Saturday morning I went to Athletic Conditioning along with about 100 other people crammed into the fitness room at our gym. It was so crowded we spent most of the class jumping to take up less space! This was an awesome workout that left me red in the face, but it was so much jumping that I could barely walk when I got out of bed this morning – my calves were SO sore! A day away from the gym was much needed. I would have loved to have gone to yoga and stretch out, but the weather was gross and I wanted to work on grocery prep, so I stayed home and rested.
Monday: Fitness Fusion
This is my new favorite class!! It’s a hybrid of cycle and athletic conditioning. Each week is different, but we spend 15 minutes warming up on the bike and then break up bike sessions with kettlebells, sprints up and down the stairs, laps on the track and abs. I left red in the face and feeling like my metabolism was revved.
I also walked to the gym and back and walked downtown and back again later that afternoon. Yay for walking!
Tuesday: Switch Up Afternoon Cardio
I normally schedule most of my appointments and meetings for the afternoon, but on Tuesday morning we toured a preschool we are considering for Mazen next fall (you gotta plan early!) at 10:30, so I got up and showered and planned to work out later in the day. I walked about a mile to Karen’s house to drop Mazen off and then back across town to the school.
Later that afternoon I made the trek to the gym again and did 26 minutes of stair climbing. Mazen and Matt met me there in the car (for complicated reasons involving a meeting and cold weather) I didn’t want to burn myself out because I had big plans for Athletic Conditioning the next morning and needed fresh legs.
After I walked back home. I love my walkable lifestyle!
Wednesday: Athletic Conditioning
No matter what my week entails, I know Wednesdays are going to be hard. It’s Athletic Conditioning day! This class is a combo of indoor track running, stair climbing, plyometrics and strength stations, and I always leave tired.
Today we started with 15 minutes of cardio as a warm up – jacks, jumping and the like – followed by 8 stations that had everything from burpees to jump rope to kettlebells to resistance bands. In between each station we had a surprise burst of something – push ups, planks and more. Despite my easy workout last night, felt rather weak and lacked my regular energy. I had to end a few of the stations early. It was a tough one!
I showered at the gym and tried out the steam shower for the first time. It was so incredibly hot and…steamy! Hard to breathe but in a good way. Can’t wait to do it again!
Lastly, I walked to the gym and back with Mazen in the stroller for an extra 30 minutes of activity!
Thursday: Walk About
We had yet another meeting this morning at a preschool, so I decided to take the day off of the gym and just walk about. My right arm is really sore from athletic conditioning too, so I felt the need to rest it. I walked a mile and back to the school and then did another 1.5 miles downtown in the afternoon.
Friday: Cycle Core…Or Not
My favorite cycle class is on Fridays! This class is 45 minutes of hard cycling followed by 15 minutes of abs at the end. Today, however, the class was postponed due to some icy weather. Bummer. Luckily I had a magazine with me, so I went upstairs to do some cardio: 15 minutes on the elliptical, 20 minutes on the Stairmaster, 20 minutes on the bike. I debated also doing some lifting, but my arm is still hurting a bit so I decided it was better to rest. We didn’t get to walk today either due to the rain/ice, so minus 2 miles on the regular Friday schedule.
Saturday: Athletic Conditioning Again!
Remember when I wrote a post about how the thought of an athletic conditioning class sounded like hell? Now they are my favorite! Well at times I feel like hell, but overall I need someone to push me into a great workout. I wonder if this is related to the end of breastfeeding. Perhaps I have just a bit more energy than I did before.
Today’s class was really hard and fun – maybe the best one I’ve done in a long time. It was a good combo of stations (4) with intervals of running the track, running the stairs and plyometrics in between. Matt did the class with me – fun times!
This week included a lot of variety: walking, cycling, indoor running, plyometrics, weight lifting, kettlebells, abs, etc. I do wish I had included some yoga in there. I’m working harder to fit in some vinyasa classes, but the mind/body schedule at our gym isn’t ideal right now.
I’m also going to be doing some heavier lifting soon because I’m pairing up with Erin Carson, a trainer at my gym, to swap services – a few personal training sessions for a blog recap of my experience. Erin offers online personal training as well as in-person training at ACAC Charlottesville, and I’m really excited to have someone push me to pick up the 25 pounder instead of the 15!