Hi friends! I hope your week is off to a great start. Back in the olden days of blogging I used to regularly share a recap of my weekly workouts. I abandoned that sometime around pregnancy and becoming a mom but every now and then I like to share a current picture of my workout mix for a few reasons.
- The number one question that I receive about fitness is how to structure a balanced week of workouts that includes lifting, running and yoga. I think sometimes it’s helpful to see a real life application of that.
- I think sometimes people think that because I work in fitness, I must workout all the time. That is not true. As you’ll see in this recap, I typically don’t run more than 2-3 times a week or lift more than 2-3 times a week. I sprinkle in yoga when I can. There are many days that getting out and walking with Finn and the dogs is my movement for the day.
- To give you workout ideas, inspiration and motivation!
COMING SOON: JEN EDDINS FITNESS!
On the subject of finding this balance with workouts, I have very exciting news. I am re-launching and re-branding my online fitness platform! Jen Eddins Fitness will be launching in the next few weeks and the focus will be helping you structure a well-balanced week of workouts that offers a consistent strength training routine but leaves time for other workouts that you love to do. There will be weekly strength training programming that you can follow at home or at the gym, full-length yoga and fitness classes that you can stream on demand and running training programs for various distances with strength and yoga/stretching built in.
I’ll be writing a full post about all of it soon but if you’d like to jump on the email list to receive news and updates about the launch, drop your email here! (This list is for updates on Jen Eddins Fitness only.)
I am super excited. Much more to come!
2 WEEKS OF WORKOUTS
So what I have for you is actually 15 days of workouts but close enough to two weeks! During this time period I did travel to Florida for Thanksgiving. This is a pretty accurate picture of what my workout mix looks like with the exception of yoga. There’s only one class in this 15 days and typically that would be more like 2-4. The travel played into that, along with having Finn for an extended weekend when I got home. I could be better about home practices but I just love to be at the studio.
Okay, let’s go!
Day 1 (Sunday) – 7.25 mile run at 9:21 pace
I was so proud of this run. (BTW, I think we should say we’re proud of ourselves more often as adults.) It was my longest run in as long as I can remember and not only did I push the distance but I also ran without stopping my watch one single time. I took it nice and steady, listened to music and just really, really enjoyed my time out there. I did half the run on the trails and half in my neighborhood.
This was my first run of the year in gloves but you will almost always find me in shorts unless it is below freezing! I rotate my running shoes all the time but I am wore the Saucony Endorphin Speed for this run.
Day 2 (Monday) – 3 mile walk (60 minutes) slow with Finn and dogs
Definitely need an easy day after the longer run. Love walking with my crew.
Day 3 (Tuesday) – 60 minute strength training
I dropped Finn at preschool and then hit the gym for a strength workout before catching my flight to Florida for Thanksgiving. I did work with sleds, barbells and dumbbells.
Day 4 (Wednesday) – 5.5 mile run at 9:40 pace
A flat Florida run while listening to a podcast. The weather was absolutely perfect for this run – 60s, sunny and low humidity with lots of sunshine. I am wearing these On Running shorts that I am obsessed with because they can hold my iPhone in the side pocket and Newton Fates. I leave these running shoes in Florida so I always have a pair there.
Day 5 (Thursday) – 60 minutes of strength training
Thanksgiving day workout…WITH MY MAMA! I told her I was heading over to the little gym at their condo development and she said she wanted to join me. This was so special as last Thanksgiving my mom was very sick had just been listed for her double lung transplant. Talk about something to be grateful for. <3
My workout was mostly various dumbbell circuits with some bodyweight exercises, pull ups and cable triceps press downs added in.
Day 6 (Friday) – 3 mile power walk with dogs
I had just enough time between getting home from the airport and picking up Finn to get the dogs out for a walk.
Day 7 (Saturday) – 3.5 mile walk with Finn and the dogs
This is what our family walks look like. Finn almost always starts on his scooter and ends in the stroller. The scooter is small enough that I can drape it over the top of the scooter when he’s had enough and I stick his helmet underneath. I feel SO grateful that he will still ride in the stroller and I have a post sitting in drafts where I talk about keeping older little kids happy in the stroller.
Day 8 (Sunday) – 3.2 mile walk with Finn and the dogs
When I have Finn with me for the weekend, it’s rare that I make it to the gym or to yoga. Sometimes I’ll do a weights circuit at home, especially if the weather is nice and I can do it outside, but for the most part I make walking my workout. I do still push the jogging stroller from time-to-time but it’s hard work these days!
Day 9 (Monday) – 50 minutes of strength training
I was feeling rested and ready to get in the gym after a few days of walking. I dropped Finn at preschool and then got a strength workout in before teaching yoga. This workout had cardio intervals on the rower and assault bike mixed in with lifting.
Day 10 (Tuesday) – 4 mile power walk with a friend
One of my favorite ways to spend time with friends is meeting up for walks. 🙂
Day 11 (Wednesday) – 70 minutes of strength training
Took my time with this one because I had a generous break between training a client at the gym and teaching yoga. I warmed up with two miles running on the treadmill and then lifted.
Day 12 (Thursday) – 4 mile run at 8:58 pace
I squeezed this run in between teaching a double header at the yoga studio and picking Finn up from preschool. I’ve said this so many times before but always worth reminding y’all that when I teach yoga, I do not practice with them so that is not a workout for me. I don’t even roll out a mat. By the time I get out of the studio and to Finn’s preschool, I only have about 40 minutes to run. I like to run from the school so I know my timing exactly and don’t get stuck in traffic. I can usually fit in 4.
Day 13 (Friday) – 60 minutes of hot power yoga
I took my friend Rian’s class at Charlotte Yoga and it felt so wonderful to get on my mat!
Day 14 (Saturday) – 60 minutes of strength training
I was at the gym at by 8:30a and it was a great start to my Saturday! My workout was very strength focused with lots of sleds and barbells. I trained a client a little later in the morning.
Day 15 (Sunday) – 6.5 mile run at 9:07 pace
I set out thinking 5 and ended up going for 6.5 because I was feeling so good. I just love it when I’m in good running grooves. I wrapped up my run just in time to hop in the car and pick up Finn!
Lastly, if you’re in Charlotte and interested in personal training, I have just started taking on in-person clients again for the first time since pre-pandemic. I have limited but fairly flexible availability so leave a comment or shoot me an email if you want to chat. I can also accommodate a few online clients too – and I know many of you are going to love the new options that are coming with Jen Eddins Fitness!
Time to wind down this lengthy post and get to bed. I have a client at 6a tomorrow! 🙂
What’s your favorite way to sweat these days?
What is your biggest challenge when it comes to fitness and workouts?
Do you workout at home or at the gym? Do you take any classes?