I've been getting back into the swing of things with regular workouts, thanks to Healthworks. I'm obsessed with their gyms which are women only (girl power!) and have amazing "kids clubs" so you can catch a workout without having to stress about your kids!
Last week I took a 15-minute core class which led into Tabata with our rockstar instructor, Claudia. For those who aren't familiar with Tabata, it's a workout consisting of intense bursts of exercises lasting 20-seconds followed by a 10-second rest. Claudia chose two exercises (A + B); for example, A. Burpees and B. Bicep curls, and we rotated between burpees and bicep curls for 4 rounds. It's EXHAUSTING. I was literally dripping in sweat by the end of the workout. The class was packed, and I could definitely see why. Claudia is super engaged and motivating ... and in just 30 minutes, you can burn loads of calories and work your entire body.
I highly recommend you attend a class + see for yourself how amazing it is. Healthworks has locations in Boston Back Bay, Cambridge, Chestnut Hill, and Coolidge Corner.
For those who can't make it to the gym and would like to try this at home, here is a workout to try!
*DO EACH EXERCISE FOR 20 SECONDS WITH A 10 SECOND REST IN BETWEEN. FOUR ROUNDS TOTAL.
BURPEES + SQUAT JUMPS
BICEP CURLS + MOUNTAIN CLIMBERS
PLANK JACKS + HIGH KNEES
SIT UPS + SKATERS
While the baby sleeps...we can work out! There are a few pieces of equipment that I keep at home to make it easier to sneak in workouts when I can't make it to HealthWorks.
1. Resistance Bands
2. 5-lb dumb bells
3. 15-lb kettlebell
With just these three things - you can accomplish a lot! I've been making myself workout for just 10 minutes during each of Lo's naps...so I'll do 20 minutes straight of weights/resistance training. It's a totally attainable goal + instead of getting sidetracked during my workout by all of the things I have to do around the house, I tell myself that it's just 10 minutes, and I can do it! I power walk about 3-4 miles/day with London (sometimes more) so I know we are doing ok in the cardio category.
Here are some of the exercises that I do + rotate them in any order! Just make sure you are doing 10 STRAIGHT minutes of work, no resting. Your heart rate should definitely be up!
Body-weight squats (sets of 25)
Walking lunges (15 each leg)
Mountain climbers (30 sec - 1 min)
Side arm raises
Planks (30 sec - 1 min)
Sit-ups (30 sec - 1 min)
Every Tuesday evening, HealthWorks hosts FREE Zumba! Guess where? Only one of the most beautiful places in the city at the Hatch Shell on the Boston Esplanade. You guys! Can you think of a better setting to shake it and sweat it out to some amazing tunes, than outside by the water? Grab your besties and join me this Tuesday, July 12th for some fun + a killer workout! Click here for more info!
My Outfit: Top: Zara | Leggings: Nike
I'm so excited to announce my partnership with HealthWorks Fitness Centers for Women! I joined the gym a few years ago when we first moved to Boston and sort of fell off the wagon after London was born. We've just been going for walks + I've been using resistance bands at home but I've been missing the amazing classes + just the overall positive atmosphere at HealthWorks! Don't even get me started about their spa services or cafe treats :)
Starting in July, I will be featuring my own personal workouts, review new classes for you each month, let you know about upcoming workshops at HealthWorks, and much more! If you would like workouts geared toward anything in particular, please let me know and I will try to tailor it to you! Since health + wellness is such a major part of my life, I am so excited to share this fitness journey with HealthWorks and with you all! I hope you come along and join me for the challenge!
Pictures: Kivalo Photography