It was particularly hard to get out of bed this Monday morning. Not just the regular “erghmahgard it’s Monday morning already” type of challenge, but the real “I don’t have enough energy to get up” kind of problem. Plans to leap out of bed to go for a brisk walk followed by a few hours of work before a 12.30pm PT session through KFit were replaced with a lay in and a slow trip to the health store to hunt for natural energy-boosting remedies. Because of one thing I was certain: given my recent commitment to get more balance in my life I absolutely was not going to cancel my PT booking.
Admittedly I was a tad nervous; it’s been a while between PT classes (ok, years) and I wasn’t sure what to expect from a group interval PT session. But I figured I could survive a 45 minute class, particularly one that’s a mere two blocks from my apartment. If all else failed I would crawl home and collapse in a heap. What could possibly go wrong…?
On arrival at Fitline in the CBD I was greeted by the lovely Jessica Gabrielli, Controlled Strength and Fitness Specialist and Movement Artiste and Researcher. My name was already written on a white board with a key that would grant me access to my locker. At Fitline, you have private changing spaces with a locker that connects at the back through to the bathroom. You get changed in one room before your workout, then through to the bathroom post-gym for a private shower with a supplied towel and full access to the same locker. It’s very clever.
Jess asked if I have any injuries and I informed her about my frustrating fatigue history so we agreed I’d only go as far as I could. It put me at ease that she knew what I was talking about and experiencing – I didn’t feel under any pressure to ‘toughen up’. I met my workout buddy, Ben, and we warmed up and got on with our group PT session.
The FitHit class at Fitline is interval training that uses body resistance and cardio conditioning for fat loss and general fitness. We worked across six stations with a different activity each, doing six sets of 15-20 seconds of activity per set. Recovery is 10 seconds between each set and one minute between each station. Yes, it pushed me, in a good way. It helped that Jess was there encouraging us every minute of the way and supporting my ridiculous lack of coordination.
The class was fun, energetic and strengthening. It took me about an hour to recover and I was starting to get worried about the whole afternoon being wiped out – but soon enough the cloud had lifted from my head, I could lift my own arms, and I felt GOOD. The afternoon held fresh energy in contrast to the morning and I slept well for a nice change.
After consulting with Jess, I learnt that interval training is one of the best forms of fitness for adrenal fatigue, particularly balanced with yoga throughout the week. I came to the conclusion this is going to be a great addition to my fitness regime - and my energy. YAY.
Book a group PT sesh at Fitline through the KFIT app - there are several group PT sessions available every week.
The studio is located on Meyers Place in the CBD right near the Bourke Street and Spring Street tram stop.