I am definitely the type of person that has to workout or I would go insane. When I'm working towards a goal, I try to workout 5-6x a week. In the past, this has been anything from bootcamp classes, spin classes, running, barre, pilates, yoga, you name it - I've done it all. Did you know I'm a certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor?!! Very passionate about fitness!
Now, I'm very much into weights and weight-lifting. Before you roll your eyes or doubt yourself, it's not as "hard" as it seems.. and NO YOU WILL NOT GET BULKY. Is that still a thing people think anymore? I hope you don't! Its actually the opposite for me, it helps me slim down so much! Because muscle weighs less than fat.
So nowadays, I am training 5-6 days a week and my schedule looks something like this:
Monday: Glutes / Hamstrings + 20-30 min stair-master + ab circuit
Tuesday: Shoulders + 20 min treadmill sprints*
Wednesday: Back / Chest + ab circuit + distance run (outside usually 3-5 miles)
Thursday: Biceps / Triceps + 20 min treadmill sprints*
Friday: Quads / Calves + 20-30 min stair-master + ab circuit
Saturday: Long distance run (usually 5-10 miles)
*Treadmill sprints = start off warming up / jogging for 5 min at a comfortable pace. Increase the speed to a sprinting pace and sprint for 40 seconds on: 20 seconds off by jumping to the side of the treadmill. I am usually at an 8.5 on my first sprint and increase my speed EVERY sprint. Lately, the last sprint of mine is around 10.5. Shoot for 10 sprints total, and cool down for the last 5 minutes. I'm going for that drive that you have to find within to really push yourself by the end! So much that I have to tell myself "if it's not challenging, it's not changing."
I know it seems like a lot, but I rarely workout for more than an hour total! Sometimes, I'm in-and-out in like 45 minutes! The goal is to go HARD for the time I'm there and really push myself, like mentioned above.
I actually did Jordan Edwards' 4 week challenge and it seriously changed my mindset - dare I say life?? She gives you workouts and I just kept them as screenshots on my phone to use month after month. I learned SO much from her and on weight-lifting / training and the results are amazing. It almost changed my mindset to be at peace with working out vs. the opposite (I'll write a whole other blog post on that)..