Hitting the Gym

After a relaxing weekend of painting, beers, and a spa day, I was ready to hit the gym yesterday. I think my gym’s going to have a bruise because I hit it hard!

I created a new workout plan that was somewhat inspired by this month’s issue of Oxygen magazine. I like to change up my routines every 4-6 weeks, and I was itching to try something new.  I plan to follow my new routine throughout October, and if I’m still seeing gains by the end, I may push it a week or two into November as well.

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Monday will consist of either this plate workout, which I adore, or this cross-fit style WOD workout. The WOD is pulled right from Oxygen magazine, so I can’t repost it for you, but I can say it’s three rounds of circuit-like training. That’s the workout I did yesterday, followed by 25 minutes on the elliptical, 10 of which included heavy intervals.


I also did 20-30 minutes of yoga on my lunch break.  By 3 p.m., I was starting to feel the effects.  I hope my legs aren’t too heavy my run today!

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Hopefully I’ll squeeze in 2 or 3 miles on the treadmill before banging out some core work this morning. This core routine was also inspired by Oxygen, but I adapted it to fit my needs.


  • Low-to-high cable wood chop (8 per side)
  • Stability ball Russian twist (8 per side) – probably with cable, possibly with medicine ball
  • Stability ball cable crunch (12 reps) – use rope pulley
  • Hanging leg raises (to fail)
  • Oblique Crunch (6 per side) – probably use a plate or dumbbell with these
  • A few planks for good measure


Wednesday will be legs/booty, and Thursday will have more treadmill bonding and core work. I’ll finish up the week with arms/chest on Friday and a long jog or walk on Saturday. I’ll post those workouts once I have more time to review them. Since they are my routines instead of Oxygen’s, I’ll be able to post more details than I did today.


  • How often do you change up your workout routines?
  • Where do you find most of your workouts?

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16 Responses to Hitting the Gym

  1. I’m in need of a change up to my workout routine! I typically just search through the internet for new moves to do at the gym. I’ve never actually followed a training plan, but it seems like a good idea! I should look into it! 🙂

    • Tiff says:

      I like to build strength & see gains/progress before switching it up. That’s my motivation to stick with it. 🙂

  2. MizFit says:

    Oh. I’m. So. Plateau. McGee. These. Days.

    Must mix things up 🙂

  3. I think I used to change up my routine every 2 months. I’d find some program that was a bit longer, get super excited and say I was going to stay committed, but I could never stick to them because I would just get bored. Ahh well, whatever works right? And the Internet was pretty much my go-to when it came to finding new workouts.

  4. I honestly cannot wait to change up my routine after my last race of the year. I want to focus more on crosstraining and some more weights (omg). Still running, of course, but less.

  5. I used to get a lot of my workouts from Shape magazine.. they had some good ones in there.

  6. I really need to cahnge up my routines more often, but I get into a groove. I need to push through my comfort zone though for sure!

  7. Yay for hitting the gym! I always read fitness mags but never actually use the workouts. I get so stuck in a rut with weight training/strength…

  8. Kat says:

    I love Oxygen! the video on Melissa Hall and her comeback from having twins (With Tony LIttle!) online is interesting too!

  9. I have the Oxygen sitting on my table to read when I need a treadmill run – now I can’t wait to try this workout!
    Love it! Thanks for the abs too!

  10. Nichole says:

    Dog-tired, lol!

    I really like Oxygen Mag and their blogs on their website are awesome. I always get excited about magazine workouts but find myself doing what I’m use to. Need to expand my horizons.

  11. I get most of mine from blogs. Haha.

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