Weekly Workouts: A High Energy Week

I just realized that I forgot to announce the winner of my FitHouse giveaway last week. Shannon P, you’re the lucky draw! Please email me at fitnessandfeta@gmail.com to claim your prize.

Now onto weekly workouts.

For the past two weeks, I only managed to get four workouts a week in. I’m happy to report that this week I was back to normal. It just goes to show you can’t dwell on the “off” weeks or when life just gets in the way. As long as you are fairly consistent, that’s what matters.

Weekly Workouts

Last Week’s Workouts


On Monday I was very determined to wake up and make it to the gym for a morning workout. I figured that the Monday after Daylight Savings Time would be a good day to start, as we gained not only an hour of sleep, but some more light in the morning as well. I am proud of myself for going, and I started the day with a great sweat. I warmed up with a steady 15 minutes on the elliptical and then did this bosu and row superset workout.

Row & Bosu Superset Workout

Per usual, I took Liz’s Kickboxing and then taught my class. I taught with a drop set format, which I haven’t done in a long time. Drop sets are when instead of stopping a set at the point of fatigue, you actually lower the amount of weight used in an exercise by about 10% and continue to do as many reps as possible at the lower weight. I didn’t do the full workout with the class as I was walking around to correct form, but Liz texted me on Wednesday to say she was sore and happy!

I had the pleasure of attending a class at Barry’s Bootcamp, courtesy of New Balance‘s LaceUp365 program. The class was really good, and I was completely in my element. Plus I got to meet some fellow Boston bloggers that I’ve followed for a while now. I will be recapping my experience this week, so stay tuned.

Barry's Bootcamp

I taught my 6am class, which I thought I’d be too sore to teach from Barry’s, but since my soreness didn’t kick in until the afternoon I powered through it. I taught a format where we did ten upper body exercises for 60 seconds each (totally took a bunch that we did at Barry’s for this), five minutes of cardio, then ten lower body exercises for 60 seconds each, then five more minutes of cardio.

Total Body Blast

There were 28 people in class on Thursday morning, and each one of them rocked this workout. I think this was one of the best classes I’ve taught in a while, but I’m attributing it to the energy in the room being so high!

Teaching Class

I only did cardio to give my muscles a break. I completed 45 minutes of steady cardio on the elliptical. It felt really good, as I barely ever do steady cardio for that long anymore.



This Week’s Workouts

Here’s my plan for this week:

  • Sunday: Ashley’s 20/20/20 class
  • Monday: Cardio and core combo of some sort 
  • Tuesday: Kickboxing, then teaching my class
  • Wednesday: Rest day
  • Thursday: Teaching my 6am class
  • Friday: Boston Mania
  • Saturday: Boston Mania

What’s a workout you’ve done lately that was really high energy?

Monday Motivation: Thankfulness

There is always something to be thankful for.

Now that we’re into the month of November, I’ve seen a few “Be Thankful” challenges pop up in the blog world and on social media where people share at least one thing a day that they are thankful for throughout the entire month of November. I think that too often we focus on the things that we don’t have and lose sight of what we actually do. These types of challenges are a nice way to remember the little things and show appreciation, don’t you think?

This week I’m going to start my week by listing five things I am thankful for this week.

1. I am thankful for having the day off today, but more importantly, I am thankful for all the veterans who have served our country. I also want to take a second to remember our family friend, Chris Crosby, who was killed during the time he served.

2. I am thankful that I had the opportunity to plan and organize a health fair for my entire company. I can’t believe it’s actually happening this Thursday. Work friends, please stop by to support us! We have lots of fun things planned like nutrition trivia, fitness demonstrations, and a plank contest. We also have 30+ vendors that will be present to talk to staff, raffle off prizes, do health screenings, and more.


3. I am thankful for Boston Mania coming up next weekend. I am lucky to be able to participate in an event that is so perfectly tailored to my passions.

Boston Mania:  Bosu HIIT Extreme

4. I am thankful that Tim will actually be home this week and not traveling for work again!

Portsmouth 2013

5.  And finally, I am thankful for my friend Jen who just “gets me,” even millions of miles away. Last week we emailed a lot, and it made me feel a lot better about some things going on!

Jen's Bachelorette

How’s that for Monday Motivation? Maybe we shouldn’t just focus on what we’re thankful for during November and around Thanksgiving. Maybe we should be more mindful of the things we have all year long.

Are you participating in any “Be Thankful” challenges this month? What are five things you are thankful for this week?

If you are looking for a good one, I really like the 28 Day Count Your Blessings one featured on Olive to Run. Check it out!