Weekly Workout Recap: The Week Where My Knee Hurt

Whoa, did anyone else feel like this week flew by? And I bet even though this is a 3-day work week (Don’t you just love those?!), this week will draggg…

Anywho, here is what I did last week:

Monday Bar Method – Level 1 – Not going to lie, after taking 3 days off while off enjoying NYC, I was kind of nervous what my first day back was going to be like…but it wasn’t that bad. Plus, we did this new (at least, to me) move in thigh (feet in second position and both feet on releve), and honestly, my legs have never shook as much as they did. I’m talking massive shakes. Embrace the shake?

Tuesday – Bar Method – Mixed Class – This class was interesting. It was taught half by Lauren, and half by Ariana, a teacher in training. Stupidly, I had a glimmer of hope that since Ariana was a teacher in training, she’d go easy on us. Nope. Not at all. In fact, I think she did an extra long set of thighs. Curse her, I say! But I guess, she’ll make a good teacher after all!

Wednesday – Bar Method – Mixed Class

Thursday – Bar Method – Mixed Class – During Thursday class’ set of Waterski (and past classes where we did standing seat), I noticed my right knee had been pulling in an uncomfortable way, and that no matter the modification, it did not feel right. I did as many reps as I could that I thought felt okay…but sadly it wasn’t many.

Friday, Saturday, Sunday – On Friday, I decided to take a break when my knee actually started to hurt randomly when I went up/down stairs (which I find to be weird, because most people/articles say that Bar Method is supposed to strengthen your knees). Eek.  Saturday and Sunday were break days too since I wanted to give the knee as much rest as possible, plus the boy’s parents were in town/we had so many errands to run. And although, I don’t think my knee is 100% better, the first thing I’m going to do when I go to Bar Method on Monday is ask what I can do about my knee pain…because I never thought I’d say it, but I miss Bar Method. Badly. And I know I should be worried about resting my knee so that I don’t do further damage to it, but I can’t help but be more worried about what not going to bar will do to my body (and mind).

Help – I’m torn (and hopefully I’m not talking about my knee)!

Weekly Workout Recap

Here is what I did this past week:

MondayBar Method – Mixed Class. As always the instructor Lauren, killed it in class. She’s one of the toughest teachers I have faced yet. Highly recommended!

Tuesday – AM Workout – 10 minutes of walking on the treadmill. (P.S. If you really want to hustle and sweat from walking on the treadmill, up your incline to 15. Yowsa – I was drenched even after 10 minutes and a 3.6 mph pace.) 30 minutes of calisthenics. And by the PM, I was feeling like a second workout for the day was going to be too much for my body, so I cancelled my class at Bar Method. (Tip: Listen to your body.)

Wednesday – Bar Method – Mixed Class. For some reason my lower back was really sore from the workout the day before, plus we did Standing Seat, which I am not a fan of because no matter how many modifications I do, it makes my knee feel a bit uncomfortable, so this wasn’t my best class. But I did finally get taught by the studio’s owner, Kate A, who to be honest kind of made me nervous (and is actually SO incredibly sweet!) I mean, she’s the owner therefore a bar method know it all!

Thursday – AM Workout – 10 minutes of walking on the treadmill and 30 minutes of calisthenics, during which I was lucky enough to get to do hurdles with these cool Nike contraptions. So much fun! Hopefully you were able to catch my sarcasm? Those thing are cute, but will certainly kick your butt. PM Bar Method – Mixed Class. We did a new version of Standing Seat, which made my knees feel a lot more comfortable! Woohoo!

Friday/Saturday/Sunday – Forced rest days due to being out of town. Just lots (but really), lots of walking and snacking my way throughout NYC.

So I must admit, I definitely missed my weekend Bar Method classes (a lot more than I thought I would) and am kind of (really) excited and looking forward to get my butt back into Bar Method tomorrow. We’ll see if I’m still saying that during thigh!

Weekly Workout Recap: Tuck, Tuck, Tuck!

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This past week was great! Work was less crazy than usual (always a good thing!) and I made it to Bar Method for a record breaking 6 days! A true accomplishment in my opinion.

Here’s what happened:

Monday – Bar Method – Level 1 class. Felt really strong. Took all the advanced options and even made it through the entire plank! Amazing start to the week!

Tuesday – (AM) gym session – 1 mile run, 30 minutes of calisthenics. Definitely got my butt kicked! (PM) Bar Method –  Mixed class. Honestly, I thought the two workouts per day would leave me dying, but my afternoon Bar Method session, actually worked and stretched out any soreness that I felt from my earlier workout. Who would have thought?!

Wednesday – Bar Method – Mixed class. Lauren, the teacher of the day, did the possibly toughest set of abdominal exercises I have ever encountered. Seriously, may the fat on my abs RIP. Amen.

Thursday – Bar Method – Mixed class.

Friday – Rest day. My left ankle was feeling a bit sore, so I thought it would be best to give my ankle the day off.

Saturday and Sunday– Bar Method was having FREE classes so I encouraged some friends to join. I think I made some bar-lievers this weekend. Get it?! P.S. Laura, the Bar Method instructor in training was awesome! I look forward to future classes with her!

Looking back on this past week, I feel like I had more energy (aka I didn’t fall asleep on the couch by 9PM…it’s really the little things) and I actually looked forward to class (thigh workout and all). Plus, I really liked the challenge of seeing how many times this week I could go, how far I could push my body, and how much lower I could get (and not pass out from the burn!).

Let’s hope I can keep it up!