Monday, December 14, 2015

Cirkelpuls - 14th December (Jon & David)

Cirkelpuls - Christoffer

Day 14 of Team Form's Advent Calendar (#tfmadvent) was spent in Christoffer's circle pulse class. Neither of us had been to this particular class before, but we have a circle-core class at work on Thursdays at lunch so I had some idea of what to expect going in....Or so I thought... 

The first thing I noticed when I came into the training room was the shear number of stations. Other circle classes I've attended have had 8-10 stations. This one had 22! They included: hip lifts, ropes, planks, Spiderman mountain climbers, climbing backwards up the wall, front raises, high jumps, triceps press, squat jumps, push ups on exercise ball, frog burpees, TRX rowing and TRX ski jumps, kettleball upright rows, pull-ups (chins), pike crunches, vinyasas, frog jumps, bicep curls with overhead presses, lunges, deadlifts, narrow/wide squats, and narrow push ups. All of this in 60 minutes? It was clear that this was not going to be for the faint of heart. 

Then the warmup music was over and the "not for the faint of heart" part was confirmed as Christoffer sets the whole class to a series of hair metal songs that took me right back to my childhood of listening to the likes of White Snake, Faster Pussycat and Skid Row (although none of these bands were featured in tonight's playlist.) I literally had never heard any of the songs played, but somehow the beats fit the class like a hand in a glove. 40 seconds are spent on each activity, with a 15 second rest. Then you repeat before you move to the next station. "We're going to work actively for 12-14 minutes, then you can rest, then we continue," Christoffer told us at the start. Then he said "We're going to repeat three times." Wait? What? I looked at David "Did he say we are going around the stations three times?!" I kept doing the math in my head--even at one point wondering if this was a 90 minute class--before coming to the conclusion that Christoffer meant we are going to have three active sessions--not three times around the room. Phew! 

Two exercises in, David said to me "I can't feel my legs. I'm going to need my recovery pants tonight!" Then he started in on two stations of arm exercises and I suggested that we're going to need recovery suits after this class! Pants just aren't going to cut it. No kidding. 

Ten stations into the class (after narrow pushups), David said to me "I can't straighten out my arms". I had just finished the narrow/wide squats and I was thinking that soon lactic acid was literally going to start seeping out of my pores along with my sweat.

In the latter part of our session there was a station where you just flail your arms while holding onto two heavy ropes and another station where you put your hands on the floor and feet against a wall and then (face down) try to walk your feet up the wall. Neither of these sounds difficult when you see them written down, and Christoffer makes them look easy in the demo, but believe me these are not to be underestimated in any way at all. 

Now I'm sitting here drinking a recovery drink while I write this and I can feel all kinds of small muscles in my body that I'm not normally aware of. But I'm also aware of how fun tonight was. Christoffer is loud when he leads a class but not at all in an intimidating or pushy way. He's got a great positive vibe that keeps you focused on the task at hand. "Aye ya, aye ya!" he chants has he cheers you along, always counting down the last 5 seconds to make sure you give it your all before the cherished 15 seconds of rest are bestowed upon the participants. And cherished they are indeed. 

Thanks Christoffer! We'll be back! 

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