What is one of the most common new year’s resolution? Work out and get in shape of course! It is always extra crowded at the gym beginning of the year, and your classes are packed with new faces. After some heavy holiday food binging, everyone is desperate to lose some necessary pounds. So this week we share with you our go to workouts that help us get in shape! And since we want to look good while sweating our asses off, we also share with you some of our fitness outfit ideas.
We aren’t claiming to be fitness gurus, as we are not, but we’ve been doing these workouts long enough to see the results on our bodies and the impact on our wellness. Of course given the choice we’d rather eat whatever we want and not gain a single ounce of fat (actually that is pretty much Susan), unfortunately we aren’t blessed with those genes. But we are glad to have found workouts we actually enjoy *gasp* and can keep us motivated!
This week we will share with you first Michelle and Susan’s go to workouts to get in shape!
If you knew me 7-10 years ago, you would know for a fact that I don’t like working out, mainly because I didn’t really know what to do or what I was doing. The only thing I would do at the gym would be to use the treadmill or the elliptical and that got old and boring quick. My health regimen before having kids were nothing I was proud of (i.e. crash diets, trying the latest fad fastings, and a quick 2 week intense daily treadmill just to fit in a dress).
Fast forward to 5 years and 2 kids later, my metabolism has slowed down and crash diets just didn’t work anymore. I also found myself wanting to be more health conscious and a good role model for my kids, especially for my daughter. This is when I got introduced to Circuit Training, and I got hooked.
First of all, what is Circuit Training? According to Wikipedia, Circuit training is a form of body conditioning or resistance training using high-intensity aerobics. It targets strength building and muscular endurance. An exercise “circuit” is one completion of all prescribed exercises in the program.
I like it because I get to do different moves and combine both cardio and strength-training. Each circuit usually lasts no longer than 10 minutes and each move is anywhere from 30 sec to 1 minute. I never get bored and time goes by fast. Before I know it, it’s been 45 minutes and i’m huffing, puffing and sore. That’s how I know it’s been a good work out.
I first got introduced to circuit training when I joined the gym at my work place. I decided to try out group exercise classes so I can follow an instructor without having to pay extra for a trainer. The great thing about circuit training is that you can do it at home as well. Once I’ve taken the class a few times, I was able to remember the moves and do them at home. You don’t always need weights, your own body weight is perfect for a lot of the moves.
When it comes to my gym clothes, I’m not very picky. I mix it up and wear Nike, Adidas and C9 by Champion from Target. My gym shoes though are another story, I like my Nike’s and usually sport the latest Free Runs as they are light and easy to pack in your gym bag.
My go to workout? A nice hike with a great view! It’s perfect for me because I have a rare disorder known as Exercise-Induced Anaphylaxis (sounds crazy and unreal I know) which prohibits me from strenuous physical activity. Anaphylaxis is the deadliest type of allergy which can cause death. I have experienced most allergies from an itchy rash, hives, shortness of breath to swelling of eyes, face, and throat, even low blood pressure causing faint. Relief, if not severe, can be from Benadryl or Claritin; in severe cases the immediate relief is to inject yourself with an epi-pen (Epinephrine) before you rush to the ER (I have yet to do this; hopefully I will never, though I do carry an epi-pen with me at all times). The disorder is not contagious. Unfortunately there is no cure for it, only prevention; and thankfully in over ten years, I have not had a major episode occur (just minor rashes here and there).
Therefore, in a hike, I’m mostly just walking, sometimes climbing up trails (which is not too bad), enjoying the scenery and conversing. I love going with a group of people especially when it entails a steep hike, because there is more motivation to complete the hike and getting a better work out. I love to go during the summer early in the mornings before it gets too hot, and immediately after I like to enjoy a nice long brunch on a beautiful sunny day. Couple of my favorite trails to hike in Los Angeles are:
Caballero Canyon Trail in the Santa Monica Mountains – When you hike up to the top it becomes Mulholland Drive where you can enjoy the view. The cliffs are awesome!
Abalone Cove Shoreline Park Trail in Palos Verdes – The air feels great and you can also walk along the beach. There is a canyon that leads to rock climbing or you can hike up and down the peninsulas towards the sea caves. Either way the view is absolutely breath-taking!
It’s a must to wear comfortable hiking boots so you don’t slip and fall on the rocks or sprain your ankle. I got my Vasque hiking boots from REI and they give me a lot of support. I can even wear them to Abalone Cove because they are waterproof! A stylish trucker hat is also a must to shield the face from the UV rays. My tennis shoes that I wear if I’m not hiking are from Skechers and they are super comfortable and lightweight! The color also gives a pop to my work out gear if I’m ever at the gym walking on a treadmill.
Fun work out gear makes it easier for me to want to “work out”. Couple of my favorites are also from Skechers that I love, hope you enjoy them too! Perhaps we will pass each other along the way through a trail; and who knows, we may even be twinsies! If you find a hidden gem trail, please share!
Skechers Transition Key Hole Tank Top | Skechers Ying Yang Sport Capri Pants | Skechers GOrun 4
Skechers Isolate Sports Bra Top | Skechers Ultrasonic Capri Pants | Vasque Breeze 2.0 Mid GTX Hiking Boots
Street Conspiracy Trucker Hat
Stay tuned for Part 2 next week with Molly and Renee’s go to workouts!