I hope you are having a happy Wednesday so far! Give yourself a pat on the back for making it halfway through the work week already. Nice job!
The other day, my cousin send me a text message asking me to create a playlist for her to use during her workouts. Since I LOVE my cousin and I LOVE creating playlists, of course I said yes! It’s also been a little while since I posted a playlist of my new favorite workout songs on here, so I thought I’d share what I came up with for her with all of you, too! If you’re anything like me, you’re always searching for new songs to add to the mix, so you can really never have too many songs to choose from! Continue reading →
When I walked into my latest ClassPass class and heard that we would be doing a tabata circuit workout, I immediately knew I was in for an intense workout and would be exhausted at the end (Not a bad thing the day before Thanksgiving!). Tabata is a High Intensity Interval Training (H.I.I.T.) workout that is structured with 20 second intervals of intense effort on one exercise followed by 10 seconds of recovery for 8 rounds. For this class, we paired two exercises together and rotated between them to make a tabata circuit workout. Talk about intense! (If you’re interested in more information on how ClassPass works, check out my review here.)
If you’re anything like me, you’re a little hesitant to check out some of the trendy fitness classes that keep popping up because you don’t want to show up and end up looking silly because you have no idea how to do any of the moves. I always worry that the classes are going to be full of a bunch of jacked up guys that can do the workouts in their sleep and that I will be the only newbie in the class and stick out like a sore thumb. I’ve honestly never had this problem, so I’m not sure where this irrational fear comes from, but I’m working on squashing it for good!
I got the chance to check out a hot yoga class for the first time in years last week, thanks to ClassPass and I wanted to share my experience with you in hopes that it will make checking it out for yourself a little less intimidating. I’ve always loved hot yoga and but stopped going a few years ago because memberships at hot yoga studios can be insanely expensive and I didn’t want to form a habit I couldn’t afford to keep up. When I realized there was a hot yoga studio in my area that participated in ClassPass, I did a little happy dance at my computer and reserved my spot in class immediately. (If you’re interested in more information on how ClassPass works, check out my review here.)
I’m a little hyped up if you can’t tell! How have your workouts been going this week? I challenged myself to start incorporating more strength training into my workouts last week as part of a workout challenge my friend Katie and I are doing together to help hold us accountable. I have gotten into a rut of only doing spin class and nothing more the last couple of months, so I knew it was time to step up my game and start incorporating some strength training and variety into my weekly workouts. My goal was to incorporate three 30 minute strength training sessions on top of the spin classes and other cardio I was already doing.
I have had a couple of friends and coworkers complain of Plantar Fasciitis issues lately, so I thought this was something worth addressing. I’ve definitely had my bouts with PF over the years, so I know first hand how frustrating it can be. It is one of the most annoying and persistent injuries a runner can have because there isn’t a magic cure or pill you can take to treat it. There are however some tips to prevent it like homegrown treatment methods and stretches to help ease the pain.
Have you been having a good week so far? I’ve been feeling a little out of it lately and that was very evident in spin class yesterday. I usually like to show up to class about 20 minutes early so I can zone out and do my own thing for awhile before class starts and yesterday was no different. (That’s why the photo of me is super dark because they don’t turn the lights on in the classroom until about 10 minutes before class starts.) Once my solo 20 minutes were over and class started, time seemed to drag on forever. I was tired, not in the mood to be there, couldn’t wait for it to be over and the music selection for the class was all wrong, in my opinion. I know you all know by now how important I think music is in motivating us and getting us pumped up for a good workout!
Even though fall is in the air and the temperature is starting to drop, that doesn’t mean we have to give in to the season and move all of our workouts inside until spring comes around again. Even though I live in the rainy city, when we’re not drowning from the torrential downpours we’ve been having lately, it’s actually the perfect temperature outside to get a sweat on! So since time to enjoy an outdoor workout is ticking down, I thought I’d put together a little park bench workout for you all to try out.
I know I usually provide you with helpful workout tips on Workout Wednesday, but my friend Jenica did a post about some annoying gym habits last week and I had to do my own take on it. I know this is a place of positivity, but I actually think these posts are funny, so hopefully you will too. Please keep in mind this is all in good fun so please don’t take offence or send me hate comments. Are we all on the same page now with this? Okay… good!