The Monday blues were in full effect yesterday. I rocked my new thermal Duke blue scarf yesterday, along with dark wash jeans, and my blue TOMs. I refuse to admit that the cold weather is here and am wearing these until snow becomes the norm.
Yesterday’s snack –> 4 oz of turkey, 1 perfectly-cooked hard-boiled egg, and 2 oz sweet potatoes.
Yesterday was a rest day for me, so I tried to keep as busy as possible, which meant window shopping at Target. Found this clutch. TOMs just launched their new line with Target on Sunday – thanks Jen! – and I want this so badly. Not for going out-out, but I can picture myself going to Starbucks on a cold afternoon, and storing essentials in this. Future me is so cute! Mom — Christmas list! I believe it’s $12 or $15, which I consider a steal.
Last week I had written a post that touched upon the fact that I survived 23 minutes on the Stairmaster, and lived to tell the tale. Some of you were saying how it terrifies you, that you get so bored, etc etc. I have really enjoyed going to the gym after work and getting on the stair master for 20ish minutes or so.
Chris, of I Failed Fran, had asked why I wanted to do double workouts if I had done CrossFit in the morning. Well, CrossFit didn’t really leave me exhausted, and since I had sat at my desk for 9 hours after CrossFit, I really wanted to move around. I knew that if I went straight home after work, I would just be sitting again on the couch for a few hours.
Instead, I’ve found that getting on the stairs allows me to be active. It’s low impact, so it isn’t as taxing as if I wanted to go for a run after work. Plus, it gives you a lot of bang for your buck! Cardio, toning, and working your core, calves, hamstrings and glutes. I can go for that!
So yes, some days the Stairmaster is going to be boring, but I’ve found a handful of ways that I stay entertained on it, while also having the time fly by.
1) If you go after work, ALL of the men are there, and because you are high up and looking over the weights like the Queen of the Gym, you literally HAVE to look at all of the men and their amazing arms. Or if you’re a guy, you get to drool over all of the ladies and their firm buns of steel. If that’s not motivation for getting on those damn stairs, I don’t know what is!
2) Talk to someone. Bring a friend. It’s easy! If you go to the gym on your lunch, encourage the Stairmaster to your coworker to try with you. You can chat about that hottie in accounting, or vent about your work day. Time flies by. I will sometimes just have a text convo going, and as long as I’m on the recovering part of my HIIT workout, I will respond.
3) Watch TV —- Bring an iPad, or watch the TV at the gym. Most machines allow you to plug your headphones in, so watching a show will make it go by quicker!
4) This is sick that it’s my favorite way, okay I lied, #1 was my favorite reason, but this is #2. HIIT on the stairs. Yes it sucks, but it makes you feel badass, AND gets the workout done quicker. I will warm up for a few minutes on the stairs, and then start a HIIT workout. I will typically increase the speed from a 6 to a 12 and go at 12 for 30 seconds. I recover for a minute, and then begin at 12 again. The sprints actually go by quicker, and I find myself wanting the next sprint to start. I typically do this until I hit the 20 minute mark, and then cool down for a few more minutes at an ultra slow speed.
If I have time for only 10 minutes on the Stairmaster, I like doing a 3 minute warm-up, followed by HIIT >> 30 seconds fast, and this time a 45 second recovery >> so I typically end up doing the HIIT for only 4 minutes, but because the recovery is a bit less, it feels like a harder workout! Always include the cool down as well!
I want to try this stair master workout next!
What are your exact thoughts about the Stairmaster? Yay or nay?