V&B WORKOUT PLAN OVERVIEW:
Bradley and I created a plan that attempts to meet both of our interests and goals. In creating this plan our primary goals were:
- Strength building
- Cardiovascular training/maintenance
- Stretching and muscle recovery
- Efficiency to reduce time spent in the gym each day
The plan is a four-day split
- Lower Body
- Upper Body Pull
- Upper Body Push
- Full Body
Plus 2 Cyclebar spin classes and 1 yoga class
WEIGHT LIFTING ROUTINE:
V&B WORKOUT PLAN UPDATE:
We are three weeks into this plan and so far, things kinda went to sh*t. As I write this I am struggling to remember what the heck we even did. Getting a new puppy the week before embarking on a new fitness routine may have been ambitious! Sorting out our new schedule to ensure we are home with the puppy multiple times a day has been trying. Housebreaking, training, and feeding, coupled with unexpected vet visits, house guests, unusually long work hours, travel, and dance classes threw a very large wrench in our plans. As lovingly pointed out by my Dad over the weekend, this also resulted in some pretty dark eye circles 🙂 Add to that quite a few dinners out, too many bottles of wine (if there is such a thing), and lots of treats, we are not on track to accurately report the effectiveness of this plan in meeting our goals.
It is hard not to be disappointed when I do not meet my goals, especially if I am missing workouts for work! I am making a conscious effort to prioritize other aspects of my life that bring me joy and not let work dominate. It is much easier to swallow when I miss workouts to spend time with friends and family or to take care of our adorable new puppy. I realize life is too short to beat myself up about it. There are only so many hours in a day.
So, what did we manage to do:
Week 1 (March 4-10):
The first week I completed three of four lifting sessions, pull, push, and lower, one Cyclebar class, and did not make it to a yoga class. This week ended up being a bit of a trial run as we realized there were a few kinks in our initial plan that we ironed out. For example, I am not a fan of cable machines. I find them awkward and challenging to target the right muscles. This probably means I need to do them more to improve, but if we have a day filled with cables, I get frustrated (sorry B). Initially our push day had three cable machine exercises so I made the executive decision to swap cable lateral raises with dumbbell lateral raises. Aside from the minor tweaks, we were happy with the plan. We are targeting each muscle group and are pretty wiped after each session. The routine on average took 1 hour a day, including a 5-minute warmup. One consideration in creating this plan was efficiency. I enjoy the gym, but when our routines get too long, I get antsy.
Week 2 (March 11-17):
Week two I also only completed three of four lifting sessions, full body, pull, and lower. I did not make it to a Cyclebar or yoga class. This week was challenging because we had houseguests and I travelled home to Vancouver Island for a few days. Ordinarily when I travel I squeeze in some workouts, but on this trip I was sitting on the porch drinking gin and tonics 😉 I wish… I actually locked myself in my Dad’s basement to cry with my sister while sorting through childhood belongings.
Week 3 (March 18-24):
Week three started when I was still on the island. I squeezed in a 5-mile run, but I did not make it to the gym when I was there. When I got back to Edmonton, we were dealing with a sick puppy all week and had company over the weekend. I only completed two of four lifting sessions, push and full, and went to one Cyclebar class.
The reality is, our schedule is not opening up in the next few weeks. When we created this plan we were going to the gym 6-7 times a week and it seemed feasible. This is not the first time our schedule has been hectic and interrupted workouts and it surely will not be the last. At the end of the day, fitting in 3-4 workouts a week is pretty good. Depending on how the next few weeks unfold, we may have to give this another shot when things mellow out so we can really track how effective it is. For now, we will keep at it as best we can and are grateful that we are happy, healthy, and exhausted 🙂