Well-I guess, since all the things I (tend) to talk about when I (actually) get a chance to write have to do with things in my life, I'd say. Yes. Lifestyle, that sounds good. (Unless I have no idea what I'm talking about, which, really wouldn't surprise me much to be honest.) But we'll go with this for now. Basically, this blog includes everything. A little bit o' this, a little bit o' that. Who needs a stupid category to fit in anyway.
So. Today. Exercise stuff that I've been asked and not really addressed.
What's my weekly workout routine like?
To be honest, it varies. But on a good week I'd say my Gym schedule looks mostly like this:
1 hour Body Combat //Morning (cardio mainly/mixed with arms/leg strength & abs)
-Ever since our Church schedule changed to evening services, it freed up this morning for me to workout, which I love! Declan stays home with the girls so I go early, and alone! Which is glorious. I usually pick one weekend day to go, mostly Sundays.
30 Minutes Body Combat/30 Minutes Body Pump //Evening
-Declan and I go together this night. He goes to the fitness center and gets about 5 miles of running in (he's cool with the treadmill, I am not), while I do this half/half class. The girls go to the childcare where it's normally not too busy at night.
1 hour Bootcamp //Evening (completely varies each time, very "workout-of-the-day" style. Sometimes high cardio, sometimes more strength-based, always makes me sweat buckets and completely, 100% the hardest class I take.)
-Declan and I normally attend this class together and the girls go to childcare. I like working out together :)
Often a REST day//Sometimes, if I can muster up the strength after killing myself the night before at Bootcamp, I will attend 1 hour of Body Pump// Morning
1 hour Bootcamp //Evening
-Declan is out at his weekly bible study for Church, so I have the girls. I LOVE a week when I can get 2 bootcamps in, makes me feel extra strong. And also extra sore :)
1 hour (more like 45 min) Body Pump class// Morning
-I really try to make it while Em is in school on this day, but I typically have to duck out early to make it back to pick her up, hence the 45 minute-thing.
Body Pump Weight, since some of you asked (and will probably only make sense to those who take body pump):
(keep in mind, BP is more about high reps, lower weight-so it's not lifting crazy heavy kinda thing)
warmup: large on each side.
squats: large and medium on each side, sometimes I even add a small, too when I feel like burnnnning.
chest: large on each side (but this is still challenging for me, not gonna lie!)
back: large on each side (I should probably go heavier, but my lower back is still so weak, I take it easy here to make sure I don't pull my back out and keep my core really tight.)
triceps: usually use 5-8lb hand weights for kick backs, large plate for overheads
biceps: using the bar=medium & small one each side, if using hand weights, 8lb weights.
legs/lunges: I usually drop the bar and do all body weight for these, or I'll hold a large plate in my arms when lunging/squatting.
(I've worked my way up a little bit on a lot of these. Started much lower on most. You'll know when you're ready for more!)
Many of my workouts vary from week to week. I always have at least one, but usually two rest days. Sometimes I'll duck out to the gym when Declan gets home from work and make a 5:15 class sans children. Other times, I'll add in a Saturday morning while he's home with the girls. Sometimes (rarely), I'll go up to the fitness center and do my own thing. Lift, do box jumps, do my own abs, my own deadlifts with the bar, a few machines, maybe. Come Spring I may even start running a bit again (gasp!). [[also, taking pictures at the gym=ohmygosh I suck at it. I envy all the in-gym photos so many people get, but yea, I just can't. so, stupid face pictures it is. ha.]]
So. The answer is YES. I love group fitness. It keeps me motivated. However, with this winter, the gym schedule has been whacky (thanks SNOW) and there are times I have to workout.....at home. Yes, it's no secret that it's not my favorite. But-there are some super easy ways to get a great workout at home using resources like PopSugar Fitness on YouTube (I normally pick a 40 minute workout + 10 minute arms), or Fitness Blender Workouts. You & a pair of hand weights is all you need!
|or...just add a kid. They certainly make your side planking harder :)|
What I Wear:
First of all, let me preface this with: I only buy inexpensive things. I am sure (actually I KNOW) there are amazingly luxurious (and holy crap expensive) workout stuff out there. Unless someone starts giving it to me for free, yea, no, I can't even speak to that since it's way out of my element. I will say, I am mostly an Old Navy & Target gal when it comes to workout clothes and it does me just fine.
I have done the very-expensive-running-shoe thing before. Since I'm not just running, I prefer to have two types of less expensive sneakers I go between depending on the workout I'm doing that day. It works for me.
|old navy adjustable strap bra|
Favorite Pants: Hands down, the Old Navy Compression Capris (or full pants) are my favorite. I used to say I could NOT wear full length pants, but since I had to drag my tush to the gym on the most frigid days, I just couldn't handle it anymore. I caved, and I'm glad I did. Weirdly enough, if they are made of black material, I'm a size small. If they are made of the grey, I'm more comfortable in a medium (although I do own some small). It just runs a little smaller in grey. Also, I always feel 'held-in' and don't ever feel like I'm hiking my pants up (that annoys me to no end). Highly recommended.
Favorite Tops: I am not a picky workout tank girl. I love any and all of them. I'll find them at Marshalls, Target, Old Navy, wherever. I actually have preferences of which tops to wear to which classes. I wear a few of the compression tanks with the flowy bottoms like this one (size small) but I find they annoy me in classes like Bootcamp where we're doing a lot of planking, or hand-stands, or mountain climbers, because then they fly up. I prefer a more fitted top for a class like that. I also love a fun phrased tank, and probably need more of them in my life.
|(tank from here) I am so not condoning the turquoise leg warmer look, however, that's what happens when you don't own full length compression pants :) (now I do)|
|and no it's not uncomfortable at all.|
I have really come a long way in this last year in the working out department. I mean, other than running a little bit here and there, I was basically a couch potato. Now? I LOVE it. I've seen unbelievable changes in my body and most of all, mentally, I feel really good. It's amazing what it does for me to just sweat, and how (weirdly) happy it makes me to put my workout clothes on. I used to side-eye the oddballs who said that, and now I'm one of them.
|(left: right before I joined the gym & started working out more---right, a few weeks ago. small differences, but hopefully you can see them.)|
Sorry this post was so long. If you have any other more specific questions, I'd be happy to answer you back in the comments or email, whichever ;)
Go get your sweat on, friends.
**just so you know, I wasn't paid by anyone to toot their products--I get nothing free from old navy (i wish!), there are a few amazon affiliate links, but that's about it. just my honest thoughts about stuff I like and wear :)**