My Current Workout Routine + What I Ate Today – Vegan

My Current Workout Routine + What I Ate Today

I’ve been getting a lot of questions lately over on Instagram about what my current workout routine is. It looks like a lot of spinning, but that’s only part of it!

Today, I figured I’d break down what my workouts have been looking like for the past two months. And let me say, ever since I committed to my New Year’s resolution of being a morning person, I’ve worked out more consistently and I can see the results much more quickly!

What I Ate Today, February 21, 2017

Breakfast

I did a 45 minute spin class and was ravenous for some carbs! I opted for oatmeal with about 1 tablespoon of Yumbutter (almond butter blend with superfoods), mashed raspberries and chia seeds. It’s like my spin on a peanut butter & jelly for breakfast. Highly recommend!

Snack

I was out of the office from 10am to 4pm yesterday, so I packed about a half cup of my favorite raw nut mixture. I picked up a bunch of organic nuts from Whole Foods over the weekend – pecans, cashews, walnuts, and almonds.

Lunch

As I was out all day, I stopped at my favorite Sweet Green for the Spicy Sabzi salad around 2:30pm. I get it with NO tofu or sprouts and I add a hard boiled egg and roasted warm butternut squash.

Snack

Seriously, Yumbutter is like crack to me. I refueled at the end of the day (around 4pm when I got home) with a banana and about 2 tablespoons of the crack butter. That brings me to a total of 3 tablespoons of almond butter for the day! That’s a good day. I also had some grapes and more raspberries (to finish the container!)

Dinner

I made the Bell Pepper Taco Skillet from the Inspiralize Everything cookbook, but instead of using ground beef and cheese, I subbed in leftover beluga lentils (from this dinner) and black beans. I topped it all with a lime-cilantro avocado mash, to give it a little texture to make up for omitting the cheese.

Dessert

I had some Skinny Pop White Cheddar (vegan) popcorn, but forgot to take a photo!

My Current Workout Routine

As I said, I get a lot of questions about my workout routine. If you didn’t know this already, every time I workout, I post a sweaty selfie afterwards. In that selfie, I say exactly what I do that day. SO, if you follow along, you’ll see what my workout routine is. However, I don’t go too much into specifics, so I figured this was worth a blog post, especially since everyone has been complimenting my physique over on @GetInspiralized – THANK YOU. You all lift me up and keep me motivated, so it’s all thanks to you!

Monday

I’ve been taking Mondays off lately, but basically, I make sure to take one day off a week. I find that I stay more committed to my fitness goals if I give my body one FULL day of rest. The whole “no days off” doesn’t work for me – I end up burning out, resenting workouts, and becoming a negative person! If I don’t take Monday off, I’ll move it to another day of the week.

Tuesday

After a day off at the gym, I’m usually craving a heavy workout day. I’ll do 30 minutes on the Peloton spin bike (or 20-30 on the treadmill) followed by 20-30 minutes of primarily upper body lifting. I usually incorporate a few lower body moves into these workouts, just because those are larger muscle groups and you end up burning more. For example:

2 sets
15 bicep curls (12-15 pounds)
15 tricep extensions (12-15 pounds)
15 standing shoulder presses (10 pounds)
20 squats with 10-15 pound weights

2 sets
15 chest press on the bench (10 pounds)
10 push-up rows on the floor (10 pounds)
30 second plank reaches
20 reverse lunges

2 sets
15 tricep dips on the bench
15 pushups (I put my knees down!)
15 reverse flys (1o pounds)
20 squat jumps

Wednesday

Cardio day! Since I haven’t done cardio since Friday, I like to get a good cardio sweat in – usually a 45 minute spin ride. Afterwards, I do 10 minutes of abs. Usually a combination of planks, bicycles, leg raises, Russian twists, and v-crunches. I just go until the timer goes off.

Thursday

HIIT day! I’ll start with a 15 minute cardio warmup (like a 15 minute spin class or 15 minutes of running on the treadmill). Afterwards, I use the yoga room in our building to do a Nike Training Club app workout fro 30 to 40 minutes. The workouts are really tough! I’m also super sore the next day. I recommend downloading the App (it’s free!)

Friday

I like to flush my legs out before yoga (which is on Saturday!), so I’ll do a full 45 minute spin ride.

Saturday

My weekly yoga class! I’ve really grown to look so forward to this hour long unheated vinyasa yoga class. I love the instructor and I’m always sore in new places the next day. I love the flexibility it’s given me, the peacefulness and I feel like I’m learning something new every class. I’m still such a beginner, but I’m really loving it! Another resolution for the New Year that I’m happy I’ve kept! I go to a local yoga studio in Jersey City called Surya Yoga at 9:30am!

Sunday

This is another cardio + lifting day! I focus on my lower body this time, and incorporate some upper body, but my upper body is usually spasming after all those downward dogs and planks in yoga! First, I’ll do a 20 minute warmup in the treadmill or the Peloton bike. Here’s a typical lower body lifting day:

2 sets
15 squats with 15 pound weights
lunges across the gym floor and back (about 20) with 10 pound weights
10 ski jumps side to side
15 squat and shoulder presses

2 sets
15 kettle bell swings
1 minute of lunges on the treadmill (at 1.1-1.2 speed)
20 squat jumps
15 pushups (on my knees!)

2 sets
20 split jumps
15 donkey kicks with 10 pound weight tucked underneath my knee
15 fire hydrants with 10 pound weight tucked underneath my knee
12 step-ups (on bench) per leg with 15 pound weights
1 minute mountain climbers

And that’s it! That’s my typical weekly workout routine!

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Comments

  1. Thank you for sharing, namely, your Tuesday upper body workout. Cardio and lower body /legs/ core has always been easy for me (relatively speaking, haha), but I'm been trying to strengthen my bird arms lately, because my upper body strength is virtually nothing. I'm trying to find the right exercises for me. I think this may help me find some sets I like. :-)
  2. Thanks for sharing! Do you have any favorite workouts on the NTC app?
  3. This is super helpful! I always feel like I get to the gym and have NO idea what to do. For awhile I was doing ClassPass, but with its membership spike, I couldn't afford it anymore. I'm definitely going to try this out at my local gym! And seeing what you eat is also so helpful. It helps me realize when my portions are a bit (...okay, a LOT) out of control. Thanks for sharing!
  4. Good idea to do a HIIT workout only once per week. When I was doing Insanity, it was way too much, especially for me being over 45 - just got too depleted.
  5. Hello Beautiful Ali!Can I just say- you are amazing! Gorgeous, intelligent, and so creative! I LOVE your blog and always look forward to seeing what new inspirational messages you have each week. I'm totally enthused about this post because you mentioned the Nike Training Club app (which I immediately downloaded, and now love)! I hope you have a beautiful day and lovely week ahead!
  6. Thanks for sharing! Do you feel that the nike app workouts are better than the peloton beyond the ride workouts? I recently purchased a bike, so have been doing their arms and leg workouts, but am intrigued by the nike app. Thanks!
    • I have actually never done the Beyond the Ride workouts, because the bikes are in a public space and I can't do them (I have to have my earphones plugged in during the rides or else it would annoy other people in the gym.) Sorry!
  7. Thanks so much for sharing! I took a screen shot so I could try the weighted workouts! I would love if you continued to share your workouts - these are some of my favorite posts to read and I always learn something new!
  8. Love your site and recipes! Enjoy reading your posts. If you are into spinning you have to try studiosweatondemand.com. They have a lot of spinning classes of various lengths. I love to do the ones with Kat Com or Brian. Check them out.
  9. Meredith Savary :
    Thank you SO much for sharing Ally! I have been wanting to work out but felt like I didn't know where to start. This has been so helpful! Love your blog and your inspiralizer!!
  10. Are you found ten pounds total or ten pounds for each. Thanks
  11. Where do you get your lifting routine from or do you just make it up yourself? I'm all about group ex classes because I NEVER know what to do on arm/leg day and look like a lost puppy without someone telling me what to do. :) I would like to start incorporating specific arm/leg days into my routine to give more focus in those areas.
  12. Thanks for sharing Ali!! This post is making me want to switch up my workout routine :) Enjoy the weekend!
  13. Jen Ryan Schultz :
    When you do 20 or 30 minutes on the bike, what are you doing for classes? Do you try to mix up HIIT, Tabata etc? I got a Peloton about 2 months ago and want to be more conscious of choosing classes (rather than just getting on and picking an instructor and music genre that I like). Thank you!

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