Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Exercise.......exactly what I do

The sun is out and it's around the time we all start freaking out about getting in our swimsuits!  I usually gain a good ten pounds over the fall and winter, but this year it was thirteen!!  No matter how many times I tell myself I am not going to do that each year it always seems to happen.  I think I am just going to have to accept that, and I'll just call it my winter coat:)  The good news is I know how to get it off, and once I set my mind to do so, I am all in!  For me, it's much easier to stayed motivated and consistent when the warmer weather rolls around, but I think that's the case for most. 

 I've had a few requests to share exactly what I do for exercise, so I thought with spring right around the corner, now would be a great time!  Next week I plan to talk about my diet. 

I really started getting back into exercise about two months ago.  When I say back into it, I mean five days a week hitting the gym, no matter what!  Over the last two months I've lost twelve pounds, and I've almost reached my summer goal weight.  I would still like to get a little more toned, but at the same time, I do feel so much better and more confident now that I've been working out and trying to eat clean.

This picture was taken yesterday with my iphone, with no filter....so please be nice ;) 

Before I get started with my workout schedule and what I do, I want to tell you a little bit about the classes I take and how they work.  I don't want to come across as some crazy girl that pays for five different  classes;)  I pay a monthly fee, and I am able to take any and all group classes that are offered.  There are usually four or five a day that are offered, which are usually yoga, cycle, ultimate workout, and barre.  The gym I go to actually has three different barre instructors that all teach different methods of barre. 

Monday - (Ballet) Barre class for one hour.  I can not tell you guys how much this class has actually helped me.  It has helped with my flexibility, my posture, and most importantly, my mind.  I can tell such a difference mentally and physically since starting this class two months ago.  Normally after barre I do thirty to sixty minutes of cardio.  If time only allows me 30 minutes, I get on the step mill on and put it on level six.  Other times, I do intervals on the treadmill....walk, run, and sprint (usually on incline).  

Tuesday- Weight train with my trainer for thirty minutes.  This is something I will never give up.  I've been doing this now for five years, and in my humble opinion, it's the best.  In the past, I have shared many of the workouts we do on Tuesday train day on the blog, and I am happy to continue doing so if you all would like (my trainer always does a good job of changing things up).  After we train, I do cardio (same as above). 

Wednesday- (Ballet) Barre for one hour.  Cardio for thirty to forty five minutes.  I am usually pretty sore on Wednesdays, so a lot of times I will just walk on an incline. 

Thursday- Weight Train + thirty minutes of cardio. 

Friday- (Bootcamp) Barre for one hour.  This class is no freaking joke...I always leave covered in sweat!  If I have it in me, I will do cardio, but most Fridays I skip the cardio:) 

PS For those of you in Charleston my gym is Chucktown Fitness! They have the best childcare too :)