I’m a group fitness instructor that teaches Step/strength training two days a week and a Zumba class one day a week. I’m a bit on the cubby side and I really want to get in better shape. I really want to try the P90X and/or Insanity. I also want to be able to balance my own fitness routine while still teaching classes and not over due it or injure myself. Do you have any suggestions?
I would take a look at the strength training part you are doing. As an instructor, you usually do not get your own workout because half the time you are watching people and the other half you are demonstrating. And even the cardio portion may not be as much as you think.
I would add 2 strength workouts that you do to the level that YOU need and use just very lights weights in the classes that you teach.
I have recently got a Fitbit One and really like it a lot. It tracks your overall activity, and you can keep a food diary as you go. It may give you a better picture of your activity level when you are not ‘on duty’.
Wish you well.
I am a huge proponent of High Intensity Interval Training. It’s fast, efficient and burns calories! Look into classes in your area. It’s good to be a student every once in a while.
I also suggest tracking your food intake with Myfitnesspal along with Wwatchers and speak with a Nutritionist that can assist you.
Hello Melissa Ortega,
You are rather active, already; that’s great.
When I find myself in the same predicament, what seems to work is treating myself as I would treat a client.
That is good you want to balance your workouts. Exactly what kind of strength is being done during the step classes? It seems to me that you may benefit from adding a separate strength training session to your workout schedule.
Do you teach the classes at a facility? If so, is a personal trainer able to help you? The face to face contact would be very helpful.
I hope this helps, take care.