Hello! How was your weekend, friends? Mine was good. But of course, a little too short.
True adult story: On Friday night, (a night in which I used to either teach a fun and full group fitness class in the city or hit up happy hour with friends), I sat on the tile floor, half-way inside a closet, digging through documents so I could compile our tax information. Yes, that’s what I did. Dave was working at a basketball game, and I didn’t get home until about 7 p.m., so I figured I would make use of my free time. It took me a while to get what I needed put together, and now we’re ready to meet with an accountant. How fun, right? After I got all the tax stuff together, I made myself a super-boring dinner consisting of two eggs, two veggie burgers and a kale salad, then I ate ice cream while watching “Keeping Up With the Kardashians.” At one point, as I spooned the frozen delight into my mouth and listened to annoying voices on the TV, I thought — really — is this what my life has come to? But no, it isn’t. I’m plenty social all the time, and there are just some nights that aren’t as fabulous. Oh well. But nonetheless, no pictures to show for my Friday night activities.
The rest of the weekend picked up quite a bit starting Saturday morning. Dave’s parents came up to visit us for the night (they live in San Diego and were en route to a little vacation in Northern California), and we hung out for the day, cruising around downtown Walnut Creek.
Just how I like it: A super-healthy tuna niçoise salad for lunch, followed by two mini cupcakes — one chocolate and one carrot cake. These little nibbles were both good, but the carrot cake one was to-die-for. I want to go back for the full-sized ASAP.
We had an absolutely delicious lunch at Tender Greens, and during that stop, I ran into the talented and sweet Alyssa and Carla, who were also getting their greens in. After lunch, we popped into some stores and then had some treats at Kara’s Cupcakes. It was such a gorgeous day to walk around, and Dave’s parents were very impressed with our new ‘hood.
Later that night, we all went to the Warriors basketball game, which was super exciting for Dave, because he was there as a “fan” and not working for the first time ever. Of course, the Warriors won, and we had a great time seeing the team play. (I did some serious people-watching and especially enjoyed the half-time performance, as hundreds of men and women did a Jazzercise routine on the court.) Good times.
Dave’s parents had to head out Sunday mid-morning to begin their vacation, and it worked out well, because both Dave and I had plans as well. Dave went golfing with a friend, and I headed to the group fitness studio for a three-hour practice session with other instructors.
It was only a small group of instructors who showed up for the BODYATTACK portion, and we worked up a killer sweat in no time. After that, it was time to grab some equipment for a packed BODYPUMP practice.
I’m no stranger to spending weekend days in the gym, so I didn’t mind that I missed out on the sunshine outdoors. It was a worthy use of my weekend time. We worked on learning some of the new BODYPUMP and BODYATTACK moves and techniques in the latest releases, which at 24 Hour Fitness, we will begin debuting on April 5. It was definitely a good time to visit with some of my fellow Bay Area instructors, who I only see every once in a while at events like this. After that, I hit up the grocery store and went home to veg.
On Sunday night, Dave made us a delicious meal on the grill and we watched some “House of Cards.” And that was that! It was a relaxing and nice weekend, full of good food, family visitors, some work and some play.
My latest weekly workout recap
And now, it’s time for my regular weekly workout recap. I do this little “round-up” every single Monday, to show you how I’ve been moving …
- Monday – Taught a one-hour BODYATTACK class, foam rolling
- Tuesday –Taught a one-hour BODYPUMP class, foam rolling
- Wednesday – Taught a one-hour BODYATTACK class, foam rolling
- Thursday – Taught a one-hour BODYPUMP class, foam rolling
- Friday – Taught a one-hour BODYATTACK class, attended a one-hour yoga class
- Saturday – Rest day
- Sunday – Practiced 30 minutes of BODYPUMP and 30 minutes of BODYATTACK with a group of instructors to prepare for next launch
What was good about my week of workouts?
Well this was a Les Mills group fitness week if I’ve ever seen one. I taught five classes, all of which served as my workout for that day. I also attended a yoga class and a practice session for instructors. I did four sessions of cardio (all of which were BODYATTACK) and three sessions of resistance (all of which were BODYPUMP). That’s a good balance of both formats. I finally got in three strength-training sessions this past week, as I had been only completing two recently and hoping for more. Overall, this past week was a a good one, which even had a rest day and a yoga class for stretching and relaxation.
What could have been better about my week of workouts?
Although I did plenty of workouts this past week, it’s ideal to have at least a session that is done alone outside of the group fitness room. I like to focus my individual workouts on single-side weight-lifting, because that counteracts all the barbell work I do while teaching BODYPUMP, which has me using both sides of the body at the same time. I always suggest that people take time to work each side on its own, to make sure that you don’t let your stronger side pull all the weight and develop great imbalances. Therefore, other than that one solo session, this past week was strong, and I felt great.
I hope your Monday starts off excellently, and I’ll see you back here tomorrow!
Questions of the day
What did you do this weekend?
What’s the best workout you’ve done lately?
What’s your favorite weight-lifting move?