As I'm sure you all have noticed, over the past nine months, I have shed some weight. Many of you have asked how I did it, so I thought I would share my workout plan with you all. A huge part of it has been working out and probably an even greater part has been changing the way I ate. If you all are interesting in the eating portion, LMK in the comments section and I'll write a post on that too :)
So, losing weight. You see, over the past several years, I slowly acquired the "love flub" - you know, the weight you gain once you start dating someone as a result of wine and cheese nights and dinners out. Slowly but surely I started feeling less and less comfortable in my clothes and looking less like myself when I looked in the mirror. With my wedding coming down the pike, I knew I was really going to kick myself in the pants if I looked back at my wedding photos with dismay. So I embarked on a journey.
I started working out with some serious effort. In the past, I had worked with a trainer when I needed to buckle down, but this time I wanted to do things on my own. I was a competitive swimmer all the way through college so I knew I had it in me, I just had to ease into it. I wanted to make sure I was changing things up to keep myself interested but not being so loosey-goosy that I gave myself too much leeway to slack off. I signed up for a local gym with my husband (because we all work out more when someone is doing it with us) and bought a monthly package at a pilates studio. It was time to get serious.
Here is the plan that I used to get fit and what I am still implementing. Of course, everyone has their own path to getting fit so what worked for me may not be an exact fit for you. This is just to share what worked for me :)
I do two mat pilates classes a week as strength training. I have knee, shoulder and lower back injuries from swimming so it's great to find an exercise routine based in rehab. Because the studio is a little under a mile from my house, I run to and from class to get some cardio. Also, to change things up within pilates, I rotate through the instructors at the studio.
I must start by saying that not all spin classes are created equal. Some are focused on strength-training, others simulate real life cycling and others are pure cardio. What I do is pure cardio. I do one to two cardio spin classes a week. I have the best teacher ever who plays house music (check out all of his mixes here) and makes it actually fun to workout for 45 minutes (no seriously). Let me tell you, at the end of class I am always in a great mood and soaking wet with sweat.
Aside from running two and from pilates, I try to go on a run once a week also. If the weather is nice, I'll run outside or if not, I'll run on a treadmill at my gym. It's a great cardio workout and if you focus on your core, you can get some pretty nice abs out of it too. Right now I only run about 4-5 miles. It's hard running in this city though- there is only so much flat land!!
In addition to my regular pilates/spinning/running routine, I try to mix in a conditioning or TRX class from time to time. These classes are a great mix of cardio and strength training.
So what about all of you? Any workout tips?