Friday, November 5, 2010

"You gotta mix it up!"

6:00 am - Wake up and do an abs work out video
6:40 am - Watch Sports Center and eat a bowl of Special K cereal
7:30 am - Go to work where I am either sitting at my desk all day or hiking through the wilderness
12:00 pm - Eat lunch (usually a salad or chicken and brown rice or a PB sandwich)
4:30 - 5:30 pm (depending on the day) - Leave work and head to the gym
5:30 - 8:00 pm - Gym time
8:15 pm - Get home, eat dinner, read, watch TV
10:30 -11:30 pm - Bed

This is me on an average day. Notice something? I spend anywhere from 2-4 hours working out on a day when I am in the office and even more when I am out in the field.

I eat healthy and I am addicted to working out. What's wrong with me?

I asked this question to a personal trainer at my gym. She responded with 5 simple words: "You gotta mix it up!"

"Alright! What do I do?"

She grabbed a gym class schedule and listed out the 4 classes I should go to:

Uni Flex: Dumbbell class to music
Cyclo-Cross: Cycling class with intermittent strength/fitness routines
Free Flex: Barbell class to music
Rowing: Indoor rowing class

"I'm there! Let's do this!"

And I did! Here is my weekly gym schedule:

Monday: Uni Flex (1 hour) and Rowing (30 minutes)
Tuesday: Zumba (50 minutes) and Cyclo-Cross (1 hour)
Wednesday: Free Flex (1 hour) and Yoga/Pilates (50 minutes)
Thursday: Powerball (1 hour) and Zumba (50 minutes)
Friday: Rowing (1 hour)
Saturday: Rowing (1 hour)

I can hike all day through rough terrain without breaking a sweat. I can run for miles with no problem. But 7 minutes into my Free Flex class I was dripping in sweat... literally! I needed a towel! It was amazing! I couldn't stop smiling!

It's Friday night, I'm sore, and I've gained 5 pounds this week (muscle maybe? Yea, let's just say muscle), BUT I'm loving my new work out schedule! I'm still working out a lot but I've gotten away from my regular routine and my body is reacting.


Jessica Munk said...

Way to go! I need to "mix it up too"!

Cristina said...

That's awesome! Maybe you could come to Texas and be my gym buddy. I need some motivation!