We all know Carrie Kaschak at FlyWheel. And if you don’t, it’s probably because her you are nervous to take her class or just simply can’t get a mat in one! Carrie’s classes are intense for sure. When I found out she was expecting a baby girl in January, I was hoping her intensity would decrease so her class would be easier for me. That wasn’t the case. Those classes still kicked my butt!
So with New Year’s resolutions right around the corner, who better to ask about setting 2015 fitness goals than one of the most motivating workout instructors in town? Hopefully Carrie’s answers will be key to you accomplishing those 2015 resolutions.
Do you believe in setting New Year’s Resolutions?
Yes—I always like to set new goals or new ways to improve. I like to choose something that I have already been working on, but just choose to commit harder to the outcome.
What do you consider a realistic fitness goal?
Creating a routine, signing up for a race and completing it, buying a package of classes and actually using all of them! In my opinion, it’s less about the physical benefits—even though you will see a physical reward with increased muscle mass, decreased body fat, jeans fitting better. If you actually follow through with saying that you will do something and then DO IT!! That is being realistic and awesome at the same time.
What are things I can do to keep myself motivated?
Sign up for classes with a friend—tell them which bike/mat you are on so they can be near you.
Music is always a great motivator—create a great new playlist and tell yourself you have to use that playlist 3 times this week.
Ask someone to meet you after work for a long walk or run—so what that it’s dark—that’s why you enlisted the friend to meet up!
What are some of your most inspiriting workout songs?
I love Bruno Mars, Uptown Funk; Anything Maroon Five will be played in my classes!! I also love Ellie Goulding, Goodness Gracious Chainsmokers Remix.
How can I reward myself along the way for accomplishing goals without consuming a pizza or a bottle of wine?
I like to reward myself with a massage, pedicure, or new Lululemon clothing!
Are there things that I should just give up entirely to ensure my goals are met?
I recommend removing stuff like crackers, chips, desserts, candy, and junk-granola bars from your house. If there is a trigger food—ice cream, cake, cookies, get rid of those too. If that stuff is not around, you wont be tempted. Neither will your family! These are all foods that are ok to enjoy once in a while, outside of your home.
You are at 37 weeks and still hitting those FlyBarre classes! How are you even motivated to workout? I feel like I just ate chips and salsa through my entire pregnancy!
In the first trimester—I stuck with my current routine because it is my JOB! I had to be at that 6am class with energy for the room. My husband is also quite the coach. He actually is a coach by profession, and he was adamant that I continue to lift weights with him at the gym. All I heard from him was, “strengthen your posterior chain muscles….”. I continued to run, because that is my happy place—if I had any energy at all after teaching my 2 classes for the day, I would gladly spend it by running 3 or 4 miles. Here at the end of my pregnancy, I am finding a lot of enjoyment in cycling classes. Flywheel cycling is feeling better on my hips and the ligaments that connect everything.
They say you are eating for two… do you believe that? What does your diet consist of?
Absolutely NOT! I try to listen to my body—if I am hungry, I eat. I find it difficult to track calories everyday so I can’t say how many calories I have increased per day. My goal throughout this entire pregnancy has been to eat like I always have. There was not a need to majorly change my diet according to my Doctor. I try to be more aware of my intake before I teach and directly after I teach—the blood sugar crash is no joke when you are pregnant!! I also found during the 2nd trimester that I needed a small snack before bed—otherwise I would wake up starving at 3am!
Here is a sample day for me:
Breakfast: ½ cup egg whites and ½ cup oatmeal mixed together and cooked like a pancake with almond butter and blueberries
Lunch: Usually a spinach salad, goat cheese, pears, walnuts, various veggies, and some type of protein—either chicken or eggs.
Dinner: Usually something like turkey chili, crockpot shredded chicken, chicken sausages, frittata, sweet potatoes, greens and veggies.
Snacks: Clementine’s, apples, puffed rice cereal with almond milk, protein smoothie, Kind Bar, rice cakes w/ almond butter.
How far along to you feel that you should workout?
I know I will personally workout until delivery day! Unless my doctor decides it is best that I stop, I will keep going! It only makes me feel better and stronger.
Pregnant workout clothes, that can’t be good right?
I have worn my same pants/leggings throughout the pregnancy—they all sit underneath the belly and really haven’t been an issue at all. Sports bras: I got a couple of larger sizes in the 2nd trimester. The girls get bigger and there is nothing you can do except strap them down. Tops: Lululemon racer back tanks are awesome and stretchy. I also like our Flywheel tanks that feature a roomier cut. I have felt pretty comfortable and confident in my workout gear throughout this pregnancy. I will say now that I am about 37 weeks; I am starting to poke out of the bottom of my shirts (and I really don’t care!!!).
Interested in making FlyWheel a part of your fitness goals? Sign up for the FlyBarre Challenge that starts on January 26th! This 6-week challenge will transform your body. (Take it from me… I have done it!) Stop in FlyWheel today and check it out!