Pump It Up

Hey there. I hope that your Monday is off to a great start because mine is. I’ve gotten past my dark days at work and can see the light at the end of the tunnel…yay!


I just can’t seem to stay away from the Green Fine Salad Co. I caved and went again today for lunch, but I (easily) dragged Thao along with me. We both were looking forward to a break away from our desks.

Thao got the delicious Metropolis salad I had last time, and I went with the Steakhouse Salad with avocado. Both were good, but I’ll be returning to the Metropolis the next time I’m there. It was way too good.

Steakhouse Salad

Steakhouse Salad

I clearly liked this one a lot, too.

clean plate

I was a bit hungry when I got home, so I snacked on some plain Chobani Greek yogurt with a Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Lara Bar crumbled on top + agave nectar. This is always a winning combo.


Lara Bar Greek yogurt parfait


I have not been doing enough strength training lately because I’ve been focusing on my running, so I’m needing to do more. I used to do BodyPump twice a week and a TRX boot camp once a week. Even though I know that BodyPump isn’t necessarily considered strength training, I was seeing significant muscle tone because I don’t really lift, and TRX is just a kick ass cardio and ST workout in one.

So, I’m deciding to pump it up! I’m going to challenge myself to do 3 ST workouts every week, especially since I will only be doing longer runs on the weekends when there’s sunlight. A lot of women don’t seem to get enough ST in their fitness routines (myself included), so I challenge you to add more to your weekly routine as well! It’ll aid in your weight loss and help you in your other activities as well.

Today, my legs are feeling fatigued from my weekend runs, so I opted to stay home and do an upper body workout at my apartment gym (since I’m too lazy to drive to the nice gym). I got the inspiration for today’s workout from Julie @Peanut Butter Fingers and adjusted it to fit the limited weights available in the apartment gym.

Warm-up: 15 minutes on the elliptical

  • Superset One: Chest press, Mac raises
  • Superset Two: Tricep kick-backs, Overhead press
  • Superset Three: Push-ups, Ryan’s awesome shoulder move
  • Bicep curls (3 min. non stop, one set only)
  • Variety of ab workouts
Today, I’m thankful for the pleasant, unexpected surprises that happen to come in life. I don’t know what it is, but they always come when you least expect them and need them the most.
It’s time to feed myself before I turn into a raging monster, so I hope that you have a great night!
Question of the Day: How often do you incorporate strength training into your weekly routine?

18 thoughts on “Pump It Up

  1. I’m with you–I definitely am a cardio queen but lacking on the strength training! I’ve been trying to incorporate BP and yoga into my regime at least 2-3 times per week and I’ve actually had friends comment that they are noticing a difference…..i hope, i hope! 🙂

  2. I love doing strength training more than cardio workout. I love julian michael’s no more trouble zone workout. 🙂

  3. I am so bad at incorporating strength training. It bores me to pieces and I’d much rather just go running, but I try to make a conscious effort to lift weights or do some type of strength training (i.e. yoga) at least 2x a week

  4. I’m a cardio lover so strength training has always been somewhat of a struggle to incorporate. I too do Body Pump though and consider it my weight training.

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