Weekly Workouts + Birthday Week

Good morning!  I hope everyone had a nice weekend.  Mine consisted of hanging out with my home friends and brother at The Precinct on Friday night, sleeping in and spending the afternoon at Winthrop Beach with Monique on Saturday, and Tim and I checked out SOWA Open Market yesterday downtown.  It was nice to have a weekend without any real set plans, but it definitely went by too quickly.  That’s okay though since today marks the start of birthday week! 

Despite it being birthday week, I’m still determined to get some good workouts in and start my week off on the right track.

Weekly Workouts

Last Week’s Workouts

Last week I had five solid workout days in a row.  Here’s how they looked…

Sunday
Ran two miles outside and then did Monique’s mini circuit workout at home

Monday
Ran three miles with Tim and then did core work in our living room

Tuesday
Took Liz’s Kickboxing class, then taught my Circuit class with a pyramid strength workout.  It was Ali’s last class before heading off to college (we’re all jealous).  I put together this good-bye playlist in honor of her “last” class.

Ali's Goodbye Playlist

Wednesday
Back for another free CrossFit series with CrossFit Together on the roof of City Sports in Legacy Place.  Our workout was tough, but I loved all the familiar faces that joined me for the fun!

CrossFit

Cross Fit

CrossFit Together at City Sports

Thursday
Taught my 6am class – it was partner based kind of, and pretty random!  I was originally going to teach it as an outdoor class, but it didn’t seem like many were into it so I had to adapt it to an indoor workout on the spot.  I still think it was pretty tough!

Friday
Rest

Saturday
Rest

This Week’s Workouts

Here’s the plan:

  • Sunday:  2 mile outdoor run + core strength workout (crunches and v-sits galore)
  • Monday:  Lower body strength workout with cardio mixed in
  • Tuesday:  Upper body strength workout in the morning since I’m skipping Two A Day for the Red Sox game.  Y people, Aloisia will be subbing my class!
  • Wednesday:  Last free CrossFit rooftop series at Legacy
  • Thursday:  Teaching my 6am — requests for class format?
  • Friday:  Maybe an early morning workout, but I have the day off so we shall see
  • Saturday:  Birthday gift of rest!

What’s on your workout agenda this week?  Have you tried anything new lately?  Instructors – have you ever had to change up your original plan for a class at the last minute?

Have a great day, all!

My First CrossFit Class

Hey friends!  This week sure is flying by.  I’ve been so busy playing catch up from my week off that I haven’t had much blogging or blog reading time.  But that’s okay.  And then on Tuesday night I came home from the gym and instead of doing anything productive I spent two hours catching up on Food Network Star.  *SPOILER ALERT* — can you guys even BELIEVE that Nikki didn’t make it to the finale?!  I was rooting for her since day 1 and was so sad to see her go.  But the second she got voted off I went online and voted for Damaris as many times as I could.  She definitely deserves it over the other finalists!  Any Food Network Star fans with me on this one?!

Anyways.  Trying CrossFit.

CrossFit Together at City Sports

Yes!  Katrina and I tried our first CrossFit class last night on the rooftop of City Sports, overlooking the parking lot of Legacy Place in Dedham.

CrossFit City Sports

I have wanted to try CrossFit for a while now, so when I got this month’s City Sports events newsletter and saw that there were free outdoor classes being held, I was pretty psyched.  Plus, Legacy Place is super close to some of my work locations, so it’s more convenient for me to get there during rush hour than it is to get downtown.  I was definitely nervous going into the workout because I wasn’t sure what to expect (and because a CrossFit person tweeted at me that it would be “grueling,”) but once we got started I felt comfortable right away.  Everyone was friendly and welcoming, and a few people around Katrina and I introduced themselves.  I was still glad Trina came with me so I had a buddy.

Trina and I at CrossFit

CrossFit

We did a quick warmup, and then we jumped right into a Tabata stations workout.  There were eight bodyweight exercises total in the workout.  They divided everyone into groups and had us rotate from station to station.  At each station we did 8 rounds of whatever move was designated for that station.

Here’s a rundown of the exercises we did:

CrossFit workout

None of these exercises were brand new to me, but we did do all the moves in the true CrossFit way.  Think: burpees done with your chest hitting the ground, mountain climbers done by having your knees hit your armpits, pushups done with chest hitting the ground, abs without hands under your butt, etc.  I think the hardest for me were the scissor lunges and maybe even the shuttle run.  The coaches told me the shuttle run was the “rest,” but that certainly did not feel like rest to me!  I secretly loved the burpees though.  Yeah, yeah, I know.

The workout format was tough, and I definitely was feeling shaky and wiped by the end of the hour.  However, I’m still interested in trying out a CrossFit class with equipment.  Unfortunately we could not use equipment on the rooftop of City Sports for liability reasons, but I imagine that the workouts with weights are much different.  And it’s that heavier lifting aspect of CrossFit that I’m intrigued by because it’s still pretty foreign to me.  What we did in the class last night was hard, don’t get me wrong (and I’m so sore today!), but the exercises and Tabata style were definitely familiar.  The coaches handed out a pretty awesome discount at the end of our session, so I’m considering trying it out for a month.  I could definitely see myself getting hooked by the community and competition aspect of the program… I’m a sucker like that!

CrossFit Coaches

Thank you, CrossFit Together, for a kick-ass workout!  For anyone interested, the folks at CrossFit Together are offering this free series each Wednesday in August at 6pm at the Legacy Place City Sports.  The best part?  It’s free!  I can’t make it next Wednesday, but let me know if you’d like to join me on the 21st or 28th!  I’ll definitely be going back.

Have you guys tried CrossFit before?  What do you think?  Do I have any readers out there drinking the CrossFit Kool Aid?

Have an awesome day you guys, and don’t forget that if I hit 700 Facebook followers I’m going to run another fitness challenge on the blog in September.  I only need 8 more likes and then it’s on!