workout routine

Fit Bride, Cherie: Running to the Aisle // A Fitness Plan Update

CHERIE-3I promised I would get back to you all on my current fitness endeavors leading up to the big day and I think I've finally got it down in terms of following a healthy routine that's not only challenging me but allowing me to get adequate rest compared to my previous over-workings! When designing a strategic workout plan it's important to keep a few things in mind: do you have time to me a routine (scheduling it makes it more manageable)? Are you willing to try new things? Are you taking rest days? While it can be more than exciting to complete challenges and goals, it's important that you keep the overall aspect of your fit living in check. Don't be afraid to ask for some support from friends and maybe even enlist the company of a friend. Just a week of running with my roommate helped me build the confidence back up to pick up running again and feel good about it. With that being said, here's what my routine looks like:


Monday + Wednesday - 6am-8am

While I don't spend the entire length actually working, I do commit myself to this time frame in terms of waking up consistently and eating a healthy breakfast beforehand. I start off the morning with a 1 to 1.5 mile run before knocking out a strength circuit that will include up to 3 exercises in 3 rounds. Around 7am I get set up for yoga - it is oh so good! The combination of deep stretches and challenging core week helps me stay limber and strong through out the week!

Tuesday + Thursday - 4pm-6pm

Around 4, I head over to the local wellness center where I will spend up to 30 minutes doing cardio splits (a combination of 10 minutes on the elliptical + running + stair stepper) or I will do HIITS and tabata to keep my metabolism revved up. Right after, I hit the weights for no more than 15 minutes. After a 15 minute break and water refuel I head into the studio to get my gfx time on. I absolutely love the versatility of teaching and what it does for me both physically and mentally. While I don't workout with my students the entire time, I do show the formatting, cardio skills, and more! It's a quick way to stay active and make a difference.


Fridays are for resting!

By Friday, I'm usually pooped - unless I have something busy planned for the weekend, I'll use this day to rest up.


Saturday + Sunday

Depending on how much time I have, the weekend usually looks like quite the mix up. I'll go for a casual run or try out a new routine I stumbled across on Pinterest. When I'm visiting home I'll go for a test run of a ballet barre class or even a challenging step aerobics class. Weekends are for fun things, so why not make you workout part of the deal!


*a note on running*

If you remember from my weight loss story, running was once a big part of my fitness journey. For the most part, I ran the weight off before I realized I wasn't balancing my run time correctly. After a little mishap with a shoe choice and a slight joint injury I took some time off. A couple of weeks as ordered by the doctor turned in a year. It's a little heart aching to know I've neglected running for so long since it once was such a big deal to me, but I'm proud to announce running and I have once joined forces!! I love how it makes me feel and even my man said I was happier when I got in "my daily run." It's always worth a try!

Remember: be brave and take risks in your workout routine! Your body loves to be consistent but shaking things up helps keep things fresh from time to time.

I'll stay in touch with my running updates, so be on the lookout for posts here and there. Overall, it's an exciting opportunity to slim down and de-stress before the big day.

I hope this helps in your fitness planning. I know there are a million options in figuring out what works for you. Just remember - it's not meant to be overwhelming but fun and even a little adventurous. Don't be afraid to reach out! I would love to help in any way I can. 




Mind Tricks to Get You to the Gym

As I was walking out of work yesterday in my gym clothes I received a ton of praise in the elevator -- "oh good for you!" Then came the slew of excuses why everyone else -- headed straight home -- doesn't workout. "I wish I could but I never have time," and one lady even admitted, "I just never want to go workout!" Although she said, "I'm always glad I did when I do!" Seemingly puzzled at that phenomena of not wanting to but then being glad she did, I shared some of the mind tricks I play on myself to get to the gym. When we parted ways I realized that lately I've done a decent job going -- even when I didn't want to! Here's how:

I live by this one rule -- When in doubt, go workout.

That's my motto people, plain and simple! I usually start out the day with the best intentions, packing a gym bag and planning to go after work, but you know the drill... work is tiring and long and there's so much to do at home (clean and cook dinner). As the day goes on my will to get to the gym gets weaker and weaker and I start coming up with all sorts of excuses why I shouldn't go. That's when I tell myself: When in doubt, go workout.

It might sound silly but it works! I even have a tank top with the phrase that I wear when I'm feeling especially resistant to working out!

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Immediately following rule number one, I change into my gym clothes before I leave the office.

If I get in my car at the end of the day and I'm not dressed for the gym, it gives me that much more time to back out and book it straight home. But, I'm much less likely to do that if I'm already changed. In fact, my favorite time of day is when work is done and I change for the gym! I instantly feel more comfortable in my workout clothes and energized at the thought of going to workout. It really works - try it!

Some other good tricks: 

I get someone to meet me there or commit to someone I'll be there.

I hate letting people down or bailing at the last minute so it's likely that if I've committed to someone, such as meeting a friend at the gym, I'll make good on that promise! I try to coordinate with Aaron and going with him helps a ton, too.

If your spouse doesn't workout ask your fellow gym goers when they'll be around and verbally commit to be there the same day. Ask, "Will you be here tomorrow?" If they will, commit, "Me too! Hold me to it!" You never know, that small conversation might turn into a great support system!

I watch CrossFit videos on IG or YouTube.

Monkey-see, monkey-want-to-do! Seeing hard-working, strong, awesome athletes motivates me to want to get MY workout on! You could always ask yourself this one, too:

CrossFit Diehard

Finally, I remind myself...


Seriously guys, I don't work out to be fit or lose weight -- I work out for my mental health! I get such a boost from even just an hour at the gym and there's nothing quite like it! I can tell myself going home, cleaning, and getting things done will feel wonderful, but I know better; I'll get MORE done after a workout (I'll be energized) and I'll feel a lot better about myself too -- accomplished and refreshed!

What mind tricks do you play to get yourself to the gym? 

Do you have a hard time getting motivated to get there?

How to Make Working Out Part of Your Routine

"To workout or not to workout. That is a dumb question!"


If you know me, you know I workout fairly regularly. I've gotten into the habit of going to gym at least 3-4 times a week and I'm proud of that - especially not having any sort of fitness background, and being a generally lazy person (just being honest here - I love the vegging out on the couch as much as the next girl!).

Of course, going to the gym isn't always easy, and in fact, often times I don't feel like going. But, it always holds true that when I do go, I'm always so glad that I did.

I put together a small list of ideas to help those of you trying to get (back) into a routine. These things have helped me TREMENDOUSLY and I know they'll help you.

1. Get a buddy.

Funny story - when I first started getting into the gym, I got on Craigslist (yes - Craigslist - it's actually kind of creepy) to find a workout buddy, and guess what? I did! My first workout partner was a girl named Claire and let me tell ya, we were dedicated! Sometimes we met TWICE a day at the gym (morning and after work). Claire got me running - for the first time ever, and let me work out with her and her trainer. Claire and I eventually parted ways (weddings, jobs, babies, you know how it goes) but it wasn't long after that I started working out with coworkers. I started off going running with one guy, and then, two girls joined the same gym and three of us eventually all chipped in to get a personal trainer!

2. Get a Personal Trainer.

That same personal trainer was the one who got me in tip-top shape for my wedding day! (Personal trainers are a great resource if you DON'T have a gym buddy.) Below is a picture of the personal trainer I have at my work gym. His name is Larry but we call him Scary Larry because of his crazy workouts!


I think the convenience of a work gym makes a huge difference, but to be honest, I wouldn't go as often as I do if it wasn't for this girl, Karlye! She keeps me dedicated! We try to go at least twice a week to workout with Scary Larry.


There's also my hubby who keeps me going to crossfit. There are so many nights after work, when I just want to go home, but I know he's pumped and ready for Crossfit, so I go! (Again, it's the buddy system. Refer to #1)


I swear gym buddies make the biggest difference!

3. Do workouts that make you happy!

I've gotten to a point where I don't particularily enjoy traditional weight lifting or using weight machines in the gym. I've never really enjoyed weight lifting (until I started CrossFit and began doing Olympic lifts), so if I'm going to the gym after work, it's more than likely going to be to go to a class, do some running, or come up with a routine using my workout sticks. I'm not going to force myself to do something I don't enjoy. If I did force myself, chances are I'd half-ass it or quit really early on. Hate running? (Or, like most people, cardio in general?) Then try weight lifting at the gym - everyone's different. I really like this beginner's guide for weight lifting.


4. Change at work for an after-work sweat fest, or sleep in your clothes to workout first thing.

It sounds silly but it's so true! Once you're dressed, you're practically out the door. Of course this isn't a sure thing (what is?), but you're one step closer. This has really worked for me lately. I used to workout at lunch and going after work has been HARD. Around 4 or 4:30, I'm thinking of ways to bail out. But then, I get dressed and voila, suddenly, I feel like going. Suddenly, I AM GOING.


5. Challenge yourself.

I love a good challenge, especially one that helps me get into a habit bootcamp style. If you're trying to get into the habit of getting to the gym, challenge yourself to go 4 days a week next week. But like REALLY challenge yourself, don't just say it and then not do it. Declare it and then actually follow through.


This is me challenging myself to do a pull-up. Even with a band they're hard!

6. Track your progress.

I love Streaks for tracking my progress sticking to an everyday goal. I've been using it to hold myself accoubtable for practicing handstands and eating paleo. If you've set a challenge to go to the gym 3 times a week throughout January (read above), find someway to track your progress. I'm a huge fan of visual motivators - try making a calendar out of sticky notes like I did, or any of these tactics to stay inspired.

What tactics do you use to get to the gym?

Is going to the gym part of your routine?