When this happens, Iâ€™m always a little ashamed that I didnâ€™t just suck it up and brave the early morning elements, because fresh (read: unbearably cold) air and burning quads always make me feel better. Plus, I donâ€™t feel bad about sauntering across the street for some decadent treat mid-day if Iâ€™ve already hiked up/snowboarded down 1,600 feet (see above). However, Iâ€™ve recently discovered an alternative way to get my sweat on when Iâ€™ve passed up fluffy turns for my fluffy pillow. Next door at Dreamchasers Outdoor Adventures, Lisa Smith Batchenâ€™s one hour â€œMid-day Boot Campâ€ class makes hiking the pass seem like a stroll around the block.
Now, I should mention that I am not an â€œexercise classâ€ kind of girl. Just the phrase conjures up distressing mental images of leotards and legwarmers. So as I walked into my first class, I was skeptical to say the least. Â But after an hour of slinging kettle bells, leaping into the air with medicine balls, and hauling my body around the room on various sliding devices, my preconceived notions of â€œexercise classâ€ (i.e., that they are for boring sissies) went right out the window. After not being able to laugh for a week without feeling every sore muscle in my stomach I began to think that class was a better workout than slogging up the Pass, with the added bonus of extra Zzzs!
This whole exercise-class-rivaling-a-grueling-hike bit is all because Lisa is a total bad-ass. Not just your average trainer/coach, she literally just ran 50 miles in 50 states in 62 days to raise money for orphans (Yes, you read that correctly). Â After breaking her foot part way through, she kept running. So, when youâ€™re pouring sweat in the middle of class and about to collapse from exhaustion, thereâ€™s not a chance youâ€™re going to open your mouth to whine to Lisa. Plus with the â€œCâ€™mmmon baby girl!â€ and â€œWhoop!â€s punctuating the tough set of squats she completes with everyone else (until last week in a walking cast, mind you), her positive vibe and mental toughness is contagious.
While I certainly wonâ€™t give up powder turns for dumbbells entirely, Iâ€™m quite certain that my riding/biking/running/climbing will only improve as I spend more time at Dreamchasers. I may look ridiculous doing the moves (see above), but as long as there arenâ€™t any neon legwarmers involved, Iâ€™m all about a good, sweaty exercise class. Because they certainly arenâ€™t for sissies.