Memorial Day and Teaching Schedule Changes

Memorial Day Flags[Source]

I hope you are all enjoying a fun Memorial Day weekend with your friends and families, but please take a second to remember those lost while in service defending our country. Today I am especially thinking of Chris Crosby, one of my brother’s best friends from high school who was brutally killed a couple of years ago. While the cookouts and time off are an added bonus, it’s important to pay tribute to the real meaning of today and be thankful for our freedom.

I also wanted to pop in today to announce some upcoming changes to my teaching schedule. Effective Tuesday 6/10, I will no longer be teaching my 7:30pm interval training class at Oak Square. This was a really hard decision for me to make because my Two A Day Tuesday tradition of taking Liz’s kickboxing class before teaching my class has been a big part of my life for YEARS.

The double workout is always awesomely sweaty.


The regular members of the Y can always count on Liz and I to plan fun back to back themed classes with costumes and prizes for almost any holiday.

Valentine's Day Two A Day 2014

And it was in Two A Day that I met my gym friends.

Gym Family Reunited

For the past couple of months, I’ve just wanted more consistency in my schedule. It’s hard to get into a good groove of working out consistently in either the morning or at night when I teach at both times of day outside of my 9-5 work. I also feel like I’ve simply outgrown teaching at 7:30 at night. I don’t get home until almost 9, and it just makes for a long day.

I’ve tried to push these feelings aside, but when the Tuesday morning 6am class recently opened up, I just had to take it. Teaching two 6am classes a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays will give me the consistency I’m craving without having to drop down to only one class a week.

Leaving my Tuesday night crowd, especially Liz, makes me SAD, but I know it is the right choice for me.

Two A Day

I’ll have an extra free night during the week (the possibilities!), and I’ll still have my morning peeps who are awesome. I do plan to drop in at kickboxing now and then (I’m subbing a couple of times this summer too), but my last OFFICIAL double Two A Day Tuesday class will be on June 3rd. How will I ever decide what to teach? What I can guarantee is a kick ass goodbye playlist…

–Let’s chat–
Have you had to make a tough decision lately? Do you work out at a consistent time every day? Instructors, what’s the longest amount of time you’ve taught a class for? How do you say good-bye?

P.S. Happy birthday to my brother!

Back to Blogging

Welp, I’m back.

Sorry for the three-day hiatus.  That’s the most time I’ve gone without having a blog post scheduled in a long time.  I decided to take Friday through Monday off from all exercise and all blogging.  My posts from Friday and Saturday were already written and scheduled before I decided to take some time to myself.  Between my birthday and still settling in from my move, I didn’t want to feel stressed about the things I love most.  There is no fun in feeling obligated to get to the gym or to blog.  After all, I do these things for ME.  So, sorry I’m not sorry for my little mental health break.

Did you miss me though?  My friend Shannon asked me if I was sick because I hadn’t posted.  I’m good, Shan!

The Importance of Rest

I feel rested and rejuvenated because I was really pushing my body in the past couple of weeks.  Workout wise, I’ve been really switching things up especially in regards to my strength training.  I’m using heavier weights and learning different types of strength workouts, thanks to Best Body Bootcamp.  It’s all good, but I think I was getting a little carried away and starting to over-train a bit.  It’s very easy, especially when it’s part of your job, to over-exercise, but rest and recovery are actually essential components to any exercise program!  It’s actually during REST when your muscles repair themselves and become stronger for the next stress placed upon them.  You can actually damage weight loss efforts and muscle growth by over-training your body.


I need to remind myself of this and not feel guilty for “skipping” the gym more than two days a week.

I work hard.  I do a lot.  And I deserve a break every once in a while. 

By last Thursday, I was feeling so WEAK and achy, sore, and overworked.  My hip was killing me, and I <gasp> didn’t even want to exercise.  But you know what?  Four days off did the trick, because tonight I felt fab in both workouts.  Yay for Two A Day Tuesday!  And burpees!

That’s my awk “I felt fab” picture.  Disregard the mess/piles things I don’t know what to do with behind me.

Hmm, since I took some rest, my “Weekly Workouts” is going to look a little different from most weeks.

Last Week’s Workouts

  • Sunday:  Taught Spin class at the Y
  • Monday:  Took Ashley’s Cutz class
  • Tuesday:  Two A Day Tuesday – took Liz’s Kickboxing, then Monique auditioned (and got hired!) during my Circuit class.  Was nice to not have to plan Tuesday class during my move week, that was well-timed!
  • Wednesday:  Off
  • Thursday:  Taught Circuit class, using a workout from bootcamp
  • Friday:  Off
  • Saturday:  Off

This Week’s Workouts

  • Sunday:  Off
  • Monday:  Off
  • Tuesday:  Today!  Two A Day!  I taught Workout A from Best Body Bootcamp (adapted to class of course!) and loved it.
  • Wednesday:  Going to do some cardio from Best Body Bootcamp
  • Thursday:  Teaching Workout C from Best Body Bootcamp in Circuit
  • Friday:  TBD
  • Saturday:  TBD

I’m going to get going and hit the hay soon, tomorrow is the first day of my new job!  Words cannot even begin to express how excited I am for this new opportunity.  That being said, my blog posts and blog post times may become a little more sporadic.  I’m not sure yet!

When’s the last time you took a true rest as part of your exercise program?