One of the questions I get most frequently is about my weekly workout schedule. While I love, love, love getting emails from you all, I figure a better solution is to address this common question by sharing my weekly workouts on the blog from time to time. The intent of Pumps & Iron was never to be a daily fitness diary, so I’ll just do a weekly summary once a month or so, giving you an idea of what I did during a random week. I switch up my workouts all the time, so you’ll see the amount of working out and types of exercises will vary with each post. For someone who’s always been so anti-diary-blog, I’m actually excited to make these a regular feature on P&I!
My Week in Workouts: November 11-17
(6AM) Morning Run
I started my day with a 3-mile run. Lately, instead of my usual route along the water (from which 90% of my annoying Instagram sunrise pictures come), I’ve been aimlessly running around backstreets of Southie looking for cool street art and graffiti. They’re no Banksy, but I’ve actually found a few cool ones (clearly this pic wasn’t taken on a run…I don’t run wearing collared shirts and carrying handbags, promise).
(8PM) Low-Impact Circuit Workout
For some reason, my knee had been bothering me since Sunday night, so I wanted to do an at-home workout that avoided deep lunges, jumping or any drastic bending of the knees. Usually, starting the week off with any sort of soreness or injury is the result of dancing in 6” heels drunk at a club at 2AM, but I was actually super tame and studious all weekend (how uncharacteristically mature!), so I have no clue from where the knee pain came.
Regardless of the cause of injury, I managed to get a workout in while avoiding irritating my knee further. I’ll share the full tutorial on the blog next week, but it was a circuit workout involving kettlebell swings, downward dog pushups, Russian twists and superman flutter kicks. Super quick (probably about 15 minutes), but just what I needed after sitting in front of a computer all day.
(9AM) Quick Abs & A Run
I woke up at 6AM to it snowing outside. Not. Cool. I delayed my run and instead spent the morning studying. When the snow stopped, I did this quick 5-minute pre-cardio ab workout and then headed outside for a 3-mile run. It’s not so much that I think 5 minutes of abs is going to give me a six-pack (it won’t)—it’s just really important for me to raise my body temperature before running outside in cold weather so that my Raynaud’s doesn’t do this:
(4:30PM) Pilates Plus at Btone
I’ve raved about Pilates Plus (a type of Pilates done on Megaformer machines; also called Lagree Fitness) a bajillion times on the blog. After spending the day at the Boston Public Library studying/working, I walked over to one of the 45-minute classes at Btone. I try to make at least a couple classes a week because not only do I love it, but I hope to teach it once I’m certified—the more practice the better!
(12PM) 30-Minute Interval Workout
I broke up my day with an interval workout made up of all the exercises I love to hate. Starburst burpees, plank-to-pikes, med ball squat jacks, alternating superman planks, Turkish get-ups…kill me. I’ll post the tutorial on the blog in the next week or so—you’ll love to hate it.
(6AM) Morning Run & Full-Body Pyramid Workout
First thing in the morning, I went for a 3.5 mile run and then did the Full-Body Pyramid Workout that I posted last year on the blog. It’s still one of my favorites!
Pretending I have upper body strength…
I was invited to come try out a class at the new Boston location of Barry’s Bootcamp and LOVED it. Not gonna to lie, I first heard about Barry’s by watching Keeping up with the Kardashians (I know, I’m embarrassing), but have since heard nothing but rave reviews of the workout, and it definitely lived up to the hype.
During the class, you alternate between treadmills and floor exercises using weights/benches, and depending on the day you go, the workout will target different areas of the body. I did a Full-Body class, so the floor exercises included everything from side planks to lunges with overhead presses. Our instructor was Dustin, who did a great job of kicking our asses and coordinating both the “treaders” and those on the floor. The last treadmill section was a full-out sprint at a 15% incline—I don’t care how fit you are, that’s HARD.
Not only was the workout tough, but the whole thing was fun. The studio space is great, and Barry’s has done an awesome job of creating a cool, social atmosphere—something that really goes a long way when it comes to these niche fitness studios. The locker room is spacious and has showers; there’s a protein shake bar in the lobby area; they have retail racks with Barry’s workout gear—it’s the kind of place you’d go to workout with friends then hang out at for a bit.
(11AM) Quick Run & Kettlebell Workout
I had signed up for another Pilates class at Btone, but couldn’t find parking and ended up missing the class (grrr!!). Fueled by irritation, I went for a quick 2 mile run and then did the 30-Minute Kettlebell Interval Workout I posted on the blog last year.
What’d you guys do for workouts last week?