What I’m Loving: Workout Edition

by Lauren on December 2, 2012

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:

Body Pump

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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.

 

RPM

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

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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

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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.

 

Body Flow

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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!

Question:

What workouts are you loving right now?

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{ 10 comments }

chelsey @ clean eating chelsey December 2, 2012 at 8:48 pm

Right now I’m liking whatever my body wants to do that day and not prescribing to a specific routine. Walking, running, strength, yoga – all of it is good in my book!

Valerie December 2, 2012 at 10:45 pm

I love body flow! I have never tried RPM, but I just got certified in spin so I’ll be teaching that next year.

Erica @ For the Sake of Cake December 3, 2012 at 6:36 am

I love BodyPump; it never gets old to me!

Jessie December 3, 2012 at 6:59 am

Your tree looks beautiful! Since I’m pretty much only limited to walking these days, walking has been wonderful for me. I never though I could be okay without running, but I truly do enjoy the simplicity of my workouts, and the fact that I’m still able to clear my mind. =)

Kim@hungryhealthygirl December 3, 2012 at 7:10 am

I love changing my workout too. Running is my favorite workout, but I do feel like I get a lot more out of doing a variety of workouts. Thanks for some ideas of ways to change it up!

Sara @ sarasmiles December 3, 2012 at 1:02 pm

I have been meaning ot try flow…I don’t really like the yoga at Gold’s Gym that much and have heard flow is better. Now I know!

Ok question for you as an RPM instructor. You might virtually slap me for asking this because I know it’s a controversial question, but does RPM/spinning make your legs bulk up? I swear after doing spinning 2x/week for a month and a half my jeans weren’t fitting right. Thoughts?

Lauren December 3, 2012 at 2:20 pm

No not a silly question at all and to be honest, your legs will bulk a bit but in a really good way! My legs are probably my best asset (not to sound superficial) but I accredit this so much to RPM. You are primarily using your leg muscles in the workout and in ways that running doesn’t normally reach, so you’ll notice a increase in your thighs a little but it will be more toned than anything. :)

Katie @ Talk Less, Say More December 3, 2012 at 4:09 pm

We have a flow class that I’ve been meaning to try at my local gym, especially after I wasn’t a huge fan of the yoga class. But otherwise I love yoga and it’s definitely a favorite of mine (for mind AND body!)

Lauren December 3, 2012 at 8:33 pm

You will love flow! I wasn’t a fan of my gym’s yoga class either but flow is totally different.

Angela @ Beauty in Strength December 4, 2012 at 6:49 pm

That body sculpt looks great! I have the Jillian Michael’s and love it, so this looks like a great one to add to the collection. Thanks!

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