Ugggggggh. I hate when I have to dust the proverbial cobwebs off my blog. I hate dusting real cobwebs in real life but when I neglect housework it doesn’t make me feel as bad as when I neglect my little blog.
I’m happy to report that my lack of reporting doesn’t mean that I’ve stopped running – quite the opposite! I have four races to recap – lucky you – and I’ve been steadily logging in the miles each week. I’m training for my first half marathon in February and I’m pleased with how training has been going.
As much as I would like to share my latest races with you, I want to blog about something else today. I had a weekend solo getaway to visit my bestie, Kim in Chicago. She’s my reason for running and we were fortunate enough to run a fun festive race during my trip andddddd I got to take one of Kim’s strength classes that she teaches at Essential Fitness, LLC in Grayslake, IL! I have been dying for the opportunity to see her in action since she started teaching early last year. Essential Fitness is a small personal studio with a varied mix of equipment that keeps workouts challenging and interesting – we used sandbags during my class! The studio is kept immaculate which I feel is a good reflection of the studio itself and how much Essential Fitness is committed to giving you a great workout experience.
Kim’s class was amazing! Simply. Amazing. I had so much fun swinging around kettle bells, doing lunges; planks; and a ton of other strength moves. It’s not everyday that I say fun and lunges in the same sentence! I don’t have much experience with fitness classes other than Yoga, so I didn’t really know what to expect. I definitely did not expect to have as much fun as I did. I never once felt the urge to check the clock to see how many minutes were left in class. Outside of getting a good workout, It was so awesome for me to see Kim in action. She loves teaching and the joy radiates from her face during class. She’s smiling, laughing, and encouraging. It was such an amazing thing to witness. I wanted to cry and it wasn’t because of squats and lunges! I always knew Kim was passionate about fitness and exercise. She has always championed me through every step of my running – but to see it first hand was a real treat. It’s not to often you get to see someone so in their element and absolutely loving what they do. Kim is great at teaching! She’s upbeat, assertive and confident while she puts her student through their paces. She challenges her students and has complete confidence and faith in their abilities. She takes the time to check form and give praise for your good effort. She just makes you feel good!
Kim does a lot of prepping pre-class to come up with a fun and varied fitness routine. She takes the time to put together a music play list that keeps you moving. After the class, I wanted to sign up for more! Too bad I live all the way in Dallas! The upside is that now I know exactly what I would want in a fitness studio and trainer. If you’re lucky enough to live in the Grayslake area of Illinois, check out Kim at Essential Fitness, LLC.
Thanks for a really fun trip and strength class, Kim! I’m thinking of you every time I feel it in my quads (and everywhere else). Ha!