For several years I taught an early morning yoga class on Wednesdays. What a great way to start the day!! Unfortunately, very few people felt the same way–and my class was cancelled. (Death to change!)
But NOW my boss has me teaching a Cardio Blast, high-intensity interval class at 5:45 on Wednesday mornings that involves jumping around until my lungs leak out my nose.
Here are the main differences between a power yoga workout and cardio blast:
Heart Rate: While a good power yoga class gets the ol’ heart pumpin’, a Cardio Blast heartbeat is more like a hummingbird on meth. Get the heart rate up, stop. Get the heart rate up, stop. When you can’t feel your heart beating anymore, take a break.
Absence of Zen: Yoga is all about living in the moment. High-intensity intervals is more about making it THROUGH the moment–without the help of a defibrillator. (Although I keep one close.)
(I’ll be fine. Just let me finish that last interval . . .)
Breathing: Yoga uses breath to support, lift and focus. Cardio Blast uses breath by making short, steady gasping and wheezing noises. And since I’m wearing a microphone, my dying Darth Vader breath is sent through the speakers at high volumes. Plus, when my heart rates spikes, my face turns bright red. I look like a freakin’ thermometer.
Finale: The last minutes of yoga are spent in deep relaxation with a quiet mind and focused breath. The last minutes of Cardio Blast are spent trying not to die. I leave yoga feeling composed and ready to face the day. I leave my interval class–usually in a wheelchair sucking on oxygen through a tube in my nose.
Benefits: Yoga builds strength, increases flexibility and teaches patience. Intervals are supposed to increase oxygen capacity, create strength and melt fat. I haven’t seen evidence of that yet, but I have noticed it causes me to swear a lot more during class.
Music: Yoga tunes are inherently relaxing, zen-like tones, usually Peruvians playing pipes, or sounds of nature–like seagulls or whales. Cardio Blast music is a mash-up between techno, pop, dance and a drummer taking Red Bull shots. If you leave the class with your hearing intact, the music wasn’t loud enough.
Now, get out there and get your heart pumping. Well, I hope it’s already pumping.
“(I’ll be fine. Just let me finish that last interval . . .)” That totally cracked me up!
It will go down in the eternities like this:
“Death to change!” ~Peri Kinder
I have adopted Mark Twain’s attitude towards exercise – “when the urge to do so hits me, I lie down until it passes.” Just as relaxing as yoga and definitely more enjoyable than cardio blasts!
Love it! I’m sure that’s why he lived so long.
“A hummingbird on meth”… I feel you on that one after my early morning runs. FML
You are wonderful. Your posts make me smile (and remind me that I need to start getting active, as distasteful as it sounds…)
Oh, Peri. I love your posts. But be thankful that your shape lends itself to you looking like a THERMOMETER in your red-faced state. Whereas MY shape along with the red face creates more of an over-fed tick look.
So funny! I just started P90X so I have to do plyometrics and yoga each once a week. You nailed the differences. Haha
OMGoodness! I’m crying from laughing…I love this post, Peri! It’s really inappropriate for a librarian to laugh out loud and cry out “Ohhhhhhhhh my Ghad!” in front of students, but some things cannot be helped. Thank you for making my morning! If I start wheezing while on my training walk today, I will laugh, think of you and be grateful I’m not mic’d. Have a wonderful day!!! *wiping tears away*
I think librarians should be inappropriate more often. Maybe kids would read more.
Thanks for the fun comment!! Enjoy your walk!