Workout Week in Review 9/26 – 10/2

by Lisa on Monday: Oct 03, 2016

Boy has it been a long time since I’ve written a workout week in review post! And that’s mainly because I haven’t been able to get into any great workout routines since the wedding. Last week I was finally able to get in some solid workouts, and I have a good plan for the week ahead.

Workouts

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Last Week

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I decided to re-start the 100 pushup challenge this week to continue throughout October, so in total I had 3 days of pushups, plus three other additional workouts:

Monday

Week 1 Day 1 of Pushups: 15 total
Cardio: Dance Cardio for 43 minutes

Tuesday

Cardio: Dance Cardio for 30 minutes

Wednesday

Week 1 Day 2 of Pushups: 22 total
Upper body workout: biceps, triceps and front raises

Friday

Week 1 Day 3 of Pushups: 29 total

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Plan for the Coming Week

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This week I will be continuing on with the pushup challenge which includes another 3 days of pushups. Also, I’m hoping to get in 2-3 gym trips with D where I will be focusing on the elliptical, treadmill and maybe venture into the weights room. This is all in addition to my usual dance cardio which is a staple in my routine.

Goals

  • Pushups: 3 days
  • Gym: 2-3 days
  • 1 Upper Body Workout
  • 1 Lower Body Workout
  • Total workouts: 4-5
  • Step goal for the week: 65,000 steps

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What have you been doing for workouts lately?

Favorite type of cardio?

Workout Week in Review 1/25 – 1/31

by Lisa on Saturday: Jan 30, 2016

It’s the last week in January, and it’s time to look back on my week of workouts! I got in 4 solid workout this week, which was one less than I was originally planning, but overall I’m very happy with my efforts.

Monday
Much like last week, Monday kicked off on a good note with a successful 6:30AM wakeup call. I’ve been pleasantly surprised by my determination over the past few weeks to start Monday this way, and I hope the trend continues. I completed a fast-paced 40 minutes of cardio.

Tuesday
Tuesday marked the return of TurboFire, a workout I love to throw on when I need something to kick my butt and leave me a sweaty mess. I always feel like I’ve worked hard when one of these DVDs is over and they never get boring.

TurboFire

Wednesday
Wednesday was another 40 minutes of dance cardio.

Thursday – Off

Friday
I was thisclose to not doing any type of workout on Friday, but at the very last minute, I decided to go for some more cardio and got in a quick 25 minutes. Much better than nothing at all.

As for the weekend, I’m not sure if I’m going to be able to fit in another workout session. If I do, I will consider it a bonus and will also try to make it something strength-based.

Next week I will definitely be bringing more strength workouts into the mix, but you can bet my dance cardio isn’t going anywhere.

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What are your favorite workout DVDs to do at home?

Do you prefer to workout at home or go to the gym?

Workout Week in Review: 1/11/16 – 1/17/16

by Lisa on Saturday: Jan 16, 2016

I haven’t done one of these “Workout Week in Review” style posts in a while, which is mainly because I hadn’t been working out consistently in December and through the holidays. However, this week was an entirely different story, and I’m determined to keep up the streak now.

The main theme of the week was dance cardio, which kept things fun and kept me wanting to come back for more. I did mix in a few other things here and there. Here’s how things went.

Workouts

Monday
The week kicked off with a 6:30 AM wake up call, purposely scheduled for a workout. I woke up motivated to kick off the week on the right foot, and I did 40 minutes of cardio.

Tuesday
I somehow was able to wake up at 6:30 AM twice in a row! Needless to say, I’m not a morning person, so anytime I successfully get myself out of bed at this hour is a victory. Workout: another 40 minutes of cardio.

Wednesday
I knew my schedule was going to be a bit different on Wednesday, so I didn’t have to get up early and instead worked out during lunch. This time I did another 40 minutes followed by an upper body workout. I focused on free weights, bicep and tricep curls, as well as some overhead raises.

Thursday
I was hoping to get in a workout, but this day kind of went off the rails. Rest Day.

Friday
Like Wednesday, I had a different pattern to my day and fit in my workout during lunch. 42 minute of cardio, followed by the same upper body workout as Wednesday. I also added in a few sets of squats.

Weekend
No workouts planned for the weekend. If one happens, I will consider it a bonus!

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What kind of workouts did you do this week?

What are your thoughts on dance cardio?

Workout Week in Review: 10/26 – 11/1

by Lisa on Monday: Nov 02, 2015

Happy November, everyone! This time of year is always a bit hard on me because of the descent into winter, the shorter daytime hours and general changing-of-the-seasons weirdness. However, turning the calendar over onto a fresh new month is always exciting and makes me want to set new goals.

This week had some new challenges thrown in, which I will get into in a minute.

Here’s what the week looked like:

Monday: This was the big conclusion to the 21 Day Fix! I did the last workout in the rotation and felt pretty good about myself for having finished the full three weeks of the program. The only downside was that this was the Pilates workout, and the past few times I did this one, it ended up hurting my hip during the side series. I actually had to skip most of that section (after attempting it for a few reps).

Tuesday: I have to admit, I was super psyched to do a workout that was NOT the 21 Day Fix on this day. I queued up a 45 minute TurboFire workout which was a lot of fun.

TurboFire

Wednesday: I decided to keep some of the Fix workouts in my rotation, so on this day I decided to go with the upper body workout. But again, at the end my hip was bothering me.

My right hip has been feeling a little off since mid-October when D and I went to a few concerts in a row that required standing for long periods of time, and I was doing a lot of walking and exercising at the same time. Something about that combo did not agree with my hip. I ended up taking off Thursday and Friday to see if that would help.

Saturday: After a few days of rest, I thought I’d try some Zumba. I did 30 minutes of the “Mix” DVD which is a lot of different dances from around the world. Super fun workout. But still not so good when it came to my hip.

After the way the whole week went with my hip feeling off, I’ve decided I have to take it easy and let whatever’s going on have some time to heal. I’m not exactly sure why it hasn’t been feeling right, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.

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Tell me about some of your accomplishments from the week!

Workout Week in Review – 10/19 – 10/25

by Lisa on Sunday: Oct 25, 2015

This week was a pretty successful week in the world of workouts. First of all, my stress level was much lower this week than the past two weeks. Another thing that helped me be successful was waking up early in the mornings to get in my workout first thing0 before I left for work. I find that I’m most consistent when I do the early morning routine, rather than waiting until lunch time or after work, when I have a whole day to make excuses as to why I can skip the workout.

To recap, here’s what I did:

Monday – Friday: 21 Day Fix workouts. Wednesday I was having a particularly tired/not feeling well type of day, so instead of skipping the workout and ruining my good streak, I decided to do the 21DF yoga workout instead. I was very happy with this decision because it let me stretch out and get in a workout without pushing myself too hard. Generally this workout comes at the end of the week, but I find that it works best for me to mix and match the workouts depending how I’m feeling on any given day.

Monday I also got in 30 minutes of dance cardio after completing my 21 Day Fix workout. This was a great way to kick off the week because it made me feel very accomplished and pushed me to do more the rest of the week.

Saturday I took the day off unintentionally. It was a big day here because my family and D’s family met each other for the very first time! It ended up going great, but by the time the evening rolled around and everyone went home, I just couldn’t fathom doing something active.

Today, I have on the agenda the Dirty 30 workout in the 21 Day Fix rotation, which when completed will mean that I worked out 6 out of 7 days this week. I’m very happy with this result!

After tomorrow’s Pilates workout, the 3 weeks of 21 Day Fix workouts will have concluded. This is the first time I’m ever going to have done the full 21 days (even though I did stretch them out into 4 weeks).

What is my plan after this? I’m going to ease up on the Fix schedule, while still keeping the workouts in my rotation. As I’ve mentioned before, I have a love/hate relationships with the Fix in that the workouts kick my butt while I’m doing them and take a lot of motivation to get through, but they do give me the results I’m looking for. I’m tentatively planning to do an every other day Fix workout and an every other day “fun” cardio workout with a rest day next Sunday when we’re attending a friend’s wedding.

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What kind of workouts did you do this week?