ViPR Tubes

Have you guys ever heard of ViPR tubes?

ViPR tubes

I hadn’t until a couple of weeks ago. App’s recreation department got a set of these a couple weeks ago. Since I’m a group fitness instructor, I had the opportunity to attend a demo on these guys. The verdict? They’re pretty awesome and a great way to spice up a workout.

ViPR tubes (which stands for Vitality , Performance and Reconditioning), are hollow, weighted, rubber tubes. They have 3 handles, two vertical handles on one side, and a single horizontal handle on the opposite side.

So what can you do with it? Well anything.

These tubes are great for both strength training and cardio. They can add weight to squats and lunges, either by holding the tubes like this:

Or standing it up on one end and tipping the tube in either direction:

The vertical handles can be used to do exercises like shoulder presses, chest presses, lat raises and bicep curls.

ViPRs can also amp up your push ups and planks by placing the tube on its side and placing your hands on the cylinder, this creates some instability and gives your core one serious workout. We did push ups on the tube and they were killer!

ViPR tubes can also be incorporated into cardio circuits. They add some major resistance to speed skaters and heismans:

They can also be add some extra resistance to BURPEES! Because burpees need to be more difficult. Add in a chest press at the top of the burpee (instead of a jump) to add in some fun. Or pain.

One of my personal favorite exercises we did was army crawls while pushing the tubes across ground. Killer. Then instead of turning around and pushing it back, we army crawled backwards while pulling the tube back with us. Hurts so good.

Incorporating ViPR tubes into your strength training or a cardio circuit could be a great way to change things up next time your at the gym. They’re super versatile and work almost every muscle in your body, pretty awesome if you ask me.

Interested? You can find more information and exercises here:

Have you tried ViPR tubes before?

How do you change up your workout routine?

I’m in no way affiliated with ViPR, I’m pretty sure they don’t even know I exist, I just thought they were an awesome new fitness tool!

Happy Friday

I’m so excited today is Friday. Friday is my favorite day of the week (I’m pretty sure everyone else feels the same!), I only have one short class, the entire afternoon to myself and usually a nice dinner out and general college shenanigans at night. The word shenanigans makes me feel like an old man, but I’m rolling with it.

Tonight we have plans for a Thai dinner (so excited!) and Art Crawl. One of my roommate’s has artwork on display in a couple of galleries and I’m really excited to check them out. And get free wine. Priorities. My roommate has an art blog if you want to check out her work!

I got in a nice sweaty workout this afternoon which felt SO GOOD. I’m the worst injured person ever, I can’t deal with sitting still. I did this LiveFit workout. LiveFit workouts are my go-to for strength training because they work and I always feel like jelly afterwards. I’m weird and I really enjoy that feeling. I also did a 20 minute tabata workout on the exercise bike that looked like this:

tabata bike workout

I was sitting at one of the weight machines secretly hating all the people on treadmills because they were running and I couldn’t. Lack of exercises endorphins clearly makes me a grouch. So I decided to hop on the exercise bike and test out my calf/knee to see how it felt, and it felt pretty good so I pedaled my little heart out for 20 minutes. I was good and kept it to just 20 minutes. Progress people.

In addition to a great workout I also plopped myself in the coffee shop with a big mug of coffee and my laptop and got a ton of work done. Feels good. I eve made some fun social media buttons to the side bar. I’m trying to make things over on the blog slowly but surely.

And for something fun for your afternoon:

Things Group Fitness Instructors Say

Most of these are courtesy of Fit Expo 

“Yoga block DOWN!”

“You know, when you’re ellipticizing really hard and the handle just ends up in your mouth!”

“I think I just backed over the yoga block”

“My iPod died because I sweated too hard”

“A day without burpees is like a day without sunshine”

I realize I still owe you guys a recap of Fit Expo, it’s coming! I promise!

Have you ever tried tabata workouts? I love them!

What are you doing this weekend?

Don’t forget to enter my giveaway, it closes tonight!!!

Equipment-Free Circuit

Equipment-Free Circuit

Check out this great equipment-free British Military Fitness Workout from the folks at Tribesports. It’s great if your tight on time and space (I’m looking at you tiny college apartment)!

20 minute Cardio Circuit

20 minute Cardio Circuit

I love this circuit, the smaller number of reps makes this circuit fly by! It’s great if you’ve got a short gym attention span like I do!

Friendsgiving/Birthday Extravaganza!


Friday morning I headed to a Power Hour class at the gym which was a blast! I don’t usually get to go to that class because I have actual class (lame) but my professor was out of town so I got a chance to go! The class was really upbeat and got me pumped for the weekend! I love a good Friday morning workout, it gets me pumped for the rest of the week and makes me not feel so bad when I some how end up eating 6 cupcakes. Whoopsies.

We did a fun cardio circuit during the class that I jotted down and I’ll share it with you guys soon!

I’m proud of the fact that I’m getting better at disguising workout clothes as real clothes. Too bad adding boots and a cardigan to my workout clothes doesn’t make them less stinky afterward…

Friday evening my roommates and a couple of friends headed out to a reception for the student art gallery on campus. My roommate and I submitted art work for an Appalachian of the Artistic Rebuttal Book Project (check it out if you like art, it’s an awesome project!) and both of ours got in!

My submission!

That’s my art, on a wall!

My roommate’s submission!

It’s so cool to see something you made hanging up in public, I don’t think I’ll ever get sick of it.

The reception had some finger foods but we were hungry for some real food so we headed to Black Cat Burrito for dinner. I think I’ve ended up at Black Cat almost every weekend this semester. I can’t help it, it’s so good!

I built my own burrito with rice, black beans, sweet potato, spinach and some painfully hot salsa.

Black Cat only has mild and hot salsa, I went with hot because I like a little spice in my life, and I wound up chugging 2 huge glasses of water. That stuff is no joke, lesson learned. But I still finished every bite of that salsa because I refused to let it beat me (:

And because weekends = fro yo time, this happened:

Chocolate and coffee swirled fro yo (heaven) with a little snickerdoodle fro yo (also heaven) plus chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, a chunk of Reeses and a Nutella drizzle. Honestly I could have eaten this cup 3 more times, it was pretty tasty.


Saturday morning started with a 3 mile treadmill run. I finally used the gym in my apartment complex, considering I’ve only lived there for 3+ months it was about time. I think the gym is the same size as my apartment, but I got to watch Top Chef while I ran which is a bonus. I think watching delicious foods makes me run faster (: By the way did anyone watch the episode where the had to cook and serve food in the space needle? I would have passed out, heights are not my friend.

After my run I ran a few errands with one of my roommates, we had some presents to pick out and need to pick up a few things for dinner. We are terrible errand runners and finally finished two hours later. Do not send me food shopping if you need something in under an hour, I’m the slowest food shopper ever.

Saturday my friends and I threw a combo Thanksgiving/22nd birthday celebration for my roommate and it was an awesome time. I made flour-less chocolate cupcakes and roasted vegetables. When you eat more vegetables it means you can eat more cupcakes right? I hope so.

Roasted brussel sprouts, onions and cranberries season with garlic, black pepper and Bragg’s liquid aminos. I actually got college kids to eat brussel sprouts, which I consider a huge accomplish. Though some were not so easily persuaded, that’s okay, more for me!

I also made these flour-less chocolate cupcakes and they came out surprisingly good!

I used this recipe (minus the cream cheese filling) from the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness. I wasn’t sure how they would turn out based on the ingredients, they seemed way too simple! But they were amazing. Seriously, even if gluten isn’t an issue for these make them. I ended up eating wayyy too many. Like 6. Oops. It’s okay, I ate lots of brussel sprouts to help cancel out all the sugar (:

I topped the cupcakes with Cool Whip (I actually used Tru Whip because it has less crazy ingredients, which I’m sure didn’t matter once I added the sugar in the cupcakes) mixed with some cocoa powder and cinnamon for an easy frosting. I made them fancy-ish by using a sandwich baggie with a corned cut off to pipe on the Cool Whip and I topped them with some leftover Halloween sprinkles.

I also have to mention the cranberry sauce, because it is one of my favorite parts of thanksgiving.

Apologies for the terrible apartment lighting. And cranberry sauce taste the best when it’s still in the shape of a can. The ridges add extra flavor. We also rotisserie chicken (the poor college student’s turkey dinner), mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, corn and rolls. But let’s be real, the veggies and cupcakes are the most important part of a well-rounded feast.

We ended the night playing Millionaire Monopoly and watching The Campaign. Chocolate cupcake-induced sugar highs make board games way more intense, I think I funneled all my excess energy into buying as much property as possible, but I still lost.


Sunday morning started with a 5:30am wake up call. AKA way to early for a Sunday morning, especially after going to bed at 1:30, ouch. It was for a good cause though, I was helping out with a pancake breakfast to benefit the Western Youth Network, which helps at-risk youth in western North Carolina.

Even though our turn-out wasn’t the best (maybe the Sunday before Thanksgiving break wasn’t the best day) we still raised $150 so it was worth getting up for.

Sunday afternoon I took a much needed 2 hour nap, and still woke up groggy, I think I needed 2 more hours. One day I’ll learn to get to bed at a decent time. One day.

I woke up in time for my roommate’s birthday dinner with her parents. No pictures because it was a fairly fancy Italian restaurant and I thought whipping out a cell phone to take a picture of my food would be weird. I ordered a artichoke salad that came with artichokes (obviously), roasted red peppers, onions, tomatoes and lettuce. It wasn’t anything special, but being a gluten-free vegetarian at an Italian restaurant I kind of expected that. I did like that I got a pre-salad salad. I guess they didn’t want me to feel left out when everyone else had a started salad before their entree? I’ll never turn down extra salad.

What did you do this weekend?

Do you like spicy foods?

Are you a morning exerciser or an evening exerciser?

Yoga Challenge Recap and Weekly Workouts

I can’t believe Courtney‘s Yoga Challenge is over!

Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life

Even though I didn’t get in as many yoga practices as I was hoping, I still really enjoyed the challenge. Incorporating more yoga into my routine is something I’m always working on and I love a good challenge to encourage me. Thanks Courtney!

I had really good intentions of doing lots of yoga this week, but I’ll be honest, life got in the way. School was super busy and stressful this week and yoga just didn’t happen as much as I wanted. And even though yoga is a great stress reliever I was drawn to more intense cardio classes this weeks. Sometimes you just got to go with what you’re feeling.

Sunday: Sunday morning I did a Hip Opener podcast from Yoga Journal. This podcast was different from the Hip Opening sequence I did last week but still felt equally awesome. I’ve decided if I’m going to continue doing workouts that involve things like spin or plyo that I NEED to do hip openers. My hips are wayyy too tight otherwise. Plus I could always use a little more balance in my life.

Sunday night I taught a short 30-minute Pilates class for an Aerobathon (3 hours of exercise, yeahhhh) we were having on campus, and I ended up staying for a 30-minute yoga class afterwards. It just reminded me that I really need to work on making it out to more yoga classes. It’s been tough since they closed the gym where the yoga classes were help and they cut back on a lot of the yoga classes (and Pilates, it’s a lame situation) and they don’t fit into my schedule so well. But the yoga teachers we have on campus are fantastic and too good to just be college students (though most of them are legit and have their 200-hour certifications!).

Today: This morning I did an Arm Balance podcast also from Yoga Journal and it was a lot of fun. I want to work on arm balances more because they are lots of fun and so good for building strength. I just like pulling Stewart, “Look what I can do!”. MADTV reference anyone?

Even though the challenge is over I want to keep trying to incorporate more yoga into my life. I know I always say that and then completely fail at it, but I want to make a better effort this time! My body loves yoga and I need to start listening to it a little (okay a lot) better!

Yoga Challenge recaps: Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3


I’ve also had some stellar workouts this week that I really want to share with you guys. I love talking workouts on here because for some reason my friends aren’t interested in talking about how many pushups or burpees I did today. I don’t understand why not.

The campus gym I usually go to closed (stupid construction) which has really shaken up my fitness routine and I haven’t had Pilates classes to teach (also thanks to the stupid construction) so I’ve been trying out lots of new classes. My muscles have been soorrrrreeee (in a good way!) all week. I kinda love it.

Sunday I had a meeting to go to with all the other campus group fitness teachers and we always have a workout before the meeting. This month’s workout was done by the personal trainers and it was a little weak, so I went running with a couple of the cardio teachers, which was really nice. We just did a 2.5 mile loop, but they were faster than me so it was a good challenge to keep up. I think I need to find people to run with more often because it was a nice change of pace. Sometimes the time alone while running is nice but I think it would be more motivating to have a running buddy. Too bad most of my friends don’t run.

Monday I went to a step class and my legs were absolutely dead by the end of it. I haven’t been to a step class in forever. It wasn’t my favorite class though, I have a step instructor at my gym at home who is like the queen of step and does some crazy choreography, so I’m a little spoiled.

Tuesday I hit up a 20-20-20 class taught by one of my favorite instructors, she is so sweet but she will work you to death in her classes. I did a full minute of burpees. It hurt. Lots. You Crossfit-ers and your 7 minutes of burpees are crazy. I think I almost drowned in my own sweat, in a good way, if that’s possible.

Someecards always manage to describe my life perfectly.

Wednesday I went to a Total Body Sculpt class, which isn’t a class I’ve been to before, but holy muscles on fire. We did exercises with lots of reps and my muscles were definitely feeling the burn. I tend to do high weight, low rep workouts so this was definitely a change of pace and my poor little muscles were begging for mercy.

Thursday I checked out a Power Abs class. I’m not really a big fan of abs classes, I think spending 30+ minute on crunches is completely pointless, but I was really antsy all day and it was the only class that fit in my schedule, so I figured I try it and give it a chance. I actually ended up liking the class. It wasn’t my favorite class ever, but the instructor incorporated a lot of cardio and back exercises to make the class a little more well rounded. Since the class was a shorter one I also did a couple shoulder exercises and a quick 2 mile run on the treadmill. I finally got to break in my new shoes!


I love them! I have been wearing them for cardio classes. My foot has been hurting a lot so I figured I needed to start wearing shoes that actually fit. My foot feel a million times better wearing these shoes. The fact that they are the best color ever (purple!) is just a bonus.

Friday: I got out of my 9:00 am class a little early so I went to a Strengthen and Tone class. I loved this class because it alternated between cardio, strength and circuit style exercises which really kept things interesting. By the end of class I felt like I had gotten an awesome workout. Always a great feeling.

Saturday: Saturday was supposed to be a rest day, but I ended up working on a farm for a couple hours in the afternoon. More on that later, it was a fun experience that deserves its own post.

Sunday: I taught a 30-minute Pilates class for an Aerobathon event we had on campus. I also took a 30-minute kickboxing, circuit and yoga class. Having that much variety in one workout is so much fun. It kept things interesting without leaving me completely exhausted!

Whew, this turned into a massive post. Thanks for hanging in there!

Tell me about your workouts this week!

So you remember the Stewart sketches from MADTV? Tell me I’m not the only one! Those sketches were hilarious!

This or That.

Today has been pretty uninteresting. I went to a 6 am spin class (wonderful), went to work and then spent the evening procrastinating packing (moving back to school on Sunday!). I hate packing, if some packing fairies decide to pop up and I find all my stuff boxed up tomorrow morning I wouldn’t complain. Please?

I thought a survey might be fun. I’ve seen this one all over the blog-world. I thought I’d hop on the survey train too.

This or That?

1. Run/workout in the heat and humidity or freezing temps and snow? Heat and humidity! I’m the BIGGEST wimp ever when it comes to running in the cold! Maybe you remember this terrible 5k I ran in the cold. Cold is gross. Plus I usually get sick after running in the cold which is no bueno.

2. Have washboard abs or flat abs? Washboard! I like to dream big =)

I definitely wouldn’t mind having Sanya Richard Ross’ abs.

3. Dr. Oz or The Doctors? I’d probably pick Dr. Oz over the Doctors but I don’t like how overzealous he is when it comes to recommending supplements. I’m also not a fan of how he has to bust out the preserved body part every time he talks about a different disease. A nice illustration would get the point across.

4. Cardio or strength? Both! I burn out if I don’t constantly mix things up. I have the worst gym ADD. That being said, I’m really digging cardio at the moment, but with some weight intervals thrown in.

5. Cravings: Protein or carbs? Carbs! All day everyday. I could literally just eat carbs all day (and peanut butter!) and be completely content. People who claim they don’t like carbs are ridiculous. Carbs are delicious.

Yes yes yes.

6. Jillian Michaels or Bob Harper? Probably Bob Harper, I didn’t watch much Biggest Loser when Jillian Michaels was on it and I’ve never tried any of her videos, but Bob seems nicer. Plus he’s a vegan, which I think is pretty cool.

7. Frozen Yogurt or Ice Cream? Fro yooooo. I had a bite of my dads ice cream the other week and was almost sent into diabetic shock. Not really, but I like the tartness of frozen yogurt much better. But if someone offered me a free scoop of ice cream I certainly wouldn’t turn it down.

8. To train: Upper body or Lower body? On the fence, I like working my lower body because it’s way stronger than my upper body, but I feel like balancing things out. And lunges are my nemesis and upper body workouts don’t include lunges so I’m a fan.

9. Protein powder or food with protein? I know it’s so much better to get protein from food, but protein powder comes in delicious flavors like vanilla and chocolate! It’s a nice change from eggs/soy/beans/cottage cheese galore. But I don’t buy protein powder very often so most of my protein comes from food.

10. Lunges or squats? Squats! Anything but lunges please. I hate hate hate lunges. They’re good for me but they feel like torture. I would rather do burpees than lunges, I hate them that much.

11. Sweet or salty? Sweet, salty is great but I would rather eat 528457298457 pounds of fruit.

12. Workout attire: cute or comfy? Comfy, I look like a hot mess when I’m in the gym. But buying cute workout clothes is totally motivation to get my butt to the gym.

13. Body Pump or Heavy lifting? I’ve never taken a Body Pump class but my gym offers something that sounds similar, I like heavy lifting better. I love seeing the progress you get with heavy lifting and feeling like a beast.

14. Yoga or Pilates? Even though I teach Pilates, I have to say Yoga. I love Pilates, but I never crave Pilates like I crave a good yoga session. Yoga encompasses so much more than just a workout, and I think that’s part of why I’m drawn to it.

15. Nike or Adidas? I’ve actually never owned anything from either brand, crazy right? I think Nike’s stuff is cuter though.

16. Running on the treadmill or outdoors? At the moment I’m loving the treadmill, but I’m sure that will change when the weather cools down. But right now AC definitely beats out 95 degree summer weather.

17. Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s? I love Whole Foods but my wallet loves Trader Joe’s.

18. Summer or Winter Olympics? Summer! Mostly because I’m not a fan of the snow or cold, and I love watching gymnastics and running. But at this point I’ll take any Olympics I can get my hands on, I’m still in the midst of some serious Olympic withdrawals.

19. Exercises classes or Exercise videos? Classes by far. I get so lazy when it comes to exercise videos, classes are so much more motivating. I love the atmosphere and I feel like I push myself so much harder when I’m working out around other people.

20. Steamed veggies or roasted veggies? Roasted veggies! So much more flavorful and less squishy.

You’re Stronger Than You Think

You should know I’m listening to the Disney station on Pandora while I write this. I love it. Favorite new Pandora station? I think so.

Now I just want to watch the Lion King. Anyway…

My eats have been pretty uninspired lately. I’ve been working later at my internship because they’ve needed some extra help. I’ve been prepping my lunches at night so I can just grab it on the way out the door in the morning. Genius culinary invention doesn’t typically happen 30 minutes before bed time around here (or um, ever).

Tempeh, frozen veggie mix and edamame with some teriyaki sauce and sriracha. There has been a distinct lack of fresh veggies in my life the past couple of days. I need a grocery trip asap. I also had a farmer’s market peach (the last one, very sad) on the side. Peaches from the farmer’s market are a million times better than peaches from the grocery store, those aren’t even worth buying. I’ll be sad when peach season is over!

I had a snack of sweet potato and peanut butter at my desk while working on some projects:

Such a good combo. I don’t know what it is about sweet potatoes and peanut butter, but I’m convinced they were absolutely made for each other.

Dinner was a smoothie:

Soy milk, vanilla whey protein powder, peanut butter and cinnamon. Not the most nutritious but it’s what I was craving, and I’m all out of spinach and wasn’t going down the kale route again. I ate half of a cantaloupe with it (no joke) so that makes up for any missing nutrients right? Let’s hope.

I had a really fantastic workout after dinner:

You know it’s a good workout when even your knee caps get sweaty. Sweating dirty for sure.

I took a 30 minute cardio class followed by a 30 minute strength training class (taught by my favorite instructor!). In hind sight you should know that half of a cantaloupe and a smoothie combined with a plyometrics based cardio class is the best mix. My bladder got a good workout during that one.

I really pushed myself during this class. I’ve noticed that I tend to wimp out when a workout starts to get intense. I start to pull back as soon as I start feeling the burn, or a little tired. Well that’s just lame. I mean obviously if something is hurting I should stop, but a little burn never hurt anyone. In fact, a little burn usually makes good things happen. As the instructor reminded the class “you’re stronger than you think”. (She is one gem of a fitness instructor, two blog posts in one week? Impressive)

I really focused on pushing myself past the point where things start to get hard. That’s where changes are made right? Coasting through a workout (or life in general) is not going result in much progress and it’s not going to make you stronger. So dig deep and do it! Physically I’m strong enough to keep going, it’s just not giving into that lazy little voice in the back of my head that wants me to give up. No sir, I’m in beast mode now.

What do you do to push yourself through a tough workout? I try to dig deep and start counting down. You can always do 5 more reps.

What’s your favorite Disney movie? I love them all, but I think the Lion King is my absolute favorite.

A Day Without Burpees is Like a Day Without Sunshine {WIAW}


I’ve been a bad blogger lately. I only have four pictures for What I Ate Wednesday. So lame. I was too busy stuffing my face with farmer’s market fruit and not taking pictures. Sorry. Not sorry about that fruit though, it was yummy.


Breakfast: Good old peanut butter oatmeal. I think I’ve eaten this every morning for breakfast since I’ve been home from school. I’m completely okay with that.
Breakfast #2: two egg whites scrambled, with spinach, diced onion and salsa. Yeah I ate two breakfasts. I actually I just split it up so I don’t get so hungry at work.
Morning Snack: Edamame and a green tea at my desk. Gotta fuel that creativity, I’m working on a logo design for a hair salon, it’s exciting stuff. It makes me feel like a real graphic designer.
Lunch: A monster homemade black bean burger I found in the fridge, veggies topped with nutritional yeast and about 5 servings of fruit. Not an exaggeration. I had watermelon, cantaloupe and peaches. Soooo good right now.
Afternoon Snack: More fruit. I have a real problem. I had some more cantaloupe and a pluot. I LOVE pluots. They’re a little hard to find but oh so tasty.
Dinner: 2 scrambled eggs (with the yolks this time), apparently I was really feeling eggs yesterday? With spinach, broccoli, diced onions, nutritional yeast and good old sriracha. And more peaches. I’m a little addicted.
Evening Snack: Peanut butter oatmeal. I know. And more cantalouple. I know. And some peanut butter spoonfuls.

I think I ate about 8 servings of fruit by the end of the day. And I don’t have pictures of any of it. I’m such a bad food blogger. In my defense cantaloupe juice and cameras don’t mix.


I’ve been changing up my workouts lately and enjoying. I skipped my LiveFit workout and went to a group fitness class instead. It was a leg workout and the thought of doing one more lunge just made me want to cry. So I didn’t do it. Take that.

Instead I went to a 20/20/20 class (20 minutes of cardio, 20 minutes of strength training and 20 minutes of core work). It was absolutely amazing. I haven’t sweat that much in a longggg time. I felt so refreshed afterwards. Eat Clean and Sweat Dirty right? I need some more intense cardio in my life.

The instructor totally made the class, we were doing 60 seconds of burpees (who doesn’t love a good burpee?) and halfway through she yells “A day without burpees is like a day without sunshine!”. Made my day. New motto? I think so. Burpees still hurt though.




And then I went to dance class. I’m sure everyone enjoyed standing next to my sweaty butt in dance. Not sorry about it. We learned a really fun combo and practiced leapes. My favorites.

I haven’t gotten today’s workout in yet but I think I might do the leg workout I skipped yesterday. I feel ready to take on some lunges. Kinda.

What’s you’re favorite fruit? I like any and all, I’m not picky.

Do you go to group fitness classes? Which are your favorite?




LiveFit Week 5

Whew, Phase 2 is no joke.

This week’s workouts were longer. And added in cardio. Holy cow.

I think I’ve woken up with DOMS everyday this week. I love the challenge but I definitely leave the gym everyday exhausted.

Things I’m loving:

There are still new exercises introduced every week which I love. I get more and more comfortable with the weight room every week and I feel that all these new exercises are giving my body a great new challenge and breaking me out of an exercising rut.

Cardio! I missed cardio, I like that it’s back in my life. I’ve even started easing back into running, and my foot doesn’t seem to be protesting too much. The time off from cardio was nice too though, it made me appreciate getting back into it.

But I didn’t miss you Mr. Treadmill

The supersets are also another great new challenge. I’m feeling the burn on those!

Things that aren’t my favorite:

Phase 2 workouts are lonnnngggg. They take me about 90 minutes on average, and the frequency has been bumped up to 6 days a week. Luckily, I’m not in school right now and I have a three hour work day so I have plenty of time for a long workout, but it would be tough to do while I’m in school. Also 90 minute workouts 3 days a week are a lot. There were a couple of days where I did NOT want to workout, I felt better after getting to the gym, but the thought of a 90 minute can feel so daunting, especially if I’m already tired. Also days like wednesday I completed the leg workout and a yoga class, I was at the gym for 2 hours and 15 minutes and so ready to go home.

I feel like such a gym rat.

The supersets, I know I said I like them, and I do, but it’s really hard to do a superset on two different pieces of equipment in a busy gym without being a total equipment hog. I try to do what I can, and complete another exercise until the equipment is free again, but I’m sure it’s not as effective.

Indoor cardio machines. Not something I hate about the program, but indoor cardio machines are the best way to do the 30 minutes of cardio when it’s 34529874592847 degrees outside. The elliptical is a little mind-numbing. But Paula’s Best Dishes kept me company on the elliptical today, so I can’t complain too much.

Longer workouts means I can eat a butter cake right? Right.

I love Paula Deen, I don’t care what people say about her. And she looks damn good post-weight loss. I secretly want her to be my adopted southern grandma.

So overall this was a tough week. But I plan to keep the program up and enjoy the challenge. Hello new muscles.