Jaye’s Anatomy: Fitness Routine

Welcome to my first “Jaye’s Anatomy” blog post! ūüôā ¬†(Corny title, but hey, it’s catchy!) ¬†Once a month, I’m going to do a post that will give you a peek into my personal life. ¬†It will be anything from what brands I love, television shows I watch, what I’m reading or working on, about my family, just a little something on “what makes up Jaye.”

I got this idea from another blog (one of my favorites) that¬†I follow. ¬†I’m so surprised at what I learn from people’s blogs, specifically about their personal experiences. ¬†Anything from housekeeping stuff, cooking, baking, parenting, or about fitness. ¬†If reading this helps anyone learn something new, then my writing would have served a purpose.

Today I’m sharing my fitness routine. ¬†First, I want to say that I am NOT a professional fitness person. ¬†I have no expert knowledge on any specific discipline, if anything, I’m profoundly average! ¬†I’m merely sharing my personal experience on stuff that I’ve tried and what works for me. ¬† Fitness is such an important part of my life, it’s not about a desire to look a certain way or be a certain number, it’s simply about being healthy and FEELING good. ¬†Anyone who’s active in their fitness journey can attest to the fact that Fitness is like “the¬†gift that keeps on giving.” ¬†<<–¬†One of my best friends Lori shared that idea¬†with me, and it’s been my mantra ever since. ¬†When you’re physically fit, you’re more mentally fit, and when you’re mentally fit, you’re more spiritually fit, you’re a better mom, or a better wife, a better student or employee (not necessarily in that order), and it just goes on and on! ¬†All I’m trying to be is the best version of myself.

So, here’s my fitness routine:

Monday: I do a group fitness class called Body Pump, it’s my favorite class. ¬†It’s a full body, strength training class that gets you lean and toned. ¬†I love this class because it isn’t about how much weight you can lift or squat, but more about the reps. ¬†One full session consists of around 800 repetitions, and you burn a ton of calories.

This is what a Body Pump class might look like, and this picture shows why I love it.

Let me let you in on a little secret, I’m really not that motivated. ¬†Showing up to a class is the extent of my motivation. ¬†When I get to class, I get more motivated by the people, the instructor, the music. ¬† So, since I’m already there,¬†then I’ll do the work! ¬†No one wants to be the one at the gym who showed up to a class then half asses everything, if I show up, I might as well use my full ass, lol! ūüôā

I found this and had to share, so funny!

Tuesday: Cardio! ¬†On Tuesday I’ll do a short run (3-4 miles). ¬†Lately, I’ve been running on a treadmill because of the heat and humidity, but I’ll be back outside soon!


Wednesday: Cardio and PiYo. ¬†I start Wednesdays with a 2-3 mile warm-up run, followed by a PiYo class. ¬†I discovered PiYo about a month ago, it’s awesome! ¬†It’s a fusion of Pilates and Yoga, and I’ve found that doing this instead of Body Pump twice a week has helped with my knee issues. ¬†It’s low impact, high intensity and such a challenge (I was dripping with sweat)! ¬†If you want a class where you’re constantly¬†moving and using all your muscles, try this! ¬†PiYo builds strength, flexibility and has the Yoga benefits of stretching, in one class.

This is what a PiYo class might look like.

Listen, when you click on the links for Body Pump or PiYo, you’re going to see some extremely fit and sculpted people. ¬†It’s intimidating, but a real class will have real people of all ages, shapes and sizes. ¬†The classes I go to are for all fitness levels, and what I love most about classes is that I’m joining a group of like-minded people, with similar goals, it’s an environment conducive to accomplishing those goals, because “success breeds success!”

Thursdays and Sundays are my rest days. ¬†Rest is just as important as working out, sometimes when I’m lazy, rest is the thing that motivates me to get the workout done!

Friday: Cardio or PiYo or both!

Saturday: Saturdays I work out with Jeremy and Dean, it’s our “long run” day. ¬†Jeremy will probably run 8 miles, I’ll run like 4.5 in the same amount of time, then we’ll do abs or another body part. ¬†Remember what I said about like-minded people and success breeds success? ¬†I’m lucky to have a partner (and friends) that share the same passion for being fit and healthy, it makes it so much easier to stay on track! ¬†A bonus? ¬†When we go to the gym, Dean wants to come too, we’re showing him how to take care of himself by example (The gift that keeps on giving!).

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Me: Come on, flex your muscle! ¬† Jeremy: Umm…no! ¬†Take the picture! LOL!

That’s what my weekly work out routine looks like. ¬†Some might say, they simply don’t have time to work out. ¬†I get it, we all have different things to fill our time with: jobs, kids, homework, etc. ¬†It’s hard. ¬†But…everyone has the same amount of time, we all get 24 hours a day! ¬†We have to SET (not make or find time, *set*) time to spend on ourselves, 30 minutes or one hour, walk, run, whatever, make time for yourself!

Again, I’m not an expert on fitness, just sharing a piece of my journey, paying forward the same thing I’ve gotten from others, it’s a cycle… “The gift that keeps on giving!”