I almost just typed June 18th, instead of January for the title. I guess we can all see where my brain is, huh? Anyway, I’m taking the saying “Summer bodies are made in the winter.” very seriously this year and kicking it into high drive with my workouts and my 21 Day Challenge. Usually, I wait until the end of March to even begin thinking about wearing a bathing suit, then frantically try to lose all of my winter weight that has been keeping me nice and toasty for the past few months. Not this year! I think it’s living in San Diego that has brought about this early boost in motivation. I mean, I guess I don’t really have any excuse to gain winter weight when it’s warm here year round, right? Shoot. I should have rethought this whole California girl thing.
Sunday: Rest (aka lay on the couch and watch Glee on Netflix)
Monday: HIIT on the treadmill + 15 minutes stepmill
This has always been my “go to” cardio workout for days when I don’t feel like putting much thought into my routine: 5 minute incline walking, followed by 1 minute sprinting and 1 minute recovery, then a 5 minute cool down. It keeps me from getting terribly bored on the treadmill, but I can still zone out somewhat. After that, I headed to the stepmill for 15 minutes. I think people should stop calling the treadmill the “dreadmill” and reserve that name for the stepmill. That thing is what I imagine you have to do in hell.
Tuesday: Chest + Back
Pretty much just completed your standard chest and back exercises: Incline bench press, back row, Cable chest pulses, Lat pulldowns, Skier kickbacks, Chest Fly, Cable rows, etc. For most strength exercises, I do 3 sets of 15 reps, unless I’m feeling like superwoman that day, then I’ll up it to 4 sets or 20 reps.
Wednesday: 20 minutes elliptical, 15 minutes incline walking, 10 minutes rower
On days when I’m feeling super stressed or antsy, I can’t seem to stay on one machine for more than 20 minutes, so I like to hop around a bit. I guess this is actually kind of a good thing too because then I work a bunch of different areas of my body in 1 workout.
Thursday: Biceps, Triceps, and Shoulders
On Fridays, I’ve been working out with 2 of the other girls at work. One is a personal trainer at the gym, so she puts us through a vigorous 40 minute workout that targets our legs every Friday. We do everything from jump squats, to Bosu ball shuffles, to lunges with kickbacks, to mountain climbers. It’s 40 minutes of non-stop cardio and it’s brutal to say the least.
Ed didn’t have to work until the early afternoon on Saturday, so we took advantage of the nice weather and did some intervals outside. After a 5 minute warm up, we did 30 seconds sprinting, and 30 seconds recovery for 20 minutes, then did a 5 minute cool down. I had to walk the pup after that and, between my leg workout the day before and those sprints, she was practically dragging me down the street.
What’s your fave body part to workout? I really enjoy working on my arms, but I get more satisfaction when I work on my legs/glutes.