Monday Setup – Eats and Moves

Good Monday morning to you! I’m taking a break from planning my week and sipping a big coffee more slowly than normal. I’ve got a tough leg workout planned and a day full of meetings (ugh..). Without further ado –  here’s my weekly meal plan:

Breakfasts: I’ll alternate between green smoothie bowls and egg white and veggie scrambles with LOADS of coffee.

Lunches: I’m pretty spoiled and work provides materials for salads – so my lunches will include veggies and a a lean protein like turkey.

Snacks: Hummus and veggies – always..and I’ll likely hard boil eggs tonight to snack on.

Scheduled Moves…I failed to mention I was training for a half marathon for the past two months (the Brooklyn Rock’n’Roll)  but have honestly felt uninspired as of late when it comes to weight training. I participated in a few rounds of Paige’s  bootcamps a few months ago and had incredible results..so I went ahead and registered for Lean Body Lifting and it kicks off today.  I will do a whole post of what an online bootcamp consists of but I really like the accountability and focus on eating and effective workouts.

Have a glorious day!

Weekly Workouts: 3 & 4

Happy President’s Day friends..this is my first year to participate in the holiday celebration and I couldn’t be happier to have a bonus day to rest, relax and spend quality time with hubs. We are heading out for the day soon for the museum after I make lunch – so I will keep things short and sweet!

Monday: Lower body circuit in apartment gym – I was proud for cranking this out after snowboarding for 4 days straight!

Tuesday: 30 minute treadmill run, at a steady state

Wednesday: Upper body circuit in apartment gym

Thursday: 20 minute treadmill HIIT

Friday: Total body circuit in apartment gym

Saturday: Quick body weight circuit in apartment gym

Sunday: Yoga @ David Barton Limelight – doing yoga in a gym that was formerly a club, then formerly a club..only in NYC!

 

You may notice I’ve shifted my workouts significantly over the last week and am placing more emphasis on strength. I signed up for an online bootcamp for the next six weeks and will share more details later this week. I plan to still hit up Class Pass for yoga, occasional cardio and weekend classes but I craved structure and the boot camp seemed like the perfect solution.

Last week catch up – I had a work trip followed by a fun getaway to hang with our Texas friends in Breckenridge..it was glorious!

Monday: Rest – travel day to Boulder, Colorado for a work retreat AKA..lots of meetings and long nights..

Tuesday: Rest

Wednesday: Rest

Thursday: Snowboarding

Friday: Snowboarding

Saturday: Snowboarding

Sunday: Snowboarding

Weekly Workouts: 2

If you read my post from Sunday, you already know I mixed up workout routine with two dance cardio classes this week. Thank you Class Pass for having every possible type of fitness class invented on the planet in NYC! Here’s what else I did

Sunday: Body by Simone, dance cardio

Monday: Rest day

Tuesday: Uplift, strength – a well-rounded free weights class with a few tabata bursts to get the heart pumping.

Wednesday: Doonya, cardio Bollywood class

Thursday: Pop Pilates – with a master trainer – MUCH tougher class, my first class wasn’t the least bit challenging and I considered not returning.

Friday: Rest day again..oops..I wasn’t planning on it but I had a few 12+ hour work days and my body wasn’t up to it.

Saturday: TrampoLEAN, full body – such a cool class, you “fitness bounce” and bands and light weights are utilized plus tabata drills. Full review coming next week!

Sunday:  Reflections yoga, yin yoga – ahhhh 90 minutes of holding poses for three to five minutes and deep breathing. Some poses were incredibly intense but it was the perfect Sunday afternoon relaxation class and the studio was beautiful.

Did you try a new workout this week?

Dancing On My Own

Hello again, I can’t believe it’s Saturday afternoon and I am just now getting around to blogging. This week was a stressful one full of meetings, late nights with the laptop in bed and I found myself struggling to keep positive.

Here’s what helped – red wine and chicken pot pie on a Thursday, sweat dates with hubs and reminding myself that in a few days we are off to see friends in Breckenridge and snowboard!

Annnnd back to title of this post..I am wrapping up my first month of Class Pass and decided to get out of my comfort zone with class selections this week. I’ve been mostly sampling spin, barre and circuit classes..which I love, don’t get me wrong, but I feel comfortable and confident tackling those workouts. To shake things up a bit, I signed up for two cardio dance classes..eek..it’s been YEARS since I danced (high school) so I knew I’d be rusty but dancing makes me happy ,so I swallowed my pride and signed up.

Body By Simone

I dove right in and  signed up for the Sunday dance cardio dance class with Jasmine. If you haven’t heard of BBS..then you likely do not follow celebrity fitness trends haha :).. famous clients include Anne Hathaway, Sandra Bullock, and Reese Witherspoon. Simone is a very likable, petite, ex-professional dancer that has a large fan following in NYC and LA. She recently released a line of DVD’s and has online streaming classes, so the whole world can access her method.

Guys..I got owned..but I still smiled as I saw my reflection in the mirror and awkwardly tried to catch on to the fast-paced choreography. This class would be reeeeally tough for people who have never danced (for at least a few years) or are new to 8-count choreography. The 6-7 strings of choreography loop over the course of one song, but keep in mind, it’s very fast-paced choreography! I was huffing and puffing after the second song concluded..but the upbeat music and class setting made me forget I was getting such a great workout in.

Jasmine, the instructor, smiled the entire hour and didn’t look tired  as she danced along with us. She was warm and positive – just what you need when you really want to take a break and slack off a bit.

The studio is off 11th and is a really nice, large, open space. They had clean showers with lots of space to get ready if you need to go to work or freshen up.

I plan to return for another dance cardio class, but have my eye on the trampoline class..classes at BBS book quickly, so expect to be flexible with class availability and timing.

Doonya

When I scanned through the studio description and read “Bollywood dance inspired class”..I decided Doonya would make the perfect Wednesday date night activity and the hubs agreed. He’s a realllly good sport, obviously.  The studio is located in NoMad and I arrived ten minutes early to sign waivers and get changed. The front desk and changing area was small, but the studio was well lit (I hate dark, window less rooms).

The actual class format was fun, easy to follow and very energizing! Similar to BBS, you repeat a handful of 8 counts over the course of a song, but this was not nearly as technical..just fun! The teacher was very warm, encouraging and added her own personal touches of “sass” to the moves. A few power moves like burpees and jump squats were peppered in to get the burn going a bit more. It was fun to see other men in the class, often at dance classes it is primarily female – love that about NYC!

On the sweat scale haha, I made that up, I would rank it a 6/10.  I was smiling throughout the class and enjoyed the choreography, it was just different movements and sequences but not so overly complicated that I felt intimidated. Doonya also does a great job of cultivating a positive environment through their staff and it truly is a “happy workout”.

Have you tried a cardio dance class before?

Weekly Workouts: 1

Happy Tuesday!

I had yesterday off work (it was glorious!), so today feels more like a Monday for sure. Here’s a peek at my exercise schedule from last week – I am definitely enjoying Class Pass!

Monday: BFX barre. This was the perfect Monday class, not too intense but a good core blast and the teacher, Rachel, was great with form cues.

Tuesday: The hubs encouraged a light workout in our apartment gym..I had to be pushed a bit but was glad to shake out my legs after a long day of work. I watched the State of the Union and cruised on an elliptical for nearly an hour.

Wednesday: Nada.

Thursday:  Flywheel 45. The instructor was high energy and the playlist was perfect..love when the stars align. I was glad the arms segment isn’t part of the 45 class structure,  I don’t see a ton of benefit from spastically lifting one pound weights for a few minutes.

Friday: Kore with the hubs.  Interval training in a dark, small studio – not my favorite class structure (it felt chaotic and unorganized) but Saturday I was hobbling around, so it was effective.

Saturday: Rest, glorious rest! After checking my iPhone health app, I still clocked eight miles!

Sunday: Yoga at YoGanesh..I was hoping for a yin yoga/deep stretch class but it ended up being more of a nap then haha.

What did your weekly workout mix look like?