Sunday October 9th: Morning Professor's hike followed by assisting a stretch class. Then I taught the circuit training class, and Sunday is the introduction day so I have to walk through all of the stations and demonstrate and explain each one. This week, there was a guest instructor who comes down about 4 times a year to teach for a week or two at a time. Her name is Analisa and she was great! We really got along and hung out most of the week and she taught me a lot of things. She taught me by example as well as instruction. I attended her "My Strong Body" class which was a great strength training class that uses your own body weight as resistance. And that afternoon I played sand volleyball.
Monday/Tuesday October 10th/11th: This week for my days off I decided to stay in Mexico to save some money and to relax. I went on some hikes, went to the tennis clinics, got in some sleep, watched some Grey's Anatomy, and just hung out.
Wednesday October 12th: I had circuit training, sand volleyball, and open weight room. Sand volleyball was offered every day this week because a very wealthy guest wanted it every day. This guest is also very difficult to converse with and can be very rude. He is a business man and gets what he wants, interrupts whenever he has something to say, and isn't extremely respectful to other people. But part of this business is shutting your mouth and putting up with people like him because you are there to make them happy and they bring you money. One of the most important things I've learned here is patience. I have become a much more patient and tolerant person through this internship. In the evening a few of us, including Analisa, her guest, Barry (my supervisor), and the guest chef of the week went out to dinner at La Mision. I love me some carne asada and guacamole!
Thursday October 13th: Morning Professor's hike, which has become my favorite hike because it is a great length with a bit of a challenge and the best views of the sunrise. Then I sat in on a cycling class to learn from the instructor. I also went to a guest instructor's class called Body Conditioning, a strength training class that focuses on exercises using multiple muscle groups at the same time while engaging core (abdomen and back) strength and control. And lastly, I had open weight room.
Friday October 14th: I was the leader of the Woodlands hike in the morning. Then I taught Cardio Muscle Blast and I had sand volleyball in the afternoon. Every Friday evening the Ranch provides live music and dancing at dinner. I usually don't go, but I went to have some fun with Analisa. We danced most of the night and then hung out with the band members afterward. It was a lot of fun because this is one week where I actually felt like I bonded with a lot of the guests and really made connections. So it was great to have fun with the guests.
Saturday October 15th: Analisa and I woke up super early to go on our own hike before sunrise and before I had to lead a hike at 7. I ended up sprinting down the mountain to make it in time for my hike and I was right on time! Good times. After my pedicure at the beauty salon, I had open weight room. Then I had the Navigator Program and I posted the guest's sign up sheets.
Sunday October 16th: It seemed like an extremely long week since I stayed around for my days off. So I was looking forward to heading out. I had open weight room in the morning, then I assisted with the stretch class and the circuit training class. And then I taught the circuit training class in the afternoon before driving out to LA for my weekend. I stayed with my old roommate and friend Ashley. As soon as I arrived Sunday night, her dad offered to cook me a steak. Heaven! Yes, please!
Monday/Tuesday October 17th/18th: We went shopping, played with Ashley's 2 1/2 year old niece, and just enjoyed each others' company. And they are building her niece's portfolio (she has an agent and all!) so I was more than happy to help take some fun photos of her. I will have to post some on my photography blog sometime. Ashley also showed me this cool neighborhood where peacocks just roam the streets. Here's one just chillin' on someone's front porch.
Wednesday October 19th: Did someone say Ellen? Ashley got tickets for The Ellen DeGeneres Show! I was so excited when she invited me! It was such a blast. The whole experience basically took all afternoon with check-in, seating, taping, etc. But I danced right next to Ellen, was on camera a couple times, and won a Groupon gift card! Sweet! Here's me shakin' it during a commercial break. Experience of a lifetime!
Thursday October 20th: I taught circuit training and then I met with one of the instructors to have a little cycling one-on-one. Basically I gave her a mini cycling class and she gave me some tips, suggestions, etc. That afternoon I got to learn some more behind-the-scenes stuff in the Fitness/Activities office and I helped out with some scheduling tasks.
Friday October 21st: I assisted with the Cardio Muscle Blast class and then I had an afternoon hike. They don't do afternoon hikes in the summer because it's so hot, but now that the weather is more mild, they offer a 2:00pm hike on Fridays. It was just the Alex's Oak hike, 2 miles up the mountain and back down. Then I had sand volleyball and open weight room.
Saturday October 22nd: This morning I was the leader of the Woodlands hike. Then I had to check all of the first aid packs and show the new full-time instructor how to do the packs. I also had the Navigator Program and then this evening I have to post the guest sign-up sheets. Annnnnnd.....drumroll please......I only have 2 more weeks! Mom gets here one week from today and then we start our venture back to Idaho a week after that!