Back to your regularly scheduled program – review of Workplace Warrior Challenge

This past Wednesday, we had the award ceremony for Healthworks Workplace Warrior Challenge.

I just realized also, that I didn’t update my numbers.

Weight – stayed the same

Body fat – down 1%

Muscle Mass – up 1%

So, nothing too crazy happened number wise for me. A couple members on the team ended up losing 4lbs! I need to find out their secret!!

Well, all in all, we didn’t win the challenge.

Honestly, I don’t know who actually won the challenge, because they didn’t announce it at the “award” ceremony – which, was probably the most lackluster thing that I’ve experienced at Healthworks. I get that the Porter Square club didn’t have the winning team, but we were still ready to get a good workout and celebrate. The workout ended up being a Tabata, but the instructor didn’t quite instruct – but was really being lead by a tape. It was a little too reminiscent of a middle school gym class. After the workout, they quickly brought in some apples, bananas and coconut water, and told us that none of us won the grand prize, and the other official team at the club won the club competition, for having lost the most weight.

But, even though we didn’t win the super awesome prize, I still feel like we are a whole bunch of winners. Why? I made a bunch of friends with some coworkers who I normally wouldn’t have interacted with, without Workplace Warrior Challenge. Also, I learned how to incorporate some amazing classes into my marathon training, in order to add more cross training.

So, yes, I have a membership, and I’m figuring out how to work everything together. I plan on taking two classes regularly, and have Friday be a “swing” cross training day – and maybe taking an after work class then.

My first marathon is coming up in just ONE month.


Cue freakout now.

It’s 8:30PM on a Friday, and I’m here writing, watching Who’s Line is it Anyways and making sure that I get to bed around 9ish, so I can get up at 5:30 to run 18 miles.

The life of someone training for a marathon.

Holy Tabata…

Today, I decided to make a last minute decision and head to the gym by myself. I had thought about it yesterday (as you can see from my recap post below), but before bed I decided I really needed to sleep.

The alarm went off, and I changed my mind.

So off I went to Healthworks, to get a run in and try this “Tabata Core” class. I figured it was just 15 minutes, so it wouldn’t be too crazy.

Boy… was I wrong.

So I waltzed in, and we were asked to grab a mat and a pilates ball (I grabbed a 4lb ball).

We quickly started a 2 minute warm up of crunches. Then we head into full on tabata mode.

For those who have never done tabata before – the basis is simple: 20 seconds of hard work, 10 second rest. 

We did the workout in sets:

Set 1 (repeat 4 times):

  •  Reverse crunch (on your back, legs in table top with ball in between your legs, lift butt and chest to make a crunch) 20 seconds
  • 10 second rest
  • Weighted toe touches with 4lb ball – 20 seconds
  • 10 second rest

Set 2 (repeat 4 times)

  • Full body extension sit up with 4lb ball – 20 seconds
  • 10 second rest
  • This next one was something of a mix between a crunch and a bicycle kick. Take the weighted ball and start with your hands extended behind your head. With your legs in table top, extend one leg out, while crunching up with the ball. Bring your leg back into table top, while lowering yourself to the ground – 20 seconds
  • 10 second rest

Set 3 (repeat 4 times)

  • Side crunches – 20 seconds
  • 10 second straight crunch pulse (no resting time in this one0
  • Step out plank with legs – 20 seconds
  • 10 second hold plank
  • Step out plank with arms – 20 seconds
  • 10 second hold plank

So it doesn’t look like it would knock you on your butt… but it definitely did. It was quick, but it was hard work for every single second.

Will I take this class again? Heck yes. 

#WorkPlaceWarriorChallenge – Week 3

We’re more than half way through the challenge and I absolutely love every minute of working out with friends at Healthworks. 

That’s why for the first time in like 4 years, I actually joined a gym! I’m super pumped about being an office member of Healthworks gym!

Here was the workout we did today:


Partner Circuit 1 (repeated 2x’s):

  • 1 minute of pushups w/ highfive/clap with partner (you go down on a pushup, and when you come back up, you hold out one arm and smack your hands together)
  • 12 weighted lunges (15lbs)  while partner “swims" 


  • 1 minute Fast Feet
  • High Knees with Hands in the Air

Partner Circuit 2 (repeated 3x’s):

  • 1 minute back-to-back weighted Russian Twists
  • 1 minute plank while partner did footwork over and between partners planked legs (think of it like doing the vine over mini hurdles)
  • 1 minute weighted sit-ups with passing of weight to partner

Partner Circuit 3 (repeated 3x’s):

  • -One partner holds a wall sit, while the other partner does 4 wall to wall sprints. Once the sprints are done, tag out and hold a wall sit

Oh the core work… my core is going to be so so so sore tomorrow.

This is how week 3 looks for me:

  • Monday: 6:30am Did some work on the bike and checked out the sauna as recovery from my Sunday long run
  • Tuesday: 7am HW workplace warrior challenge workout
  • Weds: 6:15am Cardio Bosu (no idea what it entails, but I’m pumped)
  • Thurs: 7am HW BURN – Total Body
  • Friday: 6am Spin!
  • Saturday: 15 miles (may move to Sunday depending on how my body feels)
  • Sunday: Rest

Next week is the last week of the challenge! I don’t know if I can say that I’ve lost any weight, but I have noticed that my arms no longer look like noodles… so PROGRESS!