Happy Workout Wednesday!
YES it’s a celebration because it’s been far too long since I’ve shared a workout with you. Total fail for this personal trainer!
I am fixing that today with a KILLER HIIT routine that my friend and fellow personal trainer, Mike, came up with. He shared it with me a few weeks ago and I loved it so much I wanted to share it with all of you. 5 exercises, 5 rounds for time. Basically, prepare to SWEAT.
He calls it the Power 10 workout because when he does it he performs 10 rounds. I am not as crazy awesome as him so I only do 5 rounds. So it’s more of Power 25 Workout given the 5 rounds and 5 exercises it involves. Plus, you’ll feel like a powerful badass after completing it. I promise. But as always, check with a medical professional before switching up your fitness regimen. HIIT is, well, intense and it may not be suitable for all fitness levels. So use your judgement, listen to your body, and rest when needed. And above all…HAVE FUN!
In addition to that fun workout, I also have a little Q and A action! I put out a call on Instagram for people to ask me anything they’ve been wondering lately and got some really good responses! Maybe some of these will be questions you’ve been wanting to ask me! 🙂
A few questions were pretty similar so I combined them…
What does your dream day off look like? If you could do anything, regardless of time/money/location.
Love this question! Well if I could transport myself anywhere in seconds, I would wake up early in the morning on a San Diego beach and go for a walk with my pup. Then I’d have an amazing breakfast in one of their vegan cafes (can you say pitaya bowl!?). I’d do a fun yoga flow with my mom, catch up with some friends, and take a drive to LA for a midday taping of The Ellen Show (always have wanted to see it live!). Lunch would be in Japan for an authentic sushi meal (preferably made by Jiro of Jiro Dreams of Sushi!). Then I’d fly to China to revisit the Great Wall and the Summer Palace for the afternoon. Next up would be a hike in Hawaii (which I never been!), followed by a picnic dinner on the beach where I started my day. I’d watch the sunset with friends and family, have a bonfire, and slumber in a hammock under the stars.
How old were you when you first got into lifting (fitness in general basically) and healthy eating?
I’ve always been “into it” I would say. My parents have always eaten really healthy and been very active so I grew up in that type of environment! My passion for it has only grown over the years. I did my first ‘real’ lifting program last Summer, but I’ve always strength trained.
Are your family supportive of your healthy lifestyle or do they tease you a lot?
My immediate family is very supportive because they have the same values and ideals as me when it comes to healthy living. There are a few people in my extended family though, who used to sort of tease me or use sarcasm a bit. I got it more from friends and people my own age though when I was growing up. Now that I am older, I think people sort of accept me for who I am…and if they don’t, that’s their problem!
What are you studying in school?
In May, I will graduate with a BA in Political Science. I plan on going to grad school for Health Communications. In the process of applying right now!
Are you on a running team?
Not anymore! But I did cross-country in middle school and high school. Nowadays I like running for fun much more than competitively.
What does your training look like each week?
It changes a bit each week and depending on the weather. I either run and do a bit of strength training or go to the gym for cardio and do a bit of strength training. I love taking walks and cycling too! I’m not “training” for anything, just staying active because I enjoy it!
How do you approach cheat meals/treating yourself?
Simple answer: I don’t. I don’t schedule treat or cheat meals. I just eat what I’m craving have ‘treats’ and fun foods when the opportunity is presented!
What’s your relationship with food like?
I would say my relationship with food (and fitness) are always evolving. Throughout my life I’ve had good and bad periods with both. Right now, I feel really good mentally and am working everyday towards being in a good place. It’s a life long process in my opinion, just as developing good body image and body acceptance is. I try not to see food as food or bad and just see it as FOOD. There to nourish. There to enjoy. There to satisfy. There to comfort. There to fuel. Just THERE. It’s a necessary part of life but it also isn’t everything. I am trying to be more neutral about food overall.
What do you want your life to look 15 years from now?
I would love to be married, living somewhere warm, and writing for a national health and wellness magazine. I want to incorporate writing into my career in some capacity! Also, TRAVEL. I hope to have crossed a number of places off my bucket list by then. Having a few dogs and being more sure of myself would be pluses as well!
How much sleep do you normally get?
Always 7 to 8 hours! I am a very good sleeper. 😉
How much plain water do you usually drink?
TOO MUCH. I definitely over hydrate and actually have to watch my intake because I drink ALL DAY LONG. I’ve been at risk for hyponatremia before so my doctors have said I have to be more mindful of how much I drink. I’m just always so thirsty! Or at least I think I am. I drink water, tea, coffee, juice, and non-dairy milks for my liquids during the day.
Any coping tips for someone injured and unable to run, or other cardio workout suggestions for them?
Honestly, I could tell you a bunch of things you could do while injured…heck I even made up a workout for when I had a lower body injury. But take it from my experience…I only prolonged my injury by trying to maintain my fitness throughout it. My advice? Take the time to totally REST. I swear you’ll be back to running FASTER than you would if you had kept trying do things throughout the injury. If you want my info on how I FINALLY healed from my injury last year check out this post for lots of details.
Any time management / productivity skills or tips you have?
Make to-do lists! I live and by die my to-do lists. There is something that really helps me about being able to visually see and prioritize what I have to get done for the day. And crossing something off of a to-do list? SO satisfying.
How do your eats change on longer run days?
I just eat higher calorie foods and usually add an extra snack in! So 3 meals and 4 snacks instead of 3 meals and 3 snacks. I also make sure to eat right before and right after my run….gotta fuel the bod!
Thanks for all the questions everyone!
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