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Back to Bikram

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

I’ve often professed my love of Bikram on MCH. However, lately I haven’t been able to practice all that much. The reason is two-fold. First, it takes up a whole lot of time – 1.5 hours for class plus time for the commute and the shower after, each class ends up taking more than 2 hours door-to-door. Second, I burnt out, but that’s not surprising since I was doing it as often as 4 times a week.

Now, for most exercise programs 4 times a week is the perfect amount, but Bikram is so intense that you end up losing your stamina if you do it too often. Last night was the first time I’ve been to class in more than a month and despite the double bam of humidity (the NYC summer season + class) I remembered why I love it so much.

Bikram is intense, but you experience such a workout high that after class you don’t really remember the challenging parts. Your muscles have been stretched to the max and you leave feeling a major release of tension. For now I won’t be going back to my 4X weekly practice, but I really want to make it a regular part of my workout routine again.

After class I was ┬áso hungry – you can’t eat for the four hours prior to Bikram – and I didn’t finish til 9:45. Lucky for me Whole Foods is around the corner. Instead of the usual superfoods salad, I constructed something new using steamed kale, fresh bell peppers, cherry tomatoes and vegan pad thai. I’ve never had the pad thai here and it was pretty tasty.

Today’s breakfast was amazing. It was full of “healthy” junk.

A trifecta of goodness: Chocolate PB2, Kashi Honey Sunshine and Banana.

The whole breakfast bowl included:

3/4 cup Fage Greek yogurt
3/4 cup Kashi Honey Sunshine
1 tbsp Chia seeds
2 tbsp Chocolate PB2
1 banana

Have you ever hit a fitness rut? How did you get through?