Father’s Day and Weekly Workouts

Good morning!  Hope all of you had a lovely weekend, and for any dads out there I hope you had a fabulous Father’s Day.  I went to Newburyport for the afternoon with my parents and siblings to celebrate Chuck.  We did lunch at Michael’s Harborside Restaurant and then walked around a little bit.

Father's Day

Father's Day

Father's Day

I know for Mother’s Day the past two years my mom has written a guest post, but my dad’s version of inspiring fitness is a little different.  It includes calling me after he umpires our hometown baseball games to tell me how many squats he did over the course of two games (1400).  Calculated of course by averaging the number of times he had to squat in one inning and multiplying by 18.  Where do you all think I learned to love doing squats for endurance?

Anyways, hope you had a great day yesterday, dad!  Thanks for all you do for us.

Time to get in to weekly workouts…

Weekly Workouts

Last Week’s Workouts

Here’s another fab workout week under my belt:

2 mile run + abs with Tim

I went to the gym with no plan as to what I was going to do for a workout, but I left feeling amazing and accomplished.  OH, and super sweaty.  Funny how that happens sometimes.  I ended up doing the following circuit three times through, but I added 10 minutes of steady cardio before each round:

15x10 Circuit

So the workout ended up looking like this:  10 minutes steady cardio (elliptical) > circuit > 10 minutes steady cardio (arc trainer) > circuit > 10 minutes steady cardio (bike) > circuit > stretch.  For the win.

Incline Pushups

On Tuesday I taught outdoor bootcamp in the rain, followed by my interval training class.  In my second class we focused on muscle endurance.  I chose six different strength moves and we did 5 reps of each move, then continued with the same exercise through 6 reps, 7 reps, 8, 9, and up to 10.  You end up doing over 50 reps of each exercise!  I threw random cardio blasts in between each strength set.

Side note:  What has happened to our Tuesday night party crowd!?  It’s making me sad.

Active rest!  30 minute walk for Walking Wednesday at work with Sheila and Dawn.

Walking at work

Thank you random man on the side of the road for taking our picture.

Taught my 6am class, which was a bit smaller than usual due to the late Bruins game the night before.  That’s okay though – those of us who were there worked through some serious upper body intervals — 10 reps of strength followed by 20 seconds of either mountain climbers or bench popovers 4x through each set.

I was also up a little later than usual on Wednesday night, so I opted for a neon outfit that morning to get me through class.  I love my Reebok Love Fitness shirt.

Reebok Love Fitness Shirt

I kept things simple with 30 minutes on the elliptical followed by a standing abs workout.


I busted out a workout DVD, something I rarely do!  I did Mindy Mylrea’s Booty Camp — the gliding disc and bender ball version, followed by the Tabata version to really finish things off.  Tim came in from his run as I was huffing and puffing through these torture moves:

Mindy Mylrea DVD

I also walked at least a few miles on Saturday as we strolled through Boston.  It was such a beautiful day, but my legs were sore and tired by the time we went to bed.

This Week’s Workouts

Here’s what’s on tap for this week’s exercise:

  • Sunday:  Rest day
  • Monday:  Cardio + abs
  • Tuesday:  Teaching 6:15pm bootcamp, teaching 7:30pm Interval
  • Wednesday:  Active rest
  • Thursday:  Teaching 6am circuit
  • Friday:  Morning workout TBD
  • Saturday:  Morning workout TBD

Are you someone who likes to plan your workouts before heading to the gym, or would you rather make it up as you go?

I definitely like to plan my workouts in terms of plotting them into my weekly schedule, but sometimes it’s nice to go without knowing what exact exercises you are going to do when you get there.  Since this method clearly worked for me last Monday, I’m keeping some of my workouts a little more vague this week!  We’ll see what happens.

Have a good one, friends!

Reebok Discount Shopping Event


Happy Thursday / Almost Friday.

Be Thankful Challenge Day 10:  I am thankful for working in such close proximity to the Reebok Corporate Headquarters store!  Last week Reebok was kind enough to invite all employees at my company to shop in their store with a 50% off discount if you came in during certain hours last Monday through Friday.  Just for being neighbors!

You can only imagine how thrilling this was to me.

Seriously.  It’s the little things.  And when it’s little things involving fitness and new workout clothes, I’m sold.

Hence me spending one of my lunch breaks last week browsing through the clothes and trying on a million pairs of sneakers.  Okay, maybe not a million, but I did make the person helping me go back and forth at least ten times so I could try different colors and sizes.  Sorry, salespeople.

You are probably thinking to yourselves, “Athena, didn’t you just buy new workout sneakers?” and remembering my previous posts about them (here and here).  Well, you’re right, I did.  But with this amazing discount, the Reebok sneakers were down to $40 a pair!  So I bought two pairs and am going to hang onto them until my Nike Frees get worn out.  I usually try to replace my sneakers every three to four months since I wear them so often.  I don’t like to wear a pair for too long since I’ve had foot injuries in the past and need sneakers with a lot of support and shock absorption features with all the high intensity interval training I do every week!


Try the shoe with the energy boost. The ZigFuse features the new ZigNano technology – a lightweight, low-profile sole that helps propel you forward for a more responsive ride.

  • Textile/mesh upper ensures comfort, support and breathability
  • ZigNano low-profile sole helps optimize energy return for a lightweight and responsive ride
  • SmoothFit seamless design helps minimize rub and irritation; antimicrobial PU sockliner provides cushioning and moisture management
  • Forefoot flex grooves for optimal flexibility through footstrike and push-off; carbon rubber heel strike for durability and traction

VibeTech SolarVibe

The SolarVibe training shoe – with VibeTech energy-efficient foam cushioning system – is designed to maximize your workout. Plus it has a SmoothFit seamless upper, 3D Ultralite cushioning and forefoot flex grooves for optimal pushoff. Perfect for running, training, group exercise and more.

  • Synthetic/mesh upper for comfort, fit and breathability
  • VibeTech foam cushioning system for optimal energy return; removable PU sockliner adds cushioning and accommodates orthotics
  • 3D Ultralite provides super lightweight support and comfort, while encouraging natural footstrike and responsiveness; IMEVA midsole cushioning; SmoothFit seamless design minimizes rub and irritation
  • Forefoot flex grooves for complete flexibility from heelstrike to pushoff; TPU stability support frame at rearfoot and midfoot; removable PU sockliner accommodates orthotics, adds comfort and cushioning; carbon rubber heel strike for durability and traction.
Thoughts?  Should I keep both of them!?  Return one?
Two bags later…
…I was home with both pairs of sneakers, some socks, a new workout top, and a pair of Easy Tone capris.
The technology behind the EasyTone products is interesting:
Fitness never looked so good with the EasyTone Fitness Capri – part of our EasyTone Apparel Collection, an innovative performance line that uses resistance technology. The unique tightness and placement of the resistance technology hugs the back and thighs. These stylish bottoms can be worn to work out or as everyday clothing. Get moving with EasyTone.

  • 88% Polyester / 12% Elastane
  • Tight Fit – athletic design contours to your body for maximum support; perfect for high-performance exercise
  • Play Dry fabric wicks moisture, accelerates evaporation, increases ventilation
CrossFit Tank Top

I love new workout stuff!!!

Question of the Day:  What’s your favorite workout item or piece of clothing?!  Do you stick with a certain brand?