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
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!
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.
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.
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!)
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.
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!
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.
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:
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
15 chest press on the bench (10 pounds)
10 push-up rows on the floor (10 pounds)
30 second plank reaches
20 reverse lunges
15 tricep dips on the bench
15 pushups (I put my knees down!)
15 reverse flys (1o pounds)
20 squat jumps
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.
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!)
I like to flush my legs out before yoga (which is on Saturday!), so I’ll do a full 45 minute spin ride.
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!
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:
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
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!)
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