SAYEH'S LIVING (THE NEW) WATERSHED! 22 May 2013
What you need: Gloves!
Props: Pom Bands, Spiky ball
Clothing Considerations: I would wear pants--cropped or full length is fine. Avoid shorts because the spiky ball will leave marks on your bare skin
Sweat Factor: Prepare to get a little sweaty. Not drenched, but a good all-over sheen.
For those of you that have been Lithing for a few years, you are probably familiar with Watershed. It used to be a low key, theraputic, sculpting class where you would massage a small, spiky ball on various parts of your lower body--between sets at the barre and sculpting on the mat--to release fat-trapping fluids via the lymphatic system. Hence the name, Watershed.
As with all Lithe classes, it was a workout, but it was also a bit of a break from the norm of intense cardio and marathon sculpting sets. I used to chase it around the schedule, because it was perfect for those days when I didn't feel like I could ramp up the intensity normally required for Lithe classes, but still wanted a workout. Now, things have changed. In Lauren's ever-evolving quest to give no one a free pass, no matter what the class, Watershed has ramped things up a bit.
You begin the class at the barre, sharing a set of Pom bands with your neighbor--meaning you have one band in one arm and your partner is gripping its mate. You then begin the process of absolutely exhausting one leg (and getting your heart rate way up). Double Jump Squats and every possible Lithe exercise (lunge, curtsy, sumo, hover) all in one combination. Then, yep you guessed it, you do it on the other side too.
Our instructor, Joellyn, explained that while a lot of the barre work we do in Lithe is about muscle exhaustion, it is particularly important for Watershed. The more warmed up and primed our muscles, the more effective the next part--which hasn't changed--rolling around on a small rubber ball covered in spikes.
You use your own body weight and arm strength to keep yourself lifted as you roll the ball up and down the back and front of your legs, which helps to not only loosen up and relieve our often tight and tired legs, but also to smooth them out. In fact, if you take Watershed a few weeks in a row, you can see a noticeable difference in those dents and dimples we all hate so much. But you know what they say about beauty--it's effing painful, and those balls are no exception. It's totally common place to hear a few choice words fly around the studio when it's time to rub those spikes onto the tight and tender IT band--the long band that goes from hip to knee. But don't let that scare you. It's the good kind of hurt. The kind that you feel when a good massage therapist, like Tif, gets into a tight spot on your back and works it out. And when else will you loosen those muscles?
Then you flip it over and end the class in what seems like an eternal butt series. You work those glutes to exhaustion, and then use the spiky ball to get after them too.
Despite the fact that Watershed isn't as completely low key as it used to be, I still love it. It's nice to get the heart rate going, and then get down and deep into the legs and glutes in an effort to get rid of the appearance of cellulite and relieve tightness. It's definitely still a departure from typical classes, and I think the adjustments only add a calorie-burning bonus to how effective it already was. For my part, I will still be chasing it around the schedule.
See you in class!