Exciting news + weekend recap + recent workouts

February 22, 2016

Hey, hey. Happy Monday, my friends!

I have some exciting news to share! I have registered to earn my personal training certification. It’s something I have been thinking about doing for some time, but I’ve pushed it off for various reasons (well, two tiny toddler reasons). After speaking with Matthew and giving it some more thought I have decided to just go for it already.


I’m taking an online training program so that I can learn on my own time. And, I have up to 12 months to take the exam. I have no idea how long it will take me to study and feel prepared. I had a moment of panic after I enrolled – Oh, God, what did I do? I’m mildly terrified that I am even making this information public, but I will have a great tutor and I’ll just take it slow.


I’m sure some of you are thinking, wait…Alyssa, how are you going to study for this exam, while working full time, with children, and exercise, and still keep up with the blog?

The answer? I don’t know. But, if you have a goal then you find a way to get it done. And that’s just how it is.

smart driven

My main reason for wanting to become a certified personal trainer is because it interests me and I want to learn more. I used to want to be professional student so I feel like I am scratching an itch while at the same time pursuing a topic that I feel passionate about. I also want to selfishly gain some expertise for my own fitness and well-being. Finally, I would like to possibly teach some group classes one day and this would give me a window into that area.


So, no, I am not planning to quit my job and become business partners with Matt (that would be interesting!) but I’m sure our conversations will shift a bit now that I am going to start speaking his language. I joked with him that we’ll have heated discussions long into the night about the difference between isotonic and isometic exercises. Good stuff!


I’ll keep you all posted on my progress, and if anyone has studied for a PT certification, I would LOVE some tips. It’s been about 10 years since I graduated from school. Are people still using flash cards and pneumonic devices?


Our weekend was fun, fun. I kicked it off with a massage. My Valentine gave me a 3-month membership to Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa so I went Friday evening. It was sooo good and very much needed. I must have told my massage therapist she was “amazing” like 5 times. If you are local, you need to see Laura at HSM stat!


Saturday I went to a 7 am Orangetheory class. I love getting my workout in first thing in the morning because it sets the tone for the whole day. The group setting really invigorates me and I love the challenges that each class presents.


After class I took the girls on a few errands and met up with a friend at Target to shop. Then we hit up the playground because it was absolutely gorgeous out.


Later in the day I picked up some books and movies for the littles at the library before visiting a local dealership to have my car appraised. I’m trading it in soon. A whole lotta this while I waited.


Sunday was very much the same. I did a quick workout in the morning (see below!) before the girls woke up. We did lots of activities outdoors – walks, playground, ride in cars, etc.



I was exhausted after it all and managed to squeeze in a nap with the girls which I NEVER do, but I definitely needed it. I’m trying to be more mindful of my energy and if my body needs to rest then I rest. We watched some Minions before our nap and I kept closing my eyes and Maddie would say, “Mommy, mommy, wake up. It’s morning time.” Ha!


Our night ended with sushi and wine. A perfect way to wrap up the weekend. I’m pretty sure it was lights out at 8:45 pm.


Finally, I thought I’d share a glance at last week’s workouts. I think I managed to do a little of everything! It’s been a nice change to be away from a training plan and just do what suits me.




strength training at the gym

4 rounds:

  • lateral DB lunges (10 reps)
  • DB stand curl to press (12 reps)

4 rounds:

  • split squats off the bench (12 reps)
  • upright rows (12 reps)

3 rounds:

  • external DB rotation on the knee (10 reps)
  • v-ups (15 reps)


Orangetheory class (strength and cardio)




yoga + massage (!)


Orangetheory class


strength training at home <- only equipment: stability ball and dumbbells (I used 15#) plus chasing after the girls the rest of the day.

4 rounds:

  • lying leg curl on the ball (15 reps)
  • DB chest press on the ball (15 reps)

4 rounds:

  • one-arm DB row (15 reps per side)
  • squat to overhead press (15 reps)

4 rounds:

  • single-leg dead lift (15 reps per side)
  • weighted v-ups (15 reps)

I plan to make the strength training workouts into pinable images in case anyone wants to save them or add them to their Pinterest page. You can find some of the workouts that inspire me on my page, too!

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