Hello lovelies! I'm back! I feel like it's been forever since I posted but it's not for lack of trying...have any of my fellow bloggers been bitten by this stupid Google bug?? Seriously!? I could not post for like 5 days and it was irritating as hell! I literally shouted to all of you, "I'm STILL HERE!"
So, work out wise, I have really stepped it up and quite honestly, I can tell you that the changes I've made have seemed to make a huge difference in both my endurance and my strength...AND I think in just a few short weeks, I'M starting to notice the changes myself...
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It's this whole strength-training, shit - guess what? It works.
For the past three weeks, I've been incorporating 3 strength training sessions into my workout week and I swear that has made such a huge difference. Plus, I love that it's such a change to my cardio life. In addition, I'm running 3x a week and, because I just love it so much, I take Zumba on Saturdays.
My Movestrong class continues to be so much fun; I love not knowing what we're going to be doing and get excited when we arrive to find out. Saturday, this was our layout:
The workout consisted of 1 minute intervals of each:
1) Kneeling hamstring curls - those were harder than they looked. Basically felt like your hammies were cramping the whole time.
2) Step up/downs with dumb bells on the three boxes
3) Ringed step jumps - I have no idea if this is the real name, but basically you put your foot into the ring, then using the other one, jump up and down off the step platform.
4) Flip the 165# tire back and forth - that's my fave!
5) Thigh crunches
6) Squats holding the 15# ball overhead
We did all of this twice and then,
7) We finished with plié squat intervals with 15 - 30# dumb bells - 2 sets of 10 reps
In between all of these, we did 30 seconds of squats and plié squats. I'm pretty sure we did over 500 squats. Then I followed it up with Zumba. It was a great workout day!
My Crossfit trainer, Vanessa is amazing. I seriously have a girl crush on her. #dontjudge She's hot and fit and funny - all things I aspire to be. She is training our group for our Blood & Guts run in October and she basically has been putting us through tons of drills to work on our endurance and agility. I absolutely love Tuesday's trainings and I always look forward to what she's going to have us do. Last night we did jumps, belly crawls, balance beam work, ice skaters and jump squats. And, she's started throwing in some "penalties" for not being able to perform. For instance, if we fell off the balance beam, we had to do 5 burpees. No burpees for me, thank goodness, because
I think the thing I really love about these trainings is that I don't have to think about it. I just show up and they tell me what to do, correctly, and I just go to it.
The rest of my workout week has been spent running; I am really loving my morning run especially since it has been so freaking HOT (we're talking humidity in the 90s even at 5:30 in the morning!) and my time has been improving:
This was this morning...pissed me off that I had to cut my run short, but it was SOO hot...like I was running in water, blah...
The rest of my week will be bittersweet, our dear friends are moving to Colorado and I'm going to miss them so much! I cry every time I think about it...she's been my gym rat buddy for my entire journey and things just won't be the same without her. I promised her that I'd continue on without her here, though and we'll definitely be keeping each other in check!
|Me & My Maria - March 2013 - Prison Bus Limo...cuz, that's how we rolllll...|
Don't forget to check out this week's healthy recipe at A Healthy Makeover. Make your own blackened seasoning - so much better tasting than any mixes you'll get in the store and no weird fillers!