was a pleasant surprise. On a Sunday morning, one was able to do 124 sit-ups - as well as 80 lunges and 40 burpees. Such fitness results were surprisingly unexpected in a 15-minute period. Her answer will tell you more.
The writer of this question will be giving away 10 karma points to the most thoughtful answer after 2pm on the 16th of November 2013 - excluding her own.
The answer will surprise you. On a Sunday morning, Lululemon Athletica at Mid City Centre run free yoga classes at 10am. Yoga happened for the first 30 minutes. 15 minutes was then spent doing the reps of sit-ups, lunges and burpees slowly. Then we had to choose a partner. I was stiff as anything, and my fitness partner on this occasion had an ankle injury. This was the day after we were both engaged in physical work in the hospitality industry: flight attendant and food tour guide.
My partner started off the sit ups, while I had to keep doing a series of lunges to the other end of the room. It was like a race - a lunge race. Even harder, our back knee had to touch the floor, and our front knee could not go beyond our front feet. At the end we had to do five burpees, run back and then tag our partner. Our partner then had to do the lunges etc, while it was my turn to do the sit ups - as many as I could do until my partner tagged me back and so on.
This was non-stop for 15 minutes. Our trainer was encouraging us to drink some water, yet said drinking too much water has not good for burpees. Naturally a few of those 'f' words - from someone who never normally swears comes out.
All in all, my partner and I managed 200 sit-ups between us. I did 124 of them, as well as 80 lunges and 40 burpees.
The earliest train I could catch was the 9:15am train, as I had to drop off some work dresses for dry cleaning earlier - and yet did not have enough time to eat breakfast prior. Needed to use a shower badly afterwards, and immediately went to Food Halls for a chocolate dipped fruit. Drank plenty of water afterwards as well. Stayed in the city and kept on walking around, despite the wet weather.
An awesome experience. I'll come better prepared next time :)
Otherwise, I also love the St Peters parkrun:
Can't do the above too often anymore, as I now run chocolate walking tours on Saturday mornings. Ah, speaking of fitness - these walking tours I run also keep me fit. I don't have to pay to run them (just the chocolate expenses for the guests included in their ticket prices - yet this is claimable on tax) yet I am getting paid to lose more weight and have heaps of fun :)
When I say 'a race' there were five groups. There was a prize to see which group of two people were able to do the most sit-ups in this 15 minute period, not counting the running and everything else. The winning group did 262 sit-ups combined - while again me and my partner (another group) got to 200 sit-ups.