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The Sweat Test

When I teach cycle, I encourage my attendees to make their goal to sweat more than I do. I’ve only had one person so far whom I genuinely agreed met that goal. I sweat a lot, so what? I’ve heard that it means I’m really fit because my body is just more efficient at cooling itself. 🙂

Here I am in my cute new workout top before tonight’s class. (If you look closely, you’ll see the little knots I tie on my shirt since otherwise it would dip down to about my belly button, and I try not to rock the J-Lo style at the gym).

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Pardon the blurry image – I blame it on taking the picture through the mirror, but really I just didn’t adjust my settings properly since I running late for class.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here I am in my post-workout glory. I really wish you could see how soaking wet my shirt is. It conveniently  disguises sweat well. DSC_0871-1

However, my non-waterproof mascara doesn’t disguise anything well, especially itself. I always forget to take it off before I teach and as soon as I see myself in a mirror, I wonder how many people I’ve scared off from attending again.

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I was craving roasted sweet potatoes after dinner (which consisted of a giant bowl of greek yogurt with some sunflower seed butter and granola…totally normal dinner, I know). Sweet potatoes on an orange plate? Not very appealing. Maizey doesn’t discriminate though and stuck her head in the picture. The girl has restraint and didn’t even take a lick. Not like her mother. That plate is empty now folks. And I can’t blame it on the boxer dog.

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If you’d like to become a sweaty mess, try this playlist for your next cardio workout. Rachel (at Shedding it) and I exchange spin playlists since we both teach so some of these came from her. She posts a lot of playlists too if you ever want more songs.

Song Artist Exercise (for spin)
Move Along The All-American Rejects warm up
Miss Murder AFI 30 seconds up, 30 seconds down
Sour Cherry The Kills Hill – sit (60 sec), stand (60 sec), down (60 sec)
Bulletproof La Roux sit sprint versus, stand sprint chorus
Paper Planes M.I.A. TOUGH hill
Right Round Flo Rida jumps: verses, sprint: chorus
What You Waiting For? Gwen Stefani standing climb
Hung Up Madonna sprint: 15/15, 30/30, 60/30, 60/30, 30/15, 15/15
Just Dance Lady GaGa & Colby O’Donis rolling hills, figure 8
Maneater Nelly Furtado gradual climb
Seven Nation Army The White Stripes 3 levels of hill
I’m Not Your Toy La Roux sit 90%, sprint chorus
Kids MGMT climb with jumps, isolate
All These Things That I’ve Done The Killers start seated, them climb at 2:30 (halfway)
Gone Going Black Eyed Peas cool down
New Soul Yael Naïm stretch, wipe off bikes

I’m off to hang with the husband. G’night!

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29 Comments

  • Reply
    Lia
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    What a great playlist!

  • Reply
    Emily
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    Okay I totally got done teaching cycle yesterday and had black eyes from mascara!! It just means were intense! 🙂

  • Reply
    Sarah Ikegami
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    Cute top!
    So, you teach cycle? How did you get into that?

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      Teri
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      I started going to a lot of cycle classes after a running injury a few years ago and totally got hooked. After a few years, I started thinking about things I would do differently if I were teaching and thought, hey, why not? So I got a group fitness certification and now I teach at the YMCA. Getting paid to work out is awesome. 🙂

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    Heather (Heather's Dish)
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    i love the playlist idea! i’m always looking for good workout songs. also, i get it with the sweating thing…my husband and i always joke that our kids have no chance of being dry since we both sweat so much!

    • Reply
      Teri
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      Heather, I’m glad it’s not just me. 🙂 My husband doesn’t sweat at all – I think I scare him sometimes.

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    Andrea (Off Her Cork)
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    Your blog is adorable Teri! I love the little knot idea on the shirt and I totally need to start incorporating this.

    I will be back because omg you have a boxer! I have a boxer too! Rocky is my little brindle mush-face of love. 🙂

    • Reply
      Teri
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      Thanks – I’m glad you like it!

      And you have a boxer??? How did I miss that detail on your blog??

  • Reply
    Jess
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    That playlist looks fun! I definitely need to update my playlists : )

    I was reading over at “Heather’s Dish” and I found your BLOG and I REALLY like it. I look forward to following! I LOVE your advice about dumping SALT on the last bite – I will have to steal that one : )

    • Reply
      Teri
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      Thanks for your kind words Jess! I’m so happy you like it and will come back!

  • Reply
    [email protected]
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    I love spin classes! So much that once I can afford it I will be getting my certification to teach them!!

    • Reply
      Teri
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      good for you Salah! It’s so fun teaching!

  • Reply
    AshlyH
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    the sweet potatoes look yummy – – – the sweat situation looks gross! I’m of the non-sweating variety and I don’t think I’ve EVER soaked a shirt. Maybe just dampened the arm pits a little….

    • Reply
      Teri
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      That’s because you are a sissy Ash. 😉 Is Jesse a big sweater?

  • Reply
    Christie
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    So excited to have found your blog! I am also a certified Spinning Instructor (through MadDogg Athletics). I liked your playlist- may have to share some of mine with you 🙂

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      Teri
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      Christie – I’m thinking of doing the MadDogg certification. Did you like it?

      And I would LOVE it if you’d post some of your spin playlists!

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        Christie
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        I definitely will share some playlists! I will start posting them after my T/TH classes for a few weeks- let me know what you think! As for MadDogg, I loved the woman that certified me and learned a lot. They actual own the rights to Spinning, so are kind of the pioneers of the sport. I must say the #1 thing that surprised me is that there are a lot of spinning “moves” people will do that they consider not part of spinning. I’m definitely curious as to how other programs certify, so might have to check them out.
        ~CK
        p.s. Maybe its an instructor thing- I sweat like mad too! LOL!

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          Teri
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          Awesome, I’ll look forward to your playlists. And thanks for the info on MadDogg. And for the company in the sweaty category. 😉

  • Reply
    Lisa (bakebikeblog)
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    What an awesome blog!!!!! And what a great play list 🙂

    • Reply
      Teri
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      Thanks Lisa! I’m glad you like the blog and the play list. 🙂

  • Reply
    Katie
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    I love a good sweat! I wish I was in your spinning class (have I said that before?? I feel like I think it everytime I read your blog…)

    I think sweet potatoes, yogurt and sunbutter is a perfectly legitimate dinner. 🙂 Maybe I’ll have it tonight.

    • Reply
      Teri
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      I would love it if you came to my spin class. I’m pretty sure we’d be good friends in “real life.” 🙂

      I’m so happy you support my dinner choices.

  • Reply
    Krysten
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    Oooh thanks for sharing that playlist, those are some great songs!

  • Reply
    RunToTheFinish
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    oh I love the before after…though I usually look like a wreck before at 6 am. 🙂

    I am horrrrrrrrible at cycle, any tips for my arse?

    • Reply
      Teri
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      If your booty is still hurting after a few classes (it takes a while to get used to it), I suggest buy a gel seat cushion to take to class or invest in padded bike shorts. And yes, you will feel like you are wearing a giant maxi pad. 😉

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    nelly
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    LOVE the playlist…I am an instructor too! I just found your blog and will be a daily visitor 🙂

    • Reply
      Teri
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      Thanks for visiting Nelly. I hope you enjoy the playlist. Good songs make such a difference when you teach, don’t you agree?

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    Patty Fischer
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    Ok, so I just found your blog, and I am in LoVe with you! Haha, just kidding, but really… I am a sweaty beast, and I have never met anyone that soaks a shirt like I do. I’m glad I’m not the only little lady one with this little issue 🙂

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