Dec 042015
 

Woohoo – we made it to Friday! Who’s ready for the weekend? Me, me, me! 🙂

I had some great workouts this week – some new and some not – so I thought today we could take a look back at them. Ready? Here we go!

Monday

To be honest, Monday’s workout was a total blur for me. I took a 6:00 am cycling class at one of my favorite studios – Biker Barre – and I think I may have been half asleep. Waking up that early after a long weekend was really tough, but I’m so glad I did it.

Recycled photo – it was definitely dark out when I got there this week!

Like usual, the class was up-beat with awesome music, and I got to just zone out on my bike. I left dripping in sweat and in a great mood, and I reconfirmed that I love starting off the week with a good spin class. It’s so nice that you don’t have to think too much, and you can just sweat your weekend out to some amazing music. 🙂

Tuesday

On Tuesday evening, I took a new-to-me yoga class at Sculpt DC. (I’ve taken their bootcamp-style yoga before and their spin class, but never their regular yoga.)

The best part was that this guy came with me!

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As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, Fabio’s job had a “MOVEmber” initiative during the month of November where they offered a bunch of free fitness classes to employees. To wrap up the month-long initiative they had a free yoga class at Sculpt DC for employees and friends (i.e., me!).

The class itself was your basic yoga class, and it felt so good to stretch out!

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It’s actually been quite a while since I’ve taken a good yoga class, and since Sculpt DC is on ClassPass I’m thinking I’ll have to make my way over there for yoga more often.

Here’s the whole class, which includes a bunch of people from Fabio’s company. Thanks to this crew for letting me join their class!

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Side note: It was really funny to hear all the guys talking about the yoga class afterwords; they LOVED the savasana and also thought the class was way too hot for not being a “hot yoga” class. Haha! Apparently the group also took a barre class at some point during MOVEmber, and I totally would have paid money to see/hear their reactions!

Wednesday

On Wednesday evening, I took another yoga class, but this time it was more of a yoga bootcamp at Flow Yoga in Logan Circle. The class, called Flow Fit, was somewhat similar to my favorite Sculpt class at CorePower Yoga, but it included a lot more circuit exercises and a lot less yoga. In fact, the only thing really yoga related in the class was that we were in a yoga studio and working out barefoot on yoga mats. I don’t think we did one child’s pose, downward dog, or warrior one, two, or three. Instead we worked a lot with dumbbells and resistance bands, and completed a bunch of body-weight exercises.

Since I had just done yoga the night before I was totally fine with/happy about the style of this class, but I think I would have been disappointed if I was looking forward to a real yoga class. Either way, the style of the class was a lot of fun and I can definitely see myself going back.

(Sorry for the lack of pictures for this class, BTW. I wound up getting there a few minutes late and had to lay my mat in the middle of the room instead of along the sides like everyone else. Meaning everyone was staring at me I was right in front of everyone. Welcome to my worst nightmare, which was 100% my fault. UGH. Hence, no sneaky pictures of the studio were possible.)

Thursday

Yesterday morning, I joined my friends Anne and Kathleen for another killer workout at Urban Athletic Club. How festive are their Christmas lights along the workout board?

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I know I say this every week, but these classes continue to be among my favorites – they are just so tough! Our instructor for the day, Teisha, led us through a butt-kicking workout that involved shuffle drills on the turf, plank walks on the TRX, deadlifts, lunges, goblet squats, and much more. Her workouts are so challenging, but the variety and constantly changing movements makes the class fly by. If you are in the DC area and haven’t checked out these classes yet, you’re missing out!

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Anne & Kathleen 🙂

Overall I’d say this week was pretty successful in terms of workouts. I’m not planning to do too much real exercising over the weekend, but I know I’ll be walking all over NYC tomorrow so that will be a pretty active rest day.

Question of the day: How many times a week do you usually work out?

I usually aim for four “real” workouts each week, and then I try to include some active rest days. Sometimes I only get in three workouts though, and that’s ok too!

 Posted by on December 4, 2015