This Week in Workouts – Finding Balance As an Instructor

A fun summer day led to a late blog post tonight. Looking forward to more summer fun tomorrow with a beach day!

These next two weeks are going to get a little crazy with workouts since I’m teaching Pilates four days in a row, subbing for another instructor. I’m not quite sure yet how to balance out teaching while still doing my own workouts since Pilates everyday is not what my body needs to stay in its best shape.

I got a little taste of what it will be like this week since I taught three Pilates classes and by Friday I was dying for a good round of exercise just for me. I’d love to hear from other instructors about how to balance your workouts with the classes you teach.

It definitely wasn’t my most ideal mix of workouts this week, but I still managed to get a lot in.

Here’s what it looked like:

Monday: Strength – Teach Pilates + one round Tabata
Tuesday: Cardio – HIIT stationary bike 20 min + steady treadmill 15
Wednesday: Strength – Teach Pilates
Thursday: Strength – Teach Pilates
Friday: Strength + Cardio – Tabata 30 min
Saturday: OFF
Sunday: Strength + Cardio – Total body circuit + Stairmaster intervals 20 min

It looks like I had only one day off this week and technically I did, but Thursday’s Pilates was more gentle than I usually teach since I was instructing a pregnant friend. I had been hoping to get in a workout for myself that morning, but that didn’t happen.

When I didn’t make it to the gym again on Friday, I knew I needed to get something in for myself, so I took my workout outside with a quick and effective several rounds of Tabata. If you’ve been reading for a little while, you know I love Tabata for that reason.

You don’t need any equipment to get in a good Tabata workout, but this time I used a jumprope and also kettlebells to get in some good strength. Remember, Tabata is 20 seconds of an exercise followed by 10 seconds of rest and you repeat it for four-minutes, resting before doing another four-minute round. Download a Tabata Timer app to make it easy to keep track of time. Breaking up each four-minute round keeps things from getting boring.

Jumprope and kettlebells Tabata workout


Round 1: Jumprope

Round 2: Standing rows and shoulder presses

Round 3: Jumping lunges and high knees

Round 4: Bicep curls and tricep dips

Round 5: Jump squats and jumping jacks

Round 6: Pushups and bridges

Round 7: Jumprope

Round 8: Plank variations

Cool Down

You can actually use dumbbells for this workout, since nothing I did was specific to kettlebells, it’s just that the ones I have are heavier than my dumbbells, so that’s what I went with. Feel free to change it up with some kettlebell swings or another favorite move.

Instructors, how do you balance teaching classes with your own workouts?

What are your favorite quickie workouts?


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Comments 7

  • I mix up the classes I teach to help me stay on track. When the kids are in school, I work out before teaching – I find I’m more motivated before I teach. In the summer, I fit it in when and where I can 🙂

  • Wow, you are quite the busy bee! I am not an instructor but my favorite quick workouts are interval workouts, or sprintervals on the treadmill or outside! Super fast and gets you sweating!

  • Ugh…the ultimate question! I teach an awful lot and also obsess about always getting ‘my own’ workouts in. It’s tough! I always tell my clients to do as I say…not as I do because I do sometimes break the rules with workouts in order to get my workouts in. I think the most important thing to remember about balancing workouts, teaching class, and life is to listen to your body. If it is telling you that you need to take it easy and not work out on your day off, then listen. If it is telling you to not push yourself as hard during your instructing and turn the focus on pushing your participants, listen. I try to tell my classes how I’m feeling if that is the case so that they don’t take my slacking as a cue to slack. I also tell them to listen to their bodies as well though! 🙂 Good luck finding the balance. I am sure you will! Have a great day!

    • It’s tricky! I just finished day four of Pilates this week and am debating what to do the rest of the week. I think tomorrow’s definitely a cardio day since I haven’t gotten any in. I’m undecided if I’ll take a rest day or not this week.

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