My weekly workouts and joy riding

Yesterday, as well as Tuesday, I did something that is completely run-of-the-mill for most of you. I got in a car, I drove myself somewhere, and it felt great.

Dave and I are lucky to have a car in the City, but because he uses it to get to work each day in the East Bay, I brave the streets on foot, via cab or public transit most of the time. And when I get a chance to drive, I love it.

I woke up yesterday to news that an earthquake had hit the Bay Area (which Dave and I didn’t feel). Unfortunately, the area surrounding wine country was hit pretty hard, but luckily San Francisco was unscathed. After texting people to let them know we were alright, I had some breakfast and then hit the open road. 

I signed up for a 10 a.m. Power Yoga class at a little studio in the Mission neighborhood, which is an area about three miles from our apartment. With my fingers crossed that street parking would be easy, I turned up the tunes and soaked up my quick 12-minute trip before pulling into a spot directly in front of the studio a few minutes before class started.

Seems so silly, right? Especially for those of you who drive everyday. But when you rely on others to drive you around (Dave usually picks me up from work at night) or when you have to walk yourself everywhere you go, it’s an awesome thing to be in control of your own transport every once in a while.

The yoga class felt great, but the freedom of being behind the wheel on a Sunday morning was definitely the highlight of my day.

After I came back from yoga, Dave and I laid around much of the day indoors, as you should on Sundays. He had a lot of work to do, so I handled some chores, watched some TV and started preparing a few new posts for later this week, then we finished up with our usual taco night.

Now, let’s get to the regularly scheduled programming on A Lady Goes West, in which I take a look back at all the ways I moved over the week.

New Weekly Workouts

Weekly Workouts

  • Monday – Attended one-hour Elevate Fitness SCULPT class; Taught one-hour BODYATTACK class
  • Tuesday – WORKOUT A, including a dynamic warm-up, mobility exercises, one-hour of total-body weight training, foam rolling
  • Wednesday – Attended one-hour Pop Physique Pop Sculpt class
  • Thursday – WORKOUT B, including a dynamic warm-up, mobility exercises, one-hour of total-body weight training, foam rolling
  • Friday – Attended one-hour Barry’s Bootcamp full-body class; Dynamic warm-up, taught one-hour BODYPUMP class, foam rolling
  • Saturday – Taught one-hour BODYATTACK class, foam rolling
  • Sunday – Attended one-hour Power Yoga class

What was good in my routine?

This week included a ton of variety in my workouts, which is so important for overall fitness. I did a lot of stretching, foam rolling and even attended a yoga class to make sure I’m staying loose and mobile, even as my workouts continue to be pretty intense. I’ve been feeling pretty darn good from all the additional classes I’ve been trying thanks to my ClassPass membership, and I’ll have more reviews coming your way, so check back soon for details on Pop Physique and Barry’s Bootcamp.

What could have been better?

While I didn’t take an official full rest day this week as I normally do, yesterday’s yoga class gave me some time to recover. This week, however, I started falling a bit behind in my heavy weight-training program and skipped a few sets due to lack of time. I’ve got a meeting scheduled tomorrow with my fellow personal trainer who is helping me on the program. We’ll be going through the third workout in the three-times-a-week program, so that should help get me back on track in the weight-room.

Now, I’m off to work. I hope you have a great Monday! And because I had such a nice weekend (outside of the earthquake issues for my brethren up north) including a fun time at the Dave Matthews Concert that I’ll share about later, I’m linking up with Katie, to share in the “Marvelous in my Monday” fun she hosts each week.

Questions of the day

How was your weekend? What are your plans for the long weekend ahead? Doing any traveling?

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    1. Yes, sometimes I love the fact that I walk, and sometimes I crave the setting of an air conditioned car. Ohhhhh city living. Hope you have a great Monday too!

  1. I can’t imagine not being able to drive where I want to go. As much as I hate traffic, having to rely on mass transit gives me anxiety. But I’m sure if I lived in the city then I could get used to it.
    And I’m impressed with all of your workouts! Looking at that makes me want to switch careers, haha. I worked out 3 days last week and that’s about as much as I get anymore between working, sitting in traffic, cooking and blogging.

    I’m excited to read your reviews on the other classes. I’m not sure if I’m going to be able to get to one before my CP expires so I’ll just keep living vicariously through you!

    1. Hi Sarah! I know, I always worked out super early when I had a corporate job, but as a trainer my hours are all over the place now. I’m definitely going to use all 10 classes this month, and I’ve loved it! Hope you had great Monday!

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