Good morning! Today I have a new edition of Weekly Workouts to cover, so let’s dive right in.
In case you’re new around here, I introduced the series to the blog with a goal to inspire you to try something new at the gym or in your workout planning at home. I’ve also learned that tracking my workouts has helped me to stay accountable with my own.
Are you one who frequently misses scheduled workouts? If so, have you ever tried keeping a workout journal? It’s nice to be able to sit down at the end of the week and see what your week of activities looked like. Are you staying on top of your game? Are you getting in enough rest days? Are you maintaining a good mix of strength training and cardio workouts?
Before I started sharing these recaps, it was easy for me to miss several days of planned workouts. Life just kept happening, and I learned that if I didn’t have some type of routine or plan to look back to, my habits wouldn’t change.
That said, I hope you enjoy reading these weekly recaps, because I like putting these posts together to share with you. Here is what my latest week of workouts looked like.
(October 26 – November 1, 2015)
• Monday – 4 mile run
I have been doing my best to get in at least one four or five mile run a week. Every now and then, Scott will tone down his pace to run with me. I always appreciate the extra company, and we usually make it a family outing by taking Roadie along with us.
I love kicking off the week with a healthy dose of cardio and fresh air!
• Tuesday – Rockit Class
I had the night off from teaching classes after my 1-on-1 training session. I went home and then grabbed Scott to come right back and take the last class of the night. We missed our usual morning workout together, so it felt like the right move.
We started with ladder drills to warm up and then moved onto the following circuit:
In reps of 21, 18, 15, 12, 9, 6, 3
We then partnered up and completed the following exercises for a minute each:
It was killer! (And my arms were pretty sore for the next couple of days.)
I spent the rest of my week trying different classes at The Barre Code. It’s no secret that I am a lover of barre classes, so I was thrilled when I was approached by one of the owners to try out a month of classes at two of their studio locations!
I’ll be sure to share more details about my experience as well as the different types of classes that the studio offers after I’ve tried enough classes. I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve taken so far!
• Wednesday – Barre-dio class
I wasn’t sure I wanted to jump into a cardio-barre class right away, but it worked out best to try Barre-dio on Wednesday. I got a full cardio workout with choreographed dance-inspired moves in between strength sections. I left pretty sweaty and with sore calves (from bouncing about) for days!
• Thursday – The Barre Code class
I was looking forward to trying the standard barre class the next day.
I definitely felt the barre burn, and I had to push myself through my already sore muscles to get through it all. The only place I felt trouble were the arm sections! Everything else felt great to tuck and tighten.
• Friday – Burn class
I intended on taking Baryasa (yoga) to finish out the week on a restorative note, but it just wasn’t working out with my schedule. I eventually decided to sign up for Burn class instead, which is the same barre class I took the day before held in a warmer room. It wasn’t as hot as I expected it to be, and I really loved the extra stretches at the end.
• Saturday – REST
After quite an active week, I knew my body was due for a couple of rest days. We had a busy Halloween weekend, and my body really benefited from taking a couple of days off from intense exercise.
• Sunday – REST
I have been loving the feeling of being back at a studio on a regular basis again. Since I want to make the most out of my 30-day membership, I will most likely skip over my Weekly Workouts recaps for the next few weeks. I mean, how many times can you hear I took a barre class?
Like I mentioned above, I’ll be back to share more about my weeks at The Barre Code with details about the different types of classes I took and what I liked (or didn’t like) about them. Stay tuned!
Before I go, I have to wish my husband a very Happy Birthday! I can’t believe this is the eighth birthday of his that we will be celebrating together as a couple. Time sure does fly!
(Out for Scott’s birthday after an Orlando Magic game in 2010)
We are starting the day with a date at the gym for an early morning workout, and then I have to work at the nursery, at the gym, and then at the gym again later tonight. I have a break for few hours mid-day and will be using it to take the birthday boy out to a nice lunch to celebrate him for a few hours. (Gotta love gift cards!)
I hope you all have a great Tuesday, and I’ll be back tomorrow with some of our eats and whereabouts.
Previous Weekly Workouts recaps:
Question of the Morning
• Do you have a membership to a studio? If so, do you mix it up with trips to the gym, too?
• What is your very favorite type of group fitness class?
My first love will always be barre. In fact, there was a time where I taught barre classes six days a week for close to two years! After that, Fitness Pilates comes in a close second. Gosh, I miss that class (at Life Time Fitness). I also love a good hot yoga class. As far as lifting weights go, I used to frequent Group Power in Orlando 2-3 times a week! It’s very similar to Les Mills BODYPUMP, and I would love to find it in a gym near me!
Just to throw this out there…
Generally, I try to complete some kind of class, circuit, or strength training workout 3 days a week and get in at least a few (3+ mile) runs for cardio. There was point in time where I went the gym to exercise 4-5 days a week and completed a long training run (8+ miles) on the weekends, but that hasn’t been what I’ve been up to in quite some time.
In short, it is important for me to stay healthy and fit, but I am not planning on running races or pushing my body towards intense training right now. If you would like to know the longer version – read on.
Disclaimer: I am not a registered dietitian. Although I am a certified personal trainer, I am not necessarily your personal trainer. The workouts I post are what work best for me and might not be the right type of exercises for you. If you decide to give these workouts a try, please listen to your body and rest or modify as you see fit. I always recommend consulting a doctor or health professional before making changes to your diet or fitness routine. <3