Breaking Up Is Hard to Do

breakingup

I’m breaking up with 24Hour Fitness for the remainder of my pregnancy. It’s been really hard to stay focused while I wander around hoping for the equipment I want to use to be free and still feel like I’m getting a solid workout in what little time I have to spend there. PLUS, I know have pretty much everything I use in the gym at home (minus a leg press machine and an elliptical) so if I really want to, I can work out there.

I’ll admit it… there IS someone else. I don’t think it’s a forever thing, it’s just that it compliments my pregnancy fitness needs better right now…

I’m officially trading in my gym membership for ClassPass.

YES, it’s a little expensive, but I’m trimming a few other things from the budget to make it work. Committing to the scheduled classes forces me to workout, which is something I totally need to keep me on track at this point. Not to mention, most instructors push me a lot harder than I’m able to push myself in a busy gym.

I must admit, I am not usually a lover of classes… I don’t like working out with other people. I get competitive. I lust over their expensive workout gear. Some of their game-faces make me downright uncomfortable. Even still, I’m LOVING the classes I’ve been taking and love the instructors for not trying to handle me with kid gloves.

Oh, and if I really just want to zone out on the elliptical for a while, ClassPass has added gym time at places like Crunch and Gold’s!

So what’s got me all hot and bothered?

My Favorite Workouts – Active Pregnancy Approved:

Cardio Boxing – World Champion Cardio Boxing (North Hollywood)

  • Hands down my favorite thing I’ve been doing. You start with a run, get in some plyo work AND work on boxing technique. I burn a crap ton of calories, and even though the instructor won’t spar with me, I get pushed just as much as everyone else.
  • Bonus: the class is taught by 4 Time World Champion Boxer and International Boxing Hall of Famer “Terrible Terry” Norris. It’s really as awesome as it sounds.

Pop Sculpt – PopPhysique (Studio City)

  • The planks are definitely really hard to hold at this point, but the instructors at PopPhysique definitely know how to safely handle a pregnant lady in these classes. They’ve been there at the ready with medicine balls to keep me from being flat on my back and all the “tucking” that I usually hate in these kinds of classes seem like the perfect answer to strengthening the pelvic floor muscles for labor. Meagan H. is hands down my fave instructor at this location.
  • Bonus: they have dry shampoo in the bathroom so you don’t look like a hot mess when you leave.

Full Body – Barry’s Bootcamp (Sherman Oaks)

  • Sprinting on a treadmill now versus pre-pregnancy is LAUGHABLE but WAY EASIER than trying to make myself sprint on the road (re: emergency hand bars). I don’t have to modify the workout very much and the instructor was really motivating and didn’t try to get me to back off on anything.
  • Bonus: Validated parking

TRX – Sandbox Fitness (Sherman Oaks)

  • Playing in the sand while working out without having to deal with the crazies that go to the beach in SoCal? Yes, please. Using the TRX is great because you can adjust the difficulty super easily, and doing plyo on the sand feels WAY better on my achey joints.
  • Bonus: The instructor is super hot and she plays great tunes.

Are you a ClassPass-er in the valley? Let me know if you wanna check something out together or if you have class recommendations!

HIIT Workouts

 

HIIT

In addition to taking lots of great classes through ClassPass, I’ve been spending a lot of time in the gym. I’ve done my share of lifting heavy via NROLFW and CrossFit, but nothing has gotten me the results I like to see like HIIT training.

Back when I was vying for the top spot of Force Factor’s 2013 Body Transformation Challenge, I did roughly 4 HIIT workouts a week, in addition to heavy squats and deadlifts. After the challenge, I went back to mostly distance running and heavy lifting… and my weight went back up.

It finally occurred to me after trying out a Nike Training Club class at 24Hour Fitness that I needed to get some HIIT back into my training routine. Since that lightbulb went off, at least 2 of my workouts each week are some kind of lifting/HIIT hybrid. HIIT is great because you can get a TON done in a short amount of time. That way, you have the option of fitting in a quick workout when you can, OR using it to supplement what would normally be a rather stagnant, low HR lifting session. I mean, I’m super envious and in awe of people who can commit to a two-a-day workout… but let’s be real; ain’t nobody got time for that!

I’ve been using 3 interval variations, depending on my mood. They all have their pros/cons, but they all leave you sweaty and working in the right HR zones to burn fat and build endurance without sacrificing lean muscle gains.

Here are three sample workouts that I’ve done in the past couple weeks. Each can be completed in 20 minutes or less:

High Intensity – Transitional Recovery
4 exercises – 1 minute each with 15 second transition break between each exercise – complete 3 rounds

  • Burpees with Bosu
  • Mountain Climbers with Bosu
  • Kettle Bell Swings
  • Box Jumps

High Intensity – Active Recovery
4 high intensity exercises, 2-4 low intensity exercises – 1 minute HIIT, 30 second low intensity – complete 3 rounds

  • Burpees
  • Woodchop (right)
  • Switch Lunges
  • Woodchop (left)
  • Box Jump
  • Push-Up with Dumbell Row (right)
  • Squat Jack
  • Push-Up with Dumbell Row (left)

High Intensity – Full Recovery
4 high intensity exercises – 1 minute each with 1 minute rest after each round – complete 3 rounds

  • Burpees with Bosu
  • Mountain Climbers with Bosu
  • Speed Skaters on Bosu
  • Knee Tucks

You’ll notice I do a lot of burpees… they’re kind of the perfect exercise and I do them anytime I do HIIT because it targets the whole body. I would encourage you to do the same, even if you hate them. Perhaps, ESPECIALLY if you hate them. I’m actually loathing mountain climbers at the moment; not sure why but they KILL me when I include them in my circuit. I’d rather do more burpees.

You’ll also notice I work a lot of the same muscle groups over and over again; properly fatiguing the muscle will get you the most gains – provided you give yourself the proper rest afterwards (a good night’s sleep and at least one day before working that muscle group again).

Besides the time factor, another great thing about HIIT is that you can pretty much do it anywhere. It’s easy to do with completely bodyweight based moves so you can “take it with you” when you travel and fit in a quick sweat sesh in a hotel room, or even a nearby park.

Like I said, this kind of training is just what I’ve found works for ME. I am in no way discounting NROLFW, CrossFit, or whatever strength training you like to do. Find what works and stick with it!

 

*Note: While I am an A.C.E. Certified Personal Trainer, I am NOT a medical professional. Consult a doctor before beginning any exercise regime, especially high intensity routines.

Obstacle Training – Workout 2

So we took a week off from training last week, hence my lack of post. Things got crazy and I got stuck in an all-day audition… so that’s a workout in itself.

This week was still crazy, but I hated to cancel two weeks in a row so I squeezed in a quick training session before leaving for Palm Springs. One of my amazing clients got married this weekend and I couldn’t have been happier to be a part of the day!Heidi and Sam

Also, thanks to the number of these things I consumed…

Margarita

Plus a visit to the dessert table…

Dessert

It was for the best that I burned some pre-weekend calories.

Train hard and enjoy!

Spartan Training – Workout 2

Warm Up: 10 burpees, 10 jacks, 10 squats – x3

Workout: 1 minute on, 30 seconds off, x4

  • Monkey Bars + Ladder Climbs
  • Row + Press
  • Pull Up + Step Up
  • Lateral Step Up with Knee Twist + Lunges