So, it’s pretty clear to anyone that has been around for the last few months that I’m pretty into my workouts. I spend a minimum of an hour a day sweating it out, sometimes more, depending on the day. I’m pretty lucky in the sense that I belong to gym, and have been going to this class, and have a love for running. It wasn’t always that way.
Yeah, I remember back in August when I signed up for this class, and I was scared because I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I didn’t know what to expect, and the only thing I knew of classes or boot camps was from my childhood watching my mother take step. Well… here we are, the start of round three, and I am in LOVE with most of the workouts I have done (there’s one called “Double You” and it’s awful).
My week right now looks a little like this:
Monday: PowerPump and VeloCross classes. A strength class and a spin class. Which I thought the spinning class would be awful, but the more I do it, the more I enjoy it. Those two classes are a total of an hour.
Tuesday: I run. I run 3.11 miles, and if I’m outside I run/walk. I run two telephone poles, walk one. This has been the case for the last month or so, and just recently I have been running more than once a week, so my amount of time running has been more. However, I have MAJOR issues breathing in the cold… so I’ve been running on the treadmill at the gym. It’s been going really well. 🙂
Wednesday: This last week I tried something new, and I think I may have liked it. I took VeloCross which is an hour long cross training class. It was a REALLY hard work out, but I felt really good afterwards. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to eat beforehand, so by the time my usual Yoga class started… I was pretty beat. But. It was good, and I may do it again. And then there’s Yoga. And I LOVE Yoga. That’s an hour of cross training and an hour of yoga.
Thursday: Run, again. 3.11 miles. Outdoors or in. Doesn’t matter as long as I run. Currently I’m at about 40:00.
Friday: Friday has been different each week. Some weeks I go to BootCamp and PowerPump (30 minutes each), some weeks I go and run for about 30 minutes (almost 2 miles), and some weeks I go and do a workout that I’ve stolen from my trainers (see below). Whatever it is, it’s between 30 minutes and an hour. And some weeks I take Friday off. It depends on how I’m feeling. I try REALLY hard to get some sort of movement in on this day because I feel icky and grumpy without it. But some weeks my body needs the day off.
Saturday: I run. 3.5 miles. Currently this is my long distance. I’m hoping it will increase as the time goes on (and it will). Because Striders starts on the 9th. And I’m training for a 15K in April, and my half marathon in June. So my mileage will go up. On all running days. I’ve been to a yoga class or two on a Saturday morning, but that class kinda intimidates me. I know, I need to just suck it up and go to it. Because how am I supposed to get better without challenging myself?
Sunday: I workout in the morning, early, with my fitness family at the gym. I usually steal a workout from our trainers. And it usually lasts about 45 minutes. And it’s fun, because my workout buddies push me a little harder, and a little longer, and we laugh about how “awesome” it is to be there at 7:00 am on a Sunday.
So that’s what my week looks like. Every day, I get out and get moving. I find that if I don’t? I’m pissy. I yell a lot more. I feel bloated, and gross, and overweight. Would I find it possible to do these things without going to the gym? Yes. The great thing about these workouts is that with a few things at home, I could do them here. Some weights, a mat, a bench (although a makeshift one would be okay), and maybe a jump rope. So.
In light of the new year, and in the spirit of resolutions and such. I thought that I would share a workout or two with you. Some of my favorites, the ones that I do on Sundays with my peeps, or Fridays by myself. Ones that get me sweating, and make me feel like I got something accomplished at the end of them. I’m not a personal trainer, I don’t pretend to know what is best for everyone, and I should probably put a disclaimer in here that you’re doing these at your own risk.
Bench run up (each side)
Weighted burpee/bicep curl
8 reps of each exercise
8 rounds of all 8 exercises
1 set stairs (or 1 min cardio – jump rope, jumping jacks, something) between each round.
40 minute time limit (that’s right, it’s timed).
Once you’re done: 25 sit ups, 45 sec plank x 3
90 hip raises (45 each side)
80 bicep curls (40 each side)
70 skull crushers
60 crab toe touch
50 mountain climbers
40 full sit-ups
30 wall balls
20 push ups
10 man makers
(I combine this with a 20 min cardio session)
Side plank – left – 1 min
Side plank – right – 1 min
Rest – 30 sec
Left side crunches – 1 min
Right side crunches – 1 min
Plank twists – 1 min
V-sit crunches – 1 min
Hip raises – 1 min
Rest – 1 min
3 rounds total
1 min each:
Around the world burpees
Squat push press
Kettleball swings (can do with single weight)
You can Google any of these exercises online and see a demonstration of what they are. Like I said, I’m no trainer, and you do these workouts at your own risk. And they’re not easy, by any means. So stay hydrated, stay motivated in 2016, but most of all…. STAY MOVING! 🙂