Cardio Mash-Up

After finishing Kelly’s Circuit Fusion class yesterday, she asked if she’d be seeing me the next day (today) at the gym. I happily said that, yeah, I had planned on going. I knew I couldn’t do strength training because she had already kicked my full-body butt in her class. But my gym recently got some new cardio equipment and I was eager to try it out. Besides, if you power through the soreness, your body adjusts and it goes away sooner than expected.

Well I woke up this morning, pushed back the covers, and my whole body began screaming at me.

Oh. My. Holy. Cow!

Every inch of me is SO SORE! I had finally deemed it time to up some of my weights back to their higher poundage in the class but didn’t think about the consequences that would show themselves the next day. Yesterday’s class was SO hard!! But I made a promise and if I want to keep my weight loss and increase it, then I’d better get my butt back in gear with my daily exercise. I keep telling myself that I just have to slog through this soreness today and tomorrow and Thursday it will miraculously disappear like always.

My legs have been mysteriously weak when it comes to cardio these last several weeks and I’d like to nip that in the bud too.

There are always various kinds of messages on the white board in the fitness center at my gym. Today’s gave an idea for cardio to work off those holiday calories. It was simple and would keep things interesting because it incorporated short periods of time on different cardio equipment. Fun! So I decided to try it.


  • 10min warm-up (your choice)
  • 15min treadmill
  • 15min bike/elliptical
  • 5min cooldown (your choice)

All done! Sounds easy, right? I like short time periods on different machines. It makes it seem like my workout is moving faster. Well, mine WASN’T EASY!! The new ellipiticals add incline rather than resistance (on the program I chose anyway) so I was literally working my butt off! Here’s what I did:

My Workout:

  • 10min warm-up: Treadmill – hill program 3.5-4mph, .64mi
  • 15min treadmill: jogging, 1% incline, 1.23mi
  • 15min elliptical: intervals lvl 10, .78mi
  • 5min cooldown: Treadmill – 0% incline, 2.5-3mph, .22mi
  • Stretch: 10min

I’m tired. But I feel good. Except my back hurts from yesterday because I worked it too hard with the Stairmaster before class. New Stairmasters rock!!! I climbed higher than Big Ben it said! Woo! 38 floors.


About Katie St. John-Shin

I believe in living life and not letting it pass you by. I mean, come on, if you really want to do something but don't have the courage to do it so you let the opportunity disappear, you may regret it for the rest of your life. How can you know what you're capable of unless you go for it? Like every writer, I naturally plan on becoming world-famous (not really). I love reading, writing, fitness, coffee, watching my favorite movies/shows, listening to music, and trying new things even if they're sometimes terrifying. I'm a writer, a group fitness instructor, a personal trainer, and a nutter for doing all of the above.

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