Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Something New

When I first started going to the gym I immediately fell in love with Spin classes. B and I got addicted to them for a while before I really got into lifting, and then when that happened I stopped all together in an effort to build some muscle. Every Tuesday and Thursday I see the 6am spin class cycling away and I kept telling myself I needed to get back on the bike and try out a class again. 

I was hesitant for a while because well, I thought I was going to die haha. Spin classes are not easy especially when cardio isn't your specialty, but last night I told myself I was going to get up and go this morning and I did. AND I lived :) 

I actually think it would have been a lot harder 2 weeks ago before starting Clutch Cut, but since I've been doing a lot more interval training and circuit training it actually wasn't too bad. I didn't cheat at all and I was able to do everything all out which I was really excited about. I threw in a quick oblique circuit when I was done and in about an hour I burned 450 calories which is huge for me. Love it! 

I refueled this morning with a big stack of sweet potato pancakes topped with microwaved blueberries, and while I was eating them decided I needed to write this post haha. It's really important to not only switch up your workouts but also do what you like. If you like to run 10 miles every day like this crazy lady, then do it. Don't worry about what program everyone else is doing or the way everyone else looks- do what makes you happy. Does riding 17 miles for almost an hour get me closer to building muscle? Probably not, but I had so much fun and loved it! It doesn't mean I have to do it every day, or ever again, I'm going to do what  feel like doing because I workout to make myself feel better. Most of the time muscle building is my jam- it's what I love doing which is why I have James Wilson's program as my "home base" workouts. They're great for my goals and I love how they progress, but I'm not going to be afraid to do other things too-- cycling, boxing, cross fit etc. I'm all about switching it up!

Do you LOVE the workouts you're doing or are you doing them because you feel like you should? 


  1. I loved this post! Seriously it was exactly what I needed to hear. I got into lifting a couple of months ago but recently have gotten back into running, my first exercise love. I have been feeling guilty for not lifting and choosing running over weights. Thank you!!

  2. Hey! I'm not that crazy!! Haha totally happy you tried spin again though! I used to be an instructor! One of my favourite workouts for sure! I'm always switching my workouts up based on what I feel like doing that day/week. Some weeks I'm in love with cardio and just want to run/step/spin all day and some weeks I hate it and would rather lift. It's always good to do different things :)

    1. Hahahaha! :) I think that I love that you love to run because I hate it haha. But spin is another story- so much fun! I'm the same way though, sometimes I love something and others I can't do it for the life of me.

  3. Those pancakes look delicious! - I love spin class. Hurts my lady parts though :/ lol

  4. OMG sometimes we are workout twins lol. When I fist joined the gym I instantly fell in LOVE with spin too. It is soooo much fun and such a great workout. I too however stopped when I introduces myself to weights and feel in love with lifting and started doing minimal amounts of cardio in order to build some beautiful muscle and of course a BOOOOOTTYYY!!!most important of all ;0). My gym has started doing a 6am class as well and I find myself looking in a telling myself one of these mornings......I love this post because I get so stuck on following programs to a T that I don't always do what makes me happy or makes me feel my best. I need to get better at that.

    I would LOVE to also try boxing or MMA. Hmmmmm ;0). Thanks again girl for another GREAT post!!!

  5. I lifted weights for 1 year and recently decided to try CrossFit. I love it, but want to find a way to incorporate lifting back in because I miss it. How would you do both without over-training?


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