After 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.
(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
I 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
It 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
- Plank Jump-Jacks
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.)