I’m often asked what my workout routine is each week. I benefit from a calming effect post-workout which makes me very motivated to move most days. I’m hoping you can benefit from some of the ideas below.
Two editorial notes. 1. I don’t belong to a gym at the moment – my schedule is too hectic to predict and I’ve been loving trying out new workouts; 2. I avoid running and jumping in order to protect the knees I ruined after 25 years of soccer. It’s a hard truth.
Here are my go-to workouts:
- Pilates – First and foremost I do pilates at least three times per week. Needless to say, I’m totally a pilates nerd and will happily tell you why in a future post. If you can’t afford privates or even group classes, Pilates Anytime and Pilatesology offer online classes for less than $20 per month. However, I strongly suggest beginning with 3-4 private sessions with an instructor that was certified in a 600 hour apprentice program.
- Nike Training Club – a free app that lets you choose 15/30/45 minute strength training sorted by beginner, intermediate or advanced. You can also filter by “Get Lean, Get Toned, Get Strong, Get Focused.” And if you’re a trophy kid, the more workouts you finish the more workouts Nike will add to your app.
- Yoga – I try to do yoga once a week although I have to be super careful to hold my core together when back-bending, but I’m a sucker for handstands. San Francisco’s Grace Cathedral offers a free yoga class on Tuesday evening if you’re around.
- Videos, leotard not mandatory – I have a few go-to videos in order to mix it up. I’m currently rotating between The Brazilian Butt Lift and the Dailey Method dvds.
- Rock Climbing – I try to climb at least once a week, although I’d love to make it twice. You cannot climb without your core, enough said.
- Spin/Barre/TRX – I usually switch off between one of these each week or so. I pay per class which may not be the most economical, but I need a little group motivation at least once a week.
What are your go-to workouts? #motivateme