My workouts were good this week and I did much better with my food choices. I’ve been eating so much crappy food this month, especially over the Easter holiday, and I really needed to clean it up. Besides feeling really tired and rundown, I had gained a few pounds as well, and just felt bloated in general. I stayed away from sweets for the most part this past week and limited my dairy intake since that always makes me bloated and I am feeling better for sure. I went a little heavier on the cardio this week as well. I also tried something new this weekend, which I will discuss at the end of the post.
Monday 3/28: Spent lots of time walking around downtown while my parents were here and I took a 40 power walk around the neighborhood that evening.
Tuesday 3/29: 15 minutes on the treadmill (5.8 mph), 30 minute step class and 15 minutes of upper body strength training using free weights (chest presses, bent over rows, triceps kick-backs and lateral raises)
Wednesday 3/30: 20 minutes walking on an incline on the treadmill (4.5 mph), 45 minute power yoga class
Thursday 3/31: 30 minute step class followed by a 30 minute total body training class (primarily all upper body strength training with weights)
Friday 4/1: Power walked along the river for a little over an hour (6 miles), and then treated myself to an iced coffee from Starbucks:-)
Saturday 4/2: Busy morning/afternoon running errands and playing outside, and I also stopped at Greenway Farms on my way to the grocery store and power walked for 30 minutes. I hadn’t been out there since the fall, and man, it looked pretty different. Check out this comparison between October and April…
Sunday 4/3: checked out Orange Theory Fitness for the first time and got my butt kicked!
So, about this Orange Theory Fitness…it was an awesome workout! I loved everything about it. It was a perfect mix of cardio and strength training, kept me moving, and it went by really fast. The coaches were encouraging and pushed me without being scary drill sergeants. It’s a little competitive too since you can see your stats up on the screen along with everyone else. I just really liked it. My stats from the 55 minute workout speak for themselves, and I really didn’t even push myself as much as I could have because I was still learning the ropes.
I have a couple issues though…the location isn’t convenient and I would only be able to go once, maybe twice, per week, but they focus more on package deals, which only make sense if you can go several times per week. I’ve been wanting to check out OTF, but never found a day/time that worked with my schedule, or allowed me to come enough times per week to justify the monthly fee. Although there was a studio in Birmingham, it really wasn’t convenient; plus we already paid a pretty penny for a membership at one of the nicest gyms in the city (we miss you Lifetime…..). It’s hard to justify paying hefty membership fees for two gyms. My other issue with these sort of “specialty fitness studios” is the times. I prefer to workout on my lunch break because (1) I am NOT a morning person, and (2) I want to spend time with Matt and Asher Wade in the evening, not be at the gym. I also really like working out at lunch because it breaks my day up and gives me an energy boost to get through the afternoon. There are always a plethora of early morning and evening class times at these places, but they just don’t work with my lifestyle right now. Lunch time just works best for me. Working out at lunch also means I need something close to my office, preferably that I can walk to. There are several nice gyms right downtown, but then again, we have a pretty nice corporate gym right here in my building. My favorite yoga studio is relatively close, but not exactly walking distance. Same goes with a Pure Barre studio and cross-fit gym. All that being said, I’ve never been able to commit to these specialty classes other than on weekends. As long as they do drop-in rates (where you only pay for the class you attend), this works fine. OTF seems to be VERY sales driven and they really pushed a membership, which will not work for me. I really didn’t even get a clear answer about whether or not they allow walk-ins, although I feel like they must. I was really kind of annoyed by the whole process, but I liked the workout so much! I would totally go every Sunday if they worked out some sort of package that made sense financially. I’m going back later this week to attend another class and talk to the manager or something. I mean, you’d think they would take any customer, even if it were someone that only wanted to come once a week.
A few other shots from the weekend…