Open Gym!

Today was the first day back in a workout mode in a long time.  Didn't I mention how I cleaned up the living room so I could get back on combat?  Well that got ruined last night when I moved some stuff around to play carpernter and put together my IKEA dresser.  I'm going to finish unpacking into the dresser today...but that meant at 6am I had to find another place to workout or wait until after work.  Ya'll know I do NOT do after work well or consistently...so that wasn't an option.  So I figured I'd check out the morning rush at the apartment gym and scope it out.  I figure some mornings I will want to bring my laptop down here so I can do the DVDs if they are high intensity (I don't live on the ground floor) so today was a scouting trip.  I was beyond surprised to see.....


Right....nobody.  I was in the gym for about 40 minutes and there wasn't a single person that was there when I got there or came in while I was working out.  Perfect for me...it's like my own private gym :)  You can see from the picture that the apartment gym is pretty well stocked - treadmills, arc trainers, bikes, yoga mats, medicine balls, swiss balls, free weights and weight machines.  There is some free room by the free weights that I could use if I set my laptop up with a DVD.  Plus I could probably do some kick butt P90x in there if I wanted to since the weight rack is close.  

Today I was pretty all over the place to be honest...I'm usually better with building my circuits.  But I was just antsy to workout.  So I did a 5 min warm up on the arc trainer then did a low weight/high rep circuit alternating legs and upper body.  Added abs at the end and cooled down with the bike for 5 minutes.  The good thing about this gym is that I will definitely get some practice building my own circuits and routines :)  

Also - if anyone out there is a personal trainer/health/wellness coach and would not mind me asking them some questions, can you please shoot me an email - healthyengineer@gmail.com.  I am currently researching certifications and getting wildly confused about all that is out there!


Hotel Circuits

I am on travel again - this time all the way to the west coast.  I'm in California trying to live the good life between finishing stuff up for work and working on my 30 day push to do list.  Before I get into my travel fit post I'm going to wax poetic about the 30 day push program Chalene Johnson has.  It's a FREE 30 day program that talks about how to align your goals to your priorities and to create a pathway to getting your goals accomplished.  I'm on day 8 of the program and already I've made some serious realizations.  It's been good and I've been able to better talk to my husband about where I want to be and that leads to just better overall communication.  It's good.

Okay more on that later.  But for now - traveling fit!  Okay so I will say that I'm SERIOUS about my fitness now - as you can tell.  And this means that I seriously refuse to be in a situation where I can't get my workout in.  This means 2 things.  #1 - I check the gym status at the hotel before I book.  I try to only stay places that have gyms.  And #2 - I bring DVDs with me.  This week I brought Turbo Jam and the Fast and Furious 20 min INSANITY workout.  So basically I have a plan and a backup plan.  This allows me some variety, especially right now while I'm between Beachbody programs, to mix it up.  It also was crucial to me in case one plan wouldn't work - like a tiny gym or a gym with limited equipment or no room to do a DVD.

So tonight was gym night.  I hit the gym pretty hard for some circuit training.  This gym was stocked with a full set of dumbbells, medicine balls, and a swiss ball - score!

Warm - Up - 5 min elliptical

Circuit 1 x2
25 crunches
15 pushups (started on feet, ended on knees)
15 squats w/ medicine ball
12 bicep curls
12 deadlifts

Do circuit 1 2x before moving on to circuit 2

Circuit 2 x 2
L side Woodchop (w/ weights)
10 frog jumps (INSANITY call back, lol)
L side single leg squat

R side Woodchop (w/ weights)
10 frog jumps (INSANITY call back, lol)
R side single leg squat
Weighted leg raise

Cool -Down - 15 min exercise bike

Pretty good workout if I say so myself.  Hit all the important body parts plus got a good sweat and cardio burn.  I did go a little light on the arm workouts because I am so sore from Turbo Jam and Les Mills Pump already.  So I focused a lot on core and the "basic strength moves" aka pushups, squats, crunches.  I am really really pushing towards doing more on my toes.  Insanity has gotten me far with that goal.  I did 5 on my toes the first circuit and 6 on the second go around.  So I definitely am improving.

As I get ready for P90x I'm getting SO excited for more weights.  My body feels different after a weight workout for sure and it's been a log time since I've put a circuit together.  I really enjoy putting workouts together - a reason that a PT cert is something else that I have been thinking about because I love this kind of stuff.  If anyone tried the circuit out please leave me a comment and let me know how you liked it!  I am not a trainer - just a girl who likes this stuff.