whirlwind weekend & the best online workouts.

This weekend was a busy one.  I felt like I was constantly in motion whether it be in a car or on my own two feet and I am so happy to be in one spot today.  This weekend, my boyfriend and I headed up to beautiful Cohassett, MA to attend his sister’s wedding.  The drive wasn’t an easy one and took a whole heck of a lot longer than normal, but the festivities were by far worth it.  It was a great time had by all filled with food, family & friends.  Even with all of the distractions, I still held fast to my rule of never going more than two days without working out.

I woke up early on Friday anticipating our long drive and got my workout in.  I did Kayla Itsine’s 1000 rep challenge which basically consists of 30 reps of a whole slew of different exercises.  You time yourself and see how long it takes you to get through all of them.  I was a sweat bomb by the end of it, but it felt amazing and I really felt it the next day.  Saturday was my day off, but I went on a couple walks with my boyfriend and spent a heavy part of my day on my feet helping run errands.

Sunday was a different story.  I knew I wanted to get some working out done, but just could. not. get. myself. to. do. it.  I didn’t want to go for a run at all and there was no gym at the 250 year old inn we were staying at, so that put a bit of a damper on things.  Although I lacked motivation, I did have time.  So, as I sit in my empty hotel room, I brainstormed what I could do.  Then, I stumbled upon FitnessBlender on youtube.  It was perfect.  I queued up a Cardio Kickboxing/HIIT video and started to get to work.  I really got in the zone and my heart rate was pumping.

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After an hour of playing around with videos and getting my burpee on, I was a sweaty mess and ready to wedding it out.  I was so proud of myself for just getting it done.  None of the exercises I did required any weight and I did them in probably a 6 foot by 5 foot area, so space was minimal, but I got it done.  I highly recommend perusing the internet when you need motivation.  Somedays you just don’t want to go to the gym and I find that doing free videos online can be just as sweaty if you put your all into it.  Some of my favorite online workouts include:

  • FitnessBlender
  • Fitsugar (they have a whole range of different types of videos from dance to HIIT to yoga)
  • Blogilates (this is a great one for pilates and core strengthening exercises)
  • Yoga with Adriene (by far and away my favorite yoga instructor on youtube)
  • Greatist (they feature a workout of the day everyday that are great to do anytime, anywhere)
  • Buzzfeed (you probably didn’t know they had workouts on here, did you?  check em out, they’re awesome)
  • Toneitup (some of these workouts are better than others, but overall, they’re pretty fun)

I love to mix and match a couple of these to get a full workout in.  Monday was a whole different story.  I was exhausted from dancing the night away, so I took to walking around the Rutgers campus for a solid hour and some and called that my workout.  I listened to my body and new that this is what it needed and felt so refreshed after.

Today, it was back to the grind.

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I headed over to my beloved gym (where I was greeted by one of my favorite trainers asking me where I’d been the past couple of days because I was missed #gymratproblems) and pounded out BBG Week 5 Legs & Cardio.  It felt so good to sweat and get really moving.  My heart rate was pumping throughout the entire thing and I feel so clear headed now that I’m back in the game.  Also, for no reason, jump lunge actually didn’t kill me today.  Feeling that progress keeps me going.  I hope you all had a great weekend too and share some of your favorites in the comment section!!

-sj

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