Friday Five: Fitness Snapshots

Happy Friday, everyone! Today’s Friday Five topic is “Fitness Snapshots”, so I’ll be sharing snapshots of my five favorite fitness activities…well actually I cheated a little and made them into collages, since it was hard to choose just one picture for each!

1. Running– obviously this is my #1 fitness activity and I have about a million running pictures saved on my computer. 

run collage

2. Yoga– I don’t have many yoga pictures since I don’t take my phone into class. When I was on vacation I used the self-timer to capture the longest I ever stayed in crow pose!

yoga collage

3. Body Pump– This is my favorite way to strength train, and I try to take a class once a week.

body pump

4. Cross-training– Im not as good about cross-training as maybe I should be, but I’ve done spin before and made an attempt at swimming. My gym only has an outdoor pool, so that’s my excuse during the winter months.

cross training 5. Core work– If you read my blog regularly you know I’m all about doing planks, glute exercises, and other core work almost every day. I also tried PureBarre for the first time last week, and that is quite the core workout!

core

Thanks to Courtney, Cynthia and Mar for hosting the Friday Five! Head over to one of their blogs to see everyone else’s fitness snapshots! 

 I’m also linking up with Jill for Fitness Friday!

fitnessfriday

What are your favorite fitness activities? 

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55 thoughts on “Friday Five: Fitness Snapshots

    • How exciting! When I am marathon training I definitely do less cross training so its awesome that you have been able to keep up with it!

    • Definitely! I actually pre-wrote this on Sunday because this week is super hectic and I am traveling today. BY THE WAY CAN I JUST TELL YOU IM IN CHICAGO RIGHT NOW. I wanted to tweet or instagram something clever to you and Sara but there are no cool pictures to take inside the United Club at the airport. (En route to Arkansas!)

    • I think if I had gotten into pilates years ago I could have avoided alot of injuries. I feel like barre is a similar core workout so I hope to keep up with that even if its at home!

    • Yes, it definitely is! But I think the more you do it the easier it gets. Or maybe that just means you need to make it harder?

    • I’m so glad that the iPhone has a self-timer now! Im still not good at taking pictures of myself. And Im not sure how people get running pictures besides racing? Maybe if they have a running buddy take them?

    • Thats how I feel about swimming…can stay above water but I know I have terrible form when I try to do laps!

    • I hope you can get back into it! Its nice to take a break once in a while and it will always be there when you’re ready to go back:)

    • Thats a great plan. I also love taking classes, and usually stick to the ones at my gym bc they’re included in my membership. But the studios are really nice…I wish they didnt have such a high price tag!

    • I didn’t start taking alot of pictures until I started blogging! But over the past year and a half I have collected quite a few!

  1. Hey, so I started doing planks as my core is shot after having Callum. I used to be able to hold the plank for 5 minutes, and now I start shaking at 1 minute and I can only make it to 2 minutes. So I do one plank a day for 2 minutes. Should I be resting after 2 min and then going back into a plank for a bit longer in increments of say, 20 seconds until I get to 5 minutes OR should I just add 10 seconds onto 2 minutes per week or something?
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    • I think that you could do either if you are trying to get back up to holding a longer plank. But lately i have been reading about how you don’t necessarily need to hold a plank for longer, but you should make it more challenging. So you could do 1-2 minutes and then add things like leg lefts, arm lifts, or place your arms or feet on an unstable surface. I am thinking about posting some ideas at some point so if you think it would be helpful let me know and I’ll try to do it next week!

    • I find it so hard to add those in when all I want to do is run! I definitely find the yoga to be beneficial. I usually don’t cross train unless I’m injured or taking a break from running.

    • I did the same thing with my last marathon training. I cut out the body pump because I felt like it was just too much to do that on top of all the running. Now that I am running much lower mileage I have been able to add pump back in again!

  2. I can totally see you being “that person” who breaks out the planks or air squats when you’re bored standing there or hanging out watching TV haha. I like focusing on other types of workouts when I’m really sweating and then randomly throwing in planks or wall sits or something throughout the day. I can’t wait until this snow melts so I can run all the time! Your pictures are making me jealous!
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    • Hahaha I am that person!! Or Ill just roll around on my foam roller!
      So I’m actually traveling today (and ironically i’m in the Chicago airport!) and I am hating that I have been doing so much sitting! I have the urge to do a mini workout or start planking in the airport! I think my husband would leave me if I did that:)

    • Thanks! Some days I can do it, and others it just won’t happen. Gotta keep practicing I guess!

    • Ohhh have fun! You will probably be sore but it will be worth it…and if you keep going back you won’t be as sore next time:)

    • Thats so great that you enjoy alot of different activities…that will keep you from getting bored, for sure!

    • I really enjoyed it! Im posting a review next week (Tuesday)….the only downsides I saw for going long tern were the cost and the location (we don’t have a studio in Baltimore city). But I can definitely see why people go regularly!

    • Sometimes I find it SO hard to fit in all the classes that I want to take! I was pretty sore from pure barre for a few days…I’ll be posting a review on Tuesday if you’re interested!

    • Haha possibly?:) I definitely have alot of “outtakes” on my phone that never make it to instagram or the blog.

    • Crow pose took ALOT of patience and practice and there are still days where it doesn’t happen. I have a weird liking of core work as well. I know some people hate it but I love when I really feel the burn in my abs or glutes!

    • I am not a fan of the elliptical, but I can’t hate on it too much because its definitely a great cross-training tool! Not sure why but the time just passes SO slow for me when I’m on there!

  3. my 5 are probably running running running running and more running haha. I reallllly suck at cross training despite telling myself that I’d do it I really much rather be running. it’s just what I’m in love with haha
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