I haven’t written about my workouts in a while! Here’s an update…
1) I am still weight training with Erin once a week.
I’ve really been hitting the weights hard! Erin has truly pushed me in amazing directions this year. I don’t have any metrics to share, but I’m waaaay stronger than I was a year ago. My arms are so much more defined. (My legs are stronger, but also a little bigger!) Every session we do is different, and I’m comfortably lifting weights that I could barely pick up last year. I’m probably going to drop down to doing small groups only in 2015, mostly for cost reasons, but I’m hoping we still get a lot of weights in.
2) I have been going to Chris’s 10:20 strength class twice a week again.
Not only have I been going, but I’ve been lifting really heavy too. For the longest time I went to 9:15 classes because they were better for my schedule, and they were mostly athletic conditioning with a little weights. Now 10:20 is a better time, and so I’m all about strength. Chris’s class has changed a lot since I started taking it….3? 4? years ago. It used to be more like body pump – with a bar and lots of reps, and now it’s heavy weight kettlebell + free weight challenge. I’ve moved up from 15lbs to a 25lb kettlebell. Part of this has been because I am competitive and my friends Lynsie and Katherine started using more weight so I figured I should be too! And part is because Chris has changed the class to be more heavy-weight focused. He is so good at motivating us to really push it. I recently did some one-armed tricep pushups (but for some reason I still totally suck at side planks!)
3) I still love cardio!
But my cardio is a lot more compressed these days. Most weeks I go to one athletic conditioning class that kicks my BUTT! Hardest workout of the week (when I’m not playing soccer). We do so much jumping that my legs are totally fried by the end of the class. On a good week I’d also make it to a Saturday morning athletic conditioning, but that only happens about 50% of the time. Has to be a good instructor and a day when Matt isn’t at the bakery. I also walk 2 miles to and from the gym most days, so that counts for something, and I do the stairmaster for 10-20 minutes before class half of the time.
4) Running is…meh.
I still haven’t gotten my love for running back. I think that’s mostly because I don’t run that much! Running is always harder when you’re out of the habit. M is much happier at Kids Zone than in the stroller for an hour, but I usually get in at least one four-miler a week. Sometimes two. I am thinking about running the Cville 10 Miler this year with some friends, but I’m also wondering how much I’m going to like training in the cold of winter! We shall see.
5) Walking is where it’s at!
The older I get the more I love to walk. Not because my joints are tired or anything, but I can just feel how much walking a mile here or there affects my life. I walk a lot more in the summer not because of the temperature but because there are more daylight hours. Winter is killing us – after dinner instead of going to the park we hunker down in the family room. I can’t wait to get those hours outside back!!
6) Soccer remains my favorite workout of the week.
But not all weeks contain soccer! The seasons have a month between them, so I have lulls with no soccer at all. This fall I was sometimes playing 2 games in one weekend, and boy did that wear me out! I’m sure it was amazing for my fitness though. I’m playing indoor this winter and am really excited for the season to start! I’ll have played a whole year in a row when I get to the spring season! (PS. Soccer is the #1 reason I’m still not ready for baby #2 : ) )
Have you ever done toddler pushups?
35+ pounds of weight – quite challenging! But he loves it!
Happy New Year’s Eve!!