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My Favorite Workout

My favorite workout

Summer is my favorite time of year, especially August. My family’s schedule seems to go a little slower, with no homework, soccer practices, or Girl Scout meetings, it leaves us with a more laid-back vibe and the chance to spend more time together. This August is on the heels of my one-year anniversary as the General Manager of Fitness and Wellness at JCC Rockland. This is something I am very proud of.

One of the best perks of my job is that my office is in the middle of our fitness center. It has given me the chance to meet so many of you—from Stan who’ll have a joke for me, to Danny who always has a good book to recommend, or Jack who always makes time to say hello and ask about my family.

I have also really, really enjoyed getting to know our personal trainers, Pilates instructors, receptionists, and group exercise instructors. I am still in awe of their talent, knowledge and great passion for the JCC.

Fitting exercise in should be easy for me, right? Seriously– I spend all day in a fitness center. I’m literally steps away from kettlebells, treadmills, heavy bags, bikes, group exercise classes, and more.

I have to tell you—it’s not so easy. Balancing work, social life, family life, and exercise can get tricky.

I’ve always found that signing up for races keeps me focused in my own training. This past year I competed in three half-marathons and two 5K races. I love the training process and then testing it on race day.

Since I don’t have any races coming up in the near future, I switched-up my training from longer endurance sessions, to high intensity interval training (HIIT). This helps with fitting exercise into my day. Here’s my current favorite workout to do in our fitness center:

  • Warm-up  – 5-10 minutes
  • Jacob’s Ladder (second floor) – 4 minutes, at 80% of my max heart rate (To keep myself honest, I always workout with a heart rate monitor. Curious about what your percents are? Ask one of
    our personal trainers to help you, or stop by my office.)
  • Then I do 1-minute of body-weight exercises in the Group Training Studio (also second floor).
    Usually 15 push-up, 10 squat jumps, and 20 core exercises.
  • Repeat this cycle for 20-30 minutes
  • Finish with a cool down that includes foam rolling and stretching

I’d be happy help get you started, it will work with any cardio machines—rowers, bikes, ellipticals, etc. Please feel free to stop by, or drop me a note at laurens@jccrockland.org.