Fitness for October 2015
October 30, 2015
The month of October is almost over…tomorrow is Halloween and the time will fall back this weekend. This past month I followed a pretty intense workout schedule using my Cathe Friedrich programs – Xtrain and Ripped with Hiit and doing yoga. I am trying to ramp up my workouts some and get ready for her new series that I have already pre-ordered called ICE which stands for Intermediate Conditioning Extreme. The title itself makes it sound like the workouts will be a challenge. The workouts are coming out the end of fall 2015.
I alternated my weeks in October with one week Xtrain mixed with yoga a couple of days and then the next week Ripped with Hiit and yoga. I averaged a 5 to 6 day a week workout schedule with 2 of my days being yoga.
For my yoga routines I used this older Yoga Journal magazine I bought back in April 2013. I also used my new crocheted yoga props that I made myself on many of my yoga days. For more on the crochet pillow and strap see this post.
I love doing yoga on my non cardio days. I really enjoy yoga on Saturday mornings, too – it is a great start to my weekend to get up early Saturday, before 7 am, and do 20 to 30 minutes of yoga. Yoga also helps keep me flexible after the intense cardio and weight workouts I do.
I have also started juicing again this month. I kind of put my juicer away a few months ago and got out of the habit of using it. I decided it was time to start up again. I love buying the produce and looking through my juicing books for interesting juice combinations. I think the reason I don’t keep up with it on a daily basis is because of the clean up involved with the juicer parts – it doesn’t take that long but it is something else to have to do when you are done juicing. I find it works better if I make two or three juices up and store them in mason jars in the refrigerator so I don’t have to drag the juicer out every day.
A benefit I notice with juicing is how good I feel and how much more focused I am. I also think it helps influence better eating choices. My goal is to have a fresh juice at least 4 to 5 times each week.
The fresh kale, in the photo above, is from my garden. This was something else to motivate my juicing. I grew some last year and used it with my juicer and remembered how much better it tasted and juiced than the kind I buy. I grew some again this year, from seed, and it is doing really well lately. It tends to not grow so good in the hot Texas heat in the summer but does very well in the spring and fall weather.
So, what kind of workouts have you been doing lately? Let me know in the comments below.
Have a great day!
Working Out Week 25 of 2014
June 21, 2014
This past week my workouts were a mixture of biking, cardio and yoga. It seems like every summer I tend to do more outdoor activities like biking and swimming as it gets warmer and I also like to alternate with some yoga.
Schedule this past week:
- Monday – Ride Bike + exercise ball routine – 33 minutes
- Tuesday – Yoga – Yoga Life Magazine Core Curriculum routine – 20 minutes
- Wednesday – Cathe To The Max dvd, Less Impact Premix – 39 minutes
- Thursday – P90X3 – Isometrix – 30 minutes
- Friday – Ride Bike + exercise ball routine – 33 minutes
- Saturday – Yoga Life + Yoga Journal Magazine routines – 25 minutes
Every other day was yoga this past week. The yoga routines were a mixture of magazine routines and my P90X3 Isometrix dvd, which is one of my favorite dvd’s in the X3 series. I had not used this dvd in about three months and forgot how challenging it is – you hold each pose for 45 seconds.
The other yoga routines I did were from a Prevention magazine called Yoga Life that I bought back in 2010 from Sams, I believe. There are some really good yoga routines in this magazine so I have kept it and pull it out from time to time to use it. I also used a Yoga Journal magazine this past week that I checked out from the library. I took my kids there earlier in the week to check out books for their summer reading and I also checked out a couple of Yoga Journal magazines.
My cardio dvd this week was Cathe Friedrich’s To The Max. I did a 39 minute premix that was a little less impact but still very challenging and gave me a great workout. This workout uses the step for parts of the workout and it seems my cat loves to hang out on the step when I am not using it as seen in the photo below. The core with upper body weights session of this workout is tough and one of my favorite parts of this dvd.
I also rode my bike again a couple of mornings this past week on my neighborhood route. I really like being out early and riding in the fresh morning air. After my riding I usually come in and do some light stretching and some core work with my stability ball.
This coming week I will only be working out for a few days of the week and not my usual six days. We are having some work done to our house and will have people here working for a few days. There is also a possibility that I will not be able to do my post next week if they are still here finishing the work on Saturday – we’ll see.
I hope everyone had a great week and you are enjoying warmer weather and some outdoor activities and workouts.
Have a great weekend!
Working Out Week 24 of 2014
June 14, 2014
This past week I decided to follow my same workout routine as the previous week doing cardio, biking and yoga. I did cardio on Monday and Thursday, biking on Tuesday and Friday and yoga on Wednesday and Saturday. To change things up from the previous week I used a different workout dvd, different magazine routines and my Flat Belly Yoga book – my schedule was as follows:
- Monday 6-9 – Cathe Cross Fire dvd, Circuit Blast premix – 36 minutes
- Tuesday 6-10 – Ride Bike + Foam Roller Stretch routine – 30 minutes
- Wednesday 6-11 – Flat Belly Yoga Book – 20 minutes
- Thursday 6-12 – Cathe Cross Fire dvd, Fitness Blast/Plyo Tabata/Core premix – 33 minutes
- Friday 6-13 – Ride Bike + exercise ball abs routine from magazine – 33 minutes
- Saturday 6-14 – Flat Belly Yoga Book – 15 minutes
I kind of took it a little easier this week and didn’t do any really long workouts. I am really enjoying getting outside more and riding my bike early in the morning and I also rode my bike to the store on Wednesday for a few groceries, so I got a little extra workout in that day.
I really like the Cathe Friedrich Cross Fire dvd. I did a couple of the different premixes on the workout this past week and even though they are only a little over 30 minutes you get a great workout and sweat a lot. The core workout on this dvd was really good and had some new moves to work your abs. The speed skater with weights is part of the cardio in this workout and challenging since you are adding 3 pound weights to the move.
For my yoga days this past week I chose to go back to using my Flat Belly Yoga Book by Kimberly Fowler. I really like the exercise routines in this book and how the use of light weights are incorporated into the yoga moves. The exercises are well explained and all the photos are in color. When I did the 20 minute session on Wednesday I decided to take it outside again and do my yoga on the back patio. I am really enjoying being able to workout outside on some days of the week.
This past week was the first week of summer break for my kids. It was nice to have a less hectic week and not worry about getting kids off to school, packing lunches and picking them up at a set time every afternoon. My oldest son is working this summer and has a lifeguard job at a local pool so that is keeping him busy.
I hope everyone had a great week and you have some workouts planned for the upcoming week. I was planning my schedule for next week this morning and will share them again next Saturday.
Have a great day!
Working Out Week 17 of 2014
April 26, 2014
This week was a really busy week for me – I can not believe it is almost May… The workout schedule this week was still the Cathe Friedrich April rotation – week 4 of the rotation. The schedule I completed was as follows:
- Monday – Athletic Training Leg Cardio Mix -35 min. + Ab Circuits Weights & Plates 19 min
- Tuesday – All Out Low Impact Hiit (Xtrain series) – 39 min.
- Wednesday –
Legs and Glutes– Great Glutes timesaver 4 – 46 min.
- Thursday –
Cardio Kicks– Cardio Supersets (LIS series) – 41 min.
- Friday –
Power Hour– Circuit Blast – 44 min.
- Saturday – Yoga Max – premix 1 – 32 min.
The ones listed above that have a strike through are ones I do not have so I subbed in another one that I figured would be similar. Below are photos from this past weeks schedule:
Monday was the longest session of workouts this past week since there were two on that day. My cat was once again supervising my efforts. I guess watching me working out tired him out because after taking my three sons to school I came back home and couldn’t find him – he usually comes out to greet me when I get home from somewhere. I had not yet put away my fitness gear and went in the living room to do that and here he was sleeping among the weights, discs, weighted gloves and mat. He just loves those slide and glide discs – every time I have them out he sits near them.
Circuit Blast is a challenging workout using the long step 4 risers high and doing various cardio, weight and push up circuits for 44 minutes. I can tell that doing P90X3 and T25 have given me a lot more stamina and strength. I was able to complete all the box jumps – there are like 12 or 16 in a row – and all the various push up circuits without having to go to the knees like I used to for some of them. I got a few cool photos of the box jumps too and was able to make the above collage – I thought that was neat.
I had my root canal (first one of those) on Wednesday and that went fine. I think the anticipation and anxiety over having it done was worse than the actual procedure which took about an hour. At least my tooth is feeling better now and I can eat on that side of my mouth without it hurting anymore.
I read something I thought was a good quote – motivation from a facebook friends post the other day. It said: FIT MOMS: WE DON’T HAVE TIME, WE MAKE TIME. Lisa Olson posted this and she has a great facebook page called Live Life Be Active, that I follow.
I feel like the above statement is true for anyone who is committed to working out and making sure they get it done 5 to 7 days a week. I don’t have an extra hour every day to workout I just choose to get up earlier than the rest of my family and get it done. I think that everyone nowadays is busy and if you are serious about getting fit and being healthy then you have to make the time to Get IT Done! Once you make fitness a habit and stick with it that just becomes part of who you are and what you do. There are a lot of workouts out there that only take about 30 minutes of your time or you can even just start walking for 25 to 30 minutes a day. My husband has started doing this 10,000 steps a day commitment with a program through his work and I can tell he has lost some weight and he seems to be sleeping better and feel better. Exercise has so many great benefits.
Well, I hope everyone has had a good week and got in some type of exercise. I would love to hear about your current workout program – click on Leave a Reply and tell me about it.
Working Out Week 16 of 2014
April 19, 2014
This week I continued with my workout schedule of the Cathe Friedrich April rotation of workouts. I have continued to challenge myself to do the entire workout dvd instead of a shorter premix this past week. I did pretty good at the beginning of the week but toward the end of the week I did have to do a couple of the shorter premixes due to time constraints in my schedule. I got up early every day so I could do the whole dvd but there were a couple of days that my kids had to be to school earlier than normal so I had to shorten the workout time a little.
The schedule for the past week was as follows:
- Monday – Cardio Leg Blast – Xtrain series – 56 minutes
- Tuesday –
Pyramid Upper BodyTotal Body Trisets – Upper Body – 55 minutes
- Wednesday – Bootcamp (original dvd) – 60 minutes
- Thursday – Tabatacise (minimum 35 min) – premix 3 tabatas + core – 42 minutes
- Friday –
MMA BoxingRockout Knockout premix 1 – 38 minutes
- Saturday –
Lower Body BlastYoga Relax premix 1- 28 minutes
The above workouts that are crossed out are the ones on the actual rotation but I don’t own those so I subbed in ones I have that were similar.
As you can see from above my cat loves the step – he didn’t seem to want to move off of it very much until I started doing some serious jumping on it – which there is a lot of is this cardio blast workout. This workout – Cardio Leg Blast – is a lot of fun and the time flies by. I did manage to complete the entire 56 minutes without collapsing!
I don’t have Pyramid Upper Body on dvd – only VHS and I don’t have that hooked up anymore so I subbed in another workout from the Low Impact Series – Total Body Trisets – Upper Body. The workout consists of a rotation of 3 different exercises for 3 different muscle groups like back, bis and core that you do 2 sets of. I like this workout because it is effective and it uses the exercise ball with weights which I really like a lot. One of my favorite core exercises is the ball exchange as seen in the lower right photo.
Rockout Knockout is a new Cathe workout that I just got back in October of 2013. I don’t own the MMA boxing so I subbed in this one. I really like this one but by the end of the week I was tired and just couldn’t bring myself to complete the entire dvd which is 55 minutes long so I did premix 1 which is 38 minutes and is the cardio kickbox and the cardio kickboxing with weighted gloves for the second half. As you can see I had a little workout buddy again that didn’t want to move so I had to workout around him. You would think with all the kicking and punching I was doing he would get nervous and move but not him…He did decide to get up toward the end when I had to do pendulum kicks (side to side). I guess he thought I might get him then with my foot. I really like this workout and how it gets your heart pumping and you sweat a lot. It is a lot of fun with the various kick and punch combos.
I broke in a new pair of shoes this week. I actually got them a couple of weeks ago but hadn’t wore them yet. They are Nike trainers. They are the same style as my other Nike trainers but a different color. It is amazing how after wearing these I realize how much my others have wore down (the inside cushioning, support) after only about 8 months. I don’t want to give up my old ones yet though as I like the color combo and they are so comfortable. I will probably alternate wearing them along with the Sketchers Go Fit shoes I got a couple of months ago and these new trainers. I am getting to have quite the fitness shoe collection it seems. I try and get them on sale though and for these new Nikes I had a $10.00 off coupon.
Well, next week will be week 4 of the April rotation of Cathe Friedrich workouts for me. I may have to take a day or two off or sub in a couple lower impact workouts after Wednesday because I am having a root canal that day – not looking forward to that… What are your workout plans for next week? Click on Leave a Reply and let me know – I’d love to hear about them.
Working Out Week 15 of 2014
April 12, 2014
This week my workouts were all Cathe Friedrich workouts using her various dvd’s that I own. I have decide to follow her April rotation of workouts for the rest of this month since I am all done with P90X3. I really enjoyed and toned up so much using P90X3 but I have missed my Cathe workouts.
I began this week with the second week in the April rotation since I missed the first week. I did have to substitute a workout or two for the month with a different one since I didn’t have a few of them. I did end up ordering a couple more of her dvd’s at the beginning of the week and got them by Thursday so I was able to use one of those for Friday – Cross Fire. Below was my schedule this past week:
- Monday – Flex Train – 57 minutes
- Tuesday – Hard Strikes (Xtrain series) – 47 minutes
- Wednesday – Party Rockin Step – 46 min premix
- Thursday – Afterburn (Low Impact Series) – 54 minutes
- Friday – Cross Fire – 55 minutes
- Saturday – Yoga & Foam Roller stretching – 15 minutes
I did not do the workout on the schedule for Saturday which was Supercuts. I decided after this hard schedule this past week I needed a little break and my oldest son had to be at a band tryout for school at 7 am.
My goal for this week was to try and do all of the workouts in their entirety which is something I don’t always do with the Cathe workouts since there are so many premixes that offer shorter versions of the workouts. The premixes are still tough but just shorter – like 25 to 40 minutes versus 45 to 60 minutes. I am so pleased that I was able to do all of the workouts in their entirety except for the Party Rockin Step – I did a version that was 10 minutes shorter that day.
Cross Fire was a new workout for me that I had not done yet. It was HARD! Lots of cardio circuits and tabatas with and without weights. You even had to do speed skaters with 3 pound dumbbells – that was a lot hard than doing them without the weights. I enjoyed this workout a lot and look forward to doing it again – maybe not the entire 55 minutes, though.
My cat loves Cathe workouts, too. He especially loves those slide and glide discs – whenever I have them out he sits by them.
Below is a photo of the front and back of my shirt after the Cross Fire workout. I have not sweat that much in a while – maybe since T-25 or a Cathe workout I did back in the fall.
I also decided to get a foam roller this week. A few people in my facebook fitness group have them and really like them. I came across a workout in an older Shape magazine I had and that reminded me that I still hadn’t gotten one yet. I was recycling some magazines and before I get rid of them I like to go through and rip out the articles, or workouts, I want to save and then I store them in 3 ring binder.
I used the foam roller and the workout a couple of evenings this past week and on Saturday morning. I have been walking in the evenings a few times a week with my husband in our neighborhood and this foam roller routine is great after walking. It really stretches your muscles.
I will be continuing on with my Cathe workouts using week 3 of the April rotation next week. If you are not familiar with her workouts they are lots of fun and always very challenging. I also really like that you can see 5 to 10 minute clips of the dvd on her website so you know what you are getting. I have been using her workouts since 2006 after my sister-in-law told me about them.
I hope everyone had a great week.