Workouts for the week of February 24th through March 3rd
Saturday | Rest.
Sunday | RIP
RIP is basically Body Pump but can be a little more intense. I wanted to do BP this day but didn’t feel like going to the Y closer to our house only because I’m not a huge fan of the instructor. So, I made the 20 minute trek across town to another Y specifically for this class. They got rid of their Les Mills contract awhile ago and replaced it with RIP. The instructors don’t have to follow the RIP format & can actually make up their own choreography which I like. I don’t know about you but I get tired of doing some of the same Body Pump moves/releases.
Anyways, nothing too crazy different about this class. I decided to do squats & lunges without any weight as well as backed off my usual chest weight as it has been a long time since I’ve done any sort of chest lifts. I almost felt like my overall strength has gone a little downhill as I haven’t been doing as much lifting as I was prior to taking more cycle classes.
Monday | Cycle
51 minutes – 17.1 miles (45 minute class, 6 minutes on bike before class)
Tuesday | TBC
After two weeks of not having our normal instructor, it was good to have her back again! And her workout for us did not disappoint either.
The first workout involved the class being split in half– one half did a wall sit for 90 seconds while the other half ran the length of the room. For the last 30 seconds, the runners had to sprint until time was up & then we switched. We did this four times before moving on to the ab workouts. Then, we did a plank for 1 minute; 30 seconds of plank jacks; 90 seconds of a “bull dog” or a “bird dog” for three rounds. The third workout was all lower body– 1 minute of squats; 30 seconds of jump squats; 90 seconds of hip bridges. Lastly, we ended with 7 minutes of weights as we were getting short on time– bent over rows, KB swings, flyes, and deadlifts for 10 reps each.
Wednesday | Rest.
Work has had me feeling more stressed out than usual but I just did not feel like spending any time at the gym. I didn’t care to do cycle class for all of the reasons that I mentioned in my post last week.
Thursday | TBC
Our workout was a little different than usual but I also appreciated the change! We did a tabata-style workout except each move was 45 seconds with a 15 second break and we went through three times:
Face Up Core Exercise (leg lowers, pike ups, bicycles, etc)
* There was a fifth move in here that I cannot remember for the life of me.
Second round was the same format but more weight:
Clean & Press
Squat + Push out kettlebell
Bent over row
Our finisher was a quick circuit around the room using the boxes, kettlebells, core moves, burpees, etc.
Friday | Rest.
So, this week was okay. As I mentioned above, work has had me feeling pretty stressed out lately. It’s been hard to shake at the end of the day only because I know the next day is going to be exactly the same. I’ve been feeling pretty mentally drained by the time 5:00pm hits so it has been kind of a struggle to get motivated to go to the gym. These are the times where I wish I could get out of bed in the mornings & go to the gym before work! I’m hoping that next week will be a little better + I really need to figure out how to not let work stress get to me.