Greetings and a very happy Monday going out to you, my friends far-and-wide. I hope you had a nice weekend. Mine was full of work and play, with a little bit heavier on the work-side than I would normally like. Let’s get into a weekend recap, and then we’ll talk about my recent workouts.
Friday night is sushi night in Walnut Creek
Because Dave is in the midst of enjoying summer Fridays, we actually went on a rare outing in the mid-afternoon when he was free, even though I should have been studying BODYATTACK choreography for my debut of the latest release today. The two of us popped out to DSW (my favorite shoe store) just before dinner-time, and I picked up some new sneaks, which you’ll see featured later this week.
After our shopping trip, the return of sushi-night-out made an appearance, following a couple of weeks of time at home. We headed to one of our usual spots, Miraku, for a good dinner on Friday evening, and we both got our usual orders — tuna variations for Dave, and salmon variations for me, with sake for the table.
The dinner was well-priced and tasty, and once it was done, we went home to watch TV and play with our little Rudy pup. (Let me just say that as a new puppy owner, nothing is better than the excitement that your little fuzzy-friend has when you walk in the door.)
Sweating together at VINT’s blogger brunch in San Francisco
Instead of teaching at Orangetheory Fitness on Saturday morning, as I usually do, Dave and I headed into the City to attend a fitness blogger event at the VINT headquarters. Dave was such a good sport at this activity as my guest, in which we did a workout, socialized with some lovely fellow bloggers and chatted about the VINT fitness service with the VINT team.
I was lucky enough to try out VINT and its workout several months ago and absolutely loved learning about the CEO and co-founder, Louise, as well as taking some personal sessions, like one-on-one yoga on the Bay. VINT is all about giving small or personal training sessions to people where it’s most convenient for them, so if you’re in the greater San Francisco Bay Area, check it out.
At this event, Dave and I participated in a martial-arts inspired workout, which required us to use each other’s bodyweight as resistance. In less than 30 minutes, we were pretty challenged when doing wheel-barrow, partner leg jumps, and all sorts of stuff, which was unlike what I normally do in the gym. Perhaps my favorite move was the one in which I had to jump on Dave’s back while he attempted to move me from his back to his front — all the while bracing our cores. He was sweaty, but it was fun, and we laughed while trying to do what everyone else in the room was doing.
A bunch of friendly faces shown above, including Jill, Caity, Lisa, Jenna and me — as well as a stream of photos showing a move in the workout, in which Dave had to crawl underneath my plank before hopping over me. Pretty funny stuff.
A big highlight of the day? Seeing the gorgeous Caity you see above, who is an incredibly talented fashion blogger, and whom I just love to cross paths with in the City. And finally meeting Jill, one lovely and friendly Canadian-turned-San-Franciscan blogger, who lives in my old neighborhood of Nob Hill, and who is just as gorgeous in-person as you would expect (as is Caity)! The blogger community in the Bay Area is just wonderful, and a big thanks to Carrie for inviting us all to attend this event.
And by the way, Dave was the only husband brave enough to come, and he did a great job.
Saturday afternoon and evening in Walnut Creek
After the event, Dave and I hit up Jamba Juice and the grocery store back in the ‘burbs. Then, in the afternoon, he went off to a friend’s BBQ, while I stayed back and practiced BODYATTACK. Finally, after a few hours, I decided to go join him for a bit at the get-together just to get a break in learning choreography. I went over in my same nasty workout attire from earlier, and our lovely ‘burb friends didn’t mind at all.
When we came home from the BBQ, I ran through the first half of BODYATTACK one more time with Rudy at my feet, then showered up to get ready for dinner. That night, we went out to Kacha Thai Bistro in downtown Walnut Creek, and it was acceptable, but not wonderful. The food was pretty good, but the service was pretty unmemorable.
Overall, it wasn’t a favorite, so I don’t think we’ll return, but at least we tried a new place in our area. After dinner, we started another episode of Orange is the New Black, but didn’t finish it before getting too tired and hitting the hay. Dave had to wake up quiet early to golf, so he was ready for bed.
A full day of work at home on Sunday
It’s easy for me to recap what I did yesterday: I worked. As in, I continued to practice, memorize and learn BODYATTACK 89 choreography to launch in class tonight, I spent time preparing for the two Orangetheory Fitness classes I’m teaching this morning. I also worked on the blog, went over my presentation that I’m giving this week at BlogFest, I did laundry and I even started a little packing for my trip. With all of that, I also had time to squeeze, pet and play with my little Rudy and have a nice dinner at home with Dave. It wasn’t the best of Sundays in my book due to the heavier-on-work-than-play, but I sure got a lot done in order to set myself up for a good week. Now, let’s get to the fitness …
My weekly fitness and workouts recap
Because it’s Monday, it’s time to take a look at my workouts from the past week …
(Photo credit to Leah Bentley Photography, 2015.)
- Monday – Taught a one-hour BODYATTACK class, foam rolling
- Tuesday –Took a one-hour Orangetheory Fitness class
- Wednesday – Taught a one-hour BODYATTACK class, foam rolling
- Thursday – Taught a 45-minute BODYPUMP class and a 30-minute core class
- Friday – Taught a one-hour BODYATTACK class
- Saturday – Did a 25-minute bodyweight workout with VINT, practiced BODYATTACK at home for about an hour-and-a-half
- Sunday – Practiced BODYATTACK at home for about an hour, did a 20-minute yoga session, foam rolling
What was good about my week of workouts?
This past week was full of teaching and practicing. The highlight of my workouts was the run/row that I did while taking an Orangetheory Fitness class on Tuesday as a participant. This was a 23-minute block, in which we ran at a “push” pace on the treadmill and then rowed a certain distance, after spending some time using weights and the TRX. It was incredibly tough, but as I was getting into it, I kept increasing my pace on the treadmill each round and increasing my wattage on the rower the longer it went on. I felt amazing after finishing that up — totally challenged. The other good things about my workout-week include the fact that I tried something new with the short partner workout at VINT, to keep my body guessing, and fit in a short yoga session, as well as foam rolling when I could.
What could have been better about my week of workouts?
This week was unlike most, in that I did not have a full rest day. While I’m adamant about my rest day each week, unfortunately, I had to spend a lot of time preparing for BODYATTACK, so no rest for me. In addition to that, this past week needed more weights and more yoga. Nothing I haven’t said before, but I continue to struggle to get enough time and energy each week to focus on the things that my body needs. My week was totally cardio-centric, and that’s not ideal. However, I have a plan for working on this once I return from my travels this week, so I do hope to achieve better balance soon.
I hope you have a wonderful Monday, my friends! I’m teaching a couple of classes at Orangetheory in the morning and then launching BODYATTACK 89 tonight. Let’s start this week off strong.
Questions of the day
What did you do this weekend?
Have you tried anything new lately?