By my awesome friend and workout buddy Allison, who is home today recuperating from strep throat (it’s going around here – you might want to sanitize your hands after reading this) and therefore had to miss our Monday morning workout causing me to experience extreme treadmill boredom and instead spend 30 minutes falling on my face from 10 different angles whilst attempting obscure and painful yoga inversions. That might be the longest sentence I’ve ever written! And I still haven’t told you what the challenge was!
But first, look Ma, no hands!!
I successfully did bound headstand A, bound headstand B, double arm headstand and forearm stand. I did drop down into scorpion but fell unceremoniously on my head. I won’t list all the poses I fell out of but let’s just say that would be a much longer list:)
Allison recently broke a multi-year dependence on energy/weight-loss pills. Ever since her great weaning (yay Allison!!) she has complained that she can’t get her heart rate up where it used to be. So for a Turbokick class last weekend, she popped a pill and – bam! – her highest ever achieved max heart rate of 196! Her point being that if the caffeine pills help her boost her heart rate then subsequently she should burn more calories and thereby lose weight. I agree that the pills will temporarily boost her heart rate and temporarily elevate her calorie burn but I’m not convinced that weight loss will necessarily follow. (I wrote more of my thoughts on these pills in a previous post, if you didn’t catch it.)
So here’s the experiment: she’s bringing me a pill (Stacker, I believe) on Wednesday and I’m going to see if it affects my max heart rate (I think it probably will). I’m not going to look at my weight as a factor in this one-day experiment as caffeine’s a diuretic and I’ll probably shed some water weight. She’s going to continue taking the energy pills twice a week to see if that helps her in her quest to lose a few pounds (which I firmly believe she does NOT need to lose but then that’s another topic). I’m not going to take the pills after that one-time shot. We’ll see what happens and let you know!
Any of you tried any of these pills? What was your experience? I’m deeply interested in this so bring on the anecdotal evidence!!