Happy Monday! I hope you had a great weekend. To start the week off right, I like to take a look back at all the workouts I completed over the past seven days. As someone who works in the fitness industry, I’m pretty active, and because of that, it’s important I consciously strive for balance. I hope you enjoy this Monday morning focus on my fitness and can take away something beneficial from the recaps each week.
Stretching it out at home with Shaun T
It’s no secret that I love trying new classes and workout programs. Since researching and writing a post featuring a Q&A with a Beachbody Coach, I’ve continued to see more and more talk about people working out at home and seeing great results. Well, low and behold, this week I received a special care package in the mail from that very same Beachbody Coach and was able to try one of the program’s signature home workouts. Here’s the package …
I tried Shaun T’s T25 Stretch DVD, which of course, is 25 minutes of stretching and part of the T25 Focus product line. I set out my yoga mat, popped the DVD in my laptop, and next thing you know, we were starting to move. This was my first time experiencing a DVD from the Beachbody line, and I was super impressed with the quality. Not only does the 25 minute video take advantage of every single second of the workout, but it also offers some user-friendly features. For instance, the name of the exercise we were doing showed up in a little box on the lower-right-hand corner, as well as the duration that we had left of that exercise. Then the name of the next exercise would appear before we moved on. I know from teaching group fitness classes that the time it takes to transition to a new move can take people a minute to figure out, and when a workout is just 25 minutes, you don’t even have that to waste. Although I only got to see Shaun T’s coaching style during a video designed to stretch the body, he appeared to be an excellent instructor. I’m interested to see more.
Now let’s get to the weekly workout recap …
- Monday – Taught one-hour BODYATTACK class, foam rolling
- Tuesday – Completed a 30-minute four-move total-body dumbbell workout, attended one-hour Avant-Barre class, foam rolling
- Wednesday – Taught one-hour BODYATTACK and BODYPUMP classes, foam rolling
- Thursday – Attended one-hour Avant-Barre class
- Friday – Completed Focus T25 stretch DVD, taught one-hour BODYPUMP class
- Saturday – Taught one-hour BODYATTACK class, foam rolling
- Sunday – Rest day
What was good about my week of workouts?
Variety! Three sessions of cardio, three sessions of resistance, two barre classes and even a stretch session all in one week. I really enjoyed the short, but intense, heavier weight-session I completed with dumbbells this week, which was my only 30 minutes of working out alone outside of the group setting this week. My upper-body was pretty sore from it, so I know I had the rep range and weight selection right. This week was good for me, because I didn’t go overboard with extra classes, and I even took a full day of rest.
What could have been better in my week of workouts?
For the past few weeks, I’ve been great about getting in one session of yoga, which I didn’t do this week. In fact, I struggled yesterday with the thought of doing an at-home yoga workout or taking a full rest day. In the end, the full rest day won out. But I did stretch plenty with the T25 DVD, so I’ll let the void of yoga slide for this week. However, I had a major fail on Friday. Right after I finished teaching BODYPUMP that evening, I went to meet Dave and a couple of his coworkers in the City at a bar. Sneakers, sweaty clothes and backpack in tow, Dave and I went to a sushi dinner together after we left the bar. So by the time we got home, I showered and put away my things, I completely neglected my usual stretching and foam rolling session post-BODYPUMP, which I always do when I get home. I woke up pretty stiff on Saturday morning and didn’t feel great at the start of teaching BODYATTACK. But I eventually loosened up and was sure to recover after that last workout of the week.
Oh well! That’s it folks, be sure to stop by again soon for some fun posts completely unrelated to fitness. And I’ll leave you with this thought of the day: Get up and move a little. It’s that easy. Take a walk, stretch your chest while standing in a doorway, just move around every once in a while. Believe me, you’ll feel better.
Questions of the day
What’s one way you’ve been active lately? Did you have any highlights in your weekend? Do you ever go places in your sweaty workout clothes or is that just me?