Hey Fitties! It’s a beautiful pre-fall day here in New England. It’s a busy week ahead with teaching and finishing up end of the month billing/projects at work (ugh).

On my menu for the day is subbing Zumba, teaching PiYo, doing some Brazil Butt Lift Sculpting and practicing some choreography for my upcoming birthday Zumba class in Amherst, NH. If you’re in the surrounding towns (Nashua, Milford, Merrimack or even Manchester) come see me! Message me for feets deets.ย  Haha, I had to leave that typo in. Feets!

You are on your own for feets, I need both of mine! ๐Ÿ˜‰

We’ll see how much of that activity I’m able to complete today. I’m a little sore from yesterday as is.

That brings me to today’s topic. I don’t know about you, but I have a problem with perfection. Not in the sense that I am so perfect I just can hardly stand it (ha! I wish!) but in the sense that in my efforts to be absolutely perfect with my eating and training I end up paralyzed. I’ve talked about this before — the futility of waiting to teach Zumba until you’re absolutely perfect, the importance of doing a little when you can’t do a lot and the myth of the “one right way” to train or eat.

I have a lot of workouts I’d like to do. Bodyrock. Butt Lift. Insanity (although I think Bodyrock is similar, shorter, and FREE!), yoga, pilates, TurboFire… I just don’t have time to do it all. And I worry that I’m not “doing” it right. Should I not be following BodyRock with pilates since they’re technically both strength exercises? But BodyRock is also cardio? GAH!

So I don’t do any of it and my body stays the same.ย  Which is not a terrible place to be, except our bodies never really just stand still, entropy takes hold unless we vigorously fight against it.

Listen, doing nothing is worse than doing the wrong thing. At least if you do the wrong thing you can learn what the right thing is. There is power in action whereas just fretting about the right action to take leads to nail biting and stress-eating (or so I’m told ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

So if you’re like me and you’re wondering how often it’s “okay” to workout, here’s some advice from the smokin’ hot Zuzana (quoting kettlebell guru Pavel Tsatsouline):

โ€Anyone who claims that you canโ€™t train a muscle group two days in a row is seriously disturbed. Ditto for the high-intensity cult that denies the value of a light workout.โ€

Light workouts are important for the training process โ€“ the more often you exercise the stronger and fitter you get. Another great benefit of light workouts is that it will help you to get rid of the muscle soreness after your heavy workout day. According to Pavel, the key to successful frequent training is constant variety of the training load: weights, reps, sets, rest periods, tempo, exercise order, exercise selection etc.ย  Varying the intensity of your workouts from day to day will result in faster progress.ย  (emphasis mine)

If you’re Butt Lifting with me, you should be finishing up your last few days. Maybe you have another week, that’s okay. Get ready for a new series of workouts coming soon!