Hello! Greetings from Florida! I’ve been enjoying a wonderful weekend with my parents in the sunshine so far, complete with attending a fun engagement party on Saturday night and doing a lot of relaxing. I’ll check back in soon with some photos from all the goings on. But for now, as we do every Monday morning, let’s talk fitness and workouts. Oh and you don’t want to miss tomorrow’s post, because I’m going to have a big giveaway for you!
Essential fitness travel item
There is one item that makes it into my suitcase whenever I travel — a resistance tube. This little red tube is incredibly versatile when it comes to the moves that you can do with it, and it also wraps up nicely into a little ball and barely weighs anything. It’s the perfect item to bring along on a trip to make sure you have at least something useful for your workouts. Even though I like to take it easy with exercising when I travel, I always find time to make use of my tube for at least a little bit of movement, and this trip has included that.
I not only use this tube for doing Les Mills CXWORX, but I also use it nearly every single day for stretching my legs, chest and shoulders before and after workouts. So really, this tube is not only essential for travel, but for all of the time. And now let’s get back to the regularly scheduled programming.
My Weekly Workouts recap
Here on A Lady Goes West, I like to share my weekly workouts with you to show the good and the bad. As someone who works in the fitness industry, sometimes my weeks are too heavy, and sometimes they are just right. While I definitely get a little bit more movement than the Average Joe, I also spend a lot of time stretching and foam rolling to help my body recover between the classes that I teach and take.
- Monday – Taught one-hour BODYATTACK class, foam rolling
- Tuesday – Completed 20-minute total-body dumbbell workout, attended a 45-minute TRX Blitz class at Studiomix
- Wednesday – Taught one-hour BODYATTACK and BODYPUMP classes, foam rolling
- Thursday – Attended one-hour vinyasa flow yoga class at Satori Yoga
- Friday – Rest day
- Saturday – Completed 30-minute CXWORX core workout and 25-minute Focus T25 stretch DVD at home
- Sunday – Rest day
What was good about my week of workouts?
This week was a little bit lighter for me in terms of workouts due to my trip home to Florida. I took two full rest days, which is definitely a good thing for my body every once in a while, because most of my weeks consist of six days of working out. I got in two sessions of cardio with BODYATTACK, four sessions of resistance training with my own weight-room routine, TRX and BODYPUMP, and I also did yoga, a core workout and even some extra stretching. I really enjoyed switching up my workout with the TRX class on Tuesday, which I was able to attend thanks to the ClassPass party. And yoga came at a perfect time for me on Thursday, after teaching a tough double-header on Wednesday night. Overall, all of my workouts varied in time, intensity and format, which makes this a great week.
What could have been better in my week of workouts?
I didn’t really spend a lot of time lifting heavy weights this week. While I do load up my barbell in BODYPUMP, that particular class is still more focused on muscle endurance with higher rep ranges and lighter weights, and my only weight-room workout was short with medium dumbbells. For men, women and basically everyone, it’s so beneficial to lift heavy things every week, and I missed out on that a bit, but I’ll get back on it soon.
That’s that. Five days of training and a little bit of time doing nothing. I’m heading back to San Francisco tomorrow, so will be fitting in a short sweat session this morning and then hanging out with my Momma the rest of the day. I hope your week starts off great!
Questions of the day
Do you lift heavy weights? Do you like to workout when you travel? What’s your go-to home workout?