Last week I was clearly not ready to post this blog about my spring challenge of drinking way way less. Massive procrastination going on over here. My personal challenge this month is something I'm doing in solidarity with my 31-Day Revolve Rider Challenge. I talked it up in class, chatted about it with friends and that was all pretty much bullshit because i just had the most intense weekend of drinking and partying in a long long time. I'm taking, starting at around 3PM and not finishing until, well, you get the idea. Not proud at all.
To fill in readers who have no clue what I'm bitching about, Revolve's got this May Sweat Challenge going on (details on their blog, won't go into it here) and obviously I can't participate (I work there silly!). So I challenged myself, self-imposed, to drink about half the amount I usually do. Before I tell you how much that is, let me explain that instead of going cold-turkey and drinking NO alcohol, I'm setting myself up, realistically, for succcess. It is just not realistic for me to deprive myself. I know you've heard this before, but moderation is the ticket.
So I'm limiting myself to 4....no maybe 5, but hopefully 3, glass of red wine a week. There you go. I put it down here, now its GOTTA happen. Done, moving on.
Next: as a sister post to my Springtime Eating a while back, some riders asked about exercise. So here's a look at what I do every week for exercise. Disclaimer: this is not exactly normal...I exercise for a living and I don't like taking days off. When I teach I don't ride as hard as my riders do, but i'm definitely in it. This is a good amount of exercise, and while my body is use to this abuse, I will admit I'm in a constant state of soreness and desparate need for massage.
Monday: 1 hr of plyometrics/weights/TRX in the AM. Bike to Revolve (from Williamsburg), teach a 12:30PM....fast forward hrs later and I teach a 6:30. Ride home.
Tuesday: 75 minute run (about 8-9 miles, depending on how tired i am). 1 hr power yoga.
Wednesday: 1 hr of plyometrics/weights/TRX in the AM. Bike to Revolve, teach back to back classes 6:30/7:30, ride home.
Thursday: 75 minute run and either a pilates or yoga class.
Friday: Bike to Revolve, ride on my own in studio for about 20-30 minutes listening to new music, teach a 9:30 ride, ride home.
Saturday: Bike to Revolve, teach a RIP ride and take another instructors class, ride home.
Sunday: 1 1/2 hrs of plyometrics/weights/TRX.
Occassionally I try out new studios and classes. I've got The Fhitting Room, Chaise23 and Brooklyn BodyBurn (megaformer) on my list. I'd love to add more yoga, but this is enough!!!
Most important piece I want you to get out of this is: THERE MUST BE WEIGHT BEARING ACTIVITY in your weekly exercise routine for you body to change. Weights on a bike in class are great, but take it to the next level and add a bootcamp workout or an HIT class. Only that kind of activity, combined with 3-5 hrs of weekly cardio (at Revolve of course) plus a healthy, clean diet will get you into summer shape in no time. Have fun!!