Both series were put on hold after Rhett’s birth but now that I’m slowly (SLOWLY) coming out of the newborn baby fog, I’d like to resurrect them in this space! Since my last weekly workouts post was published when I was 33 weeks pregnant, a lot has changed! I gave birth to a baby and followed a 12-week postpartum workout program from @trainerpage that focused on a safe and realistic return to fitness in the postpartum period of life. Now that I’ve completed that program, I feel like I’m in a much better place to return to some of my favorite workouts.
I’m still not jumping or running in an effort to give my pelvic floor continued time to recover. Right now my workouts currently focus on strength training. With such limited time to exercise these days, strength training is my top priority and I’m enjoying combining some of my own workouts with workouts I find online from reputable trainers as well as occasional Burn Boot Camp workouts.
Keep on scrollin’ to see what last week’s workouts looked like over here!
Week of Workouts: February 2021
I’ve been loving Sunday morning workouts lately so Mondays are almost always a rest day for me. Since the beginning of the week always feels a little crazy around here, a less-frazzled morning without feeling the need to cram in a morning workout before the kids are up works well for me right now.
Tuesday: @whitneyysimmons Shoulder Workout + BodyPump Shoulder Finisher
I felt the burn during Tuesday’s shoulder session thanks to a shoulder workout I found on Instagram. I am LOVING @whitneyysimmons Instagram account for workout inspiration and think I have at least 20 of her workouts saved by now. Her programming is smart and effective and I love that shoulders are her favorite muscle group to train, too, because she’s constantly sharing awesome shoulder workouts I’m always excited to try. On Tuesday, I completed this workout from her IG feed and it was great! I rounded it out with a finisher in the form of this throwback BodyPump shoulder track and loved this workout so much.
Also, have any of you tried Whitney’s Alive app by any chance? I’d love to hear what you think if you have!
Wednesday: Biceps + Triceps Workout
Somehow the stars aligned around lunchtime on Wednesday and I was able to get in a quick garage workout with Ryder while Rhett napped and Chase was at preschool. Ryder was all about playing with his cars and riding his scooter and bike in the driveway while I took myself through a biceps and triceps strength workout. I jotted down my plan for my workout ahead of time so I could fly through it as quickly as possible. I’ll be keeping this one on hand for the future because it was a good one that left my arms feeling that awesome post-workout buzz for a few hours after I was done.
Thursday: Rest (2 Mile Walk)
No sweaty workout for me on Thursday! I opted for some movement in the form of a mid-morning walk with Rhett and Sadie while Chase and Ryder were at preschool. We covered right around 2 miles.
Friday: Leg Workout + “Bring Sally Up” Squat Challenge Finisher
I’ve never been one to love leg day but at least when I am programming my own workouts, I can incorporate plenty of the lower body strength exercises I actually enjoy — like deadlifts and glute bridges! This leg workout was deceptively hard in that when I finished, my legs felt slightly fatigued but halfway through the day, Jello legs set in and I was definitely sore the next day! I added a finisher to this workout in the form of the “Bring Sally Up” squat challenge which included what felt like one million bodyweight squats for one final burn.
Saturday: Rest (3 Mile Walk)
Saturday was another rest day but we got out on a family walk with Sadie in the morning and covered right around 3 miles.
Sunday: Burn Boot Camp Upper Body Tabata Workout (Chest + Back Emphasis)
On Sunday morning, I headed into the garage to follow a Burn Boot Camp workout video online. It was an upper body tabata workout with an emphasis on chest and back and it made me miss my in-person BBC workouts so much! The tabata format was great and kept things moving at a fast pace so the 45 minute workout flew by. If you want to check out some BBC workout for free online, I highly recommend their YouTube channel. Also, every Tuesday they offer a free live-streaming workout you can do at 9 a.m. EST, which you may see here!
Question of the Day
What is your workout routine looking like these days? Are you working out at home? In a gym? Taking a break? Let me know!