Friday Free-For-All – 01/23/15

Friday

I get to take my first spin class this weekend, for free!  One of the women in the Legally Blonde cast owns Rev Indoor Cycling studio, and she is hosting a free 45 minutes class for anyone in the show from 11:45-12:15 tomorrow.  I’ve never taken a spin class before, and I’m really excited.  I talked a bit in Tuesday’s post about trying to incorporate more cross-training and classes into my comprehensive fitness/wellness plan, so I’ll be interested to see how spin goes.  I’ve heard it’s pretty intense.  I doubt I’ll end up getting a membership to Rev though, because my gym offers spin classes that are included in my monthly membership fee, and I’m too cheap to pay for yet another membership.  And speaking of Legally Blonde…

Every muscle in my body hurts.  We started choreography for the “Whipped Into Shape” number.  For those of you who don’t know, it’s ALL jump rope.  And not just regular up and down, but swinging, whipping, crossing, double-undering and more.  I made the brilliant decision to run three miles prior to rehearsal on Monday night, where I then jumped rope for almost 3 straight hours.  On a concrete floor.  Ouch.  And I get to do it again tonight.  The good news is, I expect to be a hardbody by the time this show is over, especially if I keep up with running and group fitness classes outside of rehearsals.  You can get a peek at sort of what we’re doing in the video below.

I had another ocular migraine yesterday.  The timing is kind of eerie, because I had my first one EXACTLY two weeks prior.  I’m going to start tracking them so if they increase in frequency or become sort of regular I can go to my doctor and try to figure out what’s causing them and how to prevent them.

Ben is done student teaching, yaaaay!  Now all he has to do is complete his portfolio and he’ll have his teaching license by the end of March.  This is exciting on so many levels, not the least of which is that he will soon be able to start applying for jobs, and once he gets a job, we can start thinking about moving out on our own again.  It’s not that I don’t love my in-laws or enjoy living with them, but I miss my Kitchen-Aid mixer, dammit!

OHMYGODYOUGUYS!

I’m so fricken’ excited, ya’ll.  I was cast in Legally Blonde the Musical!!

legally blonde cover

I will finally be working with Lyric Theatre again.  I haven’t done a show with them since Seussical the Musical back in 2006.  There are a ton of people I know in the cast and crew, and it’s going to be an absolute blast.

I’m also really excited because the creative team is putting a lot of emphasis on cardiovascular health.  There are a lot of big dance numbers in the show, including one jump roping sequence, so they’re basically like, “Yeah, we’re going to whip you into shape.”  (This is funny because there’s a song in the show called “Whipped Into Shape”)  This will be a perfect opportunity for me to kick my ass into high gear and be a lot more active.  Number one, I will be dancing a lot in rehearsals, which are four times a week.  Number two, I won’t have time to go home between work and rehearsal during the week, but I have enough time to go to the gym and get in an hour long workout.  Number three, three members of the cast are spin instructors, and they’re like, “Yeah, you’re all gonna spin too.”

So yeah, combining my love of theatre with my pretended love of fitness.  It’s going to be great!

Have you ever tried spin?  Did your legs want to fall off after?