Hey readers! Today I want to talk about my exercise routine. As you may know, I have a bachelors degree in exercise science, and my undergraduate education really gave me an appreciation and love of working out. It is even one of my favorite leisure occupations! Read more about my exercise science degree and my experience in undergrad here.
In grad school, it can sometimes be tough to find time to work out. However, time and again it is proven that making the time to work out truly makes me feel so much better. It is a way for me to relieve stress, feel present, and unwind. Not to mention all of the benefits for your health and body that working out regularly brings! I prefer morning workouts, and I try to workout 4-5 times per week. If you can’t make it to the gym or to an exercise class, you can even do a quick workout at home or go for a run. I enjoy going for runs and bike rides along with Charles River in Boston, the view is amazing! Here is a peek at my exercise routine:
If you follow me on Instagram, you have probably noticed that I am obsessed with Pure Barre. I try to make it into the studio approximately 3 times per week to take a class, but between work and school this doesn’t always happen. It is a full body workout that strengthens, lengthens, and tones your muscles. I love the community aspect of it and the motivation that I get from the upbeat music and teachers. First class is always free for new clients (at least at my studio), so I highly recommend trying a few classes!
If I can’t make it to a Pure Barre class, I either go to Planet Fitness or my school gym. When I go to the gym myself, I have a typical routine that I follow. This is what an average day at the gym looks like:
- Run 1-2 miles – I am trying to get better at running! My goal is to be able to run a 5k (a little over 3 miles) without stopping. I also hate running in the afternoon or evening, so I only do this if I go to the gym in the morning.
- Stair Master – If I am just doing cardio, I will run then go on the Stair Master. If I am working out at night, I will skip the run and go on the Stair Master for about 20 minutes before using weights.
- Weights – I will either do a little of everything for a full body workout, or I will split my days up as either arm days or leg and glute days. This really depends on how I’m feeling that day and what is sore!
- Floor work – I usually end my workout with floor exercises and a good stretch.
Here are some of my favorite ways to train my arms using weights:
- Bicep curls
- Tricep pull downs
- Chest press
- Front row
- Overhead shoulder press
- Lat pull down
- Lateral raises
- Overhead tricep extensions
Leg & Glute Workouts
Here are some of my favorite ways to train my legs and glutes using weights:
- Back squats
- Romanian dead lifts
- Single leg Romanian dead lifts
- Weighted lunges
Here are some of my favorite floor exercises:
- Glute bridges with barbell
- Fire hydrants with resistance band
- Donkey kick backs with dumbbell or resistance band
- Lateral leg lifts with resistance band
- Pushups on bosu balance trainer
- Mountain climbers on bosu balance trainer
- Abs – front crunches, bicycle crunches, dead bugs, Russian twists with weight, leg lifts
I always end with a stretch! This is probably my favorite part of the entire workout, which might come from my background as a dancer. I also try to remember to roll out my muscles when I get home, but I am not consistent with this. (I am trying to be better, though!)
One great way to get visuals for any of these exercises is to check out Pinterest! I have a Health & Fitness page that I use to save lots of great workouts that I have tried or use regularly. And of course, consult a trainer or other trained professional before trying any of these exercises. Always use equipment and machines as directed.
If you are new to this, try exercising with a friend. This will hopefully make it more fun and motivate you. Happy exercising!