workouts this week + dealing with low back pain

Saturday: 11.19
Boxing BOOTCAMP @ EAST COAST FIGHTER

Sunday. 11.20
CARDIO / 45 MINUTES / STAIR MASTER
I had WAY too much fun with the girls Saturday night and wanted a seriously sweaty cardio sesh - I did 45 minutes of steady state on level 8 on the stair master and..goal accomplished - dripping in sweat!!!

Monday. 11.21
2 HOURS BOXING @ DYME BOXING
I have been wanting to go to DYME for YEARS! And, I finally, finally went! I got there at 5pm and walked out the door at 7pm. Needless to say, I was pooped. I didn't know what to expect but soon figured out that what I was doing was super familiar from when I used to box one-on-one, with a personal trainer friend of mine who is a boxer, goes to Dyme & teaches it as well. We did all the drills we used to do. Basically I worked out for nearly 2 hours in traditional boxing form. And what is that?? 3 minute rounds, 30 second rest. 4 rounds of jump rope to warm up. Shadow boxing, drills in front of the mirror, mitt work in the ring,  (first time in a boxing right, you guys!! SO FUN!) heavy bag, double end bag, and at the end, my coach for the day, Duane, said "alright, lets go exercise out" ME: "do what??" Duane: "Ya know, exercise out". ME IN MY HEAD: "No, but I guess I'm going to find out" Exercising out was basically finishing me off...haha
Burpees, push ups, sit ups, squat jumps, jumping jacks, lateral jumps...
Ok, I'm officially DONE! haha

Tuesday. 11.22
50 MINUTES / CARDIO
15 minutes / Precore AMT
20 minutes / Treadmill: incline walk for 5 minutes / 15 minutes of 60 sprint/60 second recovery
15 minutes / stair master

Wednesday. 11.23
Boxing @ East Coast Fighter

Thursday. 11.24 / HAPPY THANKSGIVING
Pre Turkey Day walk outside with Adam.
We did about 3 miles in 50 minutes, strolling around uptown.  

Friday. 11.25
CARDIO / 26 MINUTES / TREADMILL
5 minute warm up, power incline walk
20 minutes 60 second sprint / 60 second recovery
we did 2 sprints @ 6.0 (easy warm up), 2x @ 6.5, 2x @ 7.0, 2x @ 7.5, 2x @ 8.0

FULL-BODY STRENGTH CIRCUIT / 3 ROUNDS OF EVERYTHING
PUSH UPS: 20x
SQUAT + LEG LIFT: 15x each side / one foot on 3 steps, other foot on the floor. Pressing the heel of the foot/leg on the step, come out of your squat, fully extend & left opposite leg. 
OVERHEAD DB TRICEP EXTENSIONS: 15x
INCLINE DB PRESS: 20x
BURPEES: 12x

Saturday. 11.26
BOXING @ EAST COAST FIGHTER

Sunday. 11.27
REST & ALL THE BACK PAIN I WOULDN'T WISH ON MY WORST ENEMY


A kickass week+ of workouts came to a screeching halt circa 10am Saturday morning....

I suppose I should preface the following, lengthy (sorry for the rambling) paragraph by letting you guys know that I have a pretty tweaky low back, which isn't quite a back problem, per se, rather a glute + crazy tight hips problem that flares up & manifests itself as a back problem.
So! Here we go...2 weeks ago, on Saturday, I sneezed in the kitchen. I had been really tight where I always tighten up - right side of my low back/glutes. If you could only see me in the kitchen when I realized I actually tweaked my back with a sneeze! I was like...did this seriously just happen!? Am I old enough for this to happen!? Apparently I am! Ugh. Any way, moving forward, my back remained pretty tight, but I definitely wasn't hurting in any way... with that being said, I worked out just as I normally would. Harder actually. I was so sore from boxing at DYME. And that soreness stuck around most of the week. After my workout Friday, I felt pretty okay, but could still feel that my back was wound tight. Enter Saturday morning @ East Coast...our warm up was 8 minutes of AMRAP - more burpees (too many burpees in a week, really.) slam balls and sit ups. Second round of warm up, I went into my slam ball squat and BOOM! I was done. I stopped immediately, stretched, still took the class, but I modified everything and have been in agony ever since. Moving from sitting to standing is pretty damn excruciatingly painful. Adam and I visited my girlfriend & her husband who just had a baby, later Saturday afternoon and they gave me a handful of 800mg ibuprofen. I'm trying to loosen things up with some light stretching and utilizing the Melt Method but at this moment, still in terrible pain. I hoping another day or 2 of solid rest is going to help but going for an X-Ray definitely isn't out of the question. I've always had a tweaky back and I guess I just over did it recently. So, these Workouts This Week posts may be coming to a pause for the next few weeks. :( I will keep you guys posted!

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Happy Monday, everyone! I hope everyone had the best Thanksgiving & Holiday weekend! Hopefully, you've gotten Turkey Day and all of the yummy leftovers that go along with it out of your system & those healthy eating habits & workout routines have gotten back to normal. Make it a great week! xx

Much Love,