Fitness Friday

I'm sure you've all had a week that has just been every kind of exhausting you can imagine. This week has been that for me. 

I've been dealing with some exciting (in one case) and tough (in another) things that have involved friends of mine (here's a fact about me - I'm like how Elliott was with E.T. in the movie - I feel what my friends are feeling). I'm also wrapping up one of my classes in my Master's in Adult and Continuing Ed, and I decided to wake up at 5:30 a.m. for three days to work out before work. 

 This is what my car's clock looks like in a Planet Fitness parking lot at 5:31 a.m.

This is what my car's clock looks like in a Planet Fitness parking lot at 5:31 a.m.

It all started a few weeks ago when my friend Katie and I talked about how nice it would be to have a workout out of the way before heading to work. We postponed our plan for a while, but when she came over briefly on Monday evening to talk and watch Monday Night Football (go Pack go), we decided we were going to start Wednesday. 

I am NOT a morning person by any stretch of the imagination, but I woke up with the help of six alarms set on my phone. 

Katie and I decided to do the 30 minute circuit, for time's sake and for a full body workout. I've done the 30 minute circuit before, and I think it's great for ladies with PCOS, because you aren't working out so long that it messes with androgens that make you get bulkier than a lady would like to be. 

I wound up repeating this morning routine Thursday with the addition of our friend Amanda, and then Friday with just Amanda. By Friday afternoon around 2, I was really starting to feel the effects of my early mornings. It became very tough to focus, but I ate some grapes and caught my second wind. 

I kind of violated the rules of the 30 minute circuit - they say not do to it two days in a row, and to take a day between each time you do it, but it's so structured and you can see the end of the workout visually that I can't help but love it. 

 I eat those step up stations for breakfast!

I eat those step up stations for breakfast!

If you've never been inside a Planet Fitness, I'll tell you a little bit about how the 30 minute circuit works. 

There are a total of 20 stations - 10 weight machines, 10 step up stations. There is a stoplight on the wall above all the stations that has two colors - red and green. When the light is green, you work out on the station where you are, and once it turns red, you move on to the next station. Each station lasts 60 seconds, with 30 second breaks between stations. There is a list of suggestions on the wall of what to do at each step station, but I'll tell you what we did: 

Station 1: Basic step ups
Station 3: V step ups
Station 5: Knee ups
Station 7: Butt kickers
Station 9: Front kicks
Station 11: Back kicks
Station 13: Calf raises
Station 15: Modified skaters
Station 17: Side kicks
Station 19: Wall sit

We repeated this on day 2, but on day 3 we took out the wall sit and did squats with a step up between each one. 

I'm hoping to continue this routine through this weekend and every morning (except Tuesdays - I have four hours of class on Tuesday nights). There is something so great about getting work and knowing that you've accomplished something already. 

Let me know what you do for fitness in the comments!