Posts Tagged "workouts"

I Started PiYo Today

So, I may be writing this post on Tuesday (East Coast Time), but until I actually go to sleep, it’s still Monday in Suz’s World!

Here’s my Cliff’s Notes backstory: I’ve pretty much been idle (fitness-wise) since July, due to some health issues. They’re weren’t super serious, but your girl is paranoid, so I stopped all my workouts. Everything is now under control and, after meeting with my doctor last week, I feel confident enough to get back to working on my fitness!

But taking 6+ months off is a huge deal! Especially since the I think that’s the longest I’ve been idle in over a decade. I can’t remember ever taking a break that long. So it was a daunting task to start contemplating getting back in the game. One thing is for certain, I am going to take my time getting back in shape. One of the worst things I can do is try to do too much, too soon, and end up injuring myself.

To sort of ease myself back into a routine, I chose Chalene Johnson’s PiYo workout from Beachbody. I’ve always loved me some Chalene, and feel that a low impact & hybrid Pilates/Yoga workout is a great place to start. My longterm, goal is to get back to my soulmate workout, TurboFire, but for now, baby steps is the move.

So, today was Day 1, where Chalene walked me through the terminology, much of which I was already familiar with, having done many of her workout programs. But it felt great because it was like a long stretch that my body needed. Two thumbs up. Looking forward to getting after it tomorrow, and modifying as needed!

Here we go!

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Back On The Workout Train!

Man, it feels so good to be back in the swing of things!

Anyone who knows me that 2014 wasn’t a good year for me, in terms of personal development. My father passed away just days before his 65th birthday and I remained in a fog for the rest of that calendar year. I tried, a couple of times, to get back to working out, but it only lasted a couple of weeks or so. I thought I’d found something with P90X3, but even that couldn’t hook me like I expected it to.

And, come May, I usually run 3x per week until late October. Want to know how many times I ran last year? SEVEN TIMES, TOTAL! I told y’all I was in a funk, y’all!

I didn’t even hit the workouts hard before going to Hawaii. I was just stuck.

This year, after returning from Hawaii, I decided to finally shake off this stank, and get back after it. I started with shorter workouts for 2-3 times per week. From there, I upped the cardio to 5 times a week for about a month. And then I dove back into ChaLean Extreme. That’s been a workout I’ve relied on for many years now. The length of workouts, combined with my love of all things Chalene Johnson, was the winning combo I needed!

I just finished the 90-day program and I feel great! Not only do my clothes all fit wonderfully again, my self esteem has normalized. I’m a few weeks into my Couch to 5k podcasts and am back to looking forward to my post-workout high too.

The biggest decisions I have these days is which program to do next. I might do another round of ChaLEAN Extreme, or I might reunite with Les Mills Pump again.

Ahh, it’s good to be back!

Have you ever fallen into a huge workout funk? How did you shake off the dust? Would love to hear from y’all!

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Shape Magazine to the Rescue!

It’s “that time of the month” for me. Yay?

NOTE: If you’re a man, reading this, you might be thinking “OH NO! NOT THAT! TALK ABOUT ANYTHING BUT THAT!” Don’t worry, fellas! It’s not really that type of post.

I noticed that last week — and especially yesterday — that my workouts were really hard for me. It’s been weeks (after my cold) since I’ve been back at 100%, so I was like, “what’s going on with my body?” I was doing lunges, with a barbell, yesterday and could barely do them properly. I kept teetering over and almost losing balance. That’s an odd occurrence for me. My 10 years of ballet pretty much has ensured that I don’t have issues with exercises that require balance.

Then I read an article in Shape Magazine, and it allllll makes sense now!

Low estrogen at the beginning of the menstrual cycle (when you’re actually bleeding) causes reduced muscle tone and impairs coordination, making you more susceptible to injury, especially in the knees, feet, and ankles.

I finished my workout yesterday, but it took a lot out of me because I had to focus all that much more on my form and balance. I also had to take some weight off to make sure I did everything properly. Reading “9 Ways Being a Woman Affects Your Workout” provided a lot of clarity for me!

Here’s some advice Rachel Cosgrove, author of The Female Body Breakthrough, has for when the going gets tough during your time of the month:

You may find that your workouts feel harder than usual and that you’re more tired, but don’t beat yourself up if you don’t set a personal best this week. Just get in and get it done.

It’s never easy when you aren’t able to workout as efficiently as you’d like, but biology has a large say in how your body works. I don’t ignore it, but pushing through, during Aunt Flo’s visits, always makes me feel more accomplished. Even more so than when nothing’s wrong and I reach a goal or milestone. Mother Nature keeps testing me, and I keep fighting back!

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‘From 5k to 10k’ Podcast – Week 5, Day 1

Suz's From 5k to 10k Podcast

We’re now at Week 5 of my “From 5k to 10k” Running Podcast and we’re returning to intervals. All 3 days are different workouts again too. Today, you’ll do three intervals of 15 minute runs, with a 3 minute walking recovery in between.

Runtime is 1:01:39. Download below!

Day 1: [download id=”34″]

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New TurboFire Workouts On The Way!

Chalene Johnson announced today that new TurboFire workouts are on the way! Here’s what you need to know!

1. I am no longer a BeachBody coach (just didn’t work out, nothing bad to say about it), so my excitement for TurboFire is real! I still do the workouts regularly; including today.

2. There’s a more “beginner” workout for those not as familiar with choreography or terminology. I refer a lot of friends/fitness pals to Turbo Jam over TurboFire because it gives an easier base to move on to TurboFire later. This workout, “Fire Starter Class”, eases you into TurboFire at a slower pace.

3. Then there are 2 HIIT workouts (Low HIIT 20 Class and Low HIIT 25 class), but they are low impact. AKA no jumping! If you knees and joints have required you modify the HIIT training and workouts in this system, these are for you. And Chalene claims they are just as effective. SCORE!

4. There’s an ab video, Ab Igniter Class, as well. Chalene wants you to think of it more as a core workout, rather than just abs. This also focuses on your back as well as inner and outer thigh.

But don’t take my word for it. Chalene recorded a video that includes footage from the workouts. Check it out below…

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