Social FITnessing. Get quaranTONED. COREntine.
You’ve heard it all. You’ve seen the posts saying, “If you don’t come out of quarantine in the best shape of your life, what are you doing?” First off, that’s ridiculous. This is an incredibly stressful and emotional time and I’ve found myself taking more days off than usual (and if you know me, then you know I get so anxious whenever I take a day off of working out that I hardly ever do it). And second, everyone’s different! With gyms and studios closed, I’ve found myself having to get creative with what I do.
There’s lots of resources online and on social media right now, but if you know me then you know that I love the high-intensity, high-sweat stuff. I’m talking sweaty, hot long runs. SoulCycle classes. Barry’s Bootcamp classes. Heavy gym work.
These at home squats aren’t cutting it for me. And it’s hard to sweat in Connecticut when it’s only 45 degrees outside.
So if you’re like me and you feel like you’re at a standstill, or you’re plateauing, I hope you find some pleasure and high heart rates from this post! What workouts have you been doing? Let me know! And let me know if you try any of these! Do you want to see a post of my own circuits? Let me know that too!
Okay this was obvious. Like I said, after a few weeks of just going for a run, I felt like nothing was happening anymore. So I had to start getting creative with my runs. When I was in high school and college, and training for races, we had easy mileage days, tempo days, speed days, hill days, interval days, long run days and more. I started mixing some of that in again and saw better results, wow! Shocked and surprised!
Just kidding, I knew that mixing up the way I ran would affect my body in new ways. So I did. Before the local tracks closed, I spent a day or two there doing intervals (200m intervals, 400m intervals, ladders of 400m, 800m and 1200m and even stadium climbs) and now I’m doing fartlek intervals. Mixing up the pace I run keeps my body from getting used to running and it keeps the challenge there.
Running workouts you can try:
- Find a hill nearby (preferably a long one) and do varying sprints up the hill. A typical hill workout for me would be a 2 mile warmup, 3 miles of hill work and then a 2 mile cool down. Hill work can be a faster run on a hilly course, or running up and down the hill to hit the distance. I have a half mile hill I like to run on, and do sprints up that or run all the way up and then back down to make a mile.
- Warmup for ten minutes, then do a ladder fartlek, meaning you run hard then pull back. I like to do 1 minute, 2 minute, 3 minute, 2 minute, 1 minute ladders or if I’m going for speed, 30 seconds, 45 seconds, 60 seconds, 90 seconds, 60 seconds, 45 seconds, 30 seconds. Basically, find a time segment that works for you and then vary your pace throughout, going back and forth between sprinting and jogging. Get a good cool down in too!
- Progression runs are pretty simple to do without a track or anything. Warmup, then drop your pace each mile for whatever distance you’re going! I like to do one mile warmup, progressively get faster for four miles, then do a one mile cool down. I drop my pace by 15 seconds each mile, but you can do whatever works best for you.
There are so many accounts posting great workouts on YouTube, and they’re great to add after a walk, bike ride or run! Or, you can combine a couple of them to make a solid hour of resistance and strength training. Here are some of my favorite channels that have been posting workouts.
Channels to Follow:
- Romee Strijd – A Victoria’s Secret Model who posts some of her workouts on her channel, they’re great!
- Caro Daur – She posts schedules on her Instagram page of patterns of videos to follow each week, along with challenges to add after the videos
- [solidcore] – This is my favorite pilates studio, and with gyms and studios being closed, they’ve been posting pilates-style workouts on their YouTube to do with around the house objects
- P.volve – I subscribe to P.volve but they do post short versions of their workouts on their YouTube channel. Bonus, if you’re looking for workout gear to order, I highly recommend the P.volve package, it comes with ankle weights, sliders, bands, the whole shebang!
- MadFit – I found this account on Instagram and went to her YouTube from there and love it! She was doing at-home workouts before the whole quarantine, so she’s got it down to a T! A lot of her workouts require dumbbells, but there are body weight ones too! My favorites are the workouts to a song, where you work a certain body part for a whole song.
The Instagram workouts have really taken off, and understandably so! I like to combine some of these, or add them at the end of a run or bike ride, similar to the YouTube workouts I shared above! Below are some of the resources I’ve been using on Instagram, give them a check too!
Accounts to Follow
- Barry’s – (@barrys) – Okay so I LOVE going to Barry’s and I love how the workout challenges me. They are offering classes that you can pay for (which I haven’t done so I can’t give a review) but they also have short 25 minute segments on their IGTV. The regular Barry’s workout goes back and forth between the treadmill and the floor. I usually end up running about 3 miles during a typical class, so when I do these IGTV videos I’ll run a mile and a half of fartleks, do half the IGTV video, another mile and a half, and then finish with the second half of the video! Then it feels like my own makeshift Barry’s class.
- SoulCycle – (@soulcycle) – Some of my favorite SoulCycle instructors and accounts are offering workouts that I’ve been loving! Julie Ferrer (@jwferrer) has a Zoom workout a few days a week that seriously KILLS (I do this about twice a week, it’s so fun to join Zoom and know there’s a community out there working together). Conor Kelly (@conzsweetpics) also offers Zoom workouts on his website, full of burpees of course. Sandra Jacob (@sandrabjacob) has been doing sculpt yoga classes every morning, targeting a different part of the body. Joselyn Griffin (@joselyngriffindc) and Maddy Ciccone (@maddztaddz) have been offering SoulCycle arms videos to give me my triple-daily fill of my favorite arm workout! Lots of other instructors across the country are doing their own thing, so be sure to check out SoulCycle’s page to get the full low-down.
- Carbon38 – (@carbon38) – Carbon38 (a FANTASTIC athlesiure/athletic wear company, use my code MEGANRUL for 15% off your first two orders) has been streaming workouts three times a day on their live feature. Give them a follow to see what workouts are coming each day. My favorites have been the barre burns and full body yoga flows! They have a range of HIIT, sculpting, and even cycling workouts!
- Savage Eats – (@savage.eatss) – The workouts on this girl’s page are KILLER! I highly recommend the “100 reps ab challenge” from April 30 and the “At home full body” from March 23. The full body left me unable to walk for like three days, just saying.
- Life of Lauren Ashley – (@lifeoflaurenashley) – She does a “Legs for Lunch” on her live that are incredible! They really target areas of my legs that I had trouble working before. Just a 1.5 pound ankle weight really kills me!
- JoJa – (@joja) – Josephine Skriver and Jasmine Tookes came together to make this adorable account that has lots of great, killer moves! Again, two of my favorite Victoria’s Secret models.
Let me know what combination works for you! I’ve also been adding in some bike workouts on a stationary bike and walks around the neighborhood for some variety! Working out is honestly the biggest stress reliever for me, and what has been keeping me sane during this whole thing. I of course cannot wait for gyms and studios to reopen, but in the meantime, this has been kicking my butt.