I get tons of questions about my training, and what exactly I do, so today I'm sharing my current workout routine and what a typical week of workouts looks like for me!
I've come a very long way in my training, and if you're just getting started, I've got a post coming just for you on Saturday that'll be perfect for you – all about how to get started with working out!
I've also written about how I've incorporated exercise with illness and where I started on my own fitness journey on my website as well.
MY CURRENT WORKOUT ROUTINE:
I train anywhere from 4-5 days per week, with at least 2 active recovery days (meaning hikes with my dogs, light yoga and mobility: foam roller/lacrosse ball/deep tissue massage, etc).
Every single workout starts with an active warm up (something kinda like this), as I've seen too many injuries from lack of warming up, so it's become an absolute non-negotiable for me.
I go to two different gyms:
1. Apex Movement Norcal: This is where I do my ninja warrior/obstacle course training, along with occasional parkour. Apex is a movement center where I've gained SO much knowledge about movement, and it's also where I've gained the majority of my upper body strength. My first pull-up? It was at Apex!
Apex also has the BEST community. Nobody is judging anyone else in this gym, and checking your ego at the door is a must – cause this place humbled me real quick. My workouts here always look different, as the obstacles are always changing, and the options for movement are truly endless.
Apex has by far given me the most upper body strength that I've ever had, and it's sooo much fun – it's like being a kid again. You'll find me here 3-4 days per week.
2. The Big C: I've been going to this gym for years, and it's more of what you'd consider a more "normal" gym, but they recently remodeled it to include a large functional fitness room – which I LOVE. It's the only room in the entire gym that you'll find me in!
I have a list of workout moves right on my phone that I love doing, so whenever I go to The Big C, I simply choose 5-7 moves from the list, and get moving. That way my workouts always look different, and I never get bored! You'll find me here 1-2 days per week.
I also mix it up with rock climbing and yoga, just to keep it extra fun!
You can easily search each move below on YouTube for a tutorial. I've learned these moves myself thanks to my husband (who's an incredible trainer), or one of the trainers at Apex/The Big C.
Obviously I'm not a trainer or fitness professional of any kind, and I don't technically recommend anything in this post. I'm only sharing what works for me, which might be totally different from what works for you. Always consultant with a professional trainer before attempting anything in this post.
Here's some of the list of workout moves that I have on my phone:
- Warm up/cool down (always included in my workouts)
- Pistol Squats (either on my own, or using a TRX to warm up)
- Single Leg Dead Lifts
- Box Jumps
- Single Leg Climb-ups
- Tricep Dips
- Pull-ups (check out THIS video for how I got my first pull-up)
- Superman Walkouts
- Wall Walks With Push-up
- Wall Jumps
- Leg Lifts
- Push-up to L-Sit
I choose 5-7 of these to work on when I'm at The Big C. These are the moves that I know the name for – I have others that I've just made up along with way or found via other accounts on social media, and some can be found on my Instagram, under "Workout Ideas."
During the week, when I go to Apex, I often train in the evenings, which I've found is a great way to close out my work day and it gives me something fun to look forward to.
When I go through my own workout routine (at The Big C), I typically go first thing in the morning. Even as someone who LOVES to workout, it can be a challenge to get up and get straight out the door without coming up with 10,000 excuses to just stay home and "take a day off."
I've found that it majorly helps me to lay out my workout clothes the night before, so that I don't even have time to think about it and make any sort of excuse. I run on autopilot as I put on my clothes and head out the door.
I also know that movement makes me feel GOOD, so I schedule it into my week. That way, I know that I'll make the time for it.
My workouts change from week to week, depending on what I've got going on and when my husband is at work, as we typically train at Apex together. I just schedule in 3-4 days at Apex and 1-2 days at The Big C, along with 4-5 hikes during the week with my dogs. I'll also mix in rock climbing and yoga occasionally as well – sometimes swapping out a day at Apex for one of these.
Here's an example of what my current workout routine looks like for next week:
Sunday: Active Recovery Day – hike with my dogs & mobility
Monday: Train at Apex & hike with my dogs
Tuesday: Train at Apex
Wednesday: Yoga or rock climbing & hike with my dogs
Thursday: Train at Apex & hike with my dogs
Friday: Active Recovery Day – hike with dogs & mobility
Saturday: Train at The Big C
If plans change, or I'm feeling like I need some extra rest – I'll just take a day off. No big deal!
I've also talked about what I eat to fuel my workouts and my overall level of fitness activity in THIS POST.
Need some killer workout tunes to get you pumped?
If you're into early 2000's old school rap, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake and more, I got you covered with my Spotify Workout Playlist!
*FYI, if cussing offends you then you won't love parts of my playlist. You've been warned. 😉
Any songs that are a must for your own workouts? Share them in the comments below!
Over the next few days I'll be sharing my tips for how to get started with working out, and then my step-by-step guide for how to LOVE your workouts! See ya then!