Just as promised I will tell you a little bit more about my training and different workouts I do during the week. I have received quite a few questions about that so I decided it’s time to write a post instead of answering everyone individually. As well as for all off you shy one’s that don’t ask any questions well you will benefit from this post too.
OK, so let me begin with the hardest type of workout I do and it’s called circuit training or crossfit. As most of you know I train at VicPark in Westmount where this type of training is offered but there are tons of other places that offer this type of training as well. Circuit training is basically a bunch of different stations that are set up and you stay at each station for about 20-30 seconds and you do as many reps as you can during that period of time. You repeat this circuit about 3 to 4 times without having a break. Then you take a small break and repeat the same circuit of change it up with different types of exercises. A circuit can be anything between 30 to 60 min and trust me you will be pretty exhausted at the end of it. Some days the circuit I take is upper body other days it’s lower body or sometimes just abs. Or like today it was a full-body circuit. I had my trainer Dany Alza take a few pics of me doing the circuit the other day so I wanted to share those with you. I know the pics are not the best but it’s very hard to get good ones since I’m always moving.
Here is one of the stations for working out your upper body. More specifically I’m working on my upper-back muscles and also a little but of my arms.I’m sort of suspending my body weight on an elastic rope and pulling it back and forth. Not easy but a great workout I always feel my back muscles a little sore after doing that.
Here I’m holding 2 x 45 pound bars that I’m swinging up and down to workout my arms. I’m working pretty much the whole arm and shoulders as well. I find this one of the hardest stations when doing a circuit. I know it might not sound that challenging but trust me it really is.
Here I’m working working out both upper and lower body. I’m doing lunges while pulling back on these cords which are attached to weights and that is working out my back and arms. I alternate my legs when it comes to doing the lunges. This is a great station because you workout both your upper and lower body. Is it easy? Nah, not really but I think it’s probably one of the more pleasant stations or maybe it’s just me that doesn’t mind it that much cause I have done like millions and millions of squats since I started exercising and I’m kind of used to them now….eh not really but you know what I mean.
I wish I had more pics to show you of different stations but I guess I will have to leave that for a next post because the rest of the pics I have a really blurry. However, I hope that you get the idea of what circuit training or crossfit is. I strongly recommend this type of high intensity training and you should come try it out with Dany Alza at VicPark.
If I’m not at the gym doing a circuit training, a intensive one hour spin class or lifting weights then I’m outdoors doing some form of exercise and one of my favorite is taking a run up the Mount Royal mountain and then doing a few rounds of the stairs. It’s great for cardio and amazing for your legs, calves and butt of course. It’s the prefect workout for a girl if you know what I mean. It targets most girls problem areas but I think it’s pretty awesome for you guys too. Sometimes I also do different ab, legs, butt and arm exercises on the grass after coming down from the mountain. I know that this warm weather won’t last much longer so I want to take advantage of it.
With that being said I love working out at the gym where I have all the necessary props and tools set up for me to use but during the past couple of weeks I have realized that there is all kinds of props that can be used while exercising outside as well. Anything from park benches to cement pillars. Like in the pic above you can see me doing some climbing action in Mount Royal park. I believe that if you want to exercise and get in shape you will find a way and you will find the time to do so. I think that those who make excuses for not exercising are sort of BS’s themselves and trying to do so to others. That’s just my personal opinion. Just saying…
For those of you who exercise you know how great it feels once you have completed your exercise routine for the day. It feels like you are on top of the world and you can do anything. It gives you a boost of energy and makes you feel great in general. I try to alternate between, weights, endurance training and cardio through-out the week as much as possible so that my body doesn’t get used to just one form of exercise because then the result become less. Everyone needs to find their balance and the right workout for them.
On that note I would like to say that I LOVE exercising and I know that I do it a lot. I have people constantly telling me I should take a break and not push myself so hard but that’s who I am. I listen to my body and I like to push my limits to the max, that’s just the way I am. So might called it an adrenaline junkie but it is what it is.
If you have any questions regarding fitness or working out just let me know lovelies!