Hi all!

Hope everyone’s having a fab Tuesday.

<Rewind to last night>

Monday Night Workout

Last night I did Workout 1 from Tina’s Best Body Bootcamp.  Tina divided this 8 week program into phases, with Weeks 1 and 2 focusing on supersets.  In case you are wondering what the heck a superset is, supsersets are two exercises grouped together that are completed back to back with minimal rest between each exercise.

Out of respect to Tina’s program, I will not be sharing the exact workouts with you move by move, but I’ll be sharing some of my feedback for sure!  Last night, I really liked how Workout 1 had us working the first move in each superset to exhaustion.  I’ve done superset work before (I love the extra challenge to my standard strength routines), but never like this.  I could definitely feel the difference in my muscles when I fatigued them before even getting to the main strength exercises, which comprised the second move in each superset.

Last night’s gym sesh also included 20 minutes on the elliptical (5 minute warmup, 5 rounds of 60 seconds on / 60 seconds off of HIIT, and 5 minute cooldown), and teaching my Core Strength class.  If you’re looking for a 20 minute core blast, here you go!!

Quick note:  Due to my change in schedule and new position at the Y, I will no longer be teaching Core Strength on Mondays come August.  While I will miss this quick little abs class, something had to give in order for me to accept the Group Ex Coordinator position.  Bye crazy long Mondays!!!

Anyways, after my workout I worked a floor shift and had a personal training client.  Tried to get a lot of group ex stuff done (did I really just create a new schedule that adds 20+ new classes!?), and had a pleasant interruption when Tim brought me dinner since I was working until 10:30.  Thank you, boyfriend!  Nothing like getting a steak dinner delivered… right to the gym!

Blog Series Love

If you read Fitness & Feta often, you guys know that I have a few different blog “series” including my “Move of the Week” posts with how-to exercise guides, my “Awk Spot” posts that chronicle all the fantastically awkward situations I find myself in, my monthly “Favorite Things” posts where I write about 5 things I’m loving lately, and my weekly Saturday “Words for the Weekend” posts where I share a quote of inspiration, motivation, or sometimes humor.

I thought for tonight it would be fun to share some of my favorite blog series to read in other blogs!  Just in case you guys were looking for some new reading material.  Enjoy 🙂

—>  The Weekend Playlist on These Happy Miles:  I get a ton of music / playlist ideas from this series!  But I also like how Christine includes songs that AREN’T for workout playlists too!

—> Tuesday Trainer on Lindsay’s List:  Every Thursday Lindsay announces a fitness “theme” that will be showcased the following Tuesday.  Between then, bloggers, trainers, etc. all link videos of themselves doing moves that fall under that theme.  This is a great way to find new material, and a great way to also discover new names in the community.  I have yet to upload a video, but I will get there!

—> Friday Countdown on Best Body Fitness:  While I love everything about Tina’s personal training blog, I really look forward to her Friday Countdown posts where she shares things like 5 other blog links she starred that week, 4 things that made her smile, 3 pictures from Pinterest, etc.  She changes it up, and it’s a fun series to run on a Friday!!

—> Client Spotlight on Be Fit With Kristen:  These stories are inspiring!  I love reading about Kristen’s clients’ success.  If you are looking to read about weight loss success and get motivated, you should definitely check this out.

—> Flashback Fridays on Dresses and Desserts:  My friend Shannon’s blog is definitely more for the home lover!  She shares a lot of her sewing projects, and every Friday she does a “flashback” to one of her projects of the past.  Since Shannon and I grew up together and went to college together, it’s fun because I recognize some of these projects from different events we’ve attended over the years!

—> Trade Up Tuesdays on A Better Bag of Groceries:   A giveaway.  Every Tuesday.  Enough said!  Plus, I won once.  I enter every week. 🙂

—> Focus On posts, on Fitnessista:  Gina’s “Focus On” posts are exactly that.  Posts that focus on an aspect of fitness — sometimes a fitness craze like Zumba, sometimes a piece of equipment like the bosu trainer, or sometimes it’s more general weight loss focused like Weight Watchers.  She’s very detailed and obviously I love learning about new fitness trends!

—> Recipe Roundups on Peanut Butter Fingers:  Julie’s “Recipe Roundups” are a monthly feature where she picks a theme such as granola, or pumpkin, and then links to all recipes in her blog that would fall under this theme.  I find that it’s a great way to search for recipes if I only have a general idea of one ingredient I’d like to use!

Do you guys have any favorite blog series that you like to read in other blogs?  

I’m off to the gym!  Time for an hour of kickboxing (I decided that counts as my 20 minutes of steady state cardio for bootcamp), then I’m teaching Circuit.  I’m excited to incorporate moves from BBBC Workout 2 into class tonight – I have a feeling I’m going to get a lot of moans and groans as our legs turn to jello!  🙂