Last week’s workouts focused primarily on strength training for two main reasons. First, strength training is my favorite and the kind of workout I enjoy doing most. Second, at this stage of pregnancy, strength training feels the best to me and my body.
It’s a million times easier for me to motivate myself to work out knowing a strength workout awaits me because super-sweaty cardio doesn’t appeal to me and this big ol’ belly too much lately! Walking is my absolute favorite kind of cardio, though I’ve found myself oddly missing and craving spinning classes right now. Since that’s not happening anytime soon, I’ll stick with what’s working for me and that’s garage strength workouts and plenty of walks around the neighborhood with the boys, Ryan and Sadie.
WEEK OF WORKOUTS: June 2020
Monday ended up being a rest day for me. I took most of the weekend off from blog work to spend extra time with our family for Father’s Day (I usually work several hours on both Saturdays and Sundays to get ahead for the week) so I needed every minute of my early morning workout time on Monday to work before the boys were up for the day. I wasn’t feeling a workout anyway so this worked out just fine!
TUESDAY: BICEPS, TRICEPS, SHOULDERS WORKOUT + 10 Minute Tone It Up Bikini Arms
Tuesday’s workout was a good one, though it’s no surprise I loved it since it focused on upper body muscle groups which are forever my favorite to strength train. I created a superset/tripleset workout and it passed by in a flash as I blasted the Jess Glynne Pandora Station. I rounded this one out with some light weights as I followed the 10-minute Tone It Up Bikini Arms workout video on YouTube which I love to use as a finisher since it always gives my arms a great final burn after some heavier strength training.
WEDNESDAY: 30 Minute Lower Body Dumbbell Workout (Video)
Oh my gosh, this workout from Nourish Move Love was such a sweat fest! I’m not sure if it was the workout or the fact that I completed it outside in my driveway with a TON of humidity in the air but I was dripping after this one. We’re talking sweat coming out of my knees, my friends. Lindsey’s workouts are always great and I love her as a virtual fitness instructor because she’s upbeat and encouraging without being the least bit annoying.
I wasn’t feeling a workout on Thursday so I opted for another rest day. It was another active day outside with the boys so I still felt like I moved my body a good bit but in a low key way. I’m kind of curious to see how my rest days may change or stay the same once “normal life” resumes again, though I don’t see this happening until after our baby arrives and I’m ready to work out again in the postpartum period. I was so into taking Saturdays and Sundays off from the gym for so long because I love that time for family time but there’s admittedly something nice about taking random weekdays off and also working up a sweat on the weekend on occasion.
Friday: Chest + Back Workout
On Friday morning, I took myself through this chest + back workout and my chest was sore for two days after this one! (I swear something about chest flyes get me every time.) I loved the formatting of this workout and always feel like timed intervals of strength training pass by faster for me than counting reps.
Saturday: Quick Leg Strength Workout + 10 Minute Glute Workout Video
Saturday morning I was in the mood to work up a sweat before the boys were awake for the day but, once again, didn’t want to spend a ton of time in our garage working out. I ended up making up this quick strength workout and went through two rounds of it before completing Jessica Valant Pilates’ 10-Minute Pilates Booty Workout. I know I’ve mentioned this video on the blog before but it’s one of my favorites to follow when I’m looking for a killer glute burn in a short amount of time.
Another rest day popped up again on Sunday. I realized that lately I’ve been falling into a ‘two days on, one day off’ pattern for my workouts and this week was no exception. Something about that cadence seems to be working well for me right now and seemed to evolve quite naturally. Though we began the day with a four mile walk, the rest of our Sunday was pretty low-key from a fitness standpoint and I’m looking forward to getting a good workout in first thing this morning! One of my favorite perks of a good rest day is the way it seems to reset my desire to exercise and move my body the next day. Rest days are great for my body and my mind!
Question of the Day
Has your workout routine changed over the course of the past few months? If so, how?
Have the number of rest days you take from workouts changed at all?