Working Out Week 18 of 2014
May 3, 2014
Another week has flown by it seems. I can not believe it is Saturday already. This past week I had my workouts scheduled to follow a rotation of Cathe Friedrich workouts and Shiva Rea yoga workouts. I had not done much yoga the past few weeks other than on Saturdays and I realized I was missing that so I added more in.
The schedule for my past week was as follows:
- Monday – Cathe – High Reps – entire workout 64 minutes
- Tuesday – Shiva Rea Daily Energy – Chakra Namaskar and Core session – 27 minutes
- Wednesday – Cathe – To the Max – 54 minutes
- Thursday –
Shiva Rea More Daily Energy – Evolution Heart FlowBetty Rocker Spring Challenge week 1 of workouts + foam roller workout – 35 minutes
- Friday – Cathe – Butts and Guts timesaver standing and stability ball abs – 49 minutes
- Saturday – Shiva Rea AM Energy – Vira Flow – 20 minutes
I really enjoyed adding in more yoga to the week of workouts. When I was doing P90X3 you did yoga or pilates at least once a week or more and I definitely missed that.
I think my cat missed yoga too – here he is supervising my session in a couple of the photos.
To The Max was a new Cathe workout for me. I believe it was actually released in 2012 but I just bought it a few weeks ago and had not tried it out yet. It is a very fast paced workout that uses the step at 2 and 3 risers high for much of the workout. The end of the workout finishes with some creative core and upper body moves that I really liked – so did my other cat as she decided to sit and watch for that part with her fish toy by her side.
As you will notice in my listed schedule there is a strike through for Thursday. That is because I decided in the middle of the week to do the Betty Rocker Spring fitness challenge after receiving an invite to join via email. I had done a previous challenge of hers that was the whole month of October and saw good results with getting much more lean so I have decided to do another one for the month of May. Therefore. starting next week I will probably alternate the Betty Rocker workout, which consists of 7 exercises that you do for one minute each for 3 rounds, and my Shiva Rea yoga dvd’s.
So far I have only completed one session of the Betty Rocker exercises since it will run Thursday to Thursday. Also, after doing the workout on Thursday I started to get a tight and stressed feeling in my upper back between my shoulder blades. I am not sure if it was because of the push ups in the workout or maybe my form wasn’t right. I did stretch really good afterwards by doing my foam roller routine. I woke up Friday morning and wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to do my scheduled workout but I took some Advil and pushed play and once I got moving the pain subsided drastically. Thankfully it stayed away the rest of the day. I did wake up again today with a little bit of the same feeling but once I did my yoga I felt fine.
Part of my workout on Friday consisted of a stability ball ab routine that I really like – it is a bonus workout on the Butts and Guts dvd. I also got to use my crochet yoga strap in part of the routine.
Well, I hope everyone has had a great week and you were able to get in some workout time for yourself. The weather is getting nicer here so I am able to be outside more and garden some and do some walking in the evenings with my husband.
Have a great weekend!
Working Out Week 2 of 2014
January 11, 2014
This week was the start of my new workout challenge with my facebook challenge group for P90X3. This a 90 day challenge using the P90X3 program from Beachbody.
I chose to do the Lean schedule for the program. There are 4 different programs to choose from using the various 16 dvd’s that come in the set. The programs are: Classic, Lean, Mass, or Doubles. Most of the people in my group are doing the Classic or the Lean schedule.
For the Lean schedule the workouts you will use for the first three weeks are:
- Day 1 – Accelerator
- Day 2 – The Warrior
- Day 3 – X3 Yoga
- Day 4 – CVX
- Day 5 – Isometrix
- Day 6 – Agility X
- Day 7 – Rest or Dynamix
All of the workouts are 30 minutes long. A very reasonable time that is easy to fit into your schedule. The workouts are not easy, by any means. I am glad they are challenging – that is why I like to do a variety and try new workouts – to give me more challenges.
I think that out of this weeks workouts I have two favorites – CVX and Isometrix. CVX is a cardio workout done with a dumbbell – I used 5 pounds. Isometrix is a yoga type of workout done in bare feet where you hold each pose for 45 seconds. That may sound easy but trust me it is very challenging. Especially one of the poses on one leg with your eyes closed. Try that for 45 seconds – you are sure to wobble. There is also a one hand downdog called “bound downward dog” I believe and it is hard – my hand sweats and that causes me to slip on the mat.
Below are some of the other photos from the workouts. I didn’t take any from the CVX day as it was faster paced and I wanted to learn the moves.
Accelerator is a fun cardio workout that had me sweating a lot. The donkey kick thing at the end was pretty hard.
Warrior was the workout for day 2 and another good heart pumping cardio workout.
Day 6 was Agility X and probably my least favorite. This is a pure cardio workout that has you sweating a lot. You have to have tape on the floor to mark where you jump, step, etc. My cat really liked the tape on the floor. He was either scratching at it or sitting in between the two pieces of it as seen in the one photo where I am doing the cooldown at the end. This workout will be a challenge for me to learn the moves and get better at it.
I am thinking I am going to take the rest day tomorrow instead of doing the optional Dynamix. I have already done the Dynamix workout about a week or two ago and I know I like it but Sunday is usually a rest day for me.
This information is my own opinion. I am not affiliated with this program I am just sharing my weekly workout and my experience with it.
Have a great weekend!
Workouts Week 52 of 2013
December 28, 2013
This is the final full week of 2013. My workouts this year have been a variety of different activities and dvd’s. I think that is what keeps me motivated to wake up and workout every day, well – at least five days a week. Variety is the key. I also think finding an awesome and friendly facebook fitness group has helped. I really enjoy my little group on there. Sometimes I just log onto facebook to see my group and their posts and skip my personal page of posts. There are some really positive and dedicated fitness people in our Team Krazy Fit.
This past week I worked out most every day except Christmas day and on Sunday. I usually take Sunday as a rest day. My schedule this past week was:
- Monday 12-23 – P90X3 Pilates – 30 minutes
- Tuesday 12-24 – Cathe Party Rockin Step #2, premix 1 – 33 minutes
- Wednesday 12-25 – off, rest day
- Thursday 12-26 – Cathe X10, Cardio Blast – 25 minutes, also walked 1.5 miles
- Friday 12-27 – P90X3 Yoga – 30 minutes
- Saturday 12-28 – Exhale Core Fusion, Energy Flow Yoga – Energy Flow & Chi Gong + Hip Opener Stretches – 20 minutes
Last week I got my new P90X3 in the mail. I had to try out a couple of the dvd’s this week. They were awesome – to put it in one word. The Pilates was a challenging 30 minute workout that worked muscles in my glutes I didn’t know existed. My back side was sore for two days afterwards. I love that dvd! The yoga dvd was really great too. Not the same as I am used to with my Shiva Rea dvd’s but it was nice to do a different type of yoga workout.
This past week I also did my Cathe dvd’s mixed in with the P90X3. I can’t wait for my fitness challenge group to start on January 6, 2014 for the P90X3. Right now I am just trying out a few of the workouts, there are 16 of them, before the challenge group starts.
I hope everyone has had a great week and a wonderful Christmas! I am ready to get back into the normal routine of things but that will probably have to wait at least another week until my kids go back to school in 2014.
Have a great weekend and a Happy New Year!
Workouts Week 51 of 2013
December 21, 2013
This past week I decided to do a routine of cardio one day and yoga the next day. I really liked this workout schedule.
- Monday – Cathe Friedrich Party Rockin Step #2 premix 1 – 33 minutes
- Tuesday – Shiva Rea Daily Energy – Earth & Shavasana – 25 minutes
- Wednesday – Cathe Friedrich Party Rockin Step #2 premix 2 – 32 minutes
- Thursday – Shiva Rea Creative Core Abs – 24 minutes
- Friday – Cathe Friedrich X10 – Step – 26 minutes
- Saturday – yoga book – Tara Stiles-Slim, Calm, Sexy Yoga – 15 minutes
These were the dvd’s I used:
The Party Rockin Step #2 dvd was a great workout. I realized I had not done this dvd yet after receiving it a couple of months ago. There is also a Party Rockin Step #1 and I have used that workout. For some reason I had not attempted the #2 dvd but decided to this week. I think I like it better. Although there was a little complication with the foot work on Monday. I had previewed it on Sunday – my rest day – and was all ready. I have found it is best to just watch the step workouts and get familiar with some of the moves before you actually do them. For some reason on one of the moves I missed a step somewhere which sent the long step off the riser – thankfully I did not fall or hurt myself – which I have done before on some of the step workouts. It did scare my cat out of the room though and scared me a little too.
I love the Shiva Rea yoga dvd’s and own quite a few. This week I did Daily Energy one day and the other day I did Creative Core Abs. I was going to do her Yogini dvd on Saturday but just decided to do my yoga book since I got up a little later than normal and my husband was using the TV to watch the morning news. I have a few yoga books and decided to use my Tara Stiles – Slim, Calm, Sexy Yoga book. There are lots of great routines in this book and all the photos are in color, too.
This week I also tried out a new smoothie recipe that I made up. I really like how it tasted. I am calling it Cherry Vanilla Eggnog Smoothie. Below is the recipe:
Cherry Vanilla Eggnog Smoothie
10 frozen, pitted, dark cherries
3/4 c. Silk Eggnog
1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder
1/2 c. crushed ice
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender 1 to 2 minutes or until smooth.
I bought the Silk eggnog for my sons since they all like eggnog. When we went to the store after church on Sunday they didn’t have any regular eggnog so I thought since they like Vanilla Soymilk they would like this. Wrong! They informed me they didn’t think it tasted good. So, I decided to use it in this smoothie recipe so it wouldn’t go to waste. I also like the fact that the Silk eggnog has less calories and fat than regular eggnog. A 1/2 cup of the Silk eggnog is only 2 g. of fat. I don’t have any regular eggnog right now to give you the fat grams on it but I am sure it is over 2 g. I really enjoyed this smoothie and am looking forward to making another one soon.
I also decided to order the P90X3 new workout dvd’s last week. They arrived yesterday in the mail. I have not had chance to look at them much as I have been so busy with holiday things the past couple of days. I am hoping to be able to preview a couple of the dvd’s today. I will be joining a facebook challenge group on my Team Krazy Fit on January 6, 2014. This will be a 90 day program of working out 6 days a week.
I hope everyone is doing well and trying to get in a little fitness in between all the holiday activities. Even if it is only 15 minutes a day it is better than nothing.
Have a great weekend!
Fitness Friday Week 49 of 2013
December 6, 2013
Fitness Friday this week – should be called Freezing Fitness Friday! It has gotten very cold here in Texas in the last 24 to 36 hours. It was a beautiful day on Wednesday – 79 degrees and yesterday it was 34. Today it is 27 and suppose to go down to 16 tonight. On top of the cold temperatures we also had some freezing rain and sleet early this morning. A lot of people are without power. So far our power has not been affected and I am hoping it stays that way. Praying for all those without power for it to be restored to them soon.
Well – on to the fitness post. Below are the workouts I used this week:
This week I chose to to a schedule of cardio, weights and then yoga. So my workouts were:
- Monday – Cathe – Rockout Knockout
- Tuesday – Cathe – Lean Legs & Abs
- Wednesday – Shiva Rea Yoga – More Daily Energy
- Thursday – Cathe X10 Hi-Lo workout
- Friday – Cathe Flex Train
- Saturday – Shiva Rea Yoga – More Daily Energy
I really like Rockout Knockout. It is a kickboxing workout that uses weighted gloves for part of the workout. Lots of sweating in this cardio session.
My yoga session on Wednesday was accompanied by my two faithful workout friends – my cats. They like yoga workouts much better than cardio. The More Daily Energy dvd has several workouts to choose from in the yoga matrix. I chose to do Evolution Standing Flow and the shavasana which took about 27 minutes.
Today’s workout, Flex Train, took a little motivation to get out of bed and get it done since it was so cold. Once I got moving around everything was good. I was just glad to wake up and have power and a warm house. This workout has lots of different chapters to mix and match. Today I chose to do the warm up, legs & shoulders, disc lunges, legs-firewalkers, core-abs and the stretch. Lots of variety in this workout and the shoulder section gives you a real burn as well as the ab work.
I also created a new smoothie recipe earlier this week. I used some leftover cranberry sauce I made on Thanksgiving in the recipe. I am calling it Cranberry Christmas Smoothie. I thought it was really good! Recipe is below:
This time of year is busy so it seems more difficult to fit workouts in every day. I usually try and schedule something even if it is only a 20 or 25 minute session. It keeps me on track and starts my day off better if I find time to workout even for just a few minutes. I have not decided yet what I am going to schedule for next week. I might do the cardio, weights and yoga routine again. I am also considering ordering the new P90X3 that is coming out next week. My fitness group on facebook will be starting a challenge for 90 days with the new dvd’s and I would like to participate. Changing my workouts regularly keeps me interested and offers me new challenges. What workouts are you currently doing? Click on Leave a Reply to tell me about them.
Have a great day!
Fitness Friday Week 48 of 2013
November 29, 2013
This is my weekly fitness update. I am planning to do a weekly post on my workouts, workout tips, smoothie recipes, etc once a week. It will either be called Workout Wednesday or Fitness Friday. This week Wednesday was very busy so I am doing the Friday version.
Since this week was a holiday week and my 3 sons were off school from Wednesday on through the weekend I decided to give myself a slightly lighter workout schedule. I always plan my workouts on Sundays and they are scheduled from Monday to Saturday. This week I decided to do my Exhale Core Fusion dvd’s alternating with my Shiva Rea yoga dvd’s. Below are the workouts I used:
I really like the Exhale Core Fusion series and how they are formatted on the dvd. Each dvd is approximately 50 minutes long but they are divided into 10 minute segments. I usually choose to do 30 or 40 minutes depending on how early I got up and how much time I have before getting the boys off to school. Some of the dvd’s also have a 5 to 10 minute bonus segment at the end. I love the results I get from these workouts and I say I chose a lighter schedule but these workouts are not as easy as they look. They really tone up your whole core and the leg workouts they have in them are amazing. The exercises look easy and simple but yield big results.
The Shiva Rea dvd’s are divided into different length of segments. A lot of hers that I own are about 20 minutes long per segment as the case with the AM Energy. The Creative Core series is a little different set up and I just did the whole dvd which is about 25 minutes long, I believe. I love yoga and her yoga workouts are some of my favorites.
So, this weeks schedule was as follows:
- Monday – ECF – Body Sculpt – 30 minutes
- Tuesday – Shiva Rea Creative Core + Lower Body – 25 minutes
- Wednesday – ECF – Pure Intensity – 40 minutes
- Thursday – Shiva Rea – AM Energy – 20 minutes
- Friday – ECF – Power Sculpt – 35 minutes
- Saturday – Shiva Rea – AM Energy – 20 minutes
- Sunday – off-rest day
Below are some of the photos from the workouts:
As you can see from the photos my faithful workout partner was present – my cat. In the one photo you can see him even watching the yoga dvd. He is a funny cat. He usually sits in the middle of the room waiting for me to do my workouts every day. I also had to use my fitness grip socks this week that my husband bought me last year for Christmas as it was kind of chilly most mornings. Thankful I had those and didn’t have to be barefoot or I would have had some cold toes!
I didn’t have time to blend up any new smoothies this week. I continue to drink my green goddess smoothie at least 2 to 3 times per week. I was having one almost every day but now that the weather is colder I am not really in a smoothie mood like I was in the warmer months.
I am planning to schedule some cardio and strength training workouts for next week. I like to alternate my schedule so I don’t get bored. What workouts are you planning for next week? Let me know by clicking on Leave A Reply.
Have a great day!