Yesterday was pretty surreal for me. Winter break ended and Spring semester at Pepperdine started. As many of my close friends were heading back to Malibu and starting classes I was staying in Colorado… not going back to school and cold.
(I never saw the negative sign before the temperature in Malibu!)
Also, for the first monday of classes in 1.5 years I wasn’t teaching my strength training class through Pepperdine Campus Recreation.
I have been teaching a 6am “Shred” class at Pepperdine every Monday and Thursday since the beginning of last school year. Because it is an early morning class, the people who came formed into a pretty core group. It is very rare to get a newbie at that time, you are either dedicated to the class and time or you aren’t. For that reason, over the past year and a half I was lucky to get to know my class very well. Most of the attendees were either faculty members or wives of faculty members. They became my Pepperdine “ladies”. The women were all friends and drove together to class which created accountability and encouragement. Most of the women had young children, growing families, jobs and a long list of other responsibilities, yet they were up before the sun every Monday and Thursday morning to come workout. They were not exercising to fit into a size 0, enhance their booty or get 6 pack abs for summer; they were there to become better wives, mothers, employees and community members by being healthy, strong and having a clear mind. They were not training for a race or event, they simply exercised to feel good and because they knew it made them better able to do everything else.
(this is some of us after my last class)
While I was supposed to be the one leading these ladies, I think they ended up inspiring me more. They remind me what exercise is all about: feeling good and living better, not only for ourselves but for the important people in our lives.
In honor of these women I put together a typical class outline as if I were to teach yesterday. The class is meant to be simple, to provide a solid workout and to have fun!
Before doing any strength training be sure to do a light warm up for about 5-10 minutes.
My hope is that you will do this workout to feel good and live better!
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