Workouts Lately + Adjusting For A Busy Schedule

Hey guys, hope you all had a great weekend and a nice start to the week yesterday. I had a blast at Erica’s bachelorette weekend, and I can’t wait to share our festivities with you once I go through the millions of pictures we took. In the meantime, since today and yesterday have definitely been get back on track days, I want to talk about my workouts over the past month or so.

Running

My heavier strength workouts have been pretty hard to squeeze in lately. With summer weekends booked like crazy, it’s just HARD to get to the weight room as much as I did during the winter. Saturday and Sunday often end up as off days or days that I just go for a quick run or do a quick at home workout instead. Without either Saturday or Sunday (or both) to lift, it’s hard to fit strength training in among my teaching schedule, the classes I’m subbing, and the fun fitness events I’m attending during the week. That said, I haven’t been progressing as much as I’d like for my strength workouts, but it’s okay. I’m modifying my routine to fit what works for me right now, and I know once things calm down a bit I’ll be back on track with my goals. I’m also spending more time outside (kayaking, walking, running, etc.), so letting lifting take a back seat for a few more weeks is okay with me. I never want to feel stressed about something that I enjoy doing so much.

Kayaking on the Charles River

Before I get into some of the workout recaps, I want to share a Facebook status that one of my fitness idols, Molly Galbraith, posted a couple of weeks ago:

I recently took an informal poll asking a few audiences: “For those of you who have worked out for longer than 5 years, how many days per week do you work out?”

I can’t lie — was *secretly hoping* I’d hear the answer of 3-5 days per week, since that’s my general recommendation (that’s weights + cardio) for sustainability over the long haul. And yes. That’s what most people said… 3-5 days per week. But you know what they said that was even cooler?! Almost everyone who made a comment (beyond just listing the # of days/week) talked about MODIFYING IT FOR THEIR CURRENT LIFESTYLE/SITUATION, ie:

  • “In the winter I work out a little less, but I lift more. In the summer I lift less, but work out more overall, mostly hiking and swimming.”
  • “When I was in law school, I was lucky to manage 2 days a week, but now that I’m done, I’m hitting a solid 3-4 days a week.”
  • “When my son was born, I mostly just walked with him every day for the first 4-6 months, and maybe did a little body weight circuit at home. But now that he’s old enough for the gym daycare, I’m back in there 3 days a week, and I still walk with him most days.”

Freaking awesome! Each and every one of these people recognized that if they modified their routines and just did SOMETHING, that it was better than nothing and that they would still be doing something good for their bodies. None of this, “I can’t hit the gym 5 days a week so there’s no point” stuff. Just giving themselves grace about their situation and finding what was sustainable for them. Love it.

I feel like this describes my workouts lately perfectly. By no means am I slacking because I’m still making fitness a priority, I’m just making adjustments to fit in everything else. <—there’s your motivation for the day!

Here’s how my weekly workouts have looked for the past month:

Workouts: Sunday 6/22 – Saturday 6/28

Workouts

  • Sunday: Off
  • Monday: Full body strength workout
  • Tuesday: Taught (and did) my 6am class
  • Wednesday: Outdoor run. I had full intentions to run 3 miles, but it was way too hot and I felt dehydrated, so I listened to my body and stopped around 2.
  • Thursday: Taught (and did) my 6am class and then went to the June New Balance Girls Night Out event and did bootcamp
  • Friday: Subbed for Heidi’s 6am cycle and core class
  • Saturday: Off

Workouts: Sunday 6/29 – Saturday 7/5

Workouts 2

  • Sunday: Off for engagement celebrating
  • Monday: Off. Just didn’t feel like going!
  • Tuesday: Taught (but didn’t do) outdoor Tabata stations, then stayed after teaching to do a full body strength workout. Also went kayaking!
  • Wednesday: Full body strength workout + cardio finisher
  • Thursday: Off to head to the Cape
  • Friday: 3 mile run
  • Saturday: At home workout (my Baby You’re A Firework bodyweight circuit)

Workouts: Sunday 7/6 – Saturday 7/12

Run

  • Sunday: Off day
  • Monday: Lauren’s spin class
  • Tuesday: Taught (and did) my 6am class with two five move circuits, one for upper body and one for lower body
  • Wednesday: Ran a really hot 3.1 miles after work
  • Thursday: Taught (and did) my 6am class with three different upper body supersets and lower body/cardio progressions between each
  • Friday: Full body strength workout
  • Saturday: Off for Slesh’s wedding

Workouts: Sunday 7/13 – Saturday 7/19

Workouts 3

  • Sunday: Off for Slesh’s wedding
  • Monday: Off for the day after Slesh’s wedding
  • Tuesday: Taught my 6am class with one of my favorite formats, 10 strength reps + 20 cardio seconds, five different sets, four rounds each. After that, we finished with a stability ball core circuit.
  • Wednesday: Met Liz and Alice for a morning workout date at Studio Empower. At night, I went to an event at SoulCycle in Chestnut Hill and took a cycle class there.
  • Thursday: Taught my 6am class with the same format as Tuesday, just with different exercises
  • Friday: Off for Erica’s bachelorette
  • Saturday: Off for Erica’s bachelorette

–Let’s chat–
Tell me how you modify your workout schedules to fit your routines? Do you find that you make adjustments in the summer? How do you still keep fitness a priority despite busy schedules? Is anyone else going to the New Balance event tonight?

Feel free to share anything else workout related that’s on your mind, and make sure to check back tomorrow morning for my New Balance giveaway winner!

Weekly Workout Log

Good morning! Hope everyone had a nice weekend. Mine consisted of two gym friend gatherings (both with REALLY good food), a great Saturday morning run, some beach time with my friend Shannon, my friend Cristin’s bridal shower, and catching up with some family last night. That all might sound really busy, but it didn’t feel that way. The more relaxed pace of the last few days was definitely welcomed.

To get into the swing of the week, let’s talk workouts. Here’s how last week looked in fitness for me:

Sunday
Active rest. Walked around a park with my family for Father’s Day

Father's Day 2014

Monday
Strength workout that left me feeling awesome after the negativity I talked about last week.

Post Workout Picture

Tuesday
Taught/did my 6am class with two different pyramid sets, one for upper body and one for lower body. Both included ab work. I was supposed to sub for Liz’s Kickboxing class, but a few things came up so I didn’t end up teaching at night. Big thanks to Amy for stepping in at the last minute!

Wednesday
Rest day

Thursday
Taught the baseball diamond bootcamp workout that I posted last week. After I taught outside, I did a strength workout of my own and finished with a “sprint” on the rowing machine.

Baseball Diamond Bootcamp Workout

Friday
Subbed the 6am cycle and core class. I need to get to the gym on Friday mornings more often. This left me so energized for my work from home day.

Saturday
Woke up early and went on a peaceful three-mile morning run. Felt great!

Running

Here’s what I’m thinking this week’s workout plan will be:

  • Sunday: Rest
  • Monday: Strength training workout + cardio finisher
  • Tuesday: Teaching my 6am class. Format requests, anyone?
  • Wednesday: Depending on how the week goes, I want to try to get to spin class or do some outdoor cardio somewhere.
  • Thursday: Teaching my 6am class. I’m trying to decide whether I should teach an outdoor bootcamp style again or not. Thoughts? Thursday night I’m participating in a New Balance fitness event that I’m very excited for, but I can’t decide whether to double up or not.
  • Friday: Subbing 6am cycle and core again. Hope to see some familiar faces in the crowd!
  • Saturday: TBD. If Wednesday was a rest day, then I’ll do a morning workout. If not, I may rest Saturday instead. We’ll see how I feel!

Other goals this week include still working on sleep and trying to take a thirty minute walk during the day at work.

–Let’s chat–
What did you guys do this weekend? Were your weekends busy or relaxed? Tell me about your best workout last week, what’s on deck for fitness this week, or a healthy living goal of yours that you are working on
.

Before I go, here’s a funny link to start your week: 23 words that mean something totally different when you’re in a long term relationship. <—Hilarious!

Weekly Workout Log

Morning! Hope all your weekends were wonderful and that all the dads out there enjoyed a special day.

Father's Day 2014

I’m trying to get back into the swing of my weekly workout posts, so that’s what you guys get on here today.

Last week was definitely a quality over quantity week. My hamstrings were sore from Tuesday’s workout for the entire week, so I didn’t want to overdo it.

  • Sunday: Off
  • Monday: Lauren’s cycle class
  • Tuesday: Taught my first Tuesday 6am class with strength supersets and a jump rope/inchworm cardio finisher (the hamstring killer!)
  • Wednesday: Off
  • Thursday: Own strength workout after work, followed by a rope slam and burpee cardio finisher
  • Friday: Just a mile walk in the morning. I lead the walk for some of our customers at the nursing forum along with Dawn, but I was just too tired the rest of the day to bring myself to do anything. I chose listening to my body instead of pushing myself too hard —> something I am proud of being so much better at lately.
  • Saturday: Yoga class at the Boston Magazine health and wellness retreat

Boston Magazine Health and Wellness Retreat: Yoga Class

Like my fun new Athleta pants?

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

  • Sunday: Walk
  • Monday: Starting phase two of my strength training program
  • Tuesday: Teaching at 6am (format requests?) + subbing Kickboxing for Liz at 6:30pm
  • Wednesday: Either an off day or spin or a run
  • Thursday: Crossing my fingers for nice weather so I can finally take my morning class outside for a baseball diamond bootcamp workout. Depending on how I feel from Monday-Wednesday, I may stay and do my own strength workout afterward, or I might take a rest day.
  • Friday: Subbing 6am cycle + core
  • Saturday: I think I finally will start putting my Class Pass to use and try Torch and Tone at B-Tone in Lexington with the gym girls.

And that’s all for today!

–Let’s chat–
What was the best workout you had last week? What are your healthy living goals/intentions this week?

This week I am focusing on sleep. I really want to try to get 7 hours each night. That’s a big deal for me!