Weekly Update – 9/21/15

I’m doing a much better job at consistently getting to the gym.  I think it helps a lot with my stress levels, and gives me a good outlet.  This week was a little different due to having Jaye gone and having subs for all her classes.

Monday

Since Jaye is gone for about a month, I have to get used to Monday night not being a true yoga night.  Looks like on Monday’s we will be doing Les Mills Body Flow.  I’ve done this class before.  It combines yoga, Tai Chi, and pilates. Its not terrible.  I also like that its only 55 minutes as opposed to the 75 minute yoga class.  Frees up a little more of my evening! Class was good, but it’ll take a little getting used to.

Tuesday

I ate a snack before the gym that did not sit right with me.  I had the worst heartburn. As a result, I didn’t push it too hard.

Warm up: Foam Roll and 1/2 mile on the elliptical

5 Rounds:

  1. 1 minute on the ReACT trainer
  2. 10 TRX rows

Cool down: walking lunges and walking single leg RDLs

Funny thing seen at the gym….watching someone do wall balls and break the wall!

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Also….a girl did that! 🙂

Wednesday

So now that I was expecting Wednesday night not to be Vinyasa flow, but instead was going to be this Stretch and Strengthen class, I was more ok with it.  Still not sure if I like the class, but its better than nothing!

Thursday

Warm up: Foam Roll

Two Rounds:

  1. Walking RDLs with 10 lb DBs
  2. Walking Lunges with 10 lb DBs

5 Rounds:

  1. 200 Meter Row
  2. 10 body weight squats

Friday

On Friday night, Michael and I went to the movies with my mom and stepdad to see The Intern.  I love Anne Hathaway and have really begun to love DeNiro in comedies.  It was a great movie.

Saturday

On Saturday I got to sleep in!  After awhile, we went to a local community to meet with a builder to learn about their building process and the base prices of their homes.  We like the builder and the area, but we aren’t sure about the school system.  Its also much father away from the interstate, and that’s a convenience factor we aren’t sure we are ready to compromise on.  Afterward, we went to his parents house for a late lunch and spent some good time with that.  We had a pretty lazy night at home.

Sunday

On Sunday, we went to church, then headed home for an absolutely lazy day. It was delightful and just what the doctor ordered.  We watched some football and my Eagles finally won!

 

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Weekly Update – 9/7/15

This week was pretty uneventful.  I didn’t get as many workouts in as I wanted, but I was glad I pushed myself to get to yoga class on Friday since I had missed my normal Monday and Wednesday yoga classes.

Monday

I talked about Monday in last week’s post!

Tuesday

I had a pretty exhausting day at work on Tuesday, but I forced myself to go to the gym anyway.

Warmup: Foam Roll

Conditioning: 1 mile on the elliptical

5 Rounds:

  1. ReACT Trainer – 1 minute
  2. 10 TRX Rows

Wednesday

Skipped yoga on account that it was my husband’s birthday! We went to Outback Steakhouse to celebrate 🙂

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Isn’t he cute with his rum drink?

Thursday

I was a little all over the place on Thursday.

Warmup: 1/2 mile on the elliptical

3 Rounds:

  1. 10 KB Goblet Squats
  2. Farmer’s Carry

3 Rounds:

  1. Kneeling Lunge Overhead press (5 each side)

Cool down/mobility:

  1. Walking RDLs
  2. Walking Lunges

 

Friday

I think I pushed it on Thursday, cause my poor glutes and hammys hated me! I decided that since I hadn’t been able to make it to yoga all week, Neve’s hatha yoga class on Friday night was just what I needed.  However, Jaye was subbing, so we ended up doing more flow.  I will say that Jaye really did attempt to make class a hatha class.  We did a lot of stretchy stuff, which was good, but was a challenge due to my soreness!

Saturday

Ouch, I woke up double sore on Saturday.  I had to get up at 6am, because we had a big application install at work. I worked about 8 hours, then my husband and I went to the ODU football game.  We ended up getting drenched at the tailgate because of some afternoon storms, then the storms came back right before halftime.  We decided it was time to pack up and go.

Sunday

On Sunday, we went to church in the morning, then came home and did all our grocery shopping.  We had an early dinner at my dad’s to celebrate his birthday and Michael’s birthday.  Afterward, we came back home and did our food prep for the week.

 

How was your week? How do you celebrate birthdays in your family?

Weekly Update – 8/31/15

I found that I’m a much happier person when I workout more consistently.  Yoga has been helping me with my mobility, which makes my other workouts much more productive.

Monday

Yoga was particularly difficult for me on Monday night. She was doing a lot of hip openers that just hurt too much.  I opted for a LOT of child’s pose this class!  But it was great to see my yoga buddies.  I always miss them on Wednesday nights.

Tuesday

Warmup: Foam Roll

Conditioning: 1 mile on the elliptical, keeping my heart rate under 150.  (Much harder than it sounds for me!)

3 Rounds:

  1. Resistance band lateral squats
  2. 5 single leg RDLs (each side)

Wednesday

Yoga was nice and restorative on Wednesday.  When we do standing balancing positions, she normally does them as separate exercises, but this time she did a flow.  It was very different and very difficult.  I like that even with a more restorative class, she throws in a few new challenges!

Thursday

Warmup: 1 mile on the elliptical, keeping my heart rate under 150

5 Rounds:

  1. 200 Meter Row
  2. 10 KB Goblet Squats (20lbs)

Friday

Friday night was just a relaxing night at home.

Saturday – Sunday

On Saturday morning, we got up to drive to Baltimore.  We were meeting Michael’s cousins at Horseshoe Casino.  We stayed there for the weekend.  We were practicing some new Blackjack strategies and ended up making about $150.  Not too shabby!

Bonus Day: Monday

On Monday, we headed back from the casino.  We stopped to see Michael’s Aunt Sally on the way home.  It’s always good to see her. We got to meeting his cousin’s new baby as well!

 

How was your week? Did you do anything fun for Labor Day?

Foam Rolling

Foam rolling is my favorite (and least favorite) thing in the entire world.   I never used to foam roll until I started working with my trainer Danny.  After I started complaining whining about all my muscle soreness, he decided it was time to introduce me to foam rolling.

He led me through a progression that I do before every run or intense workout session that heavily involves legs.  I usually do this progression after working out as well.

We do this progression for each side: calf, hamstring, piriformis, IT band, lower back, upper back.

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It has worked wonders for me.  I don’t make habit of rolling my quads, hip abductors, hip flexors, etc, but I need to start incorporating that into my progression. I will likely start incorporating all of the below exercises.

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Do you foam roll? What is your favorite and least favorite muscle to roll?