TSC: Who are you? Name? Age? Where do you live? Married/kids? Occupation?
DM: Diana, 28yrs old, New York City, Marketing @ Peloton
(FYI Diana is also a group fitness instructor at various boutique studios in NYC and Equinox and we highly recommend you check out her classes ASAP)
TSC: When did fitness first become a part of your life? Have you always been an athlete? Did you start working out as an adult? Did you workout earlier in life and start up again? If so, what and why?
DM: I've always been relatively active - even as a child, my parents had me swimming and playing soccer relatively early in life. I ended up taking swimming further and competed in high school. However, swimming took a back seat to the rest of my life in college. I ended up taking up time with studying and partying. I realized that this was not something I could have happen long term. Around senior year, I discovered group fitness classes and fell in love. I loved the energy of being in class and working with a group of people towards my goals. It motivated me enough to train and become an instructor myself!
TSC: What is your current workout routine? How many days a week/hours a day do you workout? What types of workouts do you do? All one type or switch it up?
DM: I have some method to the madness, but it does vary from week to week depending on how much I have scheduled that week and how my body feels. Mondays and Tuesdays I generally prioritize strength training. One of these days is usually a very heavy day when I do deadlifts, squats and usually some form of pressing and pulling on upper body. Wednesday ends up being a conditioning day (6AM FHIXTREME at the Fhitting Room). Thursday I do a mix - depending on how I feel. Generally I end up doing cardio such as a Peloton class. Fridays are my lifting days with my Olympic Lifting trainer (Nick Novak) and follow up with some more strength work after the session. Saturday is a bigger day as I try to do a class plus lifting or double classes (Fhitting Room plus Peloton). Sundays are rest days usually. Overall, I do try and get 3-4 sessions of ROMWOD in and lately I've also been doing some Y7 scattered about.
However, it really is about listening to my body and if I'm exhausted and my muscles are not responding, I take a rest day if needed.
TSC: How do your prioritize fitness and wellness in your (busy) life?
DM: I make it a priority. I don't have any time so I have to MAKE time. I say no to things I wish I didn't have to turn down. I leave early and arrive late to things I wish I didn't have to. I really choose what is that important to me that I want to skip my workout for. I also schedule workouts in the morning because often times friends and events tend to be in the evening. This keeps me on track and prevents me from skipping out more often.
TSC: Why is working out/fitness important to you and your lifestyle?
DM: It's important because of my goals. My goals are to FEEL good. The endorphins are very addicting as well. However, when I don't workout, I just feel terrible. I sleep terrible, I eat terrible, everything is connected to me working out. I get restless and my body can't sit still that long. My muscles cramp up from not being used properly. My posture suffers, my sanity suffers, etc.
TSC: What other aspects of healthy living do your incorporate in your life?
DM: I am all about the prep! I couldn't survive without it. This includes planning out days, setting up my meal prep, making sure I have time to take care of my body and myself. A few big things I'm really focused on:
* I'm a huge fan of ROMWOD - a stretching app (use my LINK to get 2 weeks free!) that is only 20 minutes long. I try and do that 3-4x per week to keep my hips, shoulders and everything else in check.
* I have a standing desk at work and try to stand as much as possible. Keeping good posture in mind, I invested in a LUMO LIFT to help me stay honest about standing and sitting upright.
* Sleep routines won't happen on their own - you have to look at your calendar and set up a plan. If you're taking a late class one night, then planning to get up super early for a run the next day is probably not realistic. Maybe plan for a ROMWOD session instead. Also, if you know you're going to be busy one night, make sure you have food ready to go so you're eating and not spending a lot of time prepping and cleaning (all that take out of your sleep time!).
* Meal prep, meal prep, meal prep. I can't tell you how many people tell me they don't like to cook - especially in New York City. Sorry, but if you want to be healthy and eat clean you have to cook. Portion sizes (even at the healthy places) tend to be much bigger than what you really need and constantly going out, you're ingesting sugar, oils, and fats in larger quantities than you'd ever put in your own food at home. Find a balance in eating out and cooking at home. I am a huge fan of splitting portions in half and saving some for later. As far as recipes go, I am creative and draw inspiration from a lot of places. Check out my @diana.noms instagram for lots of recipes and food ideas!
TSC: If you could share one thing with readers of The Sweat Chronicles what would it be?
DM: Patience. I know I don't have it and I have to remind myself a lot of times that health and wellness is a journey for the long run. You won't get stronger overnight, you won't lose that weight overnight. And on the flip side, one bad night doesn't ruin your whole journey either. Patience patience patience.