Category Archives: Workout

Hotel Circuits

I am on travel again – this time all the way to the west coast.  I’m in California trying to live the good life between finishing stuff up for work and working on my 30 day push to do list.  Before I get into my travel fit post I’m going to wax poetic about the 30 day push program Chalene Johnson has.  It’s a FREE 30 day program that talks about how to align your goals to your priorities and to create a pathway to getting your goals accomplished.  I’m on day 8 of the program and already I’ve made some serious realizations.  It’s been good and I’ve been able to better talk to my husband about where I want to be and that leads to just better overall communication.  It’s good.

Okay more on that later.  But for now – traveling fit!  Okay so I will say that I’m SERIOUS about my fitness now – as you can tell.  And this means that I seriously refuse to be in a situation where I can’t get my workout in.  This means 2 things.  #1 – I check the gym status at the hotel before I book.  I try to only stay places that have gyms.  And #2 – I bring DVDs with me.  This week I brought Turbo Jam and the Fast and Furious 20 min INSANITY workout.  So basically I have a plan and a backup plan.  This allows me some variety, especially right now while I’m between Beachbody programs, to mix it up.  It also was crucial to me in case one plan wouldn’t work – like a tiny gym or a gym with limited equipment or no room to do a DVD.

So tonight was gym night.  I hit the gym pretty hard for some circuit training.  This gym was stocked with a full set of dumbbells, medicine balls, and a swiss ball – score!

Warm – Up – 5 min elliptical

Circuit 1 x2
25 crunches
15 pushups (started on feet, ended on knees)
15 squats w/ medicine ball
12 bicep curls
12 deadlifts

Do circuit 1 2x before moving on to circuit 2

Circuit 2 x 2
L side Woodchop (w/ weights)
10 frog jumps (INSANITY call back, lol)
L side single leg squat

R side Woodchop (w/ weights)
10 frog jumps (INSANITY call back, lol)
R side single leg squat
Weighted leg raise

Cool -Down – 15 min exercise bike

Pretty good workout if I say so myself.  Hit all the important body parts plus got a good sweat and cardio burn.  I did go a little light on the arm workouts because I am so sore from Turbo Jam and Les Mills Pump already.  So I focused a lot on core and the “basic strength moves” aka pushups, squats, crunches.  I am really really pushing towards doing more on my toes.  Insanity has gotten me far with that goal.  I did 5 on my toes the first circuit and 6 on the second go around.  So I definitely am improving.

As I get ready for P90x I’m getting SO excited for more weights.  My body feels different after a weight workout for sure and it’s been a log time since I’ve put a circuit together.  I really enjoy putting workouts together – a reason that a PT cert is something else that I have been thinking about because I love this kind of stuff.  If anyone tried the circuit out please leave me a comment and let me know how you liked it!  I am not a trainer – just a girl who likes this stuff.

Insanity: Month 2 Coming Up!

I officially finished Month 1 + Recovery Week today!  I am so pleased with myself for sticking to the workouts and am excited (and just a little bit terrified) of Month 2.  I wanted to give a little bit of a review of the first part of INSANITY and give you an idea of what you will see.

The first month of INSANITY consists of 4 workouts + the Fit Test (descriptions from the Beachbody website)

Pure Cardio and Cardio Abs – Skip the intervals—this nonstop cardio workout is all extreme.
Cardio Power and Resistance – Build lean muscle and upper-body definition with strength-training and power moves. 
Cardio Recovery – Shaun goes easier on you once a week so you’re ready for the next round.
Plyometric Cardio Circuit – Burn fat with intervals of intense lower-body plyo and sweat-inducing cardio

These workouts repeat for 4 weeks, typically 2x each Plyometric Cardio Circuit and Pure Cardio.  The last 2 weeks of the month the Cardio Abs are added in.

Now I will be honest – I have to modify during the workouts.  I do most of the pushups on my knees and as I get more tired some of the more plyo moves become static.  I did notice over the month of the program that I could do more and more though.  My point here is that you shouldn’t feel like you can’t do the program because you can’t do certain moves or can’t do every workout start to finish.  I STILL can’t do that move where you balance on your toes and hands and do leg lifts.  Yeah.  But I found a sub (I did it on my knees, but I did do the balance move w/o the leg lifts as well to get stronger) and kept working it out.

These workouts are about 30 – 45 minutes each.  Not too bad at all, and pretty easy to fit in my morning schedule.  (Phase 2 is a little longer – about an hour each workout – which will be a good challenge for me for another reason I will discuss in another blog post pretty soon.)  I also really liked the format, it was pretty different for me.  The warmup was about 11 minutes – then you go into a long 6-7 minute stretch.  So by the time you actually start the meat of the workout for the day, you have burned quite a lot of the workout.  Mentally I think this was really helpful.  The stretches are fantastic and I have noticed that my flexibility has improved a lot.  I do add some stretches to my warmup stretch, as I have some that were given to me by a trainer long ago that have really helped with old injuries.  I probably could just do the ones on the DVD – but I’d rather be safe then sorry sitting up in the bed with my leg in ice.

Now for the fun part – results.  I haven’t taken my pictures yet – I will do that the morning of my fit test.  But I have lost at least 7 lbs and have gone down to a size 18/18w on the bottom (started with a loose-ish 22w).  These are big changes that I worked hard for!  I am significantly more flexible.  I also have finally really rid myself of my really bad knee pains.  I have always had bad knees from injuries in high school sports.  I work out in the basement of our home and sometimes I literally wondered how I would get upstairs post workout. It was a problem that doctors told me unfortunately would not get better until I (1) got in better shape and (2) lost weight.  So I just pushed through.  I was smart about it and it’s one reason why sometimes I don’t do the full plyo move or will switch mid set to a less jumpy modification (a power squat to a regular squat), because I didn’t want to turn a sore knee into an injury.  But I knew I needed to keep working out.  At some point in the last few weeks I realized that post workout I’m running up the stairs like nobody’s business with absolutely no pain.  And that I’m feeling less soreness in general in the knees during/post workout.  This is a huge thing, as I’ve just had to live with it for ages.  I’m so happy that finally, I am feeling good.  This doesn’t mean I will change my knee strategy for workouts, but it’s just nice to feel something different that is a health/fitness improvement.  My mom saw me last week for the first time since starting INSANITY and she told me she hasn’t seen me this small since high school.  Which is pretty awesome since I weigh at least 10 lbs more now.  But I wasn’t working out in this manner, so it was a flabbier 225-230 then I am now at about 240.

Would I recommend INSANITY?  HELL yes.  I would.  I love it so much.  I was really concerned that I wouldn’t be able to do it, but I found that I could do a lot more then I though I would be able to do.  I love the changes to my body and how good I feel now.  If you feel like you are in ok shape, even if you are overweight, you will benefit. I would not do this program if I was an absolute beginner to working out, as it is really advanced.  It could be done – and you would lose weight.  But if you are completely out of shape there are other programs/plans you could do that you would get more benefit from.  If you have old nagging ankle/knee injuries like me, you could do it for sure – but you just need to see a doctor and make sure you won’t damage things worse or to find out what modifications you need to do.

I’m simply terrified for month 2, but I was simply terrified for month 1 and I managed that ok 🙂  I think it will be totally fine – just have to dig deeper – right!!

Sweating it Out

For the first time in the last few days I went to workout. I’ve been on relaxation/long weekend mode a little too much and today I started feeling really blah. Today’s workout:

20 min elliptical
15 min strength (squats, ballet drops, crunches, lunges, leg lifts)
20 min elliptical

All while watching the Tigers game. Sometimes when motivation is lacking, a good tv show helps. I am the queen of hitting the gym during a tv show or sports event. Makes time fly, I promise. Lower intensity + longer duration.