everythings hurts & I’m dying + reviews of SoulCycle and Physique57

Well, a lot has happened since my last post.  I spent the weekend with my most gorgeous friends in the Big Apple eating everything in sight, but also checking out some new workout classes.  I hit up Physique 57 and SoulCycle.

Physique 57 is a barre type class that focuses on exhausting one muscle group at a time through a series of moves using different your own body weight and different props ie. a kickball, bands, weights.  The room is bright and small and there is a spot on the barre for each participant.  You start in the middle of the room and do some arm exercises until you can’t feel your shoulders anymore and then move to the barre to place a kickball of doom between your legs to exhaust those beyond reasonable imagination.  All in all, I liked the class fine, but I wouldn’t seek it out again.  I didn’t really sweat all that much at all and, although I know I definitely got a workout, I felt like it could have gone harder.  I’m a person who likes to sweat it out when I workout and this had me feeling like I easily could skip a shower after.  Kudos to the teacher, however, for continually checking form and for having a firm knowledge about all of the different muscle groups in the body.

SoulCycle was a whole different story.  Now, I’ve been to SoulCycle once in the past, so when my friend asked me if we could go while I was visiting, there was no way I was turning it down.  I hate spinning classes.  I never get in to them, the room is dark, the bikes are uncomfortable, and time stands still and doesn’t pass no matter how hard I pedal.  SoulCycle is the exact opposite of this.  The music is all familiar, the beats are great, and the instructor almost treats it like more of a dance class than a spinning class.  You do push-ups on the handle bars to the beat of the latest top-40 hits, kick your resistance way up as they dim the lights and walk around with candles, and then there’s the arm portion where you take these tiny little 3lb weights and absolutely annihilate your arms.  I love it.  You literally blink and it’s over, but you feel accomplished because it looks like you just got caught in a monsoon because you’ve sweat out of pores you didn’t even know you had.  Cheers to you SoulCycle.  Cheers to you.

After averaging 25,000 steps a day, I was in desperate need of a rest day coming home.  Unfortunately, my rest day turned out to be just as step filled and I pushed through with the rest of my week’s workout plan as scheduled.


That was an interesting choice on my part.  My legs were 50 shades of dead after I completed BBG Week 11 Legs and remained that way for the subsequent two days following.  Even today, walking is a struggle.  My hip has also been recently causing me pain, but I’m just focusing on stretching it out and doing some yoga to get back in tip-top shape.

Today was burpee central with a workout consisting of broad-jump burpees, drop down push-ups (aka burpees without the hop), and weighted burpees.  If I don’t see a burpee for awhile, I think I’ll be okay with it.

I rounded it all out with some low and slow LISS aiming to keep my heartrate in the 50-70% zone.  It’s so hard and I get so bored, but I know it will be worth it.  Tomorrow’s workout is looking like a run and some HIIT, but if this hip keeps acting up, I might need to cool it.  For now, I’m just going to foam roll and stretch and foam roll and stretch…and eat the new lemon oreos I just picked up from the store.  Curing the pain with some well-earned pleasure food.



I can’t believe we’re already halfway through the week.  Time is flying and I’m loving every minute of it.  Every week I am feeling stronger, healthier, and fitter.  This week in particular, I have really been trying to kick it up a notch.  My workouts this week have been as follows:

Saturday: 3 mile run, 15 minutes of Nike Training Club, 40 minutes of kickboxing

Sunday: 15 minute elliptical, BBG Week 10 Legs and Cardio, 15 minutes on bike, 15 minutes power walking

Monday: 15 minute elliptical, 4 miles, 15 minutes HIIT on the bike

Tuesday: 15 minute elliptical, BBG Week 10 Arms, 15 minute bike, 15 minute power walking

Wednesday: 15 minute elliptical, 4 miles, 10 minute HIIT, cooldown on bike

Thursday: 15 minute elliptical, BBG Week 10 Abs, 15 minute bike, 15 minute power walking.


These last four weeks of BBG, I’m really focusing on following the plan with an emphasis on LISS and HIIT.  LISS is Low Intensity Steady State cardio.  LISS activities keep your heart rate in the 50%-70% zone.  Want to calculate?  Subtract your age from 220 and then multiply it by .5 to get the low end of the range and .7 to get the high end.  This heart rate range allows you to get the maximum fat burn per calorie burned.  Activities for LISS include power walking, biking and light ellipticalling.  In the past, I have not followed the LISS guidelines very well if we’re totally being honest here.  I love working out because it gets my blood pumping and me sweating.  LISS does this, but it takes so much longer.  It was hard for me to switch to it, but I have actually been seeing great results doing it.  That being said, I have not abandoned my beloved running.

HIIT stands for High Intensity Interval Training.  HIIT wants you to get your heart rate between 70% and 90% of your max.  The goal here is to switch between intervals of absolute exertion and rest.  Try sprinting for 30 seconds and then walking for 30 and repeating that 10 times.  Or, hop on the bike and do 30 seconds at high resistance really giving it your all and 30 seconds just slowly pedaling.  I promise this will have you sweating.  The way it works isn’t dissimilar to how a car works.  When you travel steadily on a highway, your gas mileage is really good because your car learns how to be as efficient as possible.  When you are constantly stopping and starting while driving in the city, your mpg goes way down and your car has to work harder.  The time spent can be the same, but you’re going to be working way harder one way.

The combination of HIIT and LISS are the best for fat loss, if that is your ultimate goal.  Take your time to do your research and figure out where your heart rate should be during your workouts.  I love tracking my heart rate on my Polar watch and seeing if I can get it just right.  Making the workout in to a game keeps me motivated and makes the time fly.