I’ve been getting so many questions about my fitness routine lately that I wanted to share some details. I know that motivation is one of the hardest things to find especially when it’s still cold out, but I hope that by sharing my routine with you – it will inspire you to find something that you enjoy doing and take steps towards a healthier you.
I graduated from college 5 years ago (wow!) and found that my ever-active lifestyle between my dance team, classes, and extracurriculars were replaced with a long drive to work, sitting for 9 hours a day, and then an even longer drive home. After my day, I would just want to curl up on the couch and watch TV and needless to say, my sedimentary lifestyle caught up with me. I gained weight, was slower, sluggish, and just didn’t feel my best. I joined a gym with my then-boyfriend (now husband) and we tried to hang out and work out together a few times a week, but honestly I hated it.
Fast forward a few years, and I found myself still struggling to find the motivation to work out. I knew I hated the gym, and group fitness seemed like an ineffective use of my time, plus I got bored so easily. I wanted to get in and get out as soon as possible. Two years ago, I got an email in my inbox about a new service called ClassPass coming to Atlanta in January of 2015 and if I would want to try it out for a month. I thought what the heck, I just moved into the city and what do I have to loose. After the first week, I was hooked.
Enough about how I got here, being on ClassPass opened my eyes to a world of workouts that I didn’t have to hate. Even the ones I didn’t love, I just got through it with 1 hour each week and then didn’t have to worry about it for another week. I tried spin, barre, pilates, yoga, TRX, HIIT training, mega reformers, and even found a way to start dancing again. The endless variety of studios is perfect for someone like me who gets bored so easily and needs to mix it up. So that’s exactly what I do. There is no set schedule for me. I workout ~5 times a week and do 2 days of strength training, 2 days of cardio, and at least 1 day of a mix of cardio & strength (HITT). The fun part is that this can mean anything! Strength day can be barre, pilates, weight training, or the mega reformer. Cardio day can mean spin (I have 4 favorite studios), dance, or boxing. Mix days are the ones that hurt the most, this is usually a half running/half weight training class like Blast or Sculpthouse or even Bounce. I even throw in a rest day sometimes with yoga, stretching, or a fun hammock class.
Classpass did change their business model a few months ago to allow you to only purchase a plan for 10 classes a month, with an option to buy more. As someone who has spent the last 2 years on the unlimited plan, this is a tough blow, but I am looking to supplement my CP regime with a studio membership or perhaps something like an at-home plan (I love Blogilates). Either way, working fitness into my life has actually been life-changing. There are ways to hold yourself accountable like taking a photo whenever you are at the gym, using a fitness tracker like a Fitbit or Apple watch, and getting your friends to sign up. My husband has been on CP with me for 3 months now and replacing dinner dates with workout dates has been one of the best things for our relationship.
You shouldn’t hate to exercise if you still don’t love your workout keep looking. The goal is to sweat every day, that’s it. Let me know if you liked this and want to see more fitness related posts!