Yesterday, 57 minutes through a 90 minute power yoga class, totally worked over already, I laid down in a pool of my own sweat that covered my mat from end to end. Not exaggerating.
It felt AWESOME.
I’ve been on a yoga kick for the last two weeks so I welcomed the challenge to deepen my practice. What ended up happening was the stretching of my patience to stay not just focused, but in the room. I made it through, and stumbled out of there with a great senses of satisfaction!
When I teach at SoulCycle, I sweat a lot. In fact, I find it fun to watch it fling around as I ride or move the weights. But my body is so accustomed to the work that the exercise isn’t mentally challenging for me. On the other hand, the ride is absolutely provocative and spiritual when I put my issues on the wheel and grind them out.
This week I’m challenging you to do a workout to the point you are TOTALLY drenched. Push your mind to the limit. So I’m not talking pit sweat or a little circle on the middle of your t-shirt. Drenched as in I-can’t-leave-the building-with-these-wet-clothes-on situation.
What workouts are going to get to that point? Mostly cardio and high intensity interval training.
- Step (do gyms still offer this?!)
- Circuit training (BLAST900 in Atlanta, Level10 in Manhattan beach are my faves)
- Yoga (Hot8 in Santa Monica, Equinox in WeHo, Joy Yoga in Houston, Atlanta Hot Yoga)
And I want you to do it twice. In one week. See if you can distinguish a change in the first and second time. How do you feel about the workout and effort you put forth? Take the time to sit with your accomplishment and feel the power it can have over your body and mind.
There are so many benefits to sweating and getting your heart rate up.
- Ignites endorphins
- Revs up your metabolism
- Detoxes your organs quickly
- Controls your body’s chemical balance
- Burns more calories
- Allows fat to become water soluble and leave body
- Opens pores and helps get rid of acne
- Prevents kidney stones
- Strengthens your heart
In doing research for this post (also see this article), I ran across this familiar face on FitnessMagazine.com:
That’s my girl Charlee (SAMO, BWOOD, BVHL studios). She’s a killer instructor and obviously stunning.
(High On Sweet via SoulCycle Instagram)