Posts tagged with "workouts"

Week of Workouts, May 3-9

Posted May 10, 2014 in Tone It Up, workouts, yoga and 2 more

After running the Lincoln Half-Marathon on Sunday, I took it easy this week. I did lots of yoga and some toning workouts.

I ended up running on Thursday, and it felt pretty decent. My hamstrings were still a bit tight from the half-marathon, but I did yoga later and felt better.

Here’s what I did this week…

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Yoga Inspired Toning + Cardio Workout

Posted May 16, 2014 in yoga, cardio, workout and 5 more

I've been doing the FitFluential Namaste in May Challenge - doing yoga every day this month - and I've also been doing Beach Yoga Girl's May I Handstand Challenge on Instagram. So yoga has been on my mind lately! 

I even got into a crow pose for at least 3-4 seconds the other day! This has been one of my yoga goals for awhile. I really think the handstand practice helped me get here!

All my recent yoga practice inspired me to create this yoga inspired workout for a class that I subbed last weekend. The class at my gym is called Chizzel and it's meant to incorporate toning with bursts of cardio.

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Week of Workouts {May 10-16}

Posted May 17, 2014 in workouts, fitness, exercise and 5 more

My workout motivation was lacking this week. I think it was the gloomy, cold weather. It's the middle of May, I'm ready for sunny, warm days! 

I was also feeling pretty bummed this week. I'm looking for a house or apartment to rent (the BF and I are moving in together!), but I can't find anything! This is such an exciting time, and we're making such a big change, yet it's totally frustrating and disappointing to have so few options. 

Having stress like that totally impacts my motivation to workout and eat healthy! Despite my stress level, I had decent workouts this week. I didn't get in any runs, but I did lots of at home workouts and I'm still sticking to my Namaste in May Challenge. I also stuck to the Sweet Success Plank Challenge! Are you still doing your planks?

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Week of Workouts {May 17-23}

Posted May 24, 2014 in workouts, fitness, workout and 6 more

Yesterday, I wrote about how I've been in a funk for part of the week and that I didn't feel like working out. But then I typed out my workouts for the week, and realized that I was probably being hard on myself. I did workout every day this week. My workouts may not have been super intense, but I did something every day. 

I'm still following the Tone It Up Bikini Series (I attached links to all those workouts), but I've been slacking on my FitFluential Namaste in May yoga workouts. I only got in two yoga workouts this week (my goal was to do yoga every day in May). I did pretty well the first two and a half weeks of the month. 

I also missed a day or two on my Sweet Success May Plank Challenge workouts. I feel like I'm doing too many fitness challenges right now! How are you doing with your planks?

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Week of Workouts {May 24-30}

Posted May 31, 2014 in workout, workouts, fitness and 5 more

This week was, apparently, all cardio all the time. I only got in one toning session this week (although Insanity incorporates some toning). I really didn't feel like working out after the BF and I got back from Colorado. Maybe it was the post-travel exhaustion, or feeling low about having to get back to the real world (ie. rental house hunting). 

I also totally slacked on my FitFluential Namaste in May Challenge. I didn't get in one yoga session! I need to get back to it. 

I am definitely hard on myself when I have a week like this. But I need to look at the positives of my week - I ran a race, I worked out 6 days, I went to an intense fitness class, and I got up early one day and went running!

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High Intensity Bleacher Workout {no equipment needed}

Posted June 3, 2014 in workout, summer, fitness and 6 more

About a month ago, my friend Russanne suggested that we start getting together on Sunday mornings during the summer to do workouts at the high school track.

I was thrilled about the idea because I don't usually do intense workouts on the weekends (unless I'm half-marathon training), and I tend to find myself glued to the sofa being lazy on Sundays. I thought this was a great way to get motivated to workout, and I thought it would be fun! Working out with a buddy is always more fun!

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Week of Workouts {May 31 - June 6}

Posted June 7, 2014 in workout, fitness, exercise and 6 more

After my workout-filled weekend, I spent the week without a lot of energy. It may have been the weather. It was pretty hot most days this week. That tends to suck my energy until I get used to the summer heat.

But I still managed to get in three toning workouts, a yoga workout and my usual cardio.

I set my alarm every day this week to get up early and go running before it got hot outside. Every single day I hit snooze and didn't get up until I had to get ready for work. I'm going to keep trying! I'm determined to start a morning workout routine!

How do you motivate yourself to get up early?

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Week of Workouts {June 7-13}

Posted June 14, 2014 in workout, fitness, exercise and 3 more

This week was a little light on workouts, especially cardio. I was out of town for a couple of days for a work trip, and wasn't able to get in a lot of working out. I only got in three days of cardio - I usually do cardio nearly every day. 

I did make it to an Insanity class though. That class is so tough! I have a love/hate relationship with Insanity. I don't love it while I'm doing it (all that jumping!), but I love the way I feel when I'm done. I feel like I really worked my ass off. There's always a pool of sweat at my feet when I'm done.

Have you ever tried insanity?

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Partner Track Workout {body weight toning + cardio}

Posted June 18, 2014 in workout, fitness, exercise and 6 more

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My friend Russanne and I met for another round of Workout Club over the weekend. Workout Club is basically just the two of us getting together to workout, but we like to have formal titles for our get-togethers.  

Last time, we did a bleacher workout that included intervals of toning and cardio (stair runs!). For this week's workout, we stayed on the track and went back and forth between running laps and doing body weight toning movements.

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Week of Workouts {June 14-20}

Posted June 21, 2014 in workout, workouts, fitness and 7 more

My new routine of doing tough workouts on the weekends has been great! It allows me to take a day or two off during the week, which makes life less stressful these days. I've been crazy busy packing up my life to move in with the BF and getting ready to leave for 11 days to go to Georgia!

I usually don't count household tasks as exercise, but packing and painting are definitely workouts! I spent about three hours painting Thursday night and woke up with sore arms and shoulders!

Here is my week of workouts...

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New Yoga Playlist!

Posted July 7, 2014 in yoga, playlist, music and 4 more

If you've been reading my Week of Workouts posts, then you know that I've been doing yoga a lot this year. I even did the FitFluential Namaste in May Challenge, and tried to do yoga every day!

It was one of my New Year's goals to do more yoga this year. It was one of the best goals I could have made because I truly feel that it has been life-changing!

I take so much of what I learn in yoga into my day-to-day life. When I'm feeling stressed, I'll stop and just breathe deeply and say a few affirmations to myself. I often set intentions for the day or week. I have also been trying to be more positive (I am often a cynic).

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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. 2-8}

Posted August 9, 2014 in workout, Week of Workouts, fitness and 6 more

I've been working to incorporate more of my own workouts into my routine since I've been teaching so many fitness classes lately (6 classes this week!).

The BF and I are doing the FitFluential August Fresh Air Fitness Challenge, which has been motivating me to get outside everyday. I've loved it so far. Most days, I've only been able to get in a walk since my classes take a lot out of me. But I've enjoyed the time to be outside, get some sunshine and clear my mind. 

Also, my steps have been amazing this week! My best day was Thursday - 16,060 steps! I use my FitBit to track my steps everyday. I absolutely love it. You can get Free shipping with orders over $50 at Fitbit.com! .

I still need to do better at adding in more of my own strength workouts. I seriously need to figure out how to get out of bed earlier. 

Here are my workouts this week...

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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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10-minute At Home End of Summer HIIT Workout

Posted September 12, 2014 in workout, HIIT, fitness and 6 more

I've been working out at home a lot more lately.

It started when I was teaching five fitness classes a week, and didn't have a ton of time for other workouts. But I realized that I liked the simplicity of getting in a workout in my living room. 

Sweating at home means I don't have to drive to the gym, I don't have to put on all my running gear or sunscreen and I can workout whenever I want! 

I created this super quick HIIT workout to get my heart pumping and strengthen muscles (this will work your core, legs and arms!).

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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. 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 {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 [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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