I mayyyy be exaggerating.
We’ve all had ’em.
Your legs are tight on a run.
You ate a big meal before hitting the gym.
Your mind is elsewhere.
Or what happened to me today…
I was looking forward to Pilates all morning – some toning, some stretching, and lots of core work.
I knew the usual instructor would be out-of-town today, and she had mentioned the usual sub – who is a close 2nd to her in terms of teaching, class style, and energy.
Then it happened.
In walked the very Pilates instructor who’s classes I avoid like the plague. I took a class from her once and honestly disliked just about everything about it. I’m not usually a fan of group exercise classes, mainly because I can self-motivate and push myself harder than an instructor can push me.
But in some cases (Caroline – the best spin instructor on the planet, my normal pilates instructor, and my TRX instructor) I find an instructor whose personality and teaching style work with mine and it can only be likened to that of the most perfect workout marriage.
This was not the case.
Rather than rant and rave, I’ll break it down for you in a Pro/Con series.
- Got a killer leg/core/booty workout because I was so annoyed with her that I made myself do all the modifications
- She talked to us like we were 5
- She didn’t do any of the moves/positions/what have you with us
- She would say “Now do this at your own pace for a little bit then stop when you feel like you’ve had enough” with no direction, no countdown, nothing – I take these classes so you will push me to do more sit-ups lady!
- Since she didn’t do any of the actual class with us, her descriptions of the moves were “now rotate your legs externally and lower your ribs while keeping your hip flexors idle”. What does that even mean?
- The class was not pilates, but rather “yogilates” as we did no less than 10 yoga poses… and way too much downward facing dog and sun salutations for my liking
Now that I’ve gotten that off my chest, let’s talk about my delicious and so very random lunch!
Reduced-Sodium Soy Sauce Marinated Soba Noodles with Grilled Chicken and Green Onions!
Now say it 10 times fast. 😉
Since I have apparently spent the first quarter or so of my life living under a rock, I had no idea what a soba noodle was, but for some reason this bowl looked really delish today.
In case you were wondering…
Soba is a type of thin noodle made from buckwheat flour, and in Japan can refer to any thin noodle (in contrast to thick wheat noodles, known as udon). Soba noodles are served either chilled with a dipping sauce, or in hot broth as a noodle soup. It takes three months for buckwheat to be ready for harvest, so it can be harvested four times a year, mainly in spring, summer, and autumn. In Japan, buckwheat is produced mainly in Hokkaido. Soba that is made with newly-harvested buckwheat is called “shin-soba”. It is sweeter and more flavorful than regular soba. Source
So-so-soba (see what I did there?) delicious! I am a huge fan of this little buckwheat noodle and will definitely be re-creating it at home with some fun mix-in’s!
Off to finish up the work day and get some cardio in… have a great one!
Have you ever had a less-than-stellar substitute workout class instructor? What did you think?