Last Week’s Workouts

Happy Monday and welcome back to I Am Teacher Fit! Last week was my first full week back at school after having a glorious 10 days in a row to sit on my butt and relax. I knew it would be rough, but I had fooled myself about just how rough. By Wednesday morning I was dragging ass and wondering how in the world I would make it to Friday!

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Last Week's Workouts

I had a race scheduled for Saturday, so I powered through and kept my meals on point all week! I mean — I did have a cupcake Friday afternoon, but I gotta live a little. 😉

Sunday, 3/19/17:

Rest day! I’m spending the day trying to get back into my school routine.

Monday, 3/20/17:

A short 3-mile run on the treadmill plus upper body using the Jillian Michaels app. I like pairing running with upper body! My flabby triceps can always use the extra work. 🙂

Last Week's Workouts

Tuesday, 3/21/17:

A total body workout with the Jillian Michaels app. I worked out too long and had to skip my morning Bible study. That always kind of throws my day off, but I did it when I got home that afternoon.

Wednesday, 3/22/17:

Two mile run and a short booty workout. Today, the early mornings were catching up to me and I was extra tired. I felt like I was in a haze the whole time I was running. I hate that!

Last Week's Workouts

Thursday, 3/23/17:

I usually rest on Thursday, but since I have a race on Saturday I decided to fit it in early and sleep in on Friday! I chose to do a full body workout from the Jillian Michaels’ app (again). This time I made sure to finish with enough time to get in my morning Bible time.

Friday, 3/24/17:

Rest day! Sleeping in was nice, but I was draggy most of the morning, even after coffee. Getting my sweat on early really helps to wake me up!

Saturday, 3/25/17:

Energy City 10K with my mama! We both had a fantastic race. I’ve never done a 10K race before. Anytime I’ve covered that distance it’s been when training for a longer race, so this was new to me. It was a lot of fun and I loved the distance. It’s a great middle ground between 5K and 13.1! My time was 1:02:20 — I totally PRed, y’all! 😉

Energy City 10K

Upper Body HIIT Workout!

A couple of weeks ago I shared a lower body AMRAP workout. It’s one that I’ve done many times and definitely recommend to get a good sweat going! Today, in a similar fashion, I have a workout for you that combines some upper body work with intervals to get your heart rate up.

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This is a perfect spring workout. One of my favorite things to do is take my workout outdoors and soak up some time in nature (aka my front yard) while working my body. The HIIT intervals can just be completed up and down your block! Use the walking time back to your house to catch your breath and get ready for the next set. Of course, if you can’t take it outside, it’s A-ok to complete this workout by hopping on and off the treadmill — just rest as needed!

Equipment Needed:
-Timer
-Dumbbells
-Treadmill (optional, if you’re working out outdoors!)

Upper Body HIIT Workout

If you try this workout, let me know! If you like it, check out this awesome lower body workout as well! Now, tell me — what’s your favorite way to work your upper body?

Linking up with Annemarie, Nicole, and Jen for Wild Workout Wednesday!

Last Week’s Workouts

Well, happy Monday, y’all! For me, this Monday is a little more sad than most. It’s my first day back at school after a lazy Spring Break. After a week of sleeping in, I’m just now having to truly adjust to the time change. Such is life, I guess. BUT the bright side of that is that summer is coming quickly!

I feel a little bit uninspired with my workouts lately and I can’t figure out why that is. Most of my workouts are still a great time, at least when I’m in the middle of them. I guess I’m feeling like I’m not doing “enough” right now and fearing muscle loss with all of the running I’ve been doing this year! It also doesn’t help that it’s “shark week” and I’ve been eating everything I can get my hands on. 😉

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Last Week's Workouts

I use a notebook to plan and schedule my workouts each week, but in the last few months I’ve gotten away from journaling about them after the fact. In the past, I’ve found that’s valuable as it gives the opportunity to reflect on what was good or bad about my workout instead of just sweating for 45 minutes and then going about my day. All that to say, welcome to the first installment of Last Week’s Workouts where I’ll share workouts from the week past and maybe even inspire someone to get moving. 😉

Sunday, 3/12/17:

Tone, Burn, & Flow — a Tone It Up Premium video featuring yoga flows, short cardio bursts and minimal resistance. For some reason, I was ridiculously exhausted that day and was thankful when the 30 minutes had passed. Each week, I take one full rest day and have another day of “active recovery” in which I just try to move. This was definitely that day.

Monday, 3/13/17:

The first official day of Spring Break! I had every intention of getting out the door for a run at 7 a.m. for a run, but I forgot about the time change and waited around until the sun came up. However, I still powered through a damp and windy 4 miles, as well as Bikini Arms. Upper body pairs perfectly with run days!

Last Week's Workouts

We FINALLY booked our Disney room! #happygirl // I made a yummy Thai inspired stir fry one night last week // I finally got some new running shoes. My first pair of Brooks! I’m hoping they will solve my black toenail issues

Tuesday, 3/14/17:

“Booty on the Bay”, K+K Slay, and Toned Abs — all from Beach Babe 4, however, K+K Slay can also be found on YouTube! The booty workout uses mini resistance bands (and I added dumbbells), which always get a good burn going. To be honest, I was pretty bored during this workout. The HIIT style K+K Slay got my heart rate up, but the rest of the time I was moving too slow. I love quick circuits with short rests, and Karena and Katrina just weren’t doing it for me that day. *tear*

Wednesday, 3/15/17:

Short run (3 miles) and Tush It Good. Ya know, sometimes I feel totally stupid speaking and typing the names of the Tone It Up workouts — but they make me giggle! Again, K&K just weren’t doing it for me and my heart wasn’t into the booty work.

Thursday, 3/16/17:

I stacked two total body workouts from Jillian Michaels’ new app and really hit what felt like every inch of my body! I love the programming in her app, but the a la carte workouts seem to be thrown together haphazardly. I backed off of them for a few weeks, but they may be just the thing to keep this workout boredom at bay.

Friday, 3/17/17:

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I headed out for a 5 mile run after doing a short upper body routine from the Jillian Michaels’ app. Something I appreciate about her app is that she mixes a lot of body weight exercises in with the weighted ones. Who knew there were so many variations of push-ups!

Saturday, 3/18/17:

PiYo Sweat — a 30ish minute dynamic yoga flow. I love yoga and miss being able to practice regularly in a studio, so I compromise by doing yoga at home and incorporating intervals. It was a nice stretch with some added core work after the previous day’s run!

Last Week's Workouts

#SweatySelfie after a run // I spent my Spring Break mornings enjoying lots of coffee with my Bible study! // Pippa enjoyed the extra time in the sun. She loves to sunbathe!

Which workouts are filling your calendar lately?

Brooks Juno Review (The New Style!)

I need to be honest for a quick second. I’ve been trying to write this post for weeks — WEEKS! — and just haven’t taken the time to do it. Let’s all thank the Spring Break for giving me some time to actually breathe for a few days. #teacherproblems

A few weeks ago, I talked about some of the best sports bras for chesty ladies. While I was writing that post, I discovered that one of my favorite bras, the Moving Comfort Juno, had been updated by Brooks. Was Moving Comfort purchased by Brooks? It appears that way. Anyway, I was due for a new bra, so I decided to order the Brooks version and compare it to my trusty Moving Comfort.

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Brooks Juno Review

Overall, I maintain that the Juno is still one of the best sports bras for a large bust. While some of the reviews on the Brooks website are lackluster, I find the changes to be subtle. The most noticeable (at least when you’re wearing it) difference between the Brooks Juno and the Moving Comfort Juno is that the Brooks is less modest in the cleavage area. The previous style had a slight v-neck and the Brooks style is crew neck and doesn’t lay as flat on my chest. Modesty, or lack thereof, can be a deal breaker for some women — in fact, it usually is for me. However, this honestly doesn’t bother me at all! I don’t notice it while I’m running. In my opinion, the best sports bra is the one you’re not thinking about during activity. With a snug band, adjustable straps, hook-and-eye closure in the back, and breathable support during long runs, the Brooks Juno makes a great addition to your collection! If you’d like to check it out, click here!

Brooks Juno Review

Pros:
Very supportive
Great for any activity
Adjustable straps
Breathable/doesn’t cause me to chafe
Fun colors
Many size offerings

Cons:
A bit pricey ($65.00)
Less modest than the previous version
Some may find it difficult to get on/off

Brooks-Juno-Review

This bra may even be good luck. I wore it for a 5K earlier this month and was a top finisher! 😉

Tell me: What’s your favorite sports bra or other workout gear?

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Fitful Focus

 

Home Gym Essentials

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Is a traditional gym absolutely essential to living a fit and healthy life? No — in my opinion it’s not! Let’s take a dive into some home gym essentials that can give you the same great workout offered in a traditional gym.

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Home Gym Essentials

Over the years, my fitness journey has changed and evolved as other areas of my life have also changed and evolved. In the beginning, all my time was spent in boutique studios hiding at the back so no one would notice if I didn’t know what I was doing. When I moved back home to start teaching, there were no studios, so I joined a traditional gym. About a year ago, my in-laws gifted me with their old treadmill, so I decided to cancel my gym membership in favor of saving ever-precious time. Now that we’ve moved to a new city and finally gotten settled into our new house, I’m still working out at home and only at home. It’s proven to be one of the greatest decisions I’ve made in this busy, busy season of life.

In our three-bedroom home, we’ve designated one of the extra bedrooms as the dog’s room/husband’s firearm and cutlery storage center/home gym. With no kiddos right now, this still leaves us plenty of space for guests if we happen to have some! Since cancelling my gym membership, I’ve cultivated a collection of equipment that’s working pretty great for me!

1 // A Collection of DVDs

I’ve already talked about some of the best DVDs for a home workout, so of course it’s at the top of my list. I don’t think you need to have lots of fancy equipment to get in a good workout (although it helps). With most programs, you just need a DVD player and a set of dumbbells or two. My all-time favorite home program is Jillian Michaels BODYSHRED. It’s fantastic! For some of my other favorites, check out this post. DVD programs are fantastic budget options if you want to get your sweat on in the comfort of your own home, but not go all out garage gym style!

2 // An Array of Dumbbells

Again, it’s totally possible to get in a good workout with nothing more than your own body, but having some dumbbells certainly helps! They can be expensive, running around $1/lb., if you buy each set individually. I went for years and years with just a 5 lb. pair, but in the last couple of years I’ve added 10s, 12s, and 15s. If you don’t want to wait out adding to your collection and don’t mind dropping some cash up front, try out adjustable dumbbells like the Power Block line or Bowflex SelectTech.

 

2 // Kettlebells

I’m not sure how or why I went so long through my fitness journey without using kettlebells! My mom had one and used it alongside a Jillian Michaels DVD, but I never gave it a shot until I saw the Love Your Body with Kettlebells video. <– A great workout and still one of my faves! Anyway — I went to visit my husband when he was out of town for work one weekend and our hotel didn’t have a fitness center and I wasn’t comfortable going for a run in an unfamiliar area. I thought, “Well, I really would like a KB anyway, so I’ll just buy one and work out in the room!” I have two that I use interchangeably depending on the move!

 

3 // Box or Step

Now, since we’re talking “essentials”, a plyo box doesn’t necessarily fit the bill since you could surely use a kitchen chair for step ups. However… Jumping is a different story. 🙂 I kept getting visions of our chairs collapsing beneath my weight after a box jump, so I decided to add a plyo box to my must-haves list.

 

Your turn: Where do you prefer to workout? Home or gym? Studio or outdoors?

Linking up today, as I do every Wednesday, with Annemarie, Jen, and Nicole for Wild Workout Wednesday!