Here are the workouts I got up to last week. I've come down with a nasty cold, so we'll see how this week looks. Between holidays last week and sickness this week, it probably won't be the best two weeks of workouts ever. But hey, that's the end of the year, right?
Much more excitingly, I have an awesome Uplift Studios program to tell you about, and even better, a discount on the program!
Monday: 30 minutes lower body strength workout
Has anyone ever tried the "magic circle"? It's both evil (ow!) and wonderful (toning in tough to tone areas!). It's also super awkward to exercise with since basically you're squeezing it between your thighs. I wasn't thrilled when a few dudes walked into the gym while I was pulsing on this. Awkward.
Tuesday & Wednesday: Rest days (and by "rest" I mean crazy busy at work days).
Thursday: Second Annual @RxBethOnTheRun's Turkey Trot! 7.25 miles with Beth, Allison, Abby, Nicole, and Liz.
I printed out these bibs the night before. It's not official without a bib, right?
BRR it was "feels like 20 degrees" and we were all dying of frostbite. But so great to see Liz, down from Boston where she's doing her MBA, and continue the tradition of the Turkey Trot!
Luckily I had these "medals" saved from last year. I used gelt coins for the medal part, and the combination of gelt and a turkey seemed particularly appropriate this year because it was Thanksgivukkah!
Friday: 60 minutes lower body strength with Amanda
I was sore from this for roughly 4 days. We focused on hamstrings, glutes, and hips. She texted me the next day to see how I was feeling and I replied back, in all caps, that I was OMG SO SORE. Also that I was probably dying. In a good way.
Saturday: Rest day (unless journeying to Jersey City for Friendsgiving counts?)
Hana, my wonderful friend and office mate. She makes the long hours so much more fun!
The spread of delicious food. Huge thanks to my work friend Ben for hosting a fun night!
Also to Ben's cat, Tina, for providing endless entertainment. She tried to pilfer some turkey. Nope, she didn't get away with it, sadly. Also she wasn't the best thief since I was able to snag this picture of her nefarious attempts at thievery.
Sunday: 3 slow, painfully sore miles with Sourabh through a decidedly wintry Central Park
Ouch, these miles hurt. I could barely keep a 10:00 pace and Sourabh kept running ahead because he's working out and running these days and has gotten so fit! I'm a wee bit proud of him. Just a bit. I think he was probably ridiculously proud that he kept running faster than me, but just wait, Sourabh... A rematch will happen soon.
The Strengthen Up(lift) Team Challenge!
Y'all know that Uplift is one of my two favorite strength workouts in town, right? The instructors are kick-ass, the founders are incredibly awesome women, and they provide a gorgeous and welcoming space to work out or chill back. It's such a unique, special fitness space in the NYC exercise scene.
And now, they're adding an even cooler element -- a team challenge after the holidays!
Here's the deal:
- Teams of 4-6 women will compete to see which team can lose the greatest percentage of body fat during their 8-week challenge.
- Each team will have access to unlimited classes at Uplift and a Team Coach to help them plan their workouts and achieve their goals!
- Kick-off party at Uplift Studios on January 6, 2014. The challenge concludes on March 3, 2014, with a finale party in the studio, where final results will be tallied and winners will be announced.
- The winning team will receive $1,000 cash to divide amongst the team, and the second place team will receive $500. All participants will receive prizes from Uplift's amazing sponsors, which include Bliss Spa Products, BluePrint Juices, and Jack Rabbit sporting goods!
If you sign up before December 15, the cost for two months of unlimited classes is $450 -- but Jen's Best Life readers get a 10% discount, bringing the cost down to $405!
Sign up by December 15 and get 10% off using the discount code STRENGTHENUPLIFT2014!
To sign up, go to Uplift's website, click on Buy, and select the Strengthen Uplift Challenge.
Have questions? Email email@example.com for more details.
P.S. In full disclosure, I am not doing this challenge. HOWEVER I would 100% be doing it and propose putting together a team if I didn't have the triple whammy of my plane ticket home to WA for Christmas (way to gouge over the holidays, airlines!), buying Christmas presents for friends and support staff at my firm, and student loan payments starting this month.