Fitness Friday

The only reason I haven’t posted one of these lately is because my workload kind of took over and stole away from my blog-time, not because I stopped working out.. just, you know, in case you were wondering.

Thank you Sam for hosting this fun link-up!

So last time I mentioned that I still hadn’t made it back to dance. Well guess what.. 3 weeks into Uni I finally finally finaaaally made it back. And it felt AMAZING.

Friday:

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I went to Barre a Terre and my favourite Jazz class. I haven’t made it back since (I wanted to go on Monday but had to finish an assignment and then somehow ended up staying home eating tofu then I wanted to go tonight, but ended up socialising too much during the week and now need to work on catching up with EVERYTHING… but going once is already a start, right?)

Saturday

I was so so sore from dance that I considered not going to stretch. But I did. And it was painful – lesson learned. Note to self: your ukrainian trainer does not understand the concept of pain and will not let you go back to doing basic splits because that is “kindergarten” and only 2 + blocks for over stretching is acceptable. Oh well….

Sunday

The usual Bodypump class (still loving it) followed by kabocha eating and napping. Now you know why my assignment took over most of Monday…^^

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I still love my SLC sweater. I wear it over my sports clothes or when I am out with the munchkin. It’s so soft and comfy! Need to get a UZH one 🙂 #collegeswag

Monday

Rest day – assignment writing. Next Monday I am planning on going though! Pinky promise (especially because the next assignment’s deadline isn’t until Tuesday so I can def leave the house for an evening class or two)

Tuesday

Same old, favourite dance class 🙂 and a delicious dinner at Tiffins, just fyi 😉

Wednesday

I had meetings for the Media and Communications “Fachverein” (English translation suggestion?), so didn’t make it to dance.. but I am now part of the party and event committee 🙂 go school spirit!

Thursday

I had so much energy and decided to dash to Bodypump because I wasn’t sure if I would make it today. I am going to a party hosted by the psychology department’s “Fachverein” and wanted to get some work done because my concentration span on Thursday let me down BIG TIME while trying to read… so much so that I actually choreographed for an hour or so to clear my head. Plus it was a beautiful day and I took Seti for a few walks to load up on some vitamin D.

We’ve been doing the new release for about a month now at pump so I decided to finally increase my weights: 11 kg on both sides for squats, 3 kg increase, 3-5 kg for chest (I switched in the break from 5 to 3, we were using free weights), back: 6 kg, 2 kg increase, biceps: 2.5 (not free weights which is tougher) and shoulders: 2.5 kg, 1.5 kg increase. The shoulder track is the last and most deadly as my arms are basically dead after 5 minutes of bicep work.. but it is not as painful anymore so I am definitely getting stronger! Fun fact: I was standing in between to mega muscle men and squatted almost the same amount of weight and lifted only 1-2 kg less… I received a high five at the end from one of them 🙂 talk about #girlswholift

Now I am off to finish summarising a lecture and then I will be getting ready to leave 🙂 Have a wonderful Friday!

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

 

 

 

Funky Fitness Friday

The countdown has started: One more week until I finish my internship, leave Munich and return home, one more week until I get to go to my favourite dance classes, and slightly over 3 weeks until University starts.

Exciting times people, exciting times 🙂

Now since I haven’t been able to go to any dance classes in the time I spent here (I couldn’t find any schools near the office and any classes after 7 pm), I really upped my workouts and discovered a new-found passion for weight-lifting and Les Mills. I also set a goal to join CrossFit in September, which I am currently not sure about as it is making me feel slightly overwhelmed.

Every single time I have mentioned my fitness journey on here, I told myself I would write a more substantial, weekly workout post and mention how my body, strength and endurance have changed… but I kept on pushing it back. Weekends were cherished with time spent with my friends and less devotion to the blog, and before I knew it, it was Manicure Monday again and I still hadn’t shared my excitement for Body Step or Body Pump (let alone actually posting my manicure on Monday 😉 ).

Well, now is the time that will change. Better late than never, right? And I figured, while I am still not spending time twirling away at dance class, I would revamp “Funky Friday” and change it to “Fitness Friday” for the time being. (And seeing as I have fallen in LUUURV with the gym, you will probably be seeing a few posts along with dance posts when I am back in Zürich as well, with emphasis on university/fitness/life balance.) I am so glad Sam from Pancake Warriors decided to host a Fitness Friday link up! Great minds think alike: the timing couldn’t be more perfect! So after reading my week of fitness, head on over to her blog for more sporty fun 🙂

Fun fact: I told my favourite Les Mills instructor that I was leaving in 4 weeks, and he said he can’t believe the “happy sunshine girl” was not going to be there every Monday and Thursday motivating the class with smiles despite the intense cardio hour…. #sadface, yet it gave me a warm and fuzzy feeling. Going to the gym 3 times a week and staying true to your favourite classes really gives you that “home away from home” feel… I mean even the frequent class-goers are talking to me and asking me about my weekend now, and have invited me to their post-BodyPump hangout with protein shakes and Prosecco (too much fun by the way.. these people are a hoot and a half and have the best stories)!! It took 4 months for friendships to form and now I have to leave… 😦 But it’s nice to know that my happy and smiley personality doesn’t go unnoticed and that most of them are planning on visiting my fav gym in Zürich soon too 🙂

Mmmkay, lengthy, explanatory intro is down.. so without further ado, here is this week’s workouts:

Monday

Fueled by a banana and peanut butter I powered through two amazing workouts: First I found my “chi” in Body Balance before pumping my heart rate up in the Athletic version of Les Mills Body Step.

The athletic version is shorter and has 3 High Intensity “athletic” full-body circuit tracks instead of the more dancey “party” tracks of the usual class. I actually really prefer the athletic version of the latest release and hope I get to do it again before I leave.

I opted out of the Body Pump class after because I managed to make it to the early-ish Balance class. In lieu of the weight-training based class I decided to quickly work my inner- and outer thigh muscles, shoulders, biceps and back on the machines. I chose the machines that trained as many muscle groups as possible, so only had to switch 3 times! 🙂

Sidenote: my heart rate monitor died on me during the class 😦 But I think this could be a great experiment for me to learn to work out “just for fun” and to meet my goals – not for “burning calories”!

Tuesday

Les Mills CX Works, followed by the last 30 minutes of Body Attack (both classes start at the same time, but I like the extra emphasis CX Works puts on core and lower-back strength).

If I am really feeling dedicated, I use the 30 minutes before the next class (see below) to do a HIIT run on the treadmill. This would normally involve a very short warm-up jog, as I had just done an intense class and wouldn’t need much more, followed by intervals of extremely fast sprints and recovery jogs. Sometimes I also throw in a steep walk in between the sprints. Since I only mildly enjoy treadmill work, I always search for an excuse not to do it… so when a workout buddy asked me to join her for the last part of Body Attack I was all in 🙂

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Then I did Body Pump. I love the trainer on Tuesdays – he is so much fun and pushes me to work harder each and every time because I am there quite frequently. This means he will sometimes give me this look when we are putting weights on the bar, as if to say: “You can do better than that”. This time for example he came up next to me during the squat track and laughed at my attempt to attach as many 2.5 kg plates to my bar. He suggested to just go for 20 kg next time… yeah right, since when does 5 + 2.5 + 1 + 1 add up to 20? I might get there eventually, but squatting for 5 minutes with 20 kilos on both shoulders is definitely no joke, so I am currently happy with my “total” of 20 kg (FYI you are meant to increase your weight to double or triple of your warm-up weight)

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This time I also increased chest, shoulders and triceps by 1.5 kg 🙂 Slowly making progress!

I also increased the squat weight to 12.5 kg on both sides, but immediately regretted that because our trainer mixed up the songs…so it wasn’t the track I had been doing for the last 6 weeks (which I totally knew I could increase on because 10 kg were getting too easy). Nope, it was a really tough track with quite a few ultra-low squats… my legs were on FIRE! FYI: Trainers might start mixing the tracks after 6 weeks because new training plans are only released every three months! This keeps things more interesting, but also slightly tricky from a weight-selecting point of view…

After class one of the girls who always takes the same classes with me on Tuesday asked if I wanted to do some CX Works Core with her, as she had missed the class.. I was more or less dead, but was honored she asked me to be her “trainer”. I knew most of the moves, as I seemed to have picked them up quickly after years and years of learning choreography as a dancer, and used fun songs on my phone. She said I was really motivational and INTENSE and that I should definitely look into teaching because she would without a doubt take my courses… so I had yet another “warm fuzzy feeling” moment… question is: when should I train to become a teacher and when would I teach…? decisions… decisions…

Wednesday

After eating my dinner of peas, carrots and kidney beans at my desk at work, I head to my dance class. The first hour was an open class, where you could work on anything you found needed more attention. The second hour was a strength class, specifically created for dancers – it was tough, despite my improvements in BodyPump. This just goes to show that dancers don’t really need to go to the gym… they’ve got enough strength training in their daily routine. It also showed me that it is time to return to the dance studio and start cross training more 😉

Thursday

I took a rest day for 3 reasons. 1) my monthly membership had just expired and I didn’t see a point in renewing it for 1.5 weeks. 2) I absolutely had to go to town one last time before leaving Munich. This led me to find a Froyo place 5 minutes from my apartment… I am kind of glad I only just discovered that 😉 3) I finally wanted to actually get some sleep (didn’t work…at all.. ended up watching Weeds and getting hungry at around 10.30)

Friday

A sort of forced rest day, as I will be spending the afternoon in the train back to Zurich munching on my favourite Mango Curry one last time…

(last) Saturday

Stretching class designed for dancers. I am making MEGA improvements with my splits and back bends! Must remember to take progress pics! I am now using a block to get >180 degree angle in the splits… crazy, but doable and not as painful as I thought!

(last) Sunday

Rest day. Loads of much-needed sleep and replenishing my rice-cravings 🙂

This weekend I will be going to the stretching class again, a body weight strength class and Body Pump!

Have a great Friday! I’m just about to leave the office and schlepp my über-heavy, laundry-filled suitcase to the train station. ONE MORE WEEK TO GO!

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

 

Pump, pump, pump it UUUUUP

Yellow. How are you today? The weather in Munich is miserable with a capital EHM. Where is the gorgeous Summer we’ve long been waiting for? Talk about Summertime Sadness, people…

“The Queen is (most likely) not amused”

The only thing keeping me going during this dreary, rainy day is knowing that I will be going to my favourite BodyPump class this evening. I mean, not even tofu curry (and rice) made me happy – the HORROR! (I am now also craving chocolate.. carbo-loading…. I guess? )

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Ever since slowly seeing some results in terms of strength and how my clothes fit (no big differences yet but slowly seeing some changes), I’ve been better with a) my food choices (about 80% of the time, especially when not in Munich) and b) being disciplined and powerful at the gym. BodyPump is the class I try to never, ever miss. I aim to go 2-3 times per week, definitely on Tuesdays and Sundays, and if I can also Monday or Friday. It really depends on where I am and what my week looks like (and how much my legs hurt from squatting too low with too much weight 😉 ). Of course I could just do my own weight training, but I try to do those only once a week to work on technique.. I tend to not push my self as much in solo training sessions.

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*Must be the little diva inside me wanting to be noticed ALL THE TIME. Limelight, centre stage, the one with the massive smile and talkative personality to match: That’s where you will find me 😉 *

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It’s funny really. I was at a stretch class a few weeks ago working on my splits, when the instructor put my feet up on blocks and said: Work harder. She helped by pushing me down lightly… the pain was atrocious but all I could do was smile.. it’s like the 8th World Wonder or something..what is wrong with me? I guess I smile through pain? Is that… good? Hmm…

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Fun fact: my name means happiness (sort of) and yesterday I learned that my last name could be some sort of derivative of people dancing with scarves. Interesting how names can unconsciously describe people…

Back to Pump.

My addiction has become so extreme that I have even shlepped my father to the class.

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He isn’t as convinced… yet 😉

Oh and guess what: I have learned to embrace my round behind: It helps me squat 16 kg and is the perfect “accessory” on the dance floor. If that isn’t reason enough to love it, I wouldn’t know what is. My name on Instagram isn’t anoushaykin_it for nothing 😉

Sidenote: Does dancing like a mad-woman at a club count as a workout? I think it should… Oh and did you know that Vodka is vegan (love this by the way – I want the shirt!)

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I’ve managed to go:

  • Right after coming back from my vacation
  • after sleeping 3 hours and partying all night
  • with only 5 minutes to spare and missing the warmup

…now that is dedication

And I have not just fallen in love with BodyPump.. I absolutely adore all of Les Mills’ repertoire. For cardio I go to Step, for 6-pack abs I go to CX-works, for HIIT I hope to go to Grits (it hasn’t been released here yet)… I’ve even been to their yoga/tai chi/pilates class a few times.

I am HOOKED.. and even thinking about training to be an instructor. You know while also wanting to take up CrossFit, go back to yoga, be a choreographer, finish my BA, write a book….. – yeah we’ve discussed that.

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Stay tuned for some progress reports on my training sessions and life in general.. as you can tell there will probably be a few posts and recaps with my growing fascination of it all 🙂

Have a beautiful, yet rainy day! I am still craving chocolate!

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo