For the past few years my fitness routines have been constantly changing. From a Pilates fanatic to a weight-addicted gym bro (except cuter, and without the annoying grunting) I've done pretty much everything. But all of that was starting to feel a bit stale, so for the past couple weeks I've been trying something knew, and totally loving it.
Training vs working out
Before I get into the specifics of my routine, I'd like to talk about a certain mind set that I've been relying on lately to get me off my ass when I need to get a work out in. See, it's super easy to think "eh, It's just exercise, I can do it later." or "missing one day wont hurt", and while that in and of itself is true, that one day usually turns into several days and before you know it you're completely off track.
Of course, this doesn't apply to everyone, but it's definitely something I struggle with. If I don't have to do it, I don't. Which is why I stopped looking at my exercise as simply "working out" and started looking at it as "training".
The difference: When you're training for something there are no days off. You work hard. You have a goal. You expect a lot from yourself and you push yourself harder. Are you tired? Too bad. Are you sore? Tough luck. Because you have a bigger goal than simply getting your workout in.
How I "train"
How you train has a lot to do with what your goals are, right now I'm looking to build strength and endurance while cutting down some fat and toning it up a little. So my routine reflects that. It also reflects the things I enjoy.
The general break down is this:
For 5 out of 7 days a week:
Some where in the middle of all of those days:
Of course, the seventh day is a rest day, although I do roughly 20 minutes of yoga every night regardless.
How I created my routine
Figuring out how you want to work out is hard. For some people, going to a crossfit gym is the end of the story, but for people like me it has to stay interesting and challenging. (not that crossfit isn't... just that I need more variety)
I started with Pilates because I know it well. I used to do 45 minutes of pilates a day, so it's easy to fall back into that, and I know it works well for my body. I added in the fit girls guide as an extra boost, adding in a challenge on top of my exercise. Finishing off with ballet seemed logical for several reasons: First, it's incredibly difficult. It is the ultimate mind/body exercise. Second, I just really fucking love ballet. So it gives me something to look forward to.
While I'm sure this routine will change soon, because, knowing me, I wont love it forever, for right now I am absolutely loving it!