Back to Cleveland and back to reality this week after returning from vacation. This goes for my workouts too; no more slipping out of bed at 9am for a late morning fitness class. I’m back to balancing a demanding work schedule with my health and fitness goals.
So here’s the lowdown on what I did to move my body and steady my mind this week-
Monday– Power Yoga Class
The first day back to work following a vacation tends to be a long one with all the catching up to do. My email list alone could take a week to sort through. I went into work extra early on Monday so that I could head out at five to grab a spot at Cleveland Yoga’s Power Yoga Basics class. Despite practicing yoga regularly for 2 years, this ‘beginner’ class was very humbling. Needless to say, it was a great core workout. I like practicing in a heated studio because I come away feeling like I’ve scored a great 2-for-1 deal; a yoga class and a sauna detox session.
Tuesday– Chest & Back Strength Session + Cardio
- Incline barbell press
- Band-assisted pull-ups- I use the green band from Garage Fit
- Single-arm dumbbell rows
30 mins Stairmaster made possible by For the Love of Money podcast. Money aside, Chris Harder, does a great job of getting me excited about life.
Wednesday– Leg Strength Session
- Barbell squats
- Smith Machine lunges
- Stiff-leg deadlift
- Leg extension machine
Booty was sore!
Thursday- Shoulder Strength Session + Cardio
- Barbell overhead press- Instant badass feeling
- Dumbbell lateral raise
- Rear delt cable fly
5k treadmill run- Used my Garmin Forerunnerto keep my heart tick’n at 150 bpm
Friday– Arm Strength Session + Yoga
- Dumbbell curl
- Close-grip push-up
- Hammer curl
- Rope push-down
I used the Find What Feels Good app and did the Yoga Morning Fresh class. The app offers a one-week free trial before the monthly $10 fee kicks in.
Saturday– Indoor Cycling Class at LA Fitness in Lyndhurst, Ohio.
Sunday– Rowing Machine + Yoga
In my search to find gyms with Concept 2 rowing machines, I checked out an LA Fitness in Brooklyn, Ohio. Rowing machines- yes, Concept 2 brand- no. So I used their Matrix rowing machines to blast through 2-by-2k. At least I thought I was blasting; my splits registered at 1:55-1:57/500m during my pieces, however my final time and average race time didn’t quite agree. I did feel a familiar quad burning, light-headed, gasping for air sensation that I would experience after a race during my college rowing years.
After rowing, I stuck around for a yoga class, or rather a fitness class in which the instructor had us hold yoga poses. Not horrible, but it did reassure me as to why I have both gym and yoga studio memberships.