My Week in Workouts: A Rare No-Rest Week

my-week-in-workoutsAfter five days of vacation out in Colorado, I was so ready to get back on the workout grind. Typically, I never go a full week without taking at least one rest day, but my body felt energized and strong, so who am I to deny her a workout? Some days weren’t intense, and I switched up the types of exercise I was doing, so I didn’t feel like I was overworking my body. Rest is vital for recovery and maximal results, but coming off of five days “rest” (read: boozing, eating pizza and sitting on airplanes), I’m not too worried about depriving my body of it this past week haha.

tuesday(6AM) Core Workout and a Run

I woke up ready to shake off the previous day of traveling. I did my Stability Ball Superset Core Workout and then went for a freezing cold 4-mile run around Southie. I am SO OVER THIS WINTER.


(4:30PM) Studio Doubleheader

my-week-in-workouts-studiosI did an SPX class at Btone and then walked right down Newbury for a spin class at Vélo-City (it’s super convenient having two of my favorite Boston fitness studios in the same ‘hood!). When teaching at Btone, I don’t actually do the workout with the class (aside from demonstrating moves), so I try to go to two-three classes a week with other instructors—not just for the amazing workout, but also to get ideas for my own routines. 🙂

The spin class I did afterwards was taught by Steph, and if you Bostonians out there haven’t taken her class yet, you must—she’s awesome, and the class is uh-mazing(ly hard). Steph’s whole class is to the beat of the music (my favorite way to spin), and she incorporates tough arm/upper-body work. Usually I can get through any spin class arm sequence (I may be dying on the inside, but I still force myself to finish because I’ve got a rep to protect, yo), but Steph has successfully defeated me several times with her arm songs.


(6PM) AMRAP Quickie

15-min-bodyweight-amrap-workout-7It was one of those days where you have so much work to do that you don’t even know where to begin. I kept pushing off my workout because I was stressed about getting a million other things done—but we all know how that goes. The longer you push it off, the less likely it is that you’ll actually get around to working out.

At 6PM I finally forced myself to set aside just 15 minutes for the AMRAP workout I posted yesterday. It seems like no time at all, but it really is all you need if you push yourself your hardest. Not only was I sweaty and spent by the end, but so much less stressed about work. Gotta love exercise! 🙂


(6:20PM) Megaformer Fun

I kicked off the weekend with an evening class at Btone.


(9AM) 20-Min Tabata and a Run

In anticipation of Sunday’s Tone ‘n Torch class (the new Btone class I’m teaching that is half megaformer, half HIIT), I tested out a 20-minute bodyweight tabata workout. Talk about a cardio challenge! I did tabata intervals of:

  • Sumo Jump Squats with Alternating Leg Lifts
  • Leaping Mountain Climbers
  • Snowboarders
  • Plank Jump-Jacks
  • Burpees

At the end I didn’t feel like I needed any additional exercise/cardio, but I had to take advantage of a rare hangover-less Saturday, so I went for a quick 2-mile run around my ‘hood.

As a side note, everyone in Sunday’s class did an amazing job with that brutal tabata combo! Next week I’ll definitely throw in a couple exercises that are less cardio-intensive. Torching a ton of calories is great and all, but I’m not trying to kill any of my students. 🙂


(2PM) 3-Mile Run

My core needed a SERIOUS break after the previous days’ workout lineup, so I went out for an easy 3-mile run and then called it a wrap.


(4PM) Towel Tabata Workout & Yoga

Remember the towel workout I posted last year? It was a big hit on the interwebs, so I figured it was high time I come up with another. I’m going to share it on the blog later this week. After finishing, I popped in the Bob Harper yoga DVD I mentioned in a previous post for a 30-minute “ohm” sesh.

How many rest days do you usually take a week? (This week not withstanding, I find 1 works best for me.)



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  1. I take as many rest days as I need. My tendencies are to work too much for my fitness level, so when my body hurts, or when I feel tired or bloated the next day, I take it easy. The strategy seems to have worked pretty well so far – I’ve only gotten stronger and run faster. It usually only comes out to one rest day and maybe another “easy” day per week.

  2. Wow that’s a lot of workouts! I try to workout 4-5 days a week and take full advantage of my rest days. 🙂

    Btw, I’d love to take your class at Btone but I’m 18 weeks pregnant… would I still be able to follow along with the class? Thanks!

    • I’d love to see you in class! You’d have no prob with the leg and arm stuff, and we could just modify the core work. If you do sign up, let me know which class and I can even plan ahead to avoid any ab exercises laying on the tummy. 🙂

  3. I love reading your blog! I share your love of fitness mixed with the occasional beer (or hangover). I think we would be best friends in real life haha!

  4. Wow, that is an awesome week! I made a goal two years ago to workout 4-6 days a week and just added a new goal of a yoga flow every day. It has been super helpful for mental clarity and increasing my results during other workouts!

  5. Running outside in this cold weather? I commend you for doing that! If there’s one thing I refuse to do, it’s run outside in the cold. LOL!

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