It’s no secret that I love to exercise. I love it so much that I even quit my job of over 7 years to devote my life to getting others to love it as well. Yesterday I was thinking about my current workout schedule and how much it’s changed over the last year. And it’s kind of finally in a place where it will be stable for a little while. It’s definitely good to change it up and keep things fresh and new- but I have to say- it’s kind of a relief to have a little bit of a routine for a little while. And that routine includes a lot of studying…
Once I pass my PFT exam and dive into my new career, it will surely change again- and at that point- I’ll probably be ready for it!
But, for the next two months (give or take a week or two), it’s going to look something like this:
Sunday: 30-ish minute functional training workout (generally some Tabata), teach Spinning 8:00 am class
Monday: (every other) teach 6:00 am Bodypump class, followed by about 30 minutes of cardio
Tuesday: teach 5:30 am Spinning class, followed by teaching Core Strength class at 6:30 am (30-ish minute class)
Wednesday: teach 4:30 pm Spinning class, followed by teaching Bodypump at 5:30 pm
Thursday: 20 min Tabata workout, 75 min Prana Flow yoga class
Friday: teach 4:00 pm Spinning class, followed by 5:00 Bodypump
Saturday: REST (or active recovery- like an easy hike, dog walk, etc.)
As you can see, I teach classes 5 days out of the week- so my workouts are pretty much decided on those days already. I also devote at least 20 minutes to yoga every single day- generally right after teaching on Sunday and Monday, and first thing in the morning on the other days. Some days it’s just 20 minutes (or more) of gentle stretching or savasana. Other days it’s something more demanding of muscular strength- it all depends on what else I’m doing that day and what my body needs.
The truth is that over the last few months, I’ve just overdone it with exercise, period. I don’t want to get back into any bad habits with over excercise because my body (and mind) just can’t take it. Between teaching my regular classes, subbing for different instructors (sometimes adding 5-6 extra classes a week) and trying to keep up with all of the fitmixer bootcamp workouts – I’m surprised I didn’t keel over and die! Cutting back big time and sticking to my regular schedule (with the occasional class sub) and keeping workouts short and sweet on non-teaching days (and of course- always taking that recovery day) feels great.
I didn’t teach Bodypump yesterday morning (since I alternate every other week with another instructor), and had planned on doing a Bob Harper workout DVD (his are KILLER). But, when I woke up and checked the weather, it was in the mid 60s. I ditched the idea of being indoors and grabbed Jackson to go for a walk, which turned into a “run” instead.
My little control freak likes to hold the leash.
We ran a pretty slow 6.5 miles. I certainly didn’t feel like I needed to push myself- and just kind of went with what I was feeling. And it felt great! We were definitely a little sweaty (okay, just me) by the end.
I’ve also been planning a weekly hiking date with my friend Brie- which is just a simple trail and not really a workout per se- more of just an excuse for the two of us to have a good amount of time to talk without any distractions. Speaking of Brie- check out this photo her husband posted of her killer muscles!
I want to point out that this lady is vegan- and didn’t get that jacked by eating protein in the form of meat. She got them by working her ass off in the gym and dedicating adequate time to making her body stronger and healthier. If she’s not a true role model, I don’t know who is!
And here’s a little more inspiration for today:
And a quote that I love.
Have a fab Tuesday!
OH! And PS- Congrats to my good friend Jenny who got engaged over the weekend! I’m so happy for you, love!
What’s your workout schedule like lately? What do you use as motivation/inspiration?