Fitness Lately: September

I haven’t talked about workouts lately, so that’s what you guys get today! The last time we chatted about how fitness is going in my life, I told you I was scaling back a bit on strength workouts in order to adjust for a busy schedule. Now that we’re fully into fall, I feel more “regular” with my workout choices.

I haven’t been posting weekly workouts on Mondays anymore. My workouts are no longer as varied as they used to be, and I don’t want to bore you guys. I am still following the Modern Woman’s Guide to Strength Training program, and you’ll notice a lot of my updates will just say push strength, pull strength, or lower body strength, depending on the day. I’m doing a lot more teaching only in my group ex classes (as opposed to doing the workout with the group), and I’m staying after class to do pure strength on my own at 7am when the gym is pretty empty. This month I tried front barbell squats for the first time ever, and I’m definitely feeling more comfortable with them. I’m also progressing on my band assisted chin-ups, but still not able to do an un-assisted one. I’m definitely still getting there, and it’s nice to feel the improvement.

Also new on the fitness front is that I tried November Project for the first time. If you’ve never heard of NP, it’s a free fitness movement that was born in Boston and has now spread to cities all over the U.S. For my locals, the group meets on Mondays at various locations around the city for Destination Deck, on Wednesdays for stadium runs at Harvard, and on Fridays at Summit Ave for hill runs. I’ve attended two stadium runs now, and they are HARD. But they kick my ass, humble me, and leave me feeling so great all day long. It’s a little intimidating at first, but everyone is really friendly and welcoming. I’m definitely glad I went with some of my gym friends though! Plus it’s easier to get out of bed that early when you’ve made the commitment to someone else.

November Project

For those of you who might be missing the weekly workout plans, here’s what the past few weeks have looked like:

Workouts: Sunday 9/7 – Saturday 9/13


  • Sunday: Off
  • Monday: 3 mile run + an ab circuit with the Dynamax ball
  • Tuesday: Taught a bodyweight class, push strength
  • Wednesday: Emily’s spin class
  • Thursday: Taught a partner themed stations class, pull strength
  • Friday: 3 mile run
  • Saturday: Lower body strength

Workouts: Sunday 9/14 – Saturday 9/20

gym friends

  • Sunday: Off
  • Monday: Push strength with Mary in Waltham
  • Tuesday: Taught and did timed circuits in my 6am
  • Wednesday: Woke up in the 4am hour to do November Project with Mary and Steph
  • Thursday: Taught upper body in class, pull strength workout
  • Friday: Off
  • Saturday: Went to a barre class with Liz, courtesy of the sweetgreen passport program

Workouts: Sunday 9/21 – Saturday 9/27

September Workouts

  • Sunday: Off
  • Monday: 3 mile run
  • Tuesday: Since I couldn’t stay and do push strength on my own, I taught and did a variation of it for class
  • Wednesday: Off
  • Thursday: Taught a lower body workout in class, pull strength workout
  • Friday: Took a barre class at Exhale in NYC with Erica and Bridget for a pre-wedding weekend workout
  • Saturday: Off

Workouts: Sunday 9/28 – Saturday 10/4


  • Sunday: Off
  • Monday: 3 mile run with Tim
  • Tuesday: Taught a stations class, push strength with a 10 minute spin bike finisher
  • Wednesday: Lower body strength workout
  • Thursday: Taught and did an interval class with my 6am crowd, then taught the Athleta bootcamp event
  • Friday: Off
  • Saturday: Pull strength workout

–Let’s chat–
What is fitness looking like for you lately? What goals are you working on? Do you feel like you are in more of a routine now that fall is here?

F&F Friday Favorites

Does anyone else feel like this week flew by?  I wasn’t even busy this week either.  At least not by my definition of the word.  And normally when Tim is away, the week kind of drags… but not this week!  Anyways, I’m just popping in with some things that caught my attention around the world-wide web this week.  Begin Friday procrastination now Enjoy!

Friday Favorites

Lindsay has a fun little series in her blog called “Back to Basics.”  In this series, she addresses “basic” healthy living topics that sometimes us certified fitness professionals think the average reader just knows… but doesn’t.  This week her topic was why women should lift weights.  Cannot emphasize everything she wrote in here enough.

— Local readers, have you heard of The November Project?  FREE early morning workouts all around Boston… including deck of cards!  Not so sure how I’d keep up on the run workouts or the Harvard Stadium workouts, but Destination Deck I think I could handle.  Something to ponder trying out soon.

Deck of Cards

— Normally weight loss articles don’t really catch my attention.  Mainly because I’m not trying to lose weight.  However, lately I’ve kept my eyes out for material that I can transfer over to promoting wellness at my company.  This article lists 52 small changes for big weight loss, and that’s the exact kind of thing I’m looking for.  Advice I can dish out in small and manageable portions, not anything life changing overnight.

— Attention garlic lovers!  23 healthy recipes you can make with garlic, right here.  Check off another fab recipe round-up from Greatist.  Where the heck was this list on Tim’s birthday?  He loves garlic.  One of the first presents I ever got him was a garlic press… no joke.

— Looking for new workout jams to spice up your sweat sesh?  Check out Kim’s “Shake Off the Funk” spring workout playlist.  There’s also a link up on this post for you to submit your own faves.

— I’ve seen soooo many recipes for incorporating avocado into desserts – chocolate pudding, cookies, you name it.  Here’s another recipe from Jenna.  I think it’s about time I try doing this.  I do have an avocado that’s going to go bad over the weekend if I don’t use it up today.  Also, I’m pretty sure I need the cookbook she references in this post.  Just saying.

Dirty dozen or clean fifteen?  Greatist shares what produce you should buy organic, and which don’t really matter as much.  Sidenote, we do not currently buy organic.  It’s something I’d like to start learning more about though.  You guys?

— I know there are Boston Marathon bombing stories emerging all over the place now, but as a former dancer this one in particular brought me to tears.  I honestly cannot even imagine what it would be like to lose a foot, or really any limb.  It really puts my tight traps into perspective, huh?  Thank you to my friend Joan for sharing this article.

And that’s that.

Let’s chat!  Tell me what caught your eye this week.  Anything worth sharing with me?