If I had to come up with a theme for last week’s workouts, I’d say they were nearly all “back to basics” strength training style workouts. Whenever I’m not feeling overly creative during my workouts, I gravitate toward three to four rounds of 8-15 reps of various strength exercises within certain muscle groups. It’s simple but effective and never fails to make me feel like I got a decent workout even when my motivation and creativity are rather low.
Also, this is very random, but I randomly stumbled upon a throwback post from 2018 when I shared a week of my workouts when I just so happened to be 33 weeks pregnant with Ryder. (You may check it out here if you’d like!) It was fun for me to see how my workouts (and my belly!) have changed but man oh man did it make me miss having access to a gym and my beloved Burn Boot Camp classes. One dayyy!
WEEK OF WORKOUTS: JULY 2020
Saturday: Biceps / Triceps / Shoulders Workout
I was struggling with sleep big time on Friday night and found myself wide awake waaay too early on Saturday morning. One benefit from pregnancy-related insomnia? Feeling wide awake at 5 a.m. on a Saturday morning leaves plenty of time for a workout before weekend fun begins! I wasn’t overly energetic on Saturday morning but still knew I’d feel better if I grabbed some weights and did a little upper body strength session. I loved this one and left me with rather sore triceps on Sunday! Also, it should be noted that in the above workout, the first superset actually paired biceps hammer curls (NOT traditional biceps curls) with lateral shoulder raises but I accidentally didn’t include that in the graphic when I initially shared it via Instagram Stories.
No workout for me on Sunday! It was a day of rest! We did take Sadie on a walk with the boys and swam in the lake but I didn’t do anything other than usual day-in-the-life activity.
Monday: Booty Workout
I took myself through a booty workout in the garage to kick of the work week and it felt great to keep things basic with a format of three rounds of 15-20 reps of various supersets. I alternated supersets with traditional dumbbell strength exercises with some mini loop band exercises and definitely felt the burn in my glutes! I ended the workout with some stability ball hamstring curls and more mini band exercises and loved this one. It was a great workout for me during a time in my pregnancy when certain exercises like lunges no longer feel very good and squats and mini band exercises feel great.
Tuesday: Shoulder Workout YouTube Videos (Dumbbell At Home Shoulder Workout + Light + Heavy Shoulder Workout)
I mentioned this workout in my Tuesday day in the life blog post last week but in case you missed it, Tuesday’s workout focused on shoulder strength training. I followed two separate YouTube videos — this one from Carolina Virvan + this one from Nicole Pearce — and liked the formatting of both of them. They kept things moving and I definitely felt the burn. Caroline Girvan’s YouTube channel is a new find for me but it’s one I’ve been loving lately for at home workouts. Check it out if you’re looking for a little YouTube workout inspiration!
Wednesday: Walk with Sadie
I wasn’t feeling a workout on Wednesday morning so I opted out in favor of taking Sadie on a solo walk before the boys were up for the day. These days the vast majority of my walks with Sadie involve following the boys in their Power Wheels Jeep or pushing them in the double stroller so a walk where it’s just me and my favorite furry lady always feels like a treat. We covered right around 2.5 miles before heading home.
Thursday: Back + Biceps Workout
Thursday I was back at it with another garage workout. This time it looked like a back + biceps strength workout. This workout wasn’t anything fancy but it was a good one that worked my back and biceps effectively. Blasting some good music while I went through the exercises (hello, Destiny’s Child Pandora station) made this workout a fun one!
Friday: Chest + Triceps Workout
On Friday morning, I focused on my chest and triceps and really liked this workout! Once again, it was a simple workout and very basic in its formatting but it was exactly what I was in the mood for that day.
Question of the Day
Have you been following any workouts on YouTube lately? Any must-try channels?
I’ve loved discovering new-to-me fitness instructors on YouTube over the course of the past few months and am always on the lookout for good ones!