Hello and happy Monday!
Shewwww 2nd blog post in a month? HAH.
Todayyy I want to fitness-ey things. Specifically, pilates!
Pilates is one thing I never totallyyy got into. I really love weights and sweating and heart pumping workouts. However, I have NEVER been so sore as I am when I do pilates! Every so often I’ll do a strict pilates workout, but lately I’ve tried something new and I really love it! Pilates is such a STRANGE workout. The tiniest, minuscule movements burn like fireee. One way I’ve been utilizing pilates? Mixing them into my weighted workouts. This helps activate your muscles so that each movement is more effective. Pilates will make your weighted movements harder and your weighted movements will make the pilates movements harder!
Lately, I’ve been combining pilates moves into leg circuits. My favorite combination is to do weighted work+pilates+plyometrics in one circuit. I’ve also found this helps to form lean muscle!
Below is a workout I did on Saturday (after 5 days of complete rest).
DISCLAIMER: I am NOT a personal trainer. This is just a workout I’ve done and enjoyed, and I encourage you to seek a medical professional (your MD) before beginning this or any exercise regimen.
*Complete each circuit 1-3x/each
Here are links to some of the exercises:
*Modify as needed. You can choose whether to make these bodyweight or weighted exercises depending on your fitness level/goals.
Let me know if you try it!
And as much as I love making my own workouts, I also crave some structure and a clean format where I don’t have to think about what I’m doing every so often. I’m also craving something a tad different. This week I’ll be starting Lauren Gleisberg’s 30×30 Fat Loss Shred 2.0.
Previously I’ve done her 1.0 30×30 and it’s a combination of resistance and high intensity as opposed to her normal strict weight lifting programs. I’m doing this to be a part of the community and keep my body guessing. I’m also just craving shorter, intense workouts. My mind has had zero tolerance for working out longer than 30 MAYBE 40 minutes lately. Especially because when I go on a long run for my half marathon it takes me 1-2 hours. I’ll be using Lauren’s LISS days to run. Truly I think walking is 100% perfect (and almost wish I was doing that lol) but I’m starting to realize I have to run if I want to do this half marathon thing HAH. I actually made it 11.1 miles last weekend. What I’ve noticed is that my cardiovascular system is 100% ok with me going that far based on the workouts I’ve done over the last few years. I find THAT exciting. However, my legs feel otherwise. I haven’t run since that run because I almost face planted coming in the doorway and the back of my right knee has hurt since then… I’m hoping for good weather Thursday to try again…
This week it’s all about reorganizing and starting back school (oh, and work…) and the 30×30 plan! Wish me luck!
What’s on your plate this week?
Anyone doing the Lauren Gleisberg challenge?
Do you enjoy pilates?