My Two A Day Tuesday Farewell

I already know that I’m going to be all sorts of confused about what day it is today. I started the day by teaching my first Tuesday morning class, and it will be my first week without Two A Day Tuesday classes to look forward to tonight because last week was my final Tuesday night class!

Last Two A Day Tuesday

I created a special good-bye playlist, and it was a huge hit:

Goodbye Playlist: Last Two A Day

I also told my regulars they could request whatever they wanted for the last class. I received requests for circuits, typical “Athena-esque” cardio blasts, partner moves, my favorite exercises, and as many awkward exercises as I could think of. I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to squeeze all of this into only an hour, but somehow I did. After our warmup, I taught two mini circuits that consisted of some of my favorite moves to teach in a group exercise setting:

Circuit 1

  • Chest press with leg lifts (12)
  • Squats with halos (12 total)
  • Straight leg dumbbell crunch to toes (15)

Circuit 2

  • Wide grip bent over rows (3 pulses + 1 row = 1 rep, 12 times)
  • Lying stability ball hamstring curls (15)
  • Weighted standing windmills (10 each side)

We did three sets of these, and I put two minutes of fast feet, jumping jacks, and jump rope in between. If you are looking for a 30 minute workout, this took us right to our halfway point and may be a good one to try.

I then moved on to some partner work:

Last Two A Day Tuesday

One of my favorite ways to incorporate partner work in classes is to have one partner squat while holding an exercise band around their partner’s waist. The partner with the band around them then does moves like jabs, hook punches, upper cuts, high knees, and burpees for a designated amount of time, working against the resistance of the band. I also had the members do high five pushups together. You didn’t think I’d teach my last class without any burpees or pushups, did you?!

After the partner work, we had about 15 minutes left, so we busted through my ten favorite awkward exercises that I’ve dubbed “awk move of the night” in past classes. Everyone was laughing a LOT during this part of class, so we got an extra ab workout! I plan to dedicate a whole separate post to these awk moves, so you’ll have to stay tuned until my next Awk Spot post. Any guesses on what the awkward exercises were?!

I ended class with a plank hold, obviously.

Last Two A Day Tuesday

The best part of the night was after class though. I said my last good-bye, thanked everyone, and put my weights away, only to turn back and find a setup of presents just sitting in my spot. I was very surprised to see a giant pinata in the shape of a two (for Two A Day), a thank you balloon, and two bottles of wine waiting for me. My gym friends sure are quick and sneaky!

Last Two A Day

How amazing is it that the two was accidentally backwards? Makes it even more fantastic. My friends also had as many class members as they could pull aside sign a goodbye/thank you card for me before class started. I couldn’t read this in person without getting sappy, but I felt so happy and appreciated after reading these notes at home.

Last Two A Day

These class members are so AWESOME AND NICE. Things like this are why I teach and do what I do.

Last Two A Day Tuesday

When I got home, I posted the following Facebook status:

Last Two A Day

And I really meant every word of it! Two A Day is where  I met all my gym friends, and I couldn’t be more thankful for them.

Last Two A Day

Liz, who has taught Kickboxing before my Interval class for years, brought me a separate goodbye gift that consisted of TWO to do lists (because we are both neurotic and Type A), TWO pieces of fruit, an iTunes gift card for new class music, and the playlist that she created especially for me that night in Kickboxing. So sweet!

Last Two A Day

Last Two A Day

Thank you to everyone who made my last class so special! I feel so loved. You’re all awesome.

–Let’s chat–
When’s the last time someone or a group of people did something really nice for you?

I’m off to work! Today is an exciting day because it’s our first farm share delivery. I can’t wait to see what produce gets delivered right to my desk. Have a good one!

Tuesday Night

Morning.  I’m still feeling sleepy today, which isn’t good because my to do list is ginormous.  I’m busting out this blog post, then it’s time to BE PRODUCTIVE.

Tuesday Night Workout

Last night was Two A Day so I took Liz’s Kickboxing, then taught my Circuit class.  We did a ton of different things in Circuit last night, but it only takes an hour!

The Let’s Do Lots of Stuff Workout

First, a warmup.


Second, a squat challenge.

By squat challenge I mean we squatted for three and a half minutes straight. 

The other day I posted this funny little picture:

It inspired me to download The Pussycat Doll’s song, “Don’t Cha Wish Your Girlfriend Was Hot Like Me” and squat to the entire thing.  We did regular squats, squat pulses, single leg squats on each leg, squat jumps, and back to regular squats by the song was done.  Not sure anyone found this as amusing as I did.  Oh well.  We loosened up after with this little cardio series:  slide jumps with alternating punches, jog in place with arms moving up and down overhead, and quick feet.

Third = Upper Body Pyramid Work.

For these everyone had two sets of weights a bit heavier than normal.  We did the following circuit through with the lighter set first for 15 reps of each move.  Then repeated the cardio series above and did the circuit again with the heavier set for 12 reps of the move.  Finished with one last round of the same cardio series.

  • Bridge Dumbbell Chest Presses
  • Bent Over Rows
  • Side Lunges (each leg)
  • Alternating Front Bicep Curls
  • Triceps Kickbacks
  • Low Pulse Lunges

Fourth = Partner Work

Everyone paired up with someone and decided who was Partner 1 and who was Partner 2.  Partner 1 did the first move at the same time Partner 2 did the second move, then they switched.  Each move was done for between 45 seconds and 1 minute.

  • Medicine Ball Switch Pushups / Jumping Lunge Switches
  • Medicine Ball Slams / Burpees
  • Medicine Ball Side to Side Twists / Double Hips
  • Medicine Ball Lateral Hops / Plank Jacks

Fifth = A 5 Minute Ab Challenge

We finished class with one last partner move.  Partner 1 was doing situps while Partner 2 was doing an elbow plank with their fists on Partner 1’s sneakers to keep their feet in place.  I would yell “Switch!” randomly and they’d have to switch who was doing situps (full situps!) and who was doing the plank.  We did this for five minutes straight!!  I got the idea from 

Finally we cooled down, stretched, and called it a night.

Tuesday Night Playlist

Here’s what I used for jams!

I thought it was a fun mix, no?

Tuesday Night Eats

Dinner was a little pasta mix.

Whole wheat rotini, sauteed shrimp, zucchini, baby eggplant, mozzarella cheese, a teeny bit of crushed red pepper, and some spices.

Tuesday Night Faceplant

And that’s how I ended my night!  Well, not really because I did shower and change out of my sweaty gym clothes.  But I did do this first.  I was so exhausted!

How were your Tuesday nights?