My weekly workouts and my weekend
I’ve discovered the secret remedy to cure the dreaded “Sunday night blues” …
Work all weekend. Then you won’t feel much different about Sunday night when it comes around. Just kidding. But seriously, I don’t want to tell you what time I’ve had to set my alarm at as of late.
Ever since returning from vacation, I’ve hardly seen the light of day between Equinox and teaching group fitness. This weekend was no different. Dave flew down to San Diego to visit his family in their new home, and sadly, I had to stay behind to work.
I worked at the gym, taught classes and did some major food preparation for the week. Then, late on Saturday afternoon, I took advantage of my alone time and did something out of the ordinary: I drove. In fact, I took myself on a little joyride out to the ‘burbs in the East Bay, where I got a manicure and went to a big Target. That may seem like a regular day to most of you, but I don’t drive much these days, and I don’t head out to the ‘burbs much either. I blasted country music on the radio and took the long route. For a foot soldier in a big city, it was pretty nice to get out and feel the road beneath the wheels.
Other than that, I spent much of my time at the gym or working on “programming” for clients, which is a standard for trainers at Equinox (unlike many other gyms). Basically that means we create planned-out progressions and regressions of exercises (making it harder or easier) to help clients reach their goals, and it takes a long time to do for each person based on their particular needs and abilities.
Speaking of Equinox, look what appeared on the wall at the new gym on Friday?
How cool is it that they asked for our Twitter handles to place on our trainer bio boards?
You’ll see I’m listed as Tier 2 trainer. That’s because I passed my exam and in-person practical assessments before the gym opened. Over the next few months, as I take on more and more clients and attend more certification trainings, I hope to become a Tier 3. (Equinox Union Street has trainers starting at Tier 1, going all the way up to Tier 3+).
Now, let’s get back to our regularly scheduled programming. Here’s a look at how I got moving over the past week.
- Monday – 30-minute CXWORX class at home
- Tuesday – foam rolling, 45-minute workout including squats, back and core
- Wednesday – taught one-hour BODYPUMP class
- Thursday – power Vinyasa yoga class
- Friday – taught one-hour BODYPUMP class
- Saturday – taught one-hour BODYATTACK class
- Sunday – foam rolling, 30-minute workout including legs and stretching
What was good?
Variety, my friends. I did a bunch of different things, and I spent plenty of time stretching. I even picked up some heavier weights for once. Spending all day in the gym gives me time to toy around, so I took myself through some potential training routines that I plan to offer to my clients. Also, the power Vinyasa class I took at Equinox was a major highlight of the week’s activities. It was one of the best yoga classes I’ve ever taken. I broke a serious sweat. I didn’t take any days off for rest, but a couple of the days were very light, so I did have a chance to recover.
What could have been better?
Cardio, cardio, where have you gone? Now that I’m down to teaching one BODYATTACK class a week, I need to make it a point to fit in some cardio here and there. Although I walk almost four miles-a-day, it’s not the high-intensity cardio work that I like to do at least a couple times-a-week. I’ve got a plan for some advanced treadmill routines I’m going to try out this week.
Questions of the day
How did you get active over the past week? And how was your weekend?
You are definitely a busy little bee these days! How exciting though. Good luck on the new adventures you’ve gotten yourself into. It all seems so fun!
It sure is. As a fitness lover, it’s pretty rewarding to help other people understand it and appreciate it.
Reading this is making me feel so lazy! haha. I’ve only been working out 3 days a week but I really want to start squeezing in some yoga too. It feels so good!
Equinox seems like a really cool gym to work for. I wish they offered locations in the East Bay, you know, “the ‘burbs”. 😉
By the way, I’m originally from Florida too. I grew up in Ormond Beach and went to school in Orlando. 🙂
It’s good you are getting moving a few times a week. Everyday is definitely not necessary. And yes, Equinox is an awesome place to work and to be a member.
So you’re a fellow Central Floridian. I was actually born in Southwest Florida, but spent about six years after college in Orlando. It was a nice place to live, but now that I’m here I can’t believe how small it seems.
What a different world we live in on the West Coast.
Sounds like it’s nonstop for you these days! At least you’re enjoying everything you’re doing – I’m sure that makes it more bearable.
Looks like you had a great week of workouts – I love the variety!
Yes, I’m loving every minute of training and working at Equinox, but it’s definitely not easy. I’m running around and working a lot, but learning so so much.
Your new job sounds so exciting and busy! My workouts included 3 strength training days, softball, cardio, and a lot of walking. Hoping to start kicking up the cardio a bit more.
Congrats on all the exciting changes! You sound like you’re handling the full schedule well- and I also used to do an afternoon drive to the eastbay or marin when I needed to slow down, get out of the fog and get some sunshine- totally worth it.