Monday, October 8, 2012

October Workout Plans

Good morning!

I hope everyone had a great weekend! I at least hope it was more fun than mine; it was my weekend to work and it totally drained me. I still have to work tonight and tomorrow, but then I’m off Wednesday and I will definitely need the break by then. After that, I just have to work Thursday night and then I have a long three day weekend! I took Friday off, and Eric and I actually have plans to head down to CEDAR POINT! I am so, so excited – I’ve been looking forward to this trip for weeks. We go every year in October so we can hit up Halloweekends and check out all of the haunted houses. Last year, we went with his sister and her boyfriend and had such a blast; Eric made a sweet video of our trip too, which you may see by clicking HERE.

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(I also went to Cedar Point with my friend Jenny this past May, which you may read about in this post.) Thinking about my fun plans this upcoming weekend is definitely going to help get me through the work week, that’s for sure!

I don’t have much to blog about from the weekend, so for today’s post I thought I’d talk a little bit about my fitness plans for the month. Lately, my workouts have kind of been all over the place. This past week, I was not feeling very creative and I spent most of my time at the gym on my favorite cardio machine:

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The step mill! Kicks my butt every. single. time.

A couple of weeks ago, I did actually start the Best Body Workout Plan by Nicole Wilkins that I saw in this month’s issue of FitnessRX for Women.

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The feature contains a detailed strength training and cardio program, and let me tell you that it is hardcore. I did the first leg workout, which consisted of lower body resistance training (aka your typical strength training with squats, lunges, dead lifts, etc.) and I couldn’t walk straight for days. I actually pulled a muscle or something in one of my calves, and it literally had me limping for a week. I did the upper body workout the next day, but I think the fact that my calf got all screwed up scared me away from any other future workouts. Or at least, I used it as an excuse Winking smile

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I would like to restart Best Body Plan, but with a few tweaks to incorporate some running. It’s been way too long since I’ve ran, and I would like to be able to complete the 5K Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving this year. I was pretty upset with my time last year, so ideally I’d like to improve that. However, at the point I’m at now, I’ll be happy just to run the darn thing! Anyway, I think I’m going to try out a Couch to 5K (C25K) program to help me get back into running and get in shape for the Turkey Trot. My plan is to just swap out three of the scheduled cardio workouts in the Best Body Plan with a C25K run. The C25K plan is a running/walking program that lasts for 9 weeks (I’m shortening it to about 7 and a half) and has you running three days per week. Sounds good to me! I think I’m going to tentatively follow this plan, but if anyone has any suggestions or a good plan that has worked well for them, please share!

Here are my workout plans for the week:

  • Monday: Lower body strength training, C25K
  • Tuesday: Upper body strength training, elliptical
  • Wednesday: Cardio day: C25K, step mill
  • Thursday: Ab circuit, C25K
  • Friday, Saturday, Sunday: OFF ---> Cedar Point!!

That being said, the gym is calling my name Winking smile. Have a nice Monday!

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