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Before you sign up for those spendy yoga classes or personal training sessions, look at what the famous "Friend's" at-home yoga workout did for our writer
Caution: Detour aheadI'm three weeks into my new workout program and feeling pretty good about myself. I haven't gone on a cookie binge or been bitten by the lazy bug. So, clearly, I'm one of the lucky few that gets with the program and deftly sidesteps any detours into bad behaviors.
It's just that I pick a "hidden" detour: I participate in a Saturday morning boot camp.
How can working out more be considered a detour? For starters, I've never done a boot camp. Ever. And this particular boot camp kicks my butt. Here's how it goes: I'm forced to do as many jumping jacks, squats, and weight repetitions as I can bust out in one-minute time frames. After just 10 minutes of this military style torture, I'm dizzy and feel like I might pass out. What have I done?
Yogalosophy is the complete opposite of boot camp -- everything in Mandy's workout is done in sets of eight: repetitions, breaths, and pulses. Why? Mandy says that eight is the number of power and abundance. Eight reps are easier on my body than countless military drills. Go figure.
After a session with Mandy I feel calm, relaxed, and strong. After boot camp? I'm exhausted, depleted, and weak. I've never been beaten up before, but I imagine it feels something like this.
The next day, I wake up sore. Too sore to work out. The following day is even worse. My muscles are on fire and I can barely move. So, I don't.
My mind is telling me to work out, but my body is begging me to leave it alone. My body wins, and I miss five days of Yogalosophy.
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