Hello and happy (almost) Friday! I’m using up some unbooked vacation days to give myself an extra long weekend, so tonight is technically my Friday night. I’m celebrating with a good book and an early bed time.
Since my posting has been pretty sporadic lately, I thought I’d do an update post on my current gym routine. Over the last few months, I’ve been trying to nail down a routine that works for me. The fact that I’ve been changing it up almost every single week is evidence of my inability to do so.
That being said, there are a few workouts I’m doing pretty consistently these days:
Nothing new here. I still love this class and am eagerly awaiting release 84. I’ve read some early reviews (because I’m a loser and I read up on upcoming BodyPump releases) and it sounds like the triceps track is going to be really cool in that there are no overhead extensions with the bar, only presses. That means I can probably add a little weight. Speaking of which, I’ve added a bit of weight over the past few months and the other day after class, a guy came up to me and commented that my weights were impressive and that if you went by percentage of body weight, I was probably kicking his butt. That comment made my
It’s official. I only like hot yoga when it’s cold outside. I barely did any hot yoga over the summer, despite the fact that I had a Groupon for a nice studio (I ended up using most of my 20-class pass on kettlebells). Now that the temperatures have dropped, I’m all about hot yoga again. I know most people do it for the health benefits but sometimes I think the main attraction for me is that it’s just so warm and cozy in there. I’m loving my current studio (iGita) and have been going once or twice a week.
Some weeks, I switch out a full Body Pump class for a BodyPump Express mixed with CXWORX. It helps me from getting bored with BodyPump and challenges my body in a completely different way. I love how tight my core and back muscles feel the next day.
BodyCombat is currently my favourite cardio workout. There’s a condensed BodyFlow class immediately before it so on Thursday nights, I usually do Flow followed by Combat. It’s an interesting pairing in that one is very zen while the other is… well, not zen, but I like getting a chance to open up my hips and do some light activity before getting to the real workout, especially since I’m coming from a desk job.
So my overall routine works out to 2-3 strength classes (a mix of BodyPump, CXWORX and yoga) and 2 cardio classes (some Les Mills class or other) per week. What keeps changing is the time – I can’t decide if I prefer early morning workouts (hate working out that early, love the actual class) or after-work workouts (I loathe the gym near my work but the timing is ideal) so I keep switching back and forth. Either way, I take two rest days every week.
So that’s my current routine in a nutshell. It’s all pretty laid back and flexible, which is nice. I also feel like I’m getting a good balance of strength, flexibility, balance, cardio and rest.
What’s your current routine these days?