Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Revamping My Workout Routine

So I have been on this night shift aka swing shift for 3 months now, almost 4. Luckily I go back to day shift in early January. It has really wrecked my metabolism and work out routine. I tell everyone that I gain weight on nights and no one believes me. Luckily,I've managed to maintain my weight loss. BUT, I haven't lost anything either.

My treadmill will finally be fixed on Wednesday, aka tomorrow. It took a really long time to get the parts. It's probably the warranty issues with Precor. I'm going to try and rely on my treadmill for bad weather and/or cold days.

I'm a member of 24 Hour Fitness. I have been for quite some time. I really started using my membership last January. I've kinda got bored with my routine at the gym though. My friend, Lindsay, who is a super tri-athlete type chick recently recommended a class to me. She said that I needed to try the 24Lift class at 24 Hour Fitness.

I haven't done a fitness class since I was in college. I took some of those 1 credit classes to beef up my units so I could graduate. But, I said, what the heck, I will try it. So last Thursday, I attended my first 24Lift class. 24Lift is a class that "utilizes barbells and hand weights to strengthen and sculpt all muscle groups".

I got to the class as a newbie not knowing what to expect. Luckily there was a very nice woman to help me out. I asked her what a need. She told me that I need to set up a step bench, load the barbell with some weights, and grab (3) different sizes of hand weights. So I set up all the equipment and was ready to go. The instructor was very informative. It was very easy to keep up with the class as someone who had never done one. I hate that jumping into a class, where everyone knows everything and everyone type feeling. It was really one of the hardest workouts I've ever done. I laugh because one of her quotes during the class was, "On Friday morning, you are going to wake up and your hamstrings are going to say, Hello, It's Friday." I definitely felt that way on Friday and all throughout the weekend.

I re-evaluated myself on Monday. I realized that I loved this class and want to try and do it at least two times a week. I figured Tuesday and Thursday were the best days for me, since they are my days off until 2010. I don't want to go at night, because the gym is EXTREMELY crowded then. So I got up at 5am today, and went to a 5:30am class. Yes, I'm crazy.

I went through the class and came home in time to take Angry Toddler to preschool. I went to breakfast and then came home. I was sooo tired from the class, that I took a 4 hour nap. Working out really tires me out.


  1. Hey Julie, I'm following you from Beautiful! Fabulous!
    You woke up at 5:00 to exercise?!? Now THAT'S dedication. (I'll be thinking of you while I glance at my alarm clock and hit the snooze button ;-> )

  2. Thanks for following me Ann!

    Yes, 5:00! When I go back to working daytime in January, I will work at 6am. I might as well get used to it. Plus if I exercise early in the morning, I have the rest of the day to myself. I don't have that "I need to workout" feeling hovering over me.

  3. Way to go! Can I take a 4 hour nap;)

  4. We have a class just like that here at our gym. It is amazing. Unfortunately it is at dinner time so I make it sporadically.

    You won't be able to walk on Friday. Promise.

  5. I usually just jump on the treadmill in the afternoons while the kids are napping. I wish I had more time (and money--ha) for the gym but don't.

  6. Julie that is awesome, I wanna try that class after I drop some weight first! I don't want to be the big girl in the back looking all stupid! I did ask for a personal trainer for Christmas and I think I may be getting it :)

  7. I love to work out with weights. I have several of them at home. It makes such a difference when you add the weights to your treadmill routine.


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