Monthly Fitness Recap: January 2018 (and a February Workout Planner!)
Can you believe the first month of 2018 is already coming to a close?! I don’t know about you, but I find it so disorienting. If the first month is over, then it’s basically halfway through the year and I haven’t accomplished all of my 2018 goals yet! (INSERT IRRATIONAL FREAK OUT) The thing is, January never goes the way I want it to. Does anyone else find that to be true? It’s one of the biggest reasons I set goals instead of resolutions. No need to get mad at yourself for not sticking to something that life was never going to let you stick to anyway, right?
I’ll get into it below, but I definitely didn’t accomplish all of my fitness goals in January – and that’s okay! If you missed my body image post last week, I reminded everyone that “you are more than your physical appearance.” And I think that’s a great point to touch on in these fitness recaps, too! I am doing these posts to hold myself accountable and set goals – but also to encourage you guys to do the same! It’s not about how many workouts make us look better… it’s about creating the time to dedicate to ourselves and our health. But before you get started with the February Fitness Calendar, here’s how I did this month!
I most definitely did NOT make the 20 class goal I set in December. That being said, I did add more cardio classes into my schedule!
There are two main reasons I didn’t meet my 20 class goal, and both make me feel totally justified. The first? I went on a 3-Day Cleanse this month and as soon as I started, I knew working out wasn’t a good idea. Food is fuel, and while I wasn’t necessarily hungry, I definitely didn’t have enough energy from the juice and soup alone.
The second reason was an AWFUL cold that had me down for 4 full days. I don’t remember the last time I had a stuffy nose like that – it was crazy! I can usually get sickness to go away with natural remedies, but this one required a neti pot, a TON of sleep and the big guns – Sudafed. I’m so glad I ended up kicking it before I went to Connecticut to see my girlfriends! PHEW.
# of Workouts Completed
11 as of today (1/30), but I’m trying solidcore tomorrow – which will bring the total to 12!
Flybarre/Arms & Abs:
I went 4 times this month – yet again, my sweet spot! I’m still loving these classes, but I’m also getting excited for a new format to hit the schedule. If you go, have you noticed heavier weights outside the studio? Those aren’t just for show… eeeeee!
I went 3 times this month – and one of them was a double up with Flybarre! While I take pride in my stats and progress in a lot of other classes, I’m usually quick to admit that I don’t get impressive scores at Flywheel. But this month, I took class with Glenn for the first time in a while and finally felt like a badass on the bike! It was a really great feeling, and now I’m way more motivated to try to hit scores I’m proud of.
I went 3 times this month and it’s still a killer! Today was “Orange Everest” day, which means we raised the incline on the treadmill portion all the way up to 15% and then back down! WOOF. It was not easy, but I felt the class feeling so energized and accomplished. If you’re looking for an all around booty-kicking class, this is definitely my favorite.
Tone It Up:
I did Tone It Up videos once this month when I had enough time for a workout, but the class times didn’t line up in my schedule. I’m a big fan of their videos, because they’re really easy to do in a small space. All you really need is a mat and some weights for most of them! I did 10 Minute Abs, Love Your Booty, and Bikini Series Arm Workout.
want to track your workouts with me?
Yay! All you need to do is download my February Fitness Calendar and print it out! I like to fill in the “Planned” portion one week out, when I really have an idea of what I have time for. Then fill in every workout you complete and feel more and more like a BOSS each time ? Need some challenges to really get you into this though? Keep scrolling down to read mine…
Complete 16 Workouts
After this month’s fail, 20 seems too intense – especially for a short month! Instead, I’m going my usual 16… with a few requirements.
Go to at least 4 Orangetheory classes
I can definitely make OT happen once a week, and I’m going to stick to it this month!
Try another solidcore class
I want to go to at least 2 so that I can give you guys a real review in next month’s recap!
Beat my high score at Flywheel
I know I told you my high score isn’t high… but isn’t that precisely why I should try to beat it? ?
what are your fitness goals for February?
*This post is NOT sponsored. I have received complimentary classes to each of these studios, but I chose to talk about them here on the blog on my own.
January 31, 2018 @ 10:04 am
I’ve been wanting to try solidcore! You should let me know when you’re planning to go next 😉
January 31, 2018 @ 1:34 pm
YES! You’re definitely coming with me next time. It’s so hard but SO GOOD!
January 31, 2018 @ 11:34 am
I’ve been wanting to try orange theory but I’ve heard it’s really difficult and I’m not in the best shape. I had a bad cough/cold in January Which kept me out of the gym for 3 weeks. My goal is to get back into a routine and then try 1 orange theory class ?.
January 31, 2018 @ 1:34 pm
Lisa, Orangetheory is hard – but you can also take it at your own pace. Definitely don’t push yourself when you have a bad cough/cold, but once you feel better, you should definitely go! Just tell your teacher that you’re a little nervous about it and they’ll definitely motivate you and help you with modifications. YOU CAN DO IT!!
January 31, 2018 @ 4:24 pm
Thanks for the encouragement, I will definitely try it!!!! <3 🙂
January 31, 2018 @ 11:43 am
Solidcore is such a good class but SO hard! I felt like I grew abs during it! Can’t wait to hear your review!
January 31, 2018 @ 1:33 pm
Omg it was so hard but SO GOOD! I’m definitely going to go back for another class – although I’m slightly scared for how sore my obliques will be tomorrow haha
January 31, 2018 @ 12:10 pm
After going to many Flywheel classes, I think that the key to beating your high score is finding your sweet spot – the mix of cadence and resistance that gives you your greatest output. Some people excel at high RPMs, but I personally prefer a lower RPM with higher resistance. While I NEVER win the sprint challenges in Flywheel – sometimes I’m straight up LAST – I’ll still be towards the top of the board at the end of class. I think you also have to find your ideal resistance during the arms section, too. Finally, consider how tired your legs are. I struggle to cut myself slack when I know my legs are tired because I’m competitive, but it’s a significant factor. Prep yourself to achieve a high score by avoiding leg-intensive activity 2 days prior to class.
I definitely think with consistency you’ll see those scores come up! Also, I LOVE Allie’s classes.
January 31, 2018 @ 1:32 pm
Lauren – these are amazing tips! Thank you!