Thursday, June 18, 2015

How to Prepare for a Workout : Tips

I have had so many people email me asking me to blog about how I prepare for my workouts (like these ones) which was similar during my pregnancy fitness journey preparations and my overall fitness journey. 

I've compiled a list of questions that are most asked via email, all regarding my workout regime. 

1. What foods do you eat pre workout?

I have been working out at a cross fit gym in addition to weight training, so depending on my workout, these can change. If I'm working out in the morning, I skip coffee so I don't feel weighted down. I like to eat a light protein/carb combo snack before working out (like a scrambled egg on a slice of toast) or a protein bar, like the Coco nutty Break Out bar, (my favorite!). Nothing is worse than doing a ton of cardio at a crossfit class and regretting eating something heavy or on the contrast, eating something too light and having several rounds of lifting to get through. So try to eat something rich in nutrients/energy. 

While not pregnant, I started drinking a pre workout, and yes, you can workout without it, but... why would you want to? I'll take any boost I can get to get prepared for my workout! (Especially if I have skipped my coffee!) If you've never tried a pre workout, check out on of the market's cleanest, Eat The Bear Preworkouts. 

2. What music do you listen to during your workout?

Worship music, I have for years! Often, I'm rushing out the door with 3 kids and a list a mile long of things I have to do throughout the day, leaving little time for bible studying/worship time. For that reason, I have my playlist of my favorite worship music. I find that connecting my passions gives me perseverance that is unmatched by any other type of music. The perspective in some songs is exactly what I need to hear/feel when I'm working out, in such a divine way. Just being able to meditate through a song, or pray while I'm working out, or literally raise my arms while I'm running in gratitude for the ability to do so, gives me such an unparalleled boost that once I combined the two,  I've had a hard time working out without my beats and some indie-ish worship tunes. 

3. How do you switch up certain routines daily/weekly to stay motivated?

This is tricky, mostly because I feel like I don't do it intentionally. Some weeks I look at the calendar, trying to determine which days I can squeeze in gym time, and it's only 3-4 days, or a little time in the morning, or a little time at night... Because of that, I have constantly been challenged to get to the gym. In other words, what's more motivating than knowing if you won't get to the gym on Tuesday, you won't be able to go until Friday? That's mom life. I make it a priority to work out my hardest on the first days of the week, so that anything after that is what I like to call "extra credit." I think my overachieving/manic mind is showing through there. ;) 

4. What do you eat or do after your workout to make sure you get the most out of your workout?

I immediately drink 1 scoop of Atomic Vanilla Bean protein powder as soon as I'm done working out. This is out of sheer necessity. I often have to run errands after the gym, or rush home and get to work on my sewing orders, so I find that if I have a protein isolate, I don't get the hangries! And I try to drink AS MUCH water as I can. If I have a truly difficult workout (especially during these how TX summers),  I will also drink some pedialyte to curb the electrolyte deficiencies that can happen. 

I hope this helps give some insight on how to find your own fitness regime that works for you!