Posts tagged with "water aerobics"

Week of Workouts {July 12-18}

Posted July 20, 2014 in workout, fitness, exercise and 7 more

It's been a little while since I've written a Week of Workouts post! I got a little off when I was in Georgia earlier this month.

But I'm getting back into my routine, and I'm working out somewhat regularly again. Well, let me clarify…I'm teaching five fitness classes a week right now. So my workouts are the classes I'm teaching mostly. But I actually do the workouts in all of the classes I teach. You know how in some fitness classes, the instructor doesn't do the workout with you. I'm lucky enough to be able to workout with the people I'm teaching. I am drenched in sweat by the end of my classes!

I haven't done much more than my classes because I've also been spending every evening after teaching unpacking and organizing my new house. I've been exhausted!

I am planning on getting back to biking though. If you remember, I'm training for a 60 mile bike ride! With my trip to Georgia and moving, I took about 3 weeks off of training. Yikes! I have just three more weekends before the ride. I'm hoping to get my mileage up to at least 40 miles, so 60 won't feel too much like death. 

Here's what I did this week….

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Week of Workouts {July 19-25}

Posted July 26, 2014 in fitness, workout, exercise and 8 more

I admit, this week's workouts are kinda lame. I only worked out one time outside of the fitness classes that I taught!

However, I did feel pretty sore the days after I taught Piloxing. I'm still trying to get into a routine at my new house with the BF, while unpacking, while taking my online classes, while teaching five classes a week, etc.

I did increase my steps a couple of days this week though! I hit 15,000 on Tuesday!! (I'll share more on that later).

My goals for next week are to do yoga and get one or two more strength workouts in (I get some strength building with Piloxing).

Here are my workouts for the past week...

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Week of Workouts {July 26 - Aug. 1}

Posted August 2, 2014 in workout, Week of Workouts, fitness and 8 more

Although this week wasn't much better than last week, I did manage to squeeze in a couple of my own workouts outside of the fitness classes I teach.

My struggle is still getting up in the morning before work to workout. Since I teach all of my classes in the evenings, the morning is the only time I have to exercise. And when my alarm goes off at 5:30 a.m. every morning, can you guess what I do? Snooze. Snooze. Snooze. Off.

I don't want to discredit the workouts I get when I teach. I work hard in my classes, especially Piloxing. I leave that class dripping in sweat. But I definitely need to add in some of my own strength training, cardio and yoga.

I had a heart to heart with the BF and told him I needed a bit of motivation. I convinced him to join the August Fresh Air Fitness Challenge through FitFluential with me. We will workout outside for at least 30 minutes every day this month! I'm excited to to get out of my comfort zone a bit with my workouts. 

Our Aug. 1 workout was just a 30 minute run, but it felt pretty brutal. Since it got hot, I haven't been running a whole lot. So this challenge will be good for me.

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Week of Workouts {Aug. 9-15}

Posted August 16, 2014 in Week of Workouts, workout, fitness and 6 more

For the past few weeks, I've been struggling with adding in my own workouts on top of the 5-6 fitness classes I've been teaching each week. I've written about it in my last few Week of Workouts recaps (here and here). But this week I gave myself a break.

After last Saturday's 65-mile bike ride, I felt stiff and tired…for most of the week. I just never got my mojo back after that ride. I was dragging! I decided my body probably needed a bit of a rest. So I taught my classes and tried to get in my FitFluential August Fresh Air Fitness Challenge workouts in (4 out of 7 days). 

One of the most important things about working out is listening to your body! Overtraining can lead to injury. It can also make you burned out from exercise. When you feel like you need a rest day, take it!

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Week of Workouts {Aug. 16-22}

Posted August 22, 2014 in workout, Week of Workouts, fitness and 7 more

This week, I tried to mix up my FitFluential August Fresh Air Challenge workouts. For most of the month, my outdoor workouts have been bike rides, walks and the occasional run. But I thought it would be fun to change things up!

I love that this challenge is getting me active outside (almost) every day! I feel like I've been able to enjoy the end of the summer more. I also have something planned for this weekend that I've never done before!!

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Week of Workouts {Aug. 30 - Sept. 5}

Posted September 6, 2014 in Week of Workouts, workout, fitness and 7 more

I took it easy this week because I thought I would start teaching my next six weeks of Piloxing through Park and Rec Monday, and I'd be going back to teaching five classes a week. But I found out Friday that I didn't have enough registrations and the class was cancelled!

I'm bummed, but I also think everything happens for a reason.

The FitFluential August Fresh Air Challenge ended Sunday. I loved that challenge! I went outside to workout nearly every day in August! (I missed the last two days).

Here are my workouts this week...

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Week of Workouts {Sept. 6-12}

Posted September 13, 2014 in workout, Week of Workouts, yoga and 5 more

I had a great week of workouts this week! 

I switched things up a bit. I went to the gym and did the stair climber. That thing is no joke! I was ready to get off the thing after 10 minutes, but I pushed myself to keep going until I hit 20 minutes. I was dripping in sweat!

I also tried out a new fitness studio - K-Town Shakedown. I took a yoga class there, but they also offer Zumba, cycling, toning and other classes. 

Remember last week, when I said I was bummed because my Piloxing class through Park and Rec got cancelled, but I believed it happened for a reason. Well, Elaine, the owner of K-Town Shakedown asked if I would like to teach Piloxing classes there! I'm going to teach a preview class Wednesday, Sept. 17 at 5:30 p.m., and then I'll be on the regular October schedule. I'm super excited about this opportunity! And the fitness studio is donation based to make fitness accessible to anyone. I love that concept. Fitness classes are how I got into shape, and I want everyone to have the opportunity to take fitness classes and be fit and feel fabulous!

So trying out a new fitness studio turned into a job opportunity! 

Anyway, here are my workouts from the past week.

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Week of Workouts {Sept. 13-19}

Posted September 20, 2014 in workout, Week of Workouts, fitness and 6 more

I had grand plans this week to add more strength training into my workout routine, but it didn't happen. I even made a workout schedule this week!

But I had a pretty crazy busy week. Last weekend, I was in Lincoln with my famI taught Piloxing for the first time at a new fitness studio, I hosted a girls night dinner party (which I'll write about soon!), I was in Lincoln for a whole day for work and the BF and I finally had our housewarming party!

So I actually feel good about my workouts since the week was a bit hectic. My true fail though, is that I didn't take a single workout selfie this week! 

Here are my workouts from the past week...

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Week of Workouts {Sept. 20-26}

Posted September 27, 2014 in workout, Week of Workouts, fitness and 6 more

My week got off to a slow start, but I ended up teaching four classes, attended a yoga workshop and got in a (very) short run.

I subbed the water jogging class at my gym and I was reminded of how great of a workout it is! It's an hour-long class and I definitely felt like I got in a good workout.

I'm going to do a full post on my yoga handstand workshop, but I'll tell you now that it was an awesome experience.

My 1.3 mile run may seem weird, but I actually just had to go somewhere so I ran there. Trying to fit fitness into my routine!

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Week of Workouts {Sept. 27 - Oct. 3}

Posted October 4, 2014 in Week of Workouts, workout, fitness and 7 more

I admit, my workouts this week were mostly classes I taught. I did, however, get in a fabulous hike and a good run.

I've been slacking on getting in additional strength workouts - something I need to do. But I was feeling a bit sluggish this week, which made doing workouts in addition to my classes a struggle. Luckily, I get good workouts teaching my classes!

Next week, I'm teaching seven classes! I'll start teaching two Piloxing classes a week at K-Town Shakedown, and I'll be teaching two core classes at the University of Nebraska at Kearney Wellness Center

I'm also doing the Lorna Jane Burpee Challenge, which began Oct. 1. 

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Week of Workouts {Oct. 4-10}

Posted October 10, 2014 in workout, Week of Workouts, fitness and 9 more

Between Saturday, Oct. 4 and Thursday, Oct. 9, I taught 10 fitness classes! 

I'm absolutely thrilled about all the opportunities I have to teach right now. I'm teaching my regular classes at the Good Sam Fitness/Wellness Center, I'm teaching Piloxing at K-Town Shakedown and I'm teaching core strength classes at the University of Nebraska at Kearney Wellness Center

I was in a constant state of soreness all week, but it was totally worth it. My classes were all a lot of fun, and I was so proud of everyone for working so hard in my classes. 

This weekend I'm not teaching any classes, so I'm taking some time for yoga and relaxation!

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Arizona Recap Part 2

Posted October 22, 2014 in travel, Arizona, Mesa and 10 more

Yesterday, I wrote about the first few days of my trip to Arizona. Read about it here.

Today I'm sharing some fun adventures in the Arizona desert and details about the wedding I attended! Be ready for TONS of photos!

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Week of Workouts {Oct. 18-24}

Posted October 24, 2014 in Week of Workouts, workouts, fitness and 6 more

I'm sad to say that my workouts from the past week are a bit boring - ALL of my workouts were classes that I taught. 

Right now, I'm teaching 5-6 classes a week. I won't be teaching those noon core strength classes at the university anymore. They cancelled all the noon classes because of low attendance. I'm not too disappointed. Teaching seven classes a week was a bit too much. 

As I've mentioned before, I do get a decent workout in all of the classes that I teach. But I do need to start incorporating more of my own workouts into my routine. I haven't been doing enough toning/strength training (as usual) and I would like to be running more. My November goals include doing my own workouts! 

Here are my workouts from the last week...

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Week of Workouts {Nov. 1-7}

Posted November 8, 2014 in yoga, Piloxing, water aerobics and 5 more

As I've mentioned a few times this week, I spent half the week battling a cold and a major headache/migraine. 

I had to get a sub for my Monday night Piloxing class, and I had to cancel my Tuesday morning cycling class at the last minute (like 5 a.m.). I was still feeling pretty rough when I taught my Tuesday evening water aerobics class, but since that class is so low impact I thought I could handle it.

I'm finally feeling better, and I'm excited to get back to my regular classes and my own workouts! 

Since it's cold and flu season, and I've already been hit with a massive cold, I want to share some tips on working out while sick.

  • If your symptoms in your head (sore throat, congested sinuses, etc.), you can still workout. Just listen to your body and take it easy. You may feel better temporarily because of the endorphins you get while working out.
  • If your symptoms are below your throat (cough, fever, fatigue, etc.), skip your workouts. Working out with a fever can actually make you sicker because you'll raise your body temperature even more. 

Here are my workouts from the past week....

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Week of Workouts {Nov. 8-14}

Posted November 15, 2014 in Week of Workouts, workouts, yoga and 9 more

I had another week FULL of teaching fitness classes. Between Saturday and Friday, I taught 10 classes!! 

I subbed five classes this week at the Wellness Center. I have some financial goals, so I'm picking up classes whenever I can to make extra money : )

My week was pretty crazy. After I taught class every evening, I had phone meetings for my Institute for Integrative Nutrition classes. So I wasn't eating dinner until nearly 8:30 p.m. I just felt like I didn't have any down time. I was feeling pretty overwhelmed by my busy schedule. Then, on Friday, I was reading my emails, and I saw the perfect quote from BexLife...

'"Busy" is an opinion. I'd rather use "full" and "abundant" and "always open to new experiences" to describe my life.'

That's such a great way to think about a busy life in a more positive way!

Friday morning, I did a hip opening yoga sequence and it was much needed! I've been having some hip pain for the past few weeks and, I'm guessing, it's because I've been working out so much! It's time for some self-care!

I also took lots of workout selfies this week!

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Week of Workouts {Nov. 15-21}

Posted November 22, 2014 in Week of Workouts, workout, fitness and 8 more

I had another rough week. My headaches/migraines have returned! I woke up Tuesday and Thursday with massive headaches that turned into migraines by the afternoon. 

I've gone months headache free, so I was super bummed that they have come back. Wearing my night guard has really helped. I clench my teeth while I sleep, which causes headaches. Wearing a mouth guard has helped.  I'm really not sure why I'm suddenly feeling pain again.

Usually workouts or caffeine help relieve my headaches, but not this week. Working out made me feel worse, and coffee was no help. I'm going to start keeping a headache journal again to try to find a pattern. 

Despite my headaches, I taught a lot of classes - seven this week! I'm still struggling to fit in my own workouts. I decided to take it easy last weekend because I was feeling so sore from teaching so much (and I'm having some hip pain). It did help me go into the week feeling rested and more recovered than usual.

Here are my workouts from the past week...

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Week of Workouts {Nov. 29 - Dec. 5}

Posted December 6, 2014 in Week of Workouts, workout, fitness and 7 more

I had another week of headaches and migraines (starting Monday), so my workouts were pretty minimal. I taught my usual classes, and didn't do anything else. My headaches were pretty crazy this week.

I was in so much pain Thursday night that I couldn't sleep, and got up Friday morning feeling exhausted and still in pain. I ended up staying home from work to try to get my headache under control. Being at work makes it so much harder because I look at a computer screen all day under florescent lighting. I spent most of Friday laying in the same place on the couch. I started to feel better in the afternoon so I did some yoga for headaches and a meditation for pain.

I've mentioned this before, but my headaches are hormonal. I had them under control for about 6 months, then they came back a few months ago. I basically have anywhere from a dull headache to a migraine for 5 days straight. It's exhausting physically and emotionally. I have an appointment with my doctor in January!

Also, one of my December goals is to do yoga every day. I didn't include all of my yoga sessions in my recap because most days this week I did a short (10 min.) practice on my own without a video. 

Anyway, here are my workouts from the past week...

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Week of Workouts {Dec. 6-12}

Posted December 13, 2014 in Week of Workouts, workouts, yoga and 7 more

I was coming off of a week of headaches last weekend, so my Week of Workouts was a bit lame. 

This week, I felt back on track. I taught lots of classes and I also got in a couple of runs! One of my Decemeber goals is to run twice a week. It's been hard to fit in with all of the classes I'm teaching, but I'm fitting in short runs!

Also, one of my December goals is to do yoga every day. I didn't get yoga sessions in every day, but on the days I did yoga my sessions were short (10 min.) practices on my own without a video. My goal next week, is to get in longer yoga sessions every day! 

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Week of Workouts {Dec. 13-19}

Posted December 20, 2014 in Week of Workouts, yoga, hot yoga and 6 more


I can't believe another week in December has gone by! This month is just flying!

This week was all about yoga. One of my goals this month was to do yoga every day. Well, that hasn't exactly happened. But I decided to recommit this week. I signed up for Gaiam's 12 Days of Gratitude. They send you a new yoga video every day until Christmas. I did the videos most days. On the days I didn't do the video, I just did my own quick yoga practice, a DVD or took a class.

I love doing yoga every day because it stretches out my sore muscles and it gives me an opportunity to get centered and step away from my daily stresses. Even if I only get in 10 minutes, I can still feel the benefits!

Here are my workouts from the week...

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Week of Workouts {March 7-13}

Posted March 14, 2015 in Week of Workouts, workout, fitness and 8 more

Wow, it's been a looooong week. The weather here in Nebraska as been ah-mazing (in the upper 60's, mid-70's all week). I am so ready for spring!

But while it's been beautiful outside, the temperature in my office has been hovering between 81-86 degrees. Ugh!!


I've had my fan blowing directly on me! As you can see, I wasn't thrilled.

It has been really awful, and has made working incredibly challenging. By mid-afternoon I just felt so lethargic and uncomfortable. Feeling hot all day made after-work workouts feel super challenging. My early morning workouts even felt difficult just because the heat sucked my energy.

But it's the weekend, and I can now be in my comfortable home or outside enjoying the wonderful weather.

It's been FOREVER since I shared a week of workouts with you! I've been holding off because for a long time, I was just teaching fitness classes. I've been struggling with fitting in my own workouts with teaching fitness classes (which I've probably mentioned a few dozen times ; )

I'm finally doing some of my own workouts! I admit however, that I don't have a perfect balance. Sometimes I feel like I'm doing way too much. I definitely don't recommend all the two-a-day (or even three-a-day) workouts I've been doing.

I'm worried about overtraining, so I'm working on dialing it down in the classes that I teach. I teach all active classes (meaning I do the workout with my class), but I've been trying to instruct more than do lately. This allows me to have more energy for my own workouts and not overtrain my muscles (hopefully).

It was an incredibly hard decision, but I cut one of my fitness classes from my schedule. I've been struggling to fit in my weekday half-marathon training runs, so I cut my Thursday evening deep water aerobics class to give me time for running.

One of my goals is to incorporate more strength training into my routine (since I do sooooo much cardio), so I've also been working on that.

Here are my workouts from the past week:

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Week of Workouts [March 21-27}

Posted March 28, 2015 in Week of Workouts, workouts, fitness and 7 more

This week was a bit rough!

My half-marathon schedule had me go back in miles for my weekend run, so the BF and I did a short 3 mile run last weekend. It was a nice break from the long runs we've been doing.

I ended up sleeping in every morning and skipping BodyPump all week! My body was feeling really sore and tight, so I felt like my body needed a break. I was also feeling extremely tired this week. So I just listened to my body and gave myself a break.

I didn't get in all of my weekday half-marathon training runs because I'm still struggling to run on days I teach classes (I'll do a half-marathon training recap soon!).

Here are my workouts from the past week...

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Week of Workouts {April 4-10, 2015}

Posted April 12, 2015 in workouts, Week of Workouts, fitness and 7 more

I hope you're enjoying your weekend. I've had a busy, but fun one so far.

I wanted to check in for a moment and share my workouts from the past week. Last week, I mentioned that I was trying to listen to my body more, cut down on fitness classes and focus on running and yoga.

Well, I got in three of my four half-marathon training runs last week! That's an improvement for me. But I slept in every single morning and didn't get in much yoga practice. I must have needed the extra sleep because I slept soundly and long last week.

Here are my workouts from the past week...

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Week of Workouts {April 11-17, 2015}

Posted April 18, 2015 in Week of Workouts, running, half-marathon training and 9 more

Happy Weekend!

How were your workouts this week?

I got in three of the four of my half-marathon training runs (and two of them were good runs!). And I added in a bit of strength training!

As I mentioned in yesterday's Friday Faves post, I started doing the Tone It Up Bikini Series workouts this week. I've been loving these workouts because I can do them at home and they are pretty quick. I also feel like they're effective - I felt a bit sore the day after I did The Mermaid Workout and the Beach Ball Workout.

I feel like this week was a vast improvement from the past few weeks. The only thing I would like to work on is getting up before work to get my workouts in! I hit snooze every single morning! I also didn't do yoga this week! I slept in and missed Wednesday's 5:30 a.m. class at my gym and didn't do any at-home practice.

So next week, get up early and do yoga!

Here are my workouts from the past week...

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Week of Workouts {April 18-24, 2015}

Posted April 25, 2015 in Week of Workouts, fitness, workout and 6 more

The Lincoln Half-Marathon is just eight days away!!

I was able to get three out of four training runs in. Seems to be all I can make work. I even took some time off from teaching fitness classes this week! I only taught two classes. The break was much needed and I didn't feel nearly as sore during my runs this week.

However, Thursday's five-miler wasn't pretty. I felt decent the first half of the run, but the last half of the run was into the wind. Running against the wind takes so much out of me physically and mentally. I wanted to give up, I wanted to quit running altogether and I felt weak. When the run was over, I felt angry, frustrated and annoyed. Usually, I have a pretty decent runner's high going on after a run. It took me awhile to get out of my funk, but I finally realized that not giving up was a huge accomplishment.

Lesson: Celebrate your accomplishments, even if it sucked getting there!

I've been doing lots of Tone It Up workouts this week, and I'm feeling really good! I absolutely love these workouts because I can do them at home, and they are pretty quick. I'm also getting in some strength training, which is a challenge for me.

Here are my workouts from the past week...

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Week of Workouts {May 16-22, 2015}

Posted May 22, 2015 in Week of Workouts, workout, fitness and 6 more

Happy Memorial Day Weekend! I hope you have fun plans!

The BF and I will be in Colorado for Bolder Boulder. Running the 10K is a tradition for us every Memorial Day.

The past week as been weird. I wasn't feeling well Wednesday and Thursday. When I was running on the treadmill Wednesday I had cold sweats, weak muscles and fatigue. I thought I was just having a bad run, so I went to a Pound class. Unfortunately, I still felt pretty crappy during the class.

Side note: I didn't love Pound It was so loud and jarring, and it was hard to keep up while maintaining good form. However, we did do lots of lunges and squats, and I could definitely feel them the next day. Have you ever taken a Pound class? Should I give it another try?


My throat was sore all day Thursday, so I made myself an immunity boosting tonic - orange juice, apple cider vinegar, turmeric, honey and ginger - in hopes that it would rid my body of whatever illness was lurking.

I felt a bit better on Friday, but I had another ailment. My ankle! It was so sore, it hurt to walk. After work, I iced and elevated it.


This morning, the BF and I were supposed to go for a 9 mile run for our half-marathon training, but my foot was still in a lot of pain. After searching my symptoms on WebMD and realizing I could have a stress fracture, I decided to go to the doctor. The verdict...I have plantar fasciitis and tendinitis. My doctor prescribed heat for 30 minutes twice a day, using a cortizone cream and wearing arch support ALL the time. I can't be barefoot, wear flip flops, ballet flats.

I'm actually so grateful that I don't have a stress fracture. My doctor said I can still run and teach fitness classes!!!

Since it was such a weird week, I gave my body a bit of a rest.

Here were my workouts this week...

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Week of Workouts {Nov. 16-22, 2015}

Posted November 23, 2015 in Pilates, strength training, hiking and 8 more

Happy Monday!

I'm late posting my workouts from last week because I took the weekend off from the computer, phone, social media, blogging, etc. and spent the weekend hanging out with friends in a cabin at a state park. It was a wonderful weekend, and a much needed break! I'll share more soon!

My goal for the week was to get in 420 minutes of exercise, do yoga or Pilates 4-5 times and go running at least once.

Thanks to two days of hiking, I got in 595 minutes of exercise for the week! I made it to two Pilates classes, but didn't make time for yoga or running.

And I, apparently, didn't take any sweaty selfies last week! I was off my game. I'll get back on it this week ; )

My goal for this week, is to get in 450 minutes of exercise, get back to yoga (3 times at least!) and go running at least once.

Here are the rest of my workouts from the week...

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Week of Workouts {Dec. 14-20, 2015}

Posted December 21, 2015 in workout, fitness, sweat and 6 more

I'm starting to regret offering to sub extra fitness classes during the holidays!

I taught seven classes last week!! My busy schedule caused me to feel pretty run down by the middle of the week. I had a pretty terrible headache for a couple of days and just felt exhausted.

So I really didn't get in any of my own workouts. However, I was sore for three days after I taught Monday's strength training class. I'm going to share the workout with you this week! It's a good workout you can do at home.

Since my teaching schedule was full, and I knew I wouldn't have the time or energy to do my own workouts, I did most of the workouts with my classes. In some classes, I just instruct, but in others I'll actually do the workout with the class. My Monday night HIIT class was the only one that I just instructed.

Next week, I'm teaching eight classes but I'll be off work for most of the week so hopefully it won't feel so exhausting.

Here are my workouts from the past week...

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