That’s the song that comes to mind, every Monday evening around 7 p.m., half way through teaching PoundFit when I start to get really, really
hangry hungry. I see stars, not to be mistaken for the disco lights from the party-in-the-box. And then there are visions of food, most often peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
My summer teaching schedule, coupled with my summer marathon training schedule, has often left me deprivation mode, especially on Monday nights when I’m still recovering from the weekend miles and I’m faced with what I call “the trifecta”: Bodypump, PoundFit, CXWorx. I’ve tried subbing out my Sunday classes, tweaking the diet, drinking more water, consuming a protein shake (or two) in between classes, during classes, after classes. Nothing seemed to work quite right. The worst end result from all of this tweaking has been insatiable hunger on my rest days and an overly snug sports bra, two of the worst things that can happen at the same time, short of an injury, in my opinion.
A fellow instructor introduced me to Beachbody’s Performance products, and I immediately had to give it a try. Just several months ago, I learned a valuable lesson about Shakeology. Despite the fact that most of my fitness friends were devout followers of this product, I refused to believe the hype. For years I let it go in one ear and out the other, until one day I decided to just give it a try because I could not deny the fact that the people who preached the benefits of this product were also in excellent shape, with abs to prove it. Sure enough, I was instantly hooked. Whenever my monthly supply runs out before the new shipment arrives, I literally go into a depression. I’m sure most of it is that I’m a creature of habit and when one daily occurring event doesn’t happen (for example, my daily dose of Shakeology), my whole entire week is thrown completely off.
But getting back to the Performance line, I had to order the complete package: pre-workout, hydrate, post-workout recovery, creatine, and overnight recovery. Starting Saturday I’ve had the opportunity to test the full package since very day has involved quite a bit of exercise:
Sunday: 10 mile training run, BodyPump
Monday: Bodypump, PoundFit, CXWorx
Needless to say, Tuesdays I’m about as useful as anybody would be in the supine position. Any attempt at being productive is curtailed by muscle soreness and frequent foraging into the fridge for food. My mantra at the beginning of the week: Just get through Tuesday. Tuesdays are supposed to be easy because I just teach one Bodypump class in the evening, which gives me plenty of time to recover. But Tuesdays are such a bear.
I have been telling myself that my fatigue has more to do with lack of sleep and nutrition. And okay, I’ll admit that teaching as much Bodypump as I do is not recommended, especially when there is marathon training involved. However, I am often so wired Monday night that I toss and turn, often waking at 3 a.m. with little more than 4-5 hours of sleep under my belt. Usually I’m still in recovery mode from Sunday, so the giant coffee I consume before my Monday classes is likely the culprit, but I didn’t know of any other way to get my game face on, and I refuse to teach a class in a tired, monotone voice.
Since I am new to all these workout supplements, I can say right off the bat that I’m mostly happy about a few things: Sunday felt easy. I thought we still had 5 miles to go until my husband informed me we were already at 7.84 miles. Bodypump was uneventful that afternoon, and I didn’t notice any overwhelming soreness in my legs Monday morning. Monday evening, the pre-workout gave me a ton of energy and focus from 5:30 p.m. until I said my final gym goodnights at 8:15 p.m. I did not once get hungry or see stars last night even though I ate my usual food earlier in the day, except for the slice of whole wheat bread and peanut butter before class. Admittedly, I was so busy trying to get all the supplements ready that I forgot about it. The post workout shake kept me from gnawing on someone’s arm on the way home, which I’m sure my kids were thankful for because every time I pick them up from their dad’s house after dinner, they carry with them the aroma of whatever they ate, and it always smells so delicious. I have yet to determine if the overnight recovery shake has worked its magic, since soreness often creeps up on me later on in the day. However, nothing gave me an upset stomach AND I was able to fall asleep, and stay asleep. That in itself is the best part of it.
I will continue to use these products since I’m curious to see how they help in the long term. But for now I’m going to relish my Tuesday and be acutely aware of tiredness or soreness later on today. Even though I love everything I have tried from Beachbody, the science student in me is always the skeptic. I have to see how it goes before I can sing its praises to everyone I meet. But I’m hopeful for this one, for the sake of my hangriness.