Often, I am asked how I balance my training with teaching fitness classes, how I fuel, how I stay motivated, etc. without losing steam.
I thought I’d share a few tips that keep me going throughout the week.
- protein often
- move anywhere
Teaching HIIT/Ab Blast classes keeps me honest and accountable. If I can’t do the workout at a high intensity, how can I expect class participants to do it?
|Post-HIIT class. Focus on upper body.|
Individuals attend my class to work outside their comfort zone and it’s my job to deliver.
Sure, there are days were I am dragging and feel far from inspirational, but it is my RESPONSIBILITY to provide a challenging and engaging setting.
2. PROTEIN WITH SNACKS & MEALS
Whether it’s a quick smoothie for breakfast…
|Green monster with Total Lean|
Or, adding beans, low-fat cottage cheese and chia seeds to salads, find a way to incorporate protein into meals and snacks.
I also throw a scoop of protein powder in my cereal stay full longer.
|Kashi with almonds and chia seeds|
If I’m dragging, I know I need to incorporate more protein into my diet. Especially, as I am looking to build lean, muscle.
3. TRACK IT
During workouts or class, I monitor my heart rate constantly to make sure I am pushing myself and participants. Plus, I love seeing the stats at the end of a workout like calories burned, max HR and average HR.
I also input all my workouts into my DailyMile account.
4. MOVE ANYWHERE
There are days I don’t want to go to the gym or run in +20 mph Palouse winds. It’s okay to have rest days or lower intensity days.
With minimal equipment, I can create a challenging workout at home. But, if my legs are shot, I usually opt for core work.
Planks are one of THE most effective ab exercises you can do. You engage your entire core and work upper body strength as well.
I also am routine about my eats.
I drink ProSculpt first thing in the morning and usually pack a breakfast of protein oatmeal or a smoothie and have plenty of snacks at work like no bake protein bars, almonds, and larabars especially on days I teach.
Come back for Fitness Friday. I have a BEAST of a workout to share with you!