What's your favorite way to move your body right now? I'm doing a lot of running and cycling, and of course, lots of yoga asana. I'm always looking to try something new. I tend to overdo certain workouts / movements when I realize how much I like them, so I'd love to hear your suggestions for other formats to ensure I'm working all the muscle groups! Drop your recs in the comments below 💪
My current regime for cardio is run/walk (75% run, 25%walk) 3-4 days per week, and one hour of spin (intervals, hills) the other days. I also walk or hike 4 times a week (Usually one friend and it’s our social time).
I also do functional training everyday. I realize that sounds excessive, but I use a split routine schedule to give muscle groups proper rest. Training includes heavy weights low reps, lighter weights high reps, TRX, TRX rip trainer, plyo, Pilates, body weight work, resistance bands, and more. If I do a heavy weight session, the next time I work the same muscle groups, it might be a lighter weight session.
I dedicate a lot of time to movement, and mind- body connection, and I have done this much even before I retired. I have found that mashing up workouts have been hugely beneficial. I currently workout at home where I have plenty of equipment. When I travel to take care of my granddaughter, I train with only 5# dumbbells , TRX, bands, and body weight. After a couple weeks of this, I notice that my body changes and I come back stronger.
I think the key is to keep your body guessing. Lastly and most importantly, I have a great workout partner. Though we live on opposite coasts, we co-write workouts (We are both certified personal trainers.) and do them “together”.
Marisa - my favorite workout is an 8x8x8. It's 8 exercises, each exercise 8 reps, and you do 8 rounds. I love this format because I can go light if I want a recovery workout or I can go heavy/hard. And I do 2 min of cardio to start and between each round. Creating them is easy - I do 2 leg, 2 arm and 2 core exercises - then do 2 that are overall or more cardio. My most recent one (I led a class this week with this one) is below. It took right under an hour.
2 min cardio
Walking lunges (4 up/4 back) holding KB
KB Goblet Squats
Russian twists with KB
I also will do running, cycling, and yoga. I tend to like to do a bunch of different workouts throughout the week and mix in cardio, stretching, and some strength.
A typical week might look like
Thursday- strength training
Friday- cardio (hiit workout, cycle, run) leave it up to how I’m feeling
I am a devoted member of The Barre Code. The wide variety of formats means I can mix it up based on my energy level or how crunchy knees are feeling. To this I add a weekly yoga session thru the Y6 Go app.
Side note - Thank you Athleta for introducing me to Y6 during a free in-store class!
Pure Barre, I'm almost at 1000 classes. Walking because I do a breast cancer fundraising event every year and we walk 60 miles over 3 day and you no matter your fitness level your feet need to train for walking long distances. I used to spin but the Pandemic put a damper on that and I can't justify the cost of a spin bike at home.
Hi! Being pre-Title 9, I have never been an "athlete" but have always wanted to move my body in an athletic way! I have played racquetball on a competitive level, run 3 marathons and been in the weight room off & on over the years. In 2013 I boldly went to live at an Ashram for a month-long yoga teacher training. Yoga has been my "workout of choice" for the past 8 years. I try to maintain a daily practice that includes both the asana (physical postures) aspect as well as the more spiritual aspect including Breathwork & meditation. To be fully present is my goal and desire both on and off the mat!