A concert, the weekend and my weekly workout report

This past weekend was a good one for me, and I hope it was for you too.

A fun weekend filled with music and barre

On Friday night, I went to a Garth Brooks concert with some girlfriends, and we had an awesome time. Being a country-loving Florida girl at heart, I’ve wanted to see Garth in concert for many, many years, so this was a big deal for me. The concert was at the SAP Center in San Jose, which I had never been to before. I could have people-watched forever, because there were some good ol’ country outfits at this event. Fun stuff!

Girls at the Garth Brooks concert via A Lady Goes West blogIt was a cowboy boots, pizza and beer type of night with these ladies.

We were lucky enough to snag some suite tickets, so we had a perfect set-up for taking in the concert. Trisha Yearwood was the opener, and she returned to the stage to sing with Garth during his set as well. I’ve been to a lot of concerts, but I don’t think I’ve ever known the words to every single song like I did with this one. It was awesome. I sang at the top of my lungs, as did the other girls, and we were not the only ones. By the way, Garth Brooks sounds just like you would expect live — his voice is so recognizable. I could have listened to him play every song two times! My favorites were “The Dance” and “Shameless” but of course “Friends in Low Places” is certainly a crowd-pleaser.

On Saturday morning, I went to a barre class at Yoga Treat, which is the adorable yoga and barre studio I profiled last month. Dave was originally going to join me, but he woke up not feeling well with a sore throat, so I let him sit it out. Good thing, because I was there for more than two hours, helping out with a photo-shoot after the workout was done. Once I was done, for a mid-day snack, Dave and Rudy and I popped over to Jamba Juice for some smoothies, then spent the rest of the day laying around the house.

Scenes from Saturday via A Lady Goes WestA weekend day spent in workout clothes? That’s life.

Dave had to work at a basketball game in the evening, so I watched TV with Rudy and packed for my Florida trip, which is coming up this week. We had pizza for dinner pretty late after Dave returned home from the game, and that was that. (Yes, I had pizza two nights-in-a-row, and I’m not going to apologize for it.)

On Sunday morning, I headed into the City for a most wonderful facial, which I’ll be sure to tell you more about soon. Then, in the afternoon, Dave and Rudy and I hung out at home, stopped by the market for steaks, cooked a good dinner and laid low. And that was the weekend. Now, let’s talk about fitness for a bit …

My weekly fitness and workout recap

Every Monday, I take a look at my most recent week of workouts to stay accountable. And I’m doing so as part of a “Week in Review” link-up with Meghan, as well as with Rachel and Janice for “Motivate Me Monday” …

Weekly workouts via A Lady Goes West(Photo credit to Leah Bentley Photography, 2015.)

Weekly Workouts 

  • Monday: Taught a one-hour BODYATTACK class, foam rolling
  • Tuesday: Took a one-hour Vinyasa flow yoga class
  • Wednesday: Taught a one-hour BODYPUMP class, foam rolling
  • Thursday: Taught a 45-minute BODYPUMP and a 30-minute core class, foam rolling
  • Friday: Did a 30-minute CXWORX core workout at home
  • Saturday: Took a one-our barre class at Yoga Treat
  • Sunday: Rest day

What was good about my week of workouts?

This past week had some great variety, including cardio, strength, yoga, barre and two core sessions. I definitely enjoyed getting back to the barre for a little change-up of my routine, but the best part of the week was the fun of teaching BODYATTACK, of course.

What could have been better about my week of workouts?

This past week was just a little bit light on resistance training, because I only had two full weight-lifting sessions. While we did a little bit of upper-body weighted work in barre class, I don’t quite think that counts. The next couple of weeks will be much lighter for workouts in general while I’m away in Florida, so I’ll get back on the wagon in early December. No big deal.

I hope you have a good day, my friends! (If you haven’t already, be sure to enter my giveaway for Sunwarrior products, which ends tonight.)

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Questions of the day

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  1. I’m not even sure what my last real true honest to goodness concert was! Probably back in undergraduate! And that might have been Taylor Swift, which was a good show but she was insufferably obsessed with herself…

    1. Yes, Susie — when I went to see Taylor, she would just stare out into the audience. So weird. But she is super talented and puts on an awesome show. Sure does! Hope you had a nice weekend, lady!

  2. Concert sounds amazing! And your outfit is so cute- country but still fashionable. Love it! I haven’t been to many concerts lately- I think my most recent was Kelly Clarkson and Pentatonix. Really good! I’m going to see the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra next month when they do a Star Wars show, then going to see the new movie the next day! So excited πŸ™‚

  3. It sounds like you had a blast at the Garth concert … love your cowboy boots!! After spending Christmas in Florida with my in-laws we’re going to Nashville for a week so I’m sure I’ll get my fill of country music while I’m there!! I can’t wait πŸ™‚

    This weekend was a good one for me too. Saturday I went out for supper for a friend’s birthday and had the BEST salmon I’ve ever tasted. I’m trying to figure out how it was cooked so that I can re-create it at home. Then Sunday, I did a fit test for an elite boot camp I’m taking part in for the next few weeks. Today is the first real workout from it and I have a feeling it’ll kick my butt!! It’s shorter workouts with higher weights than I’m used to so I’m excited to see how my body reacts and to see the progress I’ve made by the end of the boot camp.

    Have a great week!!!

    1. Elite boot camp? Nice! I want to know more about what that entails, so do tell. πŸ™‚ Have a fabulous day, lady! Let me know about the salmon too!

      1. The boot camp I am doing is virtual and run by Jess @blondeponytail. It’s shorter, intense workouts so I’m excited to see how my body reacts and changes because it’s so different from what I’m doing now.

        The salmon was perfectly seared – nice crust on the outside and soft on the inside. I looked up how to do it at home and I am going to try this – http://toriavey.com/how-to/2014/04/how-to-sear-salmon-fillets/. It was served with a risotto cake and roasted vegetables.

  4. I saw Garth over the summer and he was awesome live. He has new music but stuck with almost all his old, good stuff that everyone wants to hear. He knows how to play to an audience for sure!

  5. Looks like an awesome weekend! I actually saw Garth almost a year ago… I can’t believe he’s still on tour, he must have 10 dates in every city!

    Excited to check out the photo shoot you worked on this weekend, too.

    This weekend was a great one, with Junior League’s Holiday Mart and Denver Fashion Weekend going on (thus the link title below, ha!) But I’m already collecting motivation to start off this week with some great workouts and healthy eating! Whole foods, here I come! πŸ™‚

    1. Yes, Garth has been around for a while. I wanted to see him when he had the show in Vegas, but never made it when he was there. And YAY for a motivating start to the week, lady! πŸ™‚

  6. I’m so jealous you got to see Garth!! I can imagine he puts on a great show πŸ™‚ I keep hearing about Barre and think it would be something I would love! Definitely something to check into after I have the baby πŸ™‚

    1. Hi lady! For sure, barre is a great low-impact workout targeting a lot of lower body. It’s a good way to tone up the booty. Hope you had a nice weekend! πŸ™‚

  7. Glad you had such a great time at the concert, Ashley! I wasn’t huge on country growing up, but it’s definitely grown on me over the past couple of years. And I honestly can’t remember the last concert I went to. Maybe Shania Twain in Vegas? But I don’t know if that was summer ’13 or ’14 πŸ˜†

    1. Hi Amanda! Ohhh I bet Shania puts on a good show. I actually always wanted to go to a concert in Vegas, but have only seen Cirque and other shows there. Guess I need to make another trip. Hope you had a nice weekend, Amanda! πŸ™‚

  8. I just love concerts, especially when it’s an artist where you know every word to every song! SO fun! Also, I’m jealous that you can take adorable Rudy to lunch with you. Roadie wouldn’t last very long on a public patio! Haha. Crazy boy. The best concert I’ve been to (lately) was Ed Sheeran. He is so talented, and I was belting every word to every song! πŸ˜‰

    1. It’s always good to know the words at a concert, Heather. And yes, I bet Ed was good! We can pretty much take Rudy anywhere that dogs are allowed. He is such a good boy. Hope you had a fabulous weekend!! πŸ™‚

    1. Hi Cassie! Oh thanks! I mean it, I definitely won’t be doing any tough workouts. My heavy lifting with include fork-fulls of cheesecake and large glasses of wine. Truth. πŸ™‚

  9. You just reminded me how I’ve been wanting to try a barre class. I don’t know too much about it yet but it sounds like a mash up of my favorite kinds of movement. I love how your week of workouts were so varied. I know I feel best when I keep my body moving in all sorts of different ways. When I get stuck in one work out not only do I get suuuuuper bored, but my body simply stops making any progress. Also love your “no big deal” approach. Glad you enjoyed the concert!!

    1. Hi lady! The BEST way to work out is to have variety in your routine. That’s for sure! Thanks for saying hi! Hope you had a nice weekend! πŸ™‚

  10. I like your outfit, and RUDY AWW :). So glad you had a great time at the concert!

    We got back from vacation on Saturday afternoon, and after 40+ hours of airporting and travel (worth it), we were reunited with our pup, then promptly slept for ages. Sunday was full of errands/chores/naps.

  11. Sounds like you had a blast at Garth! My voice was exhausted the next day from screaming all the lyrics at the top of my lungs. It was awesome! Can’t wait to hear about that facial. I’m in need of one of those for sure!

  12. So jealous of you seeing Garth!! That is one concert that is on my bucket list! I don’t even think I can remember the last concert I went to and it wasn’t THAT long ago…lol…I’m not going to lie I’d be tempted to go see Justin Bieber an NO I’m not ashamed πŸ˜‰ lol…

    Weekend was very low key but got out for two brunches (my favourite meal )..and Sully luckily stayed pretty happy despite his cold!

    What a great looking weekend you had with barre class and pizza two nights in a row ( a win in my books! )

    1. Hi Fiona! I’d totally see the Biebs in concert too. I bet he is good. I saw an interview with him recently and he is totally messed up in person though hehehe. πŸ™‚ YAY for brunch!!

  13. Sounds like a great weekend, Ashley- it’s always fun to go to a concert where you can belt out the lyrics without thinking twice :)! I haven’t been to a concert in so long but 2 of my most memorable ones were definitely the Jay-Z and Kanye West concert. Next on my list is (hopefully) John Legend!

  14. That’s so awesome that you saw Garth!!!

    My favorite concerts ever include Kenny Chesney and Bruno Mars. I’ve seen Kenny 3x and it’s always amazing to me how he can engage an entire stadium for 2+ hours. Bruno Mars was just so fun with his backup dancers / live band. I wasn’t even a big Bruno Fan prior to that but seeing him in concert completely changed my mind. And his voice is amazing live.

    Glad you had a nice weekend! Rudy is as cute as ever πŸ™‚

  15. OH MY GOSH!!! You got to see Garth Brooks?!?!?! I am insanely jealous right now!!! I LOVE him! I will always remember sitting on long car rides listening to him on my walkman, or whatever cassette playing thing I had, over and over again! Ahhhh!!!! So cool!! It’s been a long time since I’ve been to a concert. I have seen Toby Keith, The Dixie Chicks, Carrie Underwood, and Kenny Chesney. Obviously I am a country music lover! πŸ™‚ Carrie Underwood might have been the last concert I saw and that was in 2008! They have a lot of free concerts over here on the base, so hopefully I will get to one soon.

    1. Melissa! I would LOVE to see Carrie Underwood. Country concerts are the best. How cool that you get free concerts at the base. What a perk! πŸ™‚ Hope all else is well!

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