Outrunning Teenage Me, and Other AbsoluteFIT Tales

via – Lydia M, AbsoluteFIT Participant | Almaden Valley Athletic Club

Do you think you could kick your own teenage self’s butt, if you were to go up against her (or him) in a footrace or other physical challenge?

Six months ago, Teenage Me would’ve left 40-Year-Old Me in the dust, and laughed as she disappeared into the distance. But these days, after nearly 5 months of AbsoluteFIT? That girl better watch her back, cause I think 41-Year-Old Me could beat her.

Teenage Me never tried this, never worked like this, never wanted it this much. She had the advantages of youth, sure, but I think I could take her, now.
Teenage Me never tried this, never worked like this, never wanted it this much. She had the advantages of youth, sure, but I think I could take her, now.

I arrived at this epiphany after a couple of pushed-to-the-limit shuttle runs out on the court in Oceana’s Friday morning Tennis Conditioning session. I leaned against the tarp, trying to get my breath back, and realized: Teenage Me never tried this hard at tennis practice, never worked like this, never wanted it this much. She had the advantages of youth, sure, but it would’ve been a tough matchup against me the way I am now.

Here are a few other ways I know this program is working:

  • The size L workout tops are too damn big. As a lady of generous chestal proportions, I like to wear roomier tops so I don’t look like I’m trying to, ah, sell something. But I’ve had to size down, because those old tops are just too baggy and saggy. For me, that is Crazy Town.
  • I do bicep curls and overhead presses with the 12 and 15-lb. weights. For years in my GroupX classes, I’d choose the 5 lb., or maaaaybe the 8 lb., without ever feeling strong enough to go heavier, and now I’m nearly doubling my old limit.
  • I’m like the Energizer Bunny of high knees. I HATE doing high knees, I really do — 40, 50, 60 seconds of running in place but getting your knees up as high as you can. HATE it. But I can do that now, see — and it’s great cardio, so it’s worth the aggro.

Wanna show Teenage You a thing or two? Get into AbsoluteFIT!

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