As of this week when the temps fell below 30, fall/winter is definitely in Dallas! Now that I’ve been back in town for awhile, it’s been really great to get back into my fitness routine and add more cardio into the mix with my BBG like I was doing this time last year. Summer travel always really derails that for me – I’m always able to keep up with the resistance workouts, but the cardio part always falls to the wayside when I’m busy. Anyone else struggle with that?! I’m also going to blame it on it being too hot to walk outside during the summer months when I am in town… and now it’s SO cold!
On the BBG front… If you’re not following me on Insta Stories, you may have missed that I finally pulled the trigger and downloaded the Sweat App. I’ve been using the BBG print-outs for just over two years now (read all about it and how I started the program here), and decided it was time to invest in the upgrade. I wasn’t sure if I’d like it – apps aren’t always my friend and I often find them a hassle/added thing to worry about… but I CANNOT believe it took me so long to get this one! I am loving every bit of it so far.
With the printouts, you only have an option for BBG 1.0 and BBG 2.0. I was doing those over and over again, and really craved some new routines and workouts to mix things up! Well, with the Sweat App, it goes all the way up to BBG 8.0!!! In addition to the circuits I’m used to, there are also a few dozen “challenges” you can throw in each week if you feel like doing more… and I’ve been loving those! These challenges aren’t repetitive circuits, which is a nice break from the resistance exercises you do three days a week with the regular BBG program. For example, two weeks ago I did a countdown challenge where I did 100 skips (jump rope), 100 mountain climbers and 100 ab bikes, then 90 skips, 90 mountain climbers and 90 ab bikes… all the way down until I got to 10 for each! This week I did the 600 rep ab challenge, which is basically just a variety of ab workouts that all add up to 600 reps. It’s a great way to surprise your body with a different challenge once or twice a week. There are challenges you can do with or without equipment, cardio challenges, leg-, arm- and ab-specific challenges… So many options!
In the Sweat App there’s also BBG Stronger (which has you working with weight machines at a gym), Body and Mind (yoga), PWR (similar to BBG using gym equipment and machines), and Post-Pregnancy (which clearly, I don’t need at the moment). With all of these choices, I really have zero excuse to workout wherever I might be! If you’re doing BBG already with the printouts like I did, or you’re new to it altogether, I highly recommend investing in the app. It’s $119 a year which, when you consider that compared to how much you would spend on a gym membership or at workout classes, is a bargain.
I’ve also decided to take a step back from spin classes for now. I LOVE spin, but I was constantly so sore from doing that and kind of want to try running. I’m not planning on running any marathons anytime soon, but I do want to shake things up and keep my body guessing. In addition to walking and running more outside, I also bought a ten class pack at OrangeTheory for days when I need more motivation or when it’s raining. I tried it for the first time last week and loved it! It’s probably only something I’ll do once a week (or just off the cuff if the weather is bad), but it’s a fun way to mix things up and push myself on the days when I’m not doing BBG and want more cardio.