My Fitness Routine

When it comes to fitness, my routine has changed quite a bit since I started working out. My earliest memory of working out is in gym class when it would take me thirty minutes to WALK the mile run. Yeah, trust me; I know how bad that is.

As I talked about in my Body Image blog, I actually started getting into fitness my junior year of undergrad. I used to take Les Mills Step class three times a week and on the other days I would do light lifting and running outside or when I was living in the dorm, I would just run outside. I would also take yoga classes any time that I could! Fun fact, I’ve been doing yoga off and on since high school (that’s like ten years ago, how wild!)

After graduation of my undergrad is when I started really taking fitness seriously. I never thought I’d love lifting, but joke was on me because I loved it. I bought a plan from Nikki Blacketter, who in her earlier YouTube days had more fitness plans available on her site. I worked 1:1 with Nikki for twelve weeks and it was intense, to say the least. In her program, she had, if I recall correctly, five days of lifting with three or so of those days having cardio and then your last day of the week was a plyo day.

In those twelve weeks, I saw how drastically my body changed and she also had me on my macro coaching plan with my food intake and

between both of those things, I fell in love with fitness. I mentioned also in my body image blog that eventually during this time is when I became unhealthy with myself. I think I developed orthorexia, but was never diagnosed, at the time I didn’t think anything was wrong.

It was after my twelve weeks with Nikki and I felt I needed to up my game even more because I was going to do her lifting plan still, but didn’t

want my body to get too used to things. While all the workouts I was doing during this time were good workouts and on their own would’ve been fine, it was the fact that I was combining all of these workouts in one day, six days a week with my obsessive macro counting that things went a little haywire for me.

I would lift for an hour or so every day, run three to five miles outside (I had finally began to love running and was good at it, like I hadn’t been before), plus I would do yoga or a FitnessBlender video on YouTube. Sometimes if I felt my cardio needed even more I would do a Beachbody Shaun T workout such as Insanity or T-25.

When you think about how this combined was a two to three hour routine depending on how much time I had available that day, you can see how unhealthy I was about it. I was also working two part time jobs during this time, so typically sixty-eighty hours depending on the week. How did I find the time for this much exercise? I don’t know.

More recently though, I’ve found a much more relaxed approach to fitness and food. I will have a later blog about food and my eating habits, so this won’t focus as much on that. Today, I workout more when I have the time or am feeling like I need too. As much as I would like to be working out five to six days a week, with my schedule (working at a bank, full time grad student finishing thesis, and running my own business alone) I don’t always have the extra energy. Not an excuse, but I know how I can get and I am not going to allow myself to go down that path again

While I still like to lift, lately my body has not been feeling or fueled by heavier and more intense workouts. Knowing my body has been a game changer for me because I know what I need. I have been diving even deeper into my yoga practice lately. I even joined my dream yoga studio, Tribalance. I do try to go there three to four times at least because yoga helps me release the stress and tension from everything else that I carry in my body.

I still have my regular gym membership as when winter comes, I know I’ll want to do cardio there instead of running outside (because who likes being outside in winter when living in Chicago area? No one!) I also know that in a few months, I’ll probably want to start lifting again and not using my body as weights through yoga.

Lately, if I have wanted a bit more intense workout aside from my yoga classes, I have found myself using Beachbody on Demand and doing programs such as Shift Shop so that I keep my agility, strength, and cardiovascular levels still up.

The most exciting thing about my fitness journey was two things. One, in 2015 I became a certified personal trainer through ISSA. While that has since expired, it was amazing to get to know the knowledge of the body and how building a program for others as well as yourself works. The second exciting thing about my journey is starting in January 2018 I am going to start my 200—hour Yoga Teacher Training at Tribalance! I am so excited for this because I have wanted to teach yoga since I was back in high school, if I’m being honest.

One thing I will be bringing to the site is mentorship programs in weightlifting and eventually after my YTT in yoga! I can’t wait to share the knowledge and the feeling of falling in love with working out and in lifting and yoga in general. Those will always be my two favorite things.

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