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The Monday To Friday Workout Routine

Talking sweat, suppleness and my favourite Sweaty Betty bits…

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At the time of planning to write this post I was really in the swing of things fitness-wise. At the time of writing this post though? Well, not so much. My PT, Paul, has been on holiday and I’ve learnt that I’m not much of a self-starter when it comes to exercise. I’ve realised that the only way that I actually haul my ass off the sofa to do any kind of sweat-inducing activity is when it’s a group class that I’ve had to book onto or I know that Paul is already standing in the gym reception looking at his watch. Whilst I wish I could be one of those ‘It’s 6am and I’ve already done a badass leg session ON MY OWN‘ kind of people, I just like to have a bit of company. In group sessions it fuels my competitive side where I don’t want others to think that I’m completely crap and one-on-one it’s just nice to have someone to gossip about what they watched on TV last night when I’m huffing and puffing away.

With this in mind I’ve changed up my schedule a bit and added a new genre of exercise into my weekly routine. Here’s what it’s currently looking like Monday to Friday…

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The one thing that has stayed the same is that I’m still seeing Paul. I love our sessions together because they’re always different, I never know what to expect and despite the fact that I sometimes sweat so much that it looks like I’ve had a shower, they’re pretty fun (sometimes). I enjoy the mix of resistance, bodyweight and HIIT training that we do and I see real results when I’m able to get in two to three sessions a week. I’m currently aiming for two – usually a Monday and a Friday if it fits in with my schedule.

Now the new thing that I’ve taken up that actually featured on my list of New Year’s Resolutions, is Reformer Pilates. I did a couple of classes back when I lived in London and I loved it. What’s not to like? You lie on your back (most of the time) and you can’t feel your core the next day (secretly prays for a day when my abs decide to make an appearance). It’s the dream! The only thing that’s not the dream is the price of the classes, but thankfully now I’m not doing them in London anymore they’re a little more reasonable. I do classes twice a week and they’re the thing I look forward to the most. One class tends to be a bit more technique based – hello good posture! – whereas the other provides some serious heat. I usually have a dribble of sweat running down my back two minutes in which I always take as a good sign.

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The yoga mat that I’m using as my posing prop here signifies my recent love for hot yoga. Now being someone who perspires when it’s around 20℃ I must lose about 99% of my bodies water content during a session, so it’s not something that I could see myself doing multiple times a week, but doing it once a week makes me feel a lot more supple than when I walked in and one step closer to touching my toes comfortably (ONE DAY!). It’s great for days when my body feels a little achy and could do with a rest. This allows me to get my sweat on and stretch it out all at once. Monday to Friday sweat sessions – sorted.

Photos by Mark Newton


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  • I am a workout from home person now, and I used to get it done first thing in the morning before I started working again. Now that I am back at the office and have to do it in the evenings it is a little harder, but putting it on my to do list is helping a lot. Nothing beats being able to tick it off before crushing on the couch.
    Seeing a PT is something I always wanted to do, but right now (two kids, new house) it isn’t really in the budget.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  • missgetaway

    Love the outfit! I’m a gym person through and through but I always wanted to try Pilates, it sounds amazing. Also, that water bottle – lovely.

    Love, kerstin
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    • I just checked out your blog and it looks so good. I read a couple and I’ve followed you on Instagram! x

  • COLEEN DEANNE

    I love the leggings you are wearing!!! I also love doing pilates and HIIT. I feel so good after every workout.

    http://coleendeanne.blogspot.com/

  • So glad to see how far you’ve come in your fitness journey! I really need to get my ass into shape soon but I seriously lack the motivation and consistency. So inspiring to see someone who’s kept on with it and is starting to see much progress 🙂 x

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  • I hardly do exercise at home, I always find excuses so going to gym is the only way of me moving my a**. I’m curious about hot yoga, it would be great before summer so I should check if there’s anywhere near by 🙂 Also really like your leggings!!!

    Ela BellaWorld

  • Cool post Anna! I am usually working out in the mornings as it sets great and productive mood for rest of the day. I love yoga but haven’t tried hot yoga yet.
    Much love xx
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  • I love love LOVE reformer pilates and have been doing it on and off for around two years after a back injury from another sport, but I’m a real sucker for Krav Maga (an Israeli martial arts based on practical real life scenarios) for the sweat factor.

    BTW, those leggings are really funky! 🙂 Are they Sweaty Betty, like in the shopping link?

    • Ooooh that sounds fun! Yep – they are. They’re reversible! So funky x

  • I absolutely adore your joga pants <3

    Miki xx

  • I need to get into more of a workout routine. At the moment i’m just trying to workout a least three times a week for at least 30mins doing exercise youtube videos but I definitely need to get more organised with it 🙂

    Rachael xx.
    theteacozykitchen.blogspot.co.uk

  • Angelina

    My mum goes to the same hot yoga classes as you 🙂 x

  • I love mixing up my workouts too! I have never tried Reformer Pilates before but it sounds like I need to give it a go ♥

    Amy // Snippets of Amy

  • OMG I am so jealous! You look stunning, I wish I could workout and have the enjoyment for working out like you do 🙂

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  • fatou diaw

    motivating! so cute!
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  • Love this outfit! I really want to try hot yoga, but I have yet to find an affordable class near me

    – Natalie
    http://www.workovereasy.com

  • Love the outfit, Anna! I always go to your fitness posts and videos when I need a little inspiration and fire to go do my work outs (usually a must-have after a day at the office), and this post has me already thinking about my schedule for the week!

    xoxo Mollie
    http://www.molliebellezza.com

  • Love this post and your leggings are stunning!
    I really want to buy them now :/ x
    Izzy | http://www.pinchofdelight.com

  • This post makes me get up from the couch and head to the gym 😀 Thanks for the motivation!
    I’m waiting for you on my site: http://www.moodbistro.com // Hugs, Sophie

  • I love your gym kit Anna – you look great! I really enjoy reading your posts about workouts and the gym. I used to do yoga a lot but I’ve never tried pilates – might have to see if I can find a class and try it out x

    http://www.totalmodisch.blogspot.co.uk

  • You are looking brilliant and trim Anna! Love the leggings!
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  • thanks so much for sharing!

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  • Sophie

    It’s amazing that you’ve found your workout groove! I’m still working on mine and I think it might have something to do with dressing the part or actually getting off the couch…

    http://www.sophiewithablog.com

  • Katie Schick

    Jealousssss of this workout outfit! It’s so on point!
    http://www.withlovekatie.com

  • Love this post, I recently looked into reformer pilates, so just trying to work it into my new routine, which has gone from couch potato to my second week of BBG which oh my days, I can barely move. I feel ya on the £££ price of reformer pilates classes though, I think I could justify the rpice every other week but not sure I’d see the benefits. Definitely going to give it a go next month, and maybe I’ll try and get my sweat on in a bikram class.

    So long Couch Potato life 🙂 x Laura

    http://www.twohumansliving.com

  • SamanthaSeries

    You look so good! I love your workout clothing style.

    Samantha Series

  • I’ve just started to see a PT so I am looking for all of the fitness inspiration right now! I have to say, you are looking so fab at the moment so your routine is definitely working!

    Lynnsay x
    http://www.sartorialscot.com

  • loufunnell

    I feel so similar, people keep telling me I’d save money so much without my PT but she is so worth it. It’s not just the motivation, I would just plateau on my own, she’s constantly encorageing me with heavier weights and different exercises that I’d never think of let alone attempt on my own 💛 Love the gold water bottle x

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