Since getting cut from the Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL) and losing my job all in the span of two weeks, in September, it’s been difficult to find the motivation to do anything.
I stopped going to the gym for almost two months, always finding some excuse to keep me from going, and it only made everything worse.
I’m not one for New Year’s Resolutions so I had to find something else, meaningful, to get me motivated again.
Luckily, with my wedding coming up in 227 days, ringing in 2012 had a much bigger impact on my motivation than I thought it would.
Last Monday my gym introduced a new class – kickboxing – and for once the fitness leader is actually more in shape than I am.
The class runs twice a week, Mondays and Wednesdays, and is an hour-long combination of kickboxing and mixed martial arts techniques to improve cardiovascular endurance while strengthening and toning the entire body.
I’ve gone to all three classes so far and I am loving every minute of it!
After the first class I made the mistake of telling the trainer, Geoff, that I play hockey and I paid for it in the second class.
“Get those knees up, you call yourself a hockey player?! Come on!”
I also want to start running and spinning again, as I was in the summer. I’ve never been much of a runner my whole life but was thrilled when I was able to run 1.5 miles in less than 13 minutes on just my second attempt back in August.
I haven’t done much cardiovascular training, aside from hockey once a week, since September and I’d like to get back up to 3-4 times a week.
My new gym schedule is going to look something like this:
Monday is kickboxing, Tuesday is back and shoulders, Wednesday is legs, Thursday is kickboxing, Friday is arms, Saturday is a rest day, Sunday is hockey.
Everyday there is a cardio portion and a core workout.
For my leg routine today I began with a 25 minute bike ride on levels 6-8, whatever that means on the machine I was using, and kept my RPM above 85 for the duration.
Resistance training began with four sets of 12 squats, while holding a 50 lbs bar.
Circuit one was walking lunges (4 sets of 24) with 15 lbs dumbbells in each hand followed by hamstring leg curls (4 sets of 12 per leg) where I lifted 20 lbs the first two sets and 15 lbs the last two sets.
Circuit two was box step ups (4 sets of 12) while wearing ankle weights, lateral squats while holding a 50 lbs bar (4 sets of 12) and back extensions (4 sets of 12).
To end the workout I did a short core circuit where I performed Russian twists, while crisscrossing my legs like scissors, with an 8 lbs ball (4 sets of 10 per side) followed by stability ball roll-outs (4 sets of 12).
Needless to say, I was sweating tons and breathing hard by the time I was done this almost two-hour workout.
After the gym I had a delicious dinner of three steak strips, a small strip of ribs, mushrooms, potatoes, onions, green beans, peppers, and half a sweet potato.
Before bed I’ll have a vegan protein shake with almond milk.
Tomorrow is kickboxing, where we do combinations with a partner for 45 minutes followed by a kick-ass core workout for 10 minutes before we do a cool down stretch.
I am going to own that wedding dress on Sept. 2!