A country concert and my weekly workout recap

Welcome to another Monday! How was your weekend, my friends? Mine was good!

Let’s get right to the recap and then we’ll talk about my weekly workouts …

On Friday night, after having very long weeks, Dave and I opted to veg at home, which we rarely do on a weekend night. We made an oven pizza, watched “Californication” on Netflix and went to bed early. 

On Saturday morning, it was “work” mode, as I was up before 6 a.m. to prepare and get ready to head to Orangetheory Fitness for the first weekend of being officially open for classes. I taught a double-header, took half of a class, then went home, did a little yoga, ate, showered up and got ready for the “play” portion of my weekend.

Live country music in the Bay Area

Being born and raised in Florida, I’m a country music fan through-and-through. While Dave is not exactly into it like me, he does love live music. Therefore, it was easy for us to decide to go with a group of friends down to Santa Clara on Saturday to see Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean, in what was the very first live concert at the brand new Levi’s Stadium (which is where next year’s Super Bowl is being held).

Our group of six took a van service down to the stadium, which dropped us off and picked us up. That meant we actually “tailgated” without a car. So we just set up shop in a parking space with our disposable cooler, snacks and bags. It was quite funny, especially compared to other larger tailgating groups, who were all hanging out with big set-ups off their trucks, etc.

Tailgating at Levi's StadiumCan you tell how windy it was in that sunny parking lot? It took many attempts to take a picture without all-the-hair in my face, but I do like this one that our friend captured of Dave and me. And bottom right corner is our “tailgate” in all its glory — carbonated adult beverages, pretzels, turkey jerky, trail mix, sweet potato chips and some water.

Nonetheless, we had an awesome time hanging out in the sun for a couple hours before the show. (By the way, if you ever go to Levi’s Stadium, dress in layers, because it’s pretty windy and the temperature totally drops once the sun goes down. And ladies, beware, you have to check your purse if it is larger than the size of a wallet. And that line is LONG! How annoying!)

After attempting to finish much of what we brought, we finally went in to hear the end of the opening act, whom I had never heard of before. First thing we noticed about Levi’s Stadium? The lines for everything were super long. Luckily, the tickets we purchased gave us access to the club level, which had a private bar, concessions, bathrooms and tables to hang out and rest your feet (if your cowboy boots became uncomfortable, which mine did!). That was a major perk, because if we had to go to the general vendors, we would have spent the entire concert waiting in line. Not fun!

We got to our seats right as Jason Aldean walked on stage. He put on a good show, singing all of his popular songs, like “Big Green Tractor.” After he was done, we went back down to the club bar to eat dinner. I selected a disappointing falafel sandwich, while the rest of the group was smart and went with standard stadium fare like burgers, chicken fingers and hot dogs. Guess I should have known better.

Jason Aldean and Kenny Chesney concertHere’s a look at our view of the stage. Upper-right is Jason Aldean and the bottom is Kenny Chesney.

By the time we went back to our seats for Kenny Chesney, it was well after 9 p.m., and it was incredibly cold! I expected the temperatures to go down a bit and came prepared in jeans with a leather jacket, but even that didn’t keep me warm. So I shivered through Kenny’s long set, dancing as much as I could to keep warm. As expected, Kenny Chesney was energetic, entertaining and worked the crowd singing nearly all of his popular songs, like “Young.” He sure smiles and dances a lot, while belting out some catchy country lyrics. Dave’s thoughts on the whole thing? “All the songs sound the exact same.” Well, he is actually pretty accurate with that. 

To beat some of the rush, our group left just a couple minutes before the show was over to go claim our purses and find our driver. We hopped back in the van, and he drove us home, braving some tough traffic coming out of the stadium. Dave and I ended up walking in our door a little after midnight, completely tuckered out. It was a long, but super fun event, well worth the effort!

On Sunday, Dave had to work at a Warriors playoff game, so I got some chores and work done and a little shopping. We ended the weekend with a casual dinner at home. And that was that!

My weekly workout recap

As we do on Mondays, let’s see how I’ve been moving lately …

Weekly Workouts from A Lady Goes West

Weekly Workouts

  • Monday –Taught a one-hour BODYATTACK class, foam rolling
  • Tuesday – Taught a one-hour BODYPUMP class
  • Wednesday – Taught TWO one-hour BODYATTACK classes, foam rolling
  • Thursday – Did a one-hour Orangetheory Fitness class
  • Friday – Taught a one-hour BODYATTACK class, did 30 minutes of yoga at home
  • Saturday – Did half of an Orangetheory Fitness class and 20 minutes of yoga at home
  • Sunday – Rest day

What was good about my week of workouts?

I was back to teaching my usual Les Mills classes this past week, in addition to working at Orangetheory Fitness (OTF) after having a bit of a break last week during my OTF instructor training. I got in four sessions of cardio (BODYATTACK), and three sessions of resistance (BODYPUMP and two Orangetheory classes), so my week had decent balance. In addition, I had a full rest day off from exercise and did two short yoga sessions, so plenty of recovery was included. The best part about this past week was the incorporation of Orangetheory workouts, as they are different every single day and have me doing moves I don’t normally do. I’m loving the TRX and medicine ball work. A great week of sweating!

What could have been better about my week of workouts?

It would be nice to get an even balance of cardio and resistance training over seven days, but I haven’t achieved that in quite a few weeks. I’m still a bit cardio heavy with all of the BODYATTACK classes that I teach, but luckily, I’m only going to be teaching three from here on out. Overall, this past week wasn’t too shabby. I felt good!

And there you have it. Have an awesome Monday, my friends! On my agenda? I’m teaching a couple of classes at Orangetheory Fitness, writing and then teaching an evening BODYATTACK at 24 Hour Fitness. As usual, a day spent hopping around gyms and sitting behind the computer! Woohoo!

Questions of the day

What was the last workout that you did?

How was your weekend?

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  1. Okay, I am not a country fan….not sure we can be friends anymore 😉 KIDDIINNGG, but I am gonna skip it and go right on to your workouts, orange theory? That sounds interesting 🙂 I think you had a great week of workouts, and should be proud of that, there is no such thing as perfect, you are doing really damn well 🙂

    1. Hi Tina! That’s okay, my hubby is not a country fan either and he still liked the concert hahah! And thanks for the support on the workouts. We do what we can. Hope you have a lovely Monday! 🙂

    1. Hi Sam! Yes, I would think of him as an outdoor performer as well, but at least you know you won’t be cold heheh! Yay for concerts! Hope you have a great Monday! 🙂

    1. Hi Chrissy! Country fest? That sounds like something I would like! And Fenway Park is probably a great place to see a show. I hope your weekend was good, lady! Happy Monday!

    1. Hi Jill! Good for you to find balance! It’s not easy, especially when you are training for something or your job requires you to teach certain workouts hehehe. Have a great Monday, lady! Stay balanced! 🙂

  2. I feel like you must have grown up in Iowa too with all of this country music talk going on 😉 Hehehehe! Those two together would be an amazing show – glad you had a great time minus the cold and the bad sandwich. Last workout… BODYPUMP yesterday and I’m teaching it again this morning! Have a great Monday!

    1. You are a total animal for still BODYPUMPing right now! Nice work! And I didn’t even know there was a big country music scene in Iowa. Now I do! hahah! Hope your week goes well, lady! Maybe that baby will make an appearance! 🙂

    1. Hi Susie! Yay for Orangetheory!! No way? You’ll need to go check it out. Hopefully you’ll be totally recovered by then. Until then, you should really find a concert to attend heheh! Happy Monday!

  3. I love Kenny Chesney concerts. He usually comes with such great people that it’s hard to not have fun, even if Kenny isn’t your favorite. Definitely understand how it gets colder! Gosh we always have seats high up and once the sun goes down, and being up high, that wind gets ya! Looks like such a fun weekend, though!

    1. Hi Heather! I know! Country music is always a good time, and Kenny’s songs are so “sing-songy”! Happy Monday to you! Nice work on the race:)

  4. Look like another great week of workouts for you! Orangetheory sounds like a great addition to the les mills classes. Unfortunately the nearest studio is almost an hour from where I live. I would love to start doing TRX again, but the classes at my gym are an extra cost.

    1. Hi Lisa! Yes, sometimes specialty workouts can be expensive and/or far away and not convenient. But maybe they can be an infrequent splurge for you hhehe. Hope you had a great weekend!

  5. How fun! You know I love country music but Jason Aldean and Kenny Chesney are actually my two least favorite country artists. I always change the channel when their songs come on. But hey – a good concert is a good concert!

    1. Hi Stacie! They aren’t my favorite country artists either, but I do love a good concert, and they both put on a good show. Hope you had a fun weekend, lady! 🙂

  6. Ahhhh fun!! Kenny is coming to Vancouver in a month with Jake Owen, and I’m still debating whether or not to get tickets. I’m going to a country music festival in the summer for 3 days (Keith Urban is headlining!) and I feel like I spend all my money on concert tickets, haha.

    1. Hi Bri! There are worse things to spend your money on than live country music. hehhe! The festival sounds fun, but I bet Jake and Kenny are a good duo as well! ahaha! Hope your week starts off great, friend. Happy Monday!

    1. Hahha Claire! Sounds like you’re quite the fan! Yes, it was a good line-up of country music for sure. And there were a lot of “No Shoes Nation” people on the floor level, who seemed to be die-hard Kenny lovers heheh! Hope you had a nice weekend!

  7. That concert looks great! I’ve been getting into country music lately so I think that would be a lot of fun 🙂 My weekend was great- I went on a trip to Europe and flew back on Sunday. We were in Copenhagen for our last city which was amazing! I even got to do a race there (parkrun- free weekly races in Europe!) and had a great time 🙂

    1. Hi Gretchen! Oh you know, just a little trip to Europe ahhaha! That’s awesome! Good for you for getting in a run there too. So fun! Hope you’re not too tired from the whirlwind trip. Have a great day! 🙂

  8. Fantastic idea both on the car service and the club level seats- especially with those long lines! I think Kenny is an awesome performer but think Jason is just okay. I love his songs, but he just stands there! Sounds like a great weekend!

    1. Hi Katie! Kenny was clearly more entertaining than Jason, but I like Jason’s songs a lot. And I hope you had a lovely weekend, lady! Here’s to a great Monday! 🙂

  9. Ashley, you are so darn adorable! I love your cowboy boots. It looks like you had a fabulous weekend. We have an Orange Theory soo close to my house. What are your thoughts? Do you love it? Should I try it?

    1. Hi Doc! hahah Oh thanks, you are too sweet. Is it the Orangetheory Winter Park near you? If you go there, check out my friend Dan’s classes. He is awesome! And yes, Orangetheory is good for anyone. 30 minutes of cardio/30 minutes of strength and rowing in one class, totally different workout each day and you wear a heartrate monitor, which is totally cool. Check it out!! Let me know if you go:)

  10. I am a huge country music fan, but I have only been to one concert, Zac Brown Band. They were great in concert! But I can’t wait to go to more in the future!

    1. Hi Hilary! I’ve never seen Zac Brown Band, but would like to. Hope you had a great weekend and that you can book another concert soon! 🙂

  11. That concert looks so fun! It’s strange, I grew up in NYC/Connecticut in what are pretty much the furthest-from-country type of areas possible. But I started listening to Taylor Swift (the early years), watching Hart of Dixie and Nashville and then looking up the soundtracks…and now I listen all the time!

    1. I love that, Alyssa. Yay country!! My husband grew up in Maine, also far from country music, and so he’s never been much into it. But I love Taylor Swift and used to watch Hart of Dixie (I gave it up a couple of months ago and don’t seem to miss it!), so we share some things there. Hope you had a fun weekend, lady! Happy Monday to you!!

  12. Looks like a fun weekend. New follower and exicited to learn more about your bodypump teaching :)! I had a soccer game last night and will be hitting BP at lunch today.

    1. Hi Pinky! Thanks so much for stopping by to say hello. And so awesome you are fitting in a BODYPUMP at lunch today. I love BODYPUMP and have been teaching it for a few years. However, tonight I’m teaching BODYATTACK — a cardio program from the same folks who make BODYPUMP of course. Soccer game? Nice work! Hope your Monday is going great! 🙂

    1. Nice work on the springs this morning, Carrie! And you’ll need to come take one of my PUMP classes if you visit the East Bay soon! 🙂

  13. I’m like Dave, I’m not that big into country music but I can still appreciate a good live show. It looks like it was a blast! Although that sucks that you had to check your purse.

    I didn’t know they did TRX and medicine ball work in Orange Theory either. I thought it was mostly the rowing machine and treadmill which sounded great on it’s own but it’s even better that they mix it up!

    1. Hi Sarah! Oh we mix it up at Orangetheory totally! We even use a Bosu trainer, ab dolly and all sorts of toys. You’ve got to come check it out soon! Happy Monday, my friend! 🙂

  14. I think Dave and I have the exact same opinion on country music haha….

    I am much more of a hard rock girl, despite growing up in Tennessee. In fact, I also went to a concert this weekend. we spent all day Saturday at Carolina Rebellion watching Nonpoint, Sammy Hagar, Chevelle, Rise Against, Papa Roach, and Korn just to name a few. It’s definitely the biggest concert I have been to and festivals always seem to bring out the “crazies” haha!

    1. Hi Amanda! hahah! Yes, festivals do bring out the crazies, which is always fun to watch. Sounds like a good line-up of bands you got to rock out to this weekend. And Dave is a good sport when it comes to country, because I have it on in the house sometimes too hehee. Happy Monday to you lady! 🙂

  15. I loved that pic of the two of you on insta! You def need to frame it STAT!

    I’m no country music fan at all (sorry!), but that sounds like a fun evening! And dang girl, that’s impressive-4 BA classes? hello amazing!

    1. Hi Annette! I know, I love BODYATTACK, but I think four is too many, so I’m glad to be back to teaching three this week only. And I rarely print pics, but maybe that one will need to be printed hehe. Hope you had a lovely anniversary weekend! 🙂 Happy Monday, Momma!!

  16. Where do you take Orangetheory? I really want to try it and I saw that one is opening in Los Gatos this summer! I had so many FB friends posting about that concert this weekend!

    1. Hi Laura. I teach Orangetheory! I teach at the new Walnut Creek location, and yes, there is one in San Jose and Los Gatos! You should try it out! 🙂 Happy Monday!

    1. Hi Bethann! Make sure you bring a small purse, because that part of it was annoying. The venue is nice and new though. Hope your weekend was great too! Happy Monday pretty lady! 🙂

    1. Hi Ange! Happy Monday! That’s awesome! I can’t wait for you to experience it. And if it’s new, there are bound to be some special opening membership rates, so lock those in. Have a fabulous day! 🙂

  17. That concert looks like it was a blast! It’s making me miss Coachella 🙂

    How are you liking teaching at OrangeTheory? I took my first class there recently and loved it! The monitors tracking your heart rate are so motivating!

    1. Hi Whitney! I like it a lot. It’s a good mix between personal training and group fitness, because I get to spend time helping everyone in the class, as well as coach to a full studio. Glad you enjoyed your OTF experience! The science behind the HR monitors is awesome and effective. Happy Monday!! 🙂

    1. Hahaha Megan, I’ll tell Dave you agree with him. But live music is good, no matter what! Hope you had a nice weekend, lady! 🙂

    1. Gym hopping and computers is basically my life. With a whole lot of eating thrown in there. And laundry too. Can’t forget that haha. Hope you had a great weekend, Laura! 🙂

    1. I don’t go to nearly enough country concerts since the hubs isn’t a huge fan. But we’re thinking of going a few more this summer anyways. I hear Concord Pavilion has some good shows. Happy Tuesday, Hayley! 🙂

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