Always a fun workout week when I get to throw a unique travel workout into the mix. If you've been keeping up, you know I went to Chicago this week for the Whole30 Slow Cooker book tour and while visiting I hit up CrossTown Fitness Chicago (CTF) for a total body workout.

It's funny because 'me' from one or two years ago would have never done anything like that. I didn't like to step out beyond my comfort zone and was too timid to try a brand new fitness class let alone a brand new to me fitness studio/gym where I knew no one. Joining the YMCA and attending group fitness classes was the starting point and now I have my own new personal goal of trying new studios and classes whenever I travel. It is the best and absolutely one of my new favorite things to research when going on a trip.

In the case of CrossTown Fitness, I did a little research, saw who the trainer was for the class I was going to take, and reached out through Instagram direct message. The trainer, Caullen Hudson, signed me up with a free class and all I had to do was show up ready to work.

It was a really challenging yet fun workout. The structure for the total body strength class I did was a partner workout alternating running a quarter mile on the treadmill/rowing 600 meters with AMRAP's using weights, abs and agility drills. When you're up for the cardio, you want to push to run or row as fast as you can to then tag your partner out and switch. We did four rounds with four different stations before cutting the cardio in half for one final round. It was intense as I burned almost 900 calories in 45 minutes! I had a great time though and will definitely try to visit again if I find myself in that area of Chicago.

As for what the rest of the week looked like....

Rest Day
Bodyflow/Chest & Back
CrossTown Fitness Total Body Strength
2mi walk/Pilates Yoga Mix
Bodyflow/Biceps Triceps & Shoulders

Skipped an actual 'leg day' this week and replaced it with the aforementioned Total Body Strength workout at CTF. And, turns out, that was just fine because my legs are still pretty sore two days post class! Thank you DOMS.

I had to adjust my Friday workout due to a crick in my neck but completed it nonetheless. Modifications during Bodyflow and using lighter hand weights for strength training is not a bad thing. See my Instagram for why I had to forgive myself during my workout. It's always a good reminder to be kind to yourself and allow a little grace when you are not at 100%.

Chest & Back
Barbell Chest Press, 3 sets of 12, 40lbs
Barbell Underhand Row, 3 sets of 12, 40lbs
Dumbbell Chest Fly, 3 sets, superset; 12 reps 12.5lbs, 10 reps, 15lbs, 8 reps 17.5lbs
Cable Bar Lat Push Down, 3 sets of 12, 20lbs
Cable Chest Fly, 3 sets of 12, 20lbs
Cable Lat Row into Wide Row, 3 sets, superset; 12 reps 30lbs, 8 reps 40lbs, 4 reps 50lbs
Pushups, 3 sets of 12
Assisted Pull Up Machine, 3 sets of 12, 78.5lbs

Biceps, Triceps & Shoulders
Dumbbell Tricep Kickback, 3 sets of 12, 7lbs
Dumbbell Lat Raise, 3 sets of 12, 7lbs
Dumbbell Biceps Curl, 3 sets of 12, 7lbs
Cable Single Arm Tricep Push, 3 sets of 12, 10lbs
Dumbbell Upright Row, 3 sets of 12, 7lbs
TRX Bicep Curl, 3 sets of 12
TRX Tricep Extension, 3 sets of 12
Dumbbell Front Raise, 3 sets of 12, 6lbs
Dumbbell Angle Bicep Curl, 3 sets of 12, 7lbs

Here is to heading into the weekend feeling strong. Time to do all the fall and Halloween things these last few days of October!