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Posted by on Jan 24, 2014 in Circuit Workouts, Healthy Dishes | 10 comments

Les Mills GRIT

This is the posture of someone who was humbled by their workout.

GRITI made it to the demo of Les Mills GRIT at our YMCA this morning and it kicked my butt in the best way.

I’ve been a big fan of Body Pump for years (another Les Mills group exercise class), but up until today I had never tried GRIT. Dave swore to me that I would love GRIT and that it was ‘my style’ of workout and he wasn’t lying. I absolutely loved the class! It is 30 minutes of high intensity training and it is more of a bootcamp style workout, making it not nearly as choreographed as other Les Mills classes. It felt more like a group personal training session.

There are 3 versions of GRIT: strength, cardio and plyo. I’m told cardio is the toughest, but I did the plyo class today and I can’t imagine it getting more difficult.

GRIT PLYO is exactly what is sounds like…a ton of jumping.

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It reminded me of my high school days playing volleyball and running cross country (except I’m not nearly as agile or fit as I was when I was 16 and I didn’t eat an oatmeal cream pie 10 minutes before the workout). Everyone was cheering for each other, so there was a sense of camaraderie in the room. The energy level was nothing short of infectious and the exercises were geared towards athletes (making you run faster, making you jump higher, etc). It was amazing in the ‘my legs can’t handle another jump squat’ kind of way. I began sweating in the warm up before we ever started the various rounds of exercises. Les Mills definitely makes the most of that 30 minutes. It was filled with jump lunges, weighted jump squats, mountain climbers, lateral jumps, broad jumps and more. By the time we finished on the floor with an ab workout, I was done.

If you ever get a chance to take a GRIT class, I highly recommend it. Les Mills instructors are some of the best out there so I’m confident no matter where you take a GRIT class, you’ll have a good experience. Those teachers are legit.

I worked up a serious appetite in those 30 minutes so I immediately came home and made a salad, which I ate with 1 hand while using the other to hold Atlas.

IMG_4424In the salad went spinach leaves, an apple, half a pepper, a cucumber, some blue cheese and some balsamic dressing. I wolfed it down and then ate a Reese’s peanut butter cup. That obviously didn’t get photographed…the truly delicious things never do.

Now, I’m off to go play with my little mister.

IMG_4421I have a ton of errands to run (I’m totally out of almost every hair product I use – this would never have happened to me pre-baby) but it is just too dang cold to go outside with Atlas. I’m thinking I’ll have to deal with greasy/knotty/frizzy hair for another day or 2. #momlife.

 

 

10 Comments

  1. What a fun style class. I teach boot camp and I like the variety it brings. I love that your class was 30 minutes because sometimes you just don’t need an hour or you don’t have an hour to workout!
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    • Now that I have a baby, I rarely have an hour to workout so 30 minutes was perfect! I’m a big believer in intensity over duration when it comes to a lot of my workouts so Grit is my style for sure!

    • I wish!! And then I could take your Body Pump class too – double bonus!

  2. Grit sounds like a tough but very fun workout 😀 Well done for getting through it.

    That salad you had looks delicious. Anything with blue cheese I love though 😉
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  3. That class sounds awesome and right up my alley. I love quick, efficient, high intensity, kick your ass into the ground workouts.

    • You would definitely love Grit then! 🙂

  4. YAY GRIT! I knew you’d love it! I think Plyo is pretty tough, but yah, Cardio is by far the hardest b/c it feels like your heart is going to jump right out of your chest.

    But I did a Strength one the other day (gotta get back in fighting shape before I coach it again!!) that almost killed me off. So it’s all pretty hard. Way to go in actually finishing it!!
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    • Those weighted jump squats are no joke! I bet that is such a fun class to teach!

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