I still want to post some highlights from the Cambodia trip . . . but couldn't wait to post a few pictures of the aerobics class my team leader Karen and I go to! I refer to it as "pilates on steroids." There are about 15? middle-aged Vietnamese women who regularly attend this class from 7-8 a.m. I usually have two mornings a week I don't have a 7 a.m. class- so Karen and I meet outside our apartments and take her motorbike down what we call "the bumpy road" for about 10 minutes before arriving here (note the ripped dude in the photo):
We walk up to the second floor, take off our helmets, get our socks on, and start stretching. For about 10 or 15 minutes, we do a step routine- and it's so fast! Then we exchange our steps for mats and do TONS of various sit-up exercises. These ladies are quite a bit older than us, and we have a hard time keeping up- they are intense!
This is "bar day" where we do lots of leg exercises. Note the fun outfits :) I have not adapted to culture in this aspect- still prefer my yoga pants and t-shirt. The lady in pink on the right is the aerobics leader. At the very end, we usually do some little dance steps- my favorite part by far. And the music selection is truly amazing... including "She wore an itsy bitsy teeny weeny yellow polka dot bakini," and "You can kiss me on a Monday, a Monday, a Monday- but not on a Sunday- because that's my day of rest!"
The Vietnamese women though, truly are the highlight! They are always so excited to see us, and ask us why we don't come every day... We've enjoyed many a laugh with them between crunches :) It's definitely been good for learning my numbers in Vietnamese too!
To end our morning routine, Karen and I stop at our favorite "Ban Mi Opla" lady's stand and purchase a delicious bread+egg breakfast sandwich for a little over 50 cents. What a great way to start the day!!