Sunday already? How fast did this weekend go?
As promised, the Christmas tree went up so it’s officially the holiday season in our house. I have a very simplistic approach when it comes to decorating, mainly because I just don’t like the idea of un-decorating, but I do admit, the soft white lights overlooking our living room is quite peaceful.
Aside from a day of decking the halls, I spent my weekend taking some of my favorite classes at the gym, attending a fantastic blogger meet-up (more on that tomorrow), and making a much needed trip to Trader Joe’s. All in all, I felt rather productive but relaxed.
I honestly thought about putting together another, “What I’m Loving” post on more TJ’s products, but I figured I would save that for another time when I have more to show you than just my usual loot. Instead, I thought it might be interesting to reveal what I’m loving in the world of workouts these days. For the past several months, I’ve been fully enjoying a more diverse approach in fitness. My body is definitely noticing the affects by challenging different muscles with a range of workouts.
Here are some of my favorites:
It may be sort of “old school” now, but I still adore Body Pump. My gym offers this class every Saturday morning and I try to make it a weekly occurrence. I try to lift 2 days a week on top of that, but something about pump just makes strength training more enjoyable. Perhaps the upbeat music, or maybe the companionship of friends; either way, I dig it.
This is a little biased because I am in fact an RPM instructor, but I promise you, I love love this workout! After teaching Thursday and Friday this week, I even went back on Saturday just to take my favorite instructor’s class. If you don’t know what RPM is, it’s a highly intense 60 min cycling class that uses interval training and muscle isolation. Think of your average spin class amped up on overdrive. You will leave this class dripping in sweat and with a huge smile on your face.
Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred
Again, a bit old school but I still rely on these workouts for a quick at-home full body sweat. I love that it targets strength, cardio, and abs all in 20 minutes. The moves aren’t ridiculously hard, but it’s channeling enough to get my heart rate up and my body shaking a bit.
Core Fusion Body Sculpt
I use these workouts often to target a specific area. They are each 10 minutes and focus on sculpting your deepest, hard-to-reach muscles that traditional strength training may not. I particularly love the abs workout and love how it always leaves my abs feeling sore when I’m done. The commentary is a little cheesy, but other than that, it’s a great workout dvd to add to your collection.
I have a confession to make. I actually don’t go to yoga like I admit every so often. I go to flow, which is a Les Mils program that incorporates Yoga, Thai Chi, and Pilates. In my mind, it’s the closest to yoga as I can describe so it’s easier for me to just say yoga rather than flow. But I’ve been to different yoga classes and I still find myself enjoying flow more. It could be the music- flow has great music- but I love that each track focuses on a different aspect such as balance, hip opening, core and relaxation. Sunday mornings are my flow days and I go as much as I possibly can.
In between all of the above, I still value my running time, but now only 3 or 4 days a week and not as religiously as I used to. Like I said, the balance of variety is keeping me more fit than I’ve ever been and incredibly content emotionally. I’ve come to realize that I don’t like the idea of categorizing myself into just one fitness group, such as runner, cross fitter, or yogi. I will always claim that fitness is and should be, doing what you love and enjoy to make you healthy and happy. Nothing more, nothing less, just a simple approach to being the best you!
What workouts are you loving right now?