I left work at 6PM today and dodged rain drops en route to Equinox for my first attempt at the New-Old Me. After I arrived at the gym I signed up for my favorite class of the week: Whipped - which is a great way to end a Manic Monday.
Frank, the Whipped Class Instructor, always has 5 circuit training stations with 2 exercises assigned per station. It is a great 45-minute class designed for a full body workout including both cardio and strength training elements. To begin the class, I switched between various stretches (runners lunge, hamstring, downward facing dog), and warm-up exercises (jumping jacks, seal jacks, lunges, sprints).
After warming-up, I started on the first station, switching between 3 30-second intervals of strength training ropes and jumping rope.
The next station switched between 3 30-second intervals of wall squats with bicep curls and superman flys.
The third station swapped between 3 30-second intervals of lunges with a body ball twist and planks on the ball.
The fourth station involved 3 30-second intervals each of sprints one way with squat shuffles back followed by mountain climbers.
The final station included 3 30-second intervals of tricep dips and pushups followed by Russian twists with a 6kilo medicine ball.
Between each station I had a 30-second grace period to transition to the next station. By the end of the first round of station passes I was working up quite a sweat, and when I heard we had to make another pass through all of the stations, my heart sunk a little - could my mental stamina take it? I then reflected on how great I would feel relaxing at home if I had pushed myself that much more and ponied up for round 2...
After my workout I stopped at the market and picked up some nonfat sour cream, ground turkey, bell peppers and quinoa - all for $12. When I got home I drizzled 2 Tbsp. of olive oil over 2 cored bell peppers and baked them at 400 for about 20 minutes. Meanwhile, I boiled the quinoa (2 parts water to 1 part quinoa), and browned the turkey in a pan with half of a bell pepper, chili powder, 1/4 tsp. of salt and a spot of olive oil I had on hand. After the bell peppers were properly baked, I spooned a mixture of the quinoa and turkey into the bell pepper cups and topped it off with a dollop on non-fat sour cream. This used to be my favorite simple, affordable and healthful dish when I was in training for my half marathons.