For many of you reading this, the woman who's fitness regimen you're about to get the inside scoop on was once upon a time, Miss Molly Malaney of ABC's, The Bachelor. But, since her days of, 'Will you accept this rose' this and, 'Most dramatic episodes in Bachelor history' that, she's transitioned from a life less ordinary to a life a bit more ordinary, this time as Mrs. Molly Mesnick- wife of former Bachelor and Kirkland native, Jason Mesnick. Although Jason is a long time Washington resident, Molly hailing from Grand Rapids, Michigan is not and just like any newcomer to a new city, Molly was in search of the best place to keep her fitness goals in check and also a place to get wedding ready! The rest of this feature is all about how one of our most recent residents to the Northwest keeps her booty in check. After meeting Molly recently, she challenged me to a workout at her training facility, Elite Fitness of Bellevue, assuring me it would be the best workout of my life. My response? "Best workout of my life? Count me in!" So, Bachelor and Bachelorette fans and readers of Fit in the City, along with Elite Fitness of Bellevue, I bring to you the Molly Mesnick workout aka "The Best Workout of My Life".
When I first walked into Elite Fitness some of my first thoughts were, "Oh look they have a Power Plate (see this article if you missed that feature)". "Oh look they have the TRX trainer (see this article if you missed that feature). "Oh, this is cool, it's a very similar setup to the last personal training studio I was at and loved." "Oh, hmm… why is that guy running around with a hockey stick?" And last but not least, "These people sure have a lot of energy!" When Molly arrived, the first thing I asked her was, "Do they make you do a lot of running? Because I'm not a runner." Her reply, "Oh no, not at all" (she was serious). We immediately stepped on board the treadmill for a warm up. How do I warm up? With a light walk. How did Molly's trainer, Alex Wasserman have us warm up? Jogging on an incline. It was at that point I knew I was in for it.
We began our workout focusing on balance, stamina, legs and arms. Molly on the bosu ball with a weight working her arms and core, me on the ground lunging back and forth, pulsing away 3 pulses then 6, back and forth, legs shaking, butt burning and then we switched- twice. Did we get a break? Oh no, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls- there were no breaks aside from a gulp of water here and there in this 60 minute sweat session. As soon as we completed that, outside we went.
We jogged backwards, shuffled sideways, criss-crossed up and down stairs and repeated it all four times- yes, four grueling times! Back inside we went, back on top of bosu balls only this time we were facing one another throwing balls at each other while attempting to balance on a ball- one person threw to the chest, the other bounced. Have I mentioned yet that coordination is not my forte? Three shakey passes in and Alex then informed us that we had to do 20 of these in a row and if we missed, we had to run around the block and start back at 1. My thought, "Oh hell no!" (Apologies if the hell reference offended anyone, but that's really the thought that went through my mind, along with other words that are not online appropriate). 17 passes without a miss in, I began to get the nervous feeling, wondering just how much Molly would despise me if at this point I messed up my throw and wondering if I'm nice enough to forgive her if she missed hers. Luckily, we made all 20 passes without a problem and our friendship lives on!
As the workout went on there were the usual and necessary weight components which were naturally exhausting, but we were powering through, so much so that even Alex made a comment about it. At that point I got mentally cocky and thought, "Well of course we are!" Then he took us back outside, into the parking garage and made us do pyramid sprints, which I really think was him reading my mind and shutting my mental cockiness down like a girl refusing to give the cocky guy at the bar her number. It was at this point that I began to taste the Muscle Milk I had consumed 30 minutes prior to all of this, too much info for you? Sorry, you deserve to know the truth about, "The best workout of my life."
I've learned from experience that cross training studios save the hardest yet best stuff for last, so I assumed it was coming and boy did it come! Alex had us get back on the treadmill, jacked the incline up and threw the speed on 6 MPH. In fact he even said, "Not to worry, it's only 6 MPH." Newsflash, Alex, I find 4 MPH a bit daunting let alone 6 (Yeah, yeah I know what you guys are thinking, "Man she's a whimp!" When it comes to running, I sure am!). While one of us ran/jogged on the treadmill the other one had to go inbetween two treadmills and hop up and down starting from 10 and working down with each set. After 10, we switched, while the other ran/jogged, we did this until we only had one left. This my friends and readers was NOT easy. In fact, I'm sure if you asked Molly what she thought about this portion of the workout, she may have a few nasty words for you too (although, as much as I know she was feeling as tortured as I was, I never did hear her go sailor on the workout).
Once we completed this, we had to use what little energy we had left for a few minutes of core. I don't know about you, but after jogging half the workout, balancing half the workout, lifting weights half the workout and doing it all with intervals, my core was the last thing I cared about, but we did it. One thing I loved about working with Alex on our core was that he took the time to have us make the smallest adjustments and explained the purpose thoroughly. If there's one thing that is essential in all exercises, it's definitely your posture, even if you're simply lying on the ground in a bridge pose.
At this point, my legs were shaking, my lungs were exhausted, my core was throbbing and my sweat glands were glistening and low and behold 60 minutes were complete. When Molly asked me how I liked it, my response was, "Despite all the running, that was literally one of the best workouts of my life!"
A big thanks to Molly Mesnick for bringing me by Elite Fitness of Bellevue and a huge thanks to Alex Wasserman for the great workout. Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to try to attempt to stand.
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