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This Week’s Workouts: Taking It Easy

This week’s workouts were pretty much the opposite of last week…last week I CrossFitted 4 times, this week I CrossFitted ZERO. Last week I did yoga once, this week I did yoga three times. Last week I rested none, this week I focused a lot on rest. Just like my post on working so hard to relax a little when it comes to food and splurging…the same thing applies for exercise. Some weeks I want to push. Others I want to chill. This was a chill week and it felt absolutely 100% right for my body.


Here’s how it shook out.




Sprints + Squats + Abs

I did 20 minutes of treadmill work. 5 minutes warm up and 15 minutes of sprint intervals. I started out with 45 on/15 rest with pace in the 7’s and then worked to 20/10 in the 6’s. It felt amazing and I was a sweaty beast after. Once I was done running I did 5 rounds of 10 back squats at 75# and 20 supine toes to bar.




5 mile run

I’m so lucky to have a great Thursday running partner. She’s been pushing me out of my default 3 mile runs and up to a weekly 5-6 miler…plus…our chats are amazing!


Circuit Training Class

So many burpees. This was a short workout (right around 20 mins) but effective.



Just a little walk with my furry friend.


Yoga+ BodyPump audition

You read that right…I’m auditioning to teach BodyPump again at a new gym in town. I have missed it SO MUCH since giving it up in January. BodyPump was the first group class I ever taught and I’ve been teaching it for over seven years now. The audition is only three tracks so it’s more an exercise in competency than a workout! 🙂 Wish me luck!

This was definitely a “step back” week for me but I didn’t feel one bit of guilt for it. No 2 a day’s and no crazy intense workouts. It was just right.

Fun note…I was featured on the BOWFLEX Blog as a one of their 10 favorite health and fitness bloggers. A big thanks to them for recognizing PBR and check out the list for some other great blog suggestions.

Tell me about your best workout of the week. Mine was definitely Tuesday’s sprint + squat + abs workout. I was sore for days but in a good way!

{ 11 comments… add one }
  • Kacy June 1, 2014, 7:16 am

    Congrats on the recognition! When you say you did 15 second on the 6… Is 6 the speed?

    • Jen June 1, 2014, 7:30 am


      i meant that i did 45 seconds of running with pace in the 7 minute mile zone and 15 seconds of rest (hopping to side of treadmill) and then 20 seconds of running with the pace in the 6 minute mile zone and 10 seconds rest.

      i love these intervals and you can do them at any speed that is challenging for you.

  • Brittany @ proteinandpumps June 1, 2014, 8:01 am

    Congrats on the feature!

  • Runner Girl Eats June 1, 2014, 8:02 am

    Looks like a great week. Not every week can be a push week. Rest weeks are just as important!

  • Miley June 1, 2014, 8:14 am

    Jen, your focus on living not only a healthy life, but a BALANCED life is so inspiring. You have such an excellent view on what living a healthy life consists of. I think so many of us get caught up in an all-or-none mindset with regards to healthy living, when in reality there’s a “happy place” right in the middle. Thank you for such a positive outlook! 🙂 Oh, and last week was pretty chill for me too. Just a couple runs and a few strength training work outs!

  • Kait June 1, 2014, 11:45 am

    Best of luck on your audition today! I am really enjoying reading your posts on balance and listening to your body. I am definitely becoming more aware of trying to listen to my body instead of forcing certain workouts that don’t feel right at the time. Thank you!

  • Chicago Jogger June 1, 2014, 12:02 pm

    I agree, you are such an inspiration! I race a 10 mile race last weekend so I took it easy this week too. I did an hour sculpt class on Thursday though and that was by far the highlight of the week – my thighs are still a bit sore from the squats!

  • She Rocks Fitness June 1, 2014, 12:21 pm

    I think this week I need to focus on yoga and running. My body is pooped right now and yoga is calling my name. I love when that happens. Hope you had a fabulous weekend. PS: I contacted Sullie’s breeder. XOXO

  • Annie June 1, 2014, 1:38 pm

    I love reading about how you manage to find the right balance on food and exercising, that is definitely something I’m trying to work on.

    My favorite workout of the week was a 6.5 mile mud run I did yesterday! It was my first mud run, and while I’m not sure I’ll sign up to do another one anytime soon, it was still fun and it was great to do something different and out of the ordinary. It was also longer than I usually run, so it felt good to push myself!

  • tara June 2, 2014, 1:55 pm

    it sounds like you had a great week. i am not very good with listening to my body. i normally just plan my workouts based on what classes/teachers are available and what the weather will be like for runs. and of course that pesky little thing called work and re doing a house that gets in my way : )
    my best “workout” was wednesday. i was on vacation and went on a destination horseback ride north of phoenix. the horse did most of the wokrout but if you ride correctly with good form you will find thigh muscles you never knew you had : )
    The bad thing is i ate like total crap and am feeling the effects of that today. i am very carb sensitive so when i indulge in carbs my cravings for more carbs and sugars are abvolutely nuts. just from 4 days of eating poorly i will fight carb/sugar cravings like a mad woman all week. i will try to stay strong though ! I like these posts about listening to your body. I figure if i keep reading how you are doing it, somehow the light bulb might turn on in my head of how to better recognize what my body needs. Right now, i feel like that voice is just the laziness in me wanting to take a rest day but maybe i really need to do it !

  • Amy June 2, 2014, 3:45 pm

    I actually did my 2nd body pump workout ever at Pure Body Fitness this week…my first was yours at Childress Klein. It was a lot of fun.

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