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A Look At Last Month and Bikram Yoga?

I’ve never shared a monthly review of my workouts, but I like it when others do it.  I also like the idea of being able to look back at my progress later so let’s take a look at my January exercise log: 

  • 01/02 – 41 minutes on my bike (5.3 miles)
  • 01/03 – 30 minutes on elliptical (2 miles) and upper body strength
  • 01/04 – 35 minutes on elliptical (2+ miles)
  • 01/05 – 50 minutes high-intensity cardio (Arc Trainer, Stairmaster, Ladder)
  • 01/06 – 32 minutes on elliptical ( fastest 2+ miles ever)
  • 01/07 – leisurely walking around Manhattan
  • 01/08 – 30 minutes on treadmill (plus a few miles of walking around Manhattan)
  • 01/09 – 30 minutes on treadmill
  • 01/10 – 30 minutes on treadmill (plus a few miles of walking around Manhattan)
  • 01/12 – 20 minutes on treadmill
  • 01/15 – 30 minutes on elliptical
  • 01/16 – 50 minutes Richard Simmons DVD
  • 01/17 – 30 minutes on elliptical
  • 01/18 – 50 minutes Richard Simmons DVD
  • 01/20 – 50 minutes Richard Simmons DVD
  • 01/21 – 45 minutes on elliptical and weights (lower body)
  • 01/22 – 32 minutes on elliptical (level 5, fastest 2+ miles ever)
  • 01/23 – 15 minutes brisk walk outside
  • 01/24 – 50 minutes Richard Simmons DVD
  • 01/25 – 27 minutes 30-Day Shred (Level 1)
  • 01/27 – 69 minutes on the elliptical (5 miles, varying levels)
  • 01/29 – 80 minutes on the elliptical (6 miles just to see if I could…No problem!)  Also biceps!
  • 01/31 – 26 minutes on the elliptical (2+ miles) and 50 minutes Richard Simmons DVD


In January, I worked out 23 out of 31 days.  I’d like to do more this month, but I did accomplish some good things.  I tested my endurance on the elliptical doing 5 miles one day and 6 on another day, and I realized that I could go much farther.  We can always do better, but I’m satisfied with the month and ready to make February even better.

And while we’re on the topic, my workouts have been pretty solid this month too.  Last night I did 3 miles on the elliptical and a few minutes of running on the treadmill.  And I’m planning to try Bikram yoga. I’ve read about other bloggers, friends and tweeps trying it, and Kelly is doing it for the first time tomorrow (so, of course, I have to try it too.)

I don’t know much about it, but here’s what I know.  The room (at my particular studio) will be 108 degrees, and I’ll be in it for 90 minutes.  We’ll do 26 poses and 2 breathing exercises.  And while I’m fairly certain that I’ll have to modify some of the poses, I’m anxious to try it.  I drink about a gallon of water per day, but I’m going to drink even more before I go in.  My goal is to stay in the room the entire time (even if I can’t do some of the poses.)

Have you tried Bikram Yoga?  If so, what do you think of it?  Have you tried any other new workouts recently?  If so, I want to hear about it.  Wish me luck as I head into the sweaty room!




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  • Reply
    Sarah R
    February 8, 2012 at 12:56 am

    I have been doing hot Hatha yoga for about a month now and have really, really enjoyed it.

    The first time you walk into the room though the heat is a BIG shock! My advice is to get there early if you can to help yourself adjust to the heat. If I didn’t have 15 minutes to relax and adjust I don’t think I would have made it through my 1st workout. Make sure you’re wearing some sort of dri-fit attire. I accidently wore cotton to my first class – biiiig mistake. Also, the shorter the pants the better. I normally start out in capris and then end up rolling them up. My instructors have always said if you need a break or if you feel light headed, just lay down and focus on your breathing. There are all body types and skill levels in the classes I have taken and people tend to focus on their own practice.

    My yoga place has you bring your mat, a large towel to lay over your mat, a towel for your face, and plenty of water.

    Now that I have written you a novel, I will leave you with this – GOOD LUCK GIRL!

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      February 8, 2012 at 3:55 am

      I’m going to show up early…great advice..thank you. I’m also going to bring loads of water, and I’ll try not to forget my mat and towel..hehe

      Thanks for all of the advice!

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    February 8, 2012 at 12:57 am

    Hi! I’ve been a longtime follower of your tweets. I usually don’t comment on things like this, but I just finished a 30 Day Bikram Challenge today and wanted to welcome you to hot yoga!

    I’m a big fan of this kind of yoga. I hate the gym. I would really try to kick my own butt, but it never worked. I would go to some classes, but I never liked it. A year and a half ago, a work friend dared me to do a week of Bikram. Once the initial shock wore off, I was hooked.

    Its hot. Parts of the room are hotter than others. Stay by the door/window. Almost every teacher will open them for a moment during class. That rush of cold air is like crack. The hardest part of your first few classes will be getting used to the heat. It was really hard for me at first. I thought my skin was going to melt off of my limbs. It got less bad every day. I still remember the first day that I could get through the entire series without a break. I felt like superman.

    There are 26 postures and two breathing exercises. Every Bikram studio all over the world teaches the exact same sequence. If you need to sit down, do it. If you need to lay down for a posture or two, its totally fine. All they tell you to do for your first class (or third.. or fourth) is to stay in the room.

    Come hydrated, but its less about the amount of liquid in the belly and more about your electrolytes. Some studios only allow water, some let you take coconut water or Emergen-C in there with you. I almost always still drink something with electrolytes either during or before class. I’m one of those super sweaters in the class and it keeps me from getting dizzy of my muscles cramping. Also, try to not eat for 2 hours before class. It’s a lot to do on a full stomach.

    Most people sweat A LOT. I can ring out my clothes like a jumped in a pool fully clothed after every class. You’re going to want to wear as little as you’re comfortable wearing. Shorts are better than long pants (many of the poses involve engaging the quad and ‘locking the knee’. it helps to be able to see it). Baggy clothes can get very heavy and awkward when you’ve sweat through them.

    The best advice I got during my first week was to keep coming back. Take 5 or more classes before you decide if its for you. It’s going to be a lot for your body to handle at first, but it can make you very strong mentally and physically.

    Hope I helped!!


    • Reply
      February 8, 2012 at 3:58 am

      Thanks for the tips and for taking the time to share them! I’m glad you’re here! Okay, I’m going to change out my pants for something lighter right now!

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    February 8, 2012 at 1:07 am

    I’ve been doing some real-world biking with my cousin, it’s been a lot of fun. Ae found a 10k paved trail in a nature reserve park that is only accessible to service vehicles so everywhere is just other bikers and surrounded by rainforest… It was almost surreal!

    • Reply
      February 8, 2012 at 3:58 am

      That sounds amazing Ry….And hi!!!!!! I still love my bike too…I’m going to chase you down to chat soon. I’m glad you’re here…

    • Reply
      David (Keep it up, David)
      February 9, 2012 at 2:22 am

      Is this the Ryan in Vancouver? Hope you’re well, buddy!

  • Reply
    February 8, 2012 at 2:01 am

    I am a big fan of Bikram, it is absolutely amazing and has really changed my body and mind. Sharin pretty much covered what I was going to say. Really just try to stay in the room for the 1st few times you go, and definitely go more than once. It will be a shock and you may not want to go back but staying in the hot room does get easier. Definitely wear as little as you can and don’t feel uncomfortable, the whole point of Bikram is to focus on yourself, so no one is ever paying attention to anyone else.
    The one thing I will say is that you never modify the poses, you go into them as far as you can, sometimes that might be moving only an inch, but you don’t change what the pose is. Just lie down or stand still if it gets too much for you.
    Most importantly, enjoy yourself.

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      February 8, 2012 at 3:59 am

      I didn’t realize that about modifications (err, lack of them.) Thanks for the tips! I think I’m ready! I guess we’ll find out..

  • Reply
    February 8, 2012 at 7:10 am

    I love the fact that you are going to try the yoga, and that so many others are devotees. I know that I could never do it. I cannot stand heat like that – it sounds like a typical Memphis summer day! There is a yoga studio just a few doors from work, but I don’t think they do Bikram. We had a few classes at work, but I couldn’t calm down enough to enjoy them! To me exercise is cardio, and it’s hard to change that mindset! I just want to start doing some yoga stretches at home.

    Can’t wait to hear about your experience!

    • Reply
      February 8, 2012 at 12:09 pm

      I have long since felt the same way about cardio (and weights) Tammy, but I’ve heard amazing things about Bikram so we’ll see how I feel about it after. =)

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    Kelly, Future Thin Girl
    February 8, 2012 at 10:39 am

    I love how you think you needed to wait to “copy” me! If you want to try something new, just do it. It doesn’t matter if one of your other friends is trying it for the first time as well. 🙂 And since you’ll be done with your session before me, I need to hear all the deets!

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      February 8, 2012 at 12:07 pm

      Oh pshhhhaaaa! I hadn’t seriously considered it until you did…so I’m a copy cat THIS time. =)

  • Reply
    February 8, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    Great job on the exercise! Like you, I love seeing what other people do. I keep track of my walk/runs on excel and had planned to post them beginning with Feb. Because of work stuff, my exercise was pretty scattered in January. I figure it’ll keep me accountable and there must be other people like us that like to read that stuff, right? 🙂 Great job, Kenlie!!

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    February 8, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    Kenlie, I have pages on my blog specifically for tracking my workouts. Basically they are calendar pages I update after each workout, with running tallies at the bottom for how many of what type workout and how long I did it. I just started it in January, but I like how its easy to see what I’ve done at a glance.

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    David (Keep it up, David)
    February 9, 2012 at 2:23 am

    Love this post! It seems so familiar somehow… 🙂 Keep it up, Kenlie!

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    Valerie (seattlerunnergirl)
    February 9, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    LOVE bikram yoga. I would do it more if it weren’t so stinkin’ expensive. I can’t wait to hear about your experience. My only pointers have already been covered – dress light, bring a towel, bring water, come early, and be kind to yourself if you need to take breaks throughout the class. Have fune!

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    February 11, 2012 at 11:51 am

    I’m late to this, and I know you’ve already tried it (reading that post next), but I had to say that I LOVE Bikram yoga. I love the heat, the precision of the 26 poses, repeated twice, and the feeling I get afterward. Lots of water before, during, and after. Stay in the room, even if you’re lying down on your mat. It’s much worse on your body to go from that heat to the normal air. The thing I always have to remind myself in a Bikram class is that I can’t compare myself to anyone else, but rather, measure my own progress in the poses. I hope your experience is/was amazing!

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