This is actually a bit of a tough topic because the definition of a ‘workout’ is completely subjective. A Pilates class could be an intense workout for one person, or complete relaxation for another. Also, what are the goals of your workout? Are you trying to lose weight, or are you trying to gain muscle mass?
If you are trying to lose weight, it is a little tricky because high-intensity workouts may trigger you to feel more hungry…that is a totally separate can of worms that we can examine at another time. If you are trying to build muscle mass, it is a good idea to alternate your workout days. For example, Monday is legs day, so Tuesday should be arms/abs. No need to double your leg days back-to-back. This gives your muscles a chance to heal all of the little micro tears that you create during your workout. Again…another can of worms that we will explore at another time.
I will say that it is crucial to take off one day per week. Your body needs a day to recoup regardless of how intense your workout is. Also, if feel that you are a bit under the weather, listen to your body! Cultivate your intuition and connection to your body. That will be your most important resource.
I have always been a big fan of Pilates as a workout (obviously), but over the past few years I have felt the need to kick up the intensity which is how the TORCH Pilates workout was born. I do this workout 6 days/week and have felt a massive difference in my muscle tone and definition since making that commitment to myself. This workout can be done in as little as 10 mins, or can be repeated for up to an hour. TORCH combines High Intensity Intervals along with classic Pilates movement, and other targeted muscle work for a full-body burn that will keep your metabolism pumping for hours. OK–Shameless plug complete! 🙂 🙂 🙂
I’d love to hear about your preferred workouts as well! Share below!
Until next time,