Fitness Friday #2

It’s Friday!

To celebrate, we’re going to kick this post off with a little confession. Are you ready?

I’ve been, for the most part, wearing the same sports bras since high school. I know, I know, please don’t judge me. They’ve literally been through thousands of volleyball practices, gym sessions and loads of laundry. They’re faded and let’s face it…old.

SO when Champion offered to send me a few new ones to try, you’d better believe I was all over that offer! They arrived earlier this week and if you follow me on twitter, you may have seen my tweet about my exercise motivation arriving via mail!

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Since I pretty much live in workout clothes all day, every day, even though I usually don’t exercise until late at night, I immediately put this one on. And lemme just say, it’s awesome. And after my terribly sweaty running workout…you know what? It was still awesome.

I love love love that they’re moisture wicking! And they’re tagless…which is awesome because almost every tag annoys me so much that I cut it out, and then it still itches, or I can’t remember how to wash whatever I’m wearing….anyways, tag free is the way to be. And finally, I love the thin straps. I’m kind of obsessed with this style…fashionable AND effective.

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Fact: Sepia photos make your muscles look better!

The next day I tried out this one which was also great. Mine is plain black, but this style is super fun because it’s reversible and they have several different ones with two colors. I’ve yet to try the third one, but i’m sure i will love it equally as much icon smile Fitness Friday #2

Bottom line is, buy yourself new workout clothes….don’t wait 10 years like I did. But you know what, those 10 year old sports bras? Champion. They’re built to last. I’m just sayin….Now if i could just find some workout pants that I liked this much!

And now for a look at this week’s workouts!

Dec 9th- http://iowagirleats.com/2009/12/16/a-quad-burning-gasp-inducing-morning/

Only had to make a few minor changes. Mine looked like this:

26 min interval run
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Total: 2.5 miles in 26 minutes

Even though the total rest day did me a world of good, I was still a little tired so on the way back down the pyramid, I split the recovery runs into one minute walk, one minute jog…instead of 2 minutes of jogging. Then I amped it up at the end with 2 minutes of running at 6.5 and walked an extra minute to get to 2.5 miles. I really liked this one because it changed up the speed and intervals but it was easy to follow and remember when to change speeds and heights. Next time I do this one I will eliminate at least 2 of the walking minutes.

Dec 10th- I used this workout generator (which is AWESOME by the way- Amy is a genius) for inspiration & put together a bunch of moves to make my own workout.

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This took me about 30 minutes. The stability ball stuff was the hardest because I hadn’t used it in a long time.

Dec 11th- http://www.yourinnerskinny.ca/25-minute-bodyweight-workout/

I found this workout thanks to Lindsay who tweeted about how awesome it was. Without an interval timer, I decided it would be too much of a hassle to switch between my timer and the list of things I was supposed to be doing so I did reps instead of time, and knocked off the last set to make it still take 25 minutes.

Mine looked like this:

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This took me exactly 25 minutes. I didn’t rest between any of the moves within each set and rested no more than 30 seconds between sets. It definitely worked up a sweat and it was just bodyweight so there were no weights to worry about. I’ll be doing this one again. I want to do it the original way with timed intervals and see which way I like better.

Dec 12th- http://www.healthywithheather.com/2011/11/100-workout-strength/

Did my favorite Monday workout again. Shaved another 4 minutes off my time so took 32 minutes. I used 10 lb dbs for everything except the deadlifts where I used a 15lb. Took it a little easy on the weights because my back has been a little sore. I used to have major problems with my back when I played volleyball and rowed so I try to pay attention when it hurts now. As much as I like this workout, there are a few moves I’m not crazy about so I think I may switch it up just a bit next week.  No quad pain this time but I noticed my knees were sore walking around the rest of the night.

Dec 13th- much needed rest day!

Dec 14th- Made up my own treadmill workout. I wanted to force myself to run for an extended period of time and recover to at 6.0 instead of walking like I have been…but still needed intervals to pass the time more quickly.

My workout looked like this:

 

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Treadmill:
2 min @ 4.0
1 min @ 6.0
1 min @ 6.5
1 min @ 7.0
Repeat running cycle 5 more times to get to 20 min

Abs:
25 stability ball tucks
25 crunches
25 reverse crunches
Repeat once

Treadmill:
2 min @ 6.5
2 min @ 6.5

Repeat running cycle 3 more times
2 more minutes at 6.5 to get to 10 min

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Treadmill Total: 3.12 miles, 30 minutes

I really liked this workout. Changing the speed every minute helped pass the time quickly and I pushed myself to use the 6.0 to recover instead of go down to 4.0. This was the longest amount of steady running I’d done in a long time. Truthfully, I was ready to be done after the first 20 min run and the abs….but I pushed myself to get back on and do another mile.

And then I tweeted this:

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And I truly believe it. I’m making it a goal to push myself just a little bit further when I feel like I’m done with each workout. Doesn’t always have to be as big as a mile…could just be 25 extra crunches. Every little bit counts!

Dec 15th- Made up a weights workout of my own. Combined a lot of moves that are used on various days in the Jillian Michael’s Slimdown App which I have a free trial of.

Here’s how it looked:

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This one was fun because I did some moves I’d never done before like split squats and sumo squats. I also really pushed myself on the arm weights and I could definitely feel it by the end. It took me about 50 minutes.

So there ya have it! A week’s worth of workouts in Lindsay’s world.

One thing I’m finally getting the hang of this time around with exercise is the difference between tired and lazy.

When you’re sitting on the couch telling yourself you’re too tired to work out & you just wanna sit there and watch one more show, or read one more blog, you’re not tired, you’re being lazy. GO WORKOUT!

When you’re sitting on the couch and the mere though of trying to get up and go to the basement/gym/treadmill literally makes you want to cry out in pain or collapse from exhaustion, you’re not being lazy, you’re tired. Your muscles are screaming for time to rest and recover. LISTEN TO THEM.

There’s nothing wrong with a rest day when you really need it.

So tell me, what’s the best workout you did this week? Got any good ones for me to bookmark?

Enjoy!
–Lindsay–

Today’s Workout:

25 Min Incline Run/Walk

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I went 2.06 miles.

Running on an incline is hard for me even when I’m not tired so 6 mph was plenty fast enough to challenge me. I tried bumping it up to 6.5 for one minute and quickly realized I wouldn’t make it through the workout at that speed so I went back down. 3 minutes is a long time for me to run continuously at an incline so the running intervals were definitely challenging. I was dripping sweat when this was over!

About Lindsay

Lindsay Livingston is a Registered Dietitian from Columbus, Ohio. On her blog, she shares simple, healthy recipes, nutrition tips, workouts and snapshots of her life. Follow her on Twitter @LeanGrnBeanBlog and Instagram @TheLeanGreenBean and be sure to subscribe via RSS or email so you never miss a post!


Comments

  1. I’m so jealous that you got some Champion sports bras!! That is so awesome! And yay for trying out that workout! I didn’t have a timer either so I actually set up my computer and found an online stopwatch type thing that has big numbers so I could see where I was. And you def have to try the last set next time! That was by far the hardest and I couldn’t quite complete it haha.
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  2. Daaaang girl! You are TONED. And no worries. The other day I was at the gym and reaized I was wearing shoes from freshman year. Of high school. Which might not even be THAT bad if I wasn’t wearing them with a tshirt from 8th grade cheerleading camp.

    Wow. Yep. I just admitted that. hahaha
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  3. Haha, you are not alone. I still have sports bras from high school, too! Shame on us :) I’ve bought 1-2 new ones, but i still wear the old ones sometime. I need to throw them out, STAT. :)
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  4. Awesome workouts! Thanks for the shout-out :). I’m actually in the process of revamping the generator so it’s more personalized for people. Also constantly adding more exercises. Thanks for all the great workout ideas!!
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  5. I totally still wear my sports bra from high school! It may or may not be the only sports bra I have… :P Exercise is the one area of my life that I feel like I totally fail at. I’m just so lazy about it…it never happens. But I applaud you for doing these workouts–you are crazy toned!
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  6. haha, i still use high school sport bras too. not cool. i really need to upgrade my gym wardrobe!
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  7. I LIVE in workout clothes too! Those bras look awesome, so jealous :D Happy Friday!

  8. I dream about being able to live in workout clothes. I just think anything with an elastic waistband was made for me :)
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  9. No comment on this. LOL.
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  10. I love the skinny strap sports bra! I finally broke down and threw out my high school sports bras, but didn’t buy enough new ones so I’m left doing the laundry all the time or starting a workout smelly. I’ll have to keep my eyes open for these!
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  11. Your abs are killer! So jealous.

    Love these workouts. They look a lot like what I’ve been doing lately too. Really like running intervals between weights!
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  12. My workout clothes are so. old. Especially my bras. My issue is that I’m skinny but well-endowed (VERY) and I can never find cute ones that offer the support I need. They always look like old lady bras!
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  13. I do not usually comment on blogs, however, I had to thank you for posting so many new and different workout regimes! It has def motivated me lately at a time when i eat way too many sweets and lay on the couch! :)

  14. Dang girl. You are ripped! :) My favorite workout this week was running down the highway to chase down all of my belongings that blew out of the back of the truck. Not! lol. But seriously, I had a great leg workout this morning as a part of Jamie Eason’s Live Fit Trainer!
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  15. I too was using the same old sports bras, but last time I was at the running shoe store, the lady told me that you’re supposed to get new ones every year or so – otherwise the elastic stretches out & they don’t support as well. This was a good excuse for me to buy several new ones earlier this year!!!
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