Food & Fitness

Resting Between Workouts

Check out all of my HITT at Aspire Fitness blog posts here:

Week One: HITT and the City

Week Two: Tracking food and exercise online with Aspire Fitness

Week Three: Looking for the Ultimate Workout

Week Four: The HITT Diet Plan

Week Five: Seeking Motivation

Learning to Rest

Last week I came down with a really bad cold. My throat was sore, and my head ached, and I was exhausted and sniffly. The peak of my illness was from Tuesday evening to Thursday morning, so I made up my mind on Wednesday to not go to HITT at Aspire Fitness the next morning.

It was harder to make that decision than I expected. I have a really tough time allowing myself to take time off from working out. As I was walking home from work on Wednesday, debating with myself whether or not I should go to HITT the next day, I realized that it was ridiculous that I was even struggling with the decision. I was sick enough that I had had to sit down at the receptionist desk in the vet clinic I work at (I always stand). I was sick enough that walking for half an hour left me feeling incredibly weary. There was no way that I was in good enough condition to go to HITT.

For a moment I felt panicked. The idea of missing a workout was terrifying. And then – I let it go.

It feels wonderful to not feel guilty about missing out on exercise.


I wasn’t feeling 100% better on Friday (in fact, I’m still not feeling 100% better), but I was feeling better enough that I knew I could surviveย a HITT class ๐Ÿ˜‰ And I sure was glad I didn’t have to miss it.

This HITT class was different from the rest because we weren’t given a time limit. Instead, we were given a specific number of reps to do. We started off with 5o split squats per leg, holding a dumbbell the size of my head. There were only two of us in the class and both of us felt like our legs were going to fall off halfway through, but Jason cheerfully informed us that this was just the warm-up.

The circuit itself was a series of agility training mixed with legs and abs work. There is a ladder permanently drawn on the floor of the gym with 16 boxes. We hopped through the ladder on one foot, then the other; we hopped with both feet, then we hopped every second box and had to hop back one box each time. We did an exercise of hopping every second box, hopping back one box, and then jumping as high as we could in the air (which, by this point, I must admit was not very high at all). We did walking push-ups all the way up the ladder and walking planks all the way back down. And we did floor striders, those delightful (haha) exercises which are an explosive plyometric movement of a jumping lunge – this was done sideways through the ladder.

In between each of these ladder drills, we did a variety of exercise: 25 prisoner squats, 25 sumo squats, 10 tuck jumps, 25 knee tucks on the stability ball, 15 v-crunches, 25 reverse crunches, and 25 crunches each side of holding a dumbbell with the feet raised and lowering the dumbbell from one side to the next (this was again with the dumbbell that is the size of my head).

We got a two-minute break before repeating the circuit all over again… and then a third time.

After the three rounds, Jason offered to give me another four minutes of exercise. I, being somewhat in a haze of illness, was quick to agree. He promptly set up the treadmill for me to do hill sprints. Eek! But it wasn’t so bad; the speed was reduced, and I only had to do 30-second bursts with 15-second breaks rather than the usual 90 seconds straight. And like I said, I was in a haze of illness, so I was able to power through!

Reps until Exhaustion

Doing 50 split squats reminded me of my 100 push ups challenge, in which I had to do 100 push ups (from my toes) in a row.ย Aiming for a particular number of reps isย a different way to work out than our usual 90-second exercises with HITT, but it’s at least equally as challenging. I really enjoyed the change.

What way have you been challenging your body lately? Do you make sure to let yourself rest when you need it?


  1. Jody - Fit at 52

    I am exhausted reading that post! That was some awesome HIIT class!!!!!!!!!! I don’t know if I would have survived that! WOW!

    Every day is a challenge for me… to see what I can do & what I can change up.

    I have to admit that I am pretty bad at taking time off when I know I need to but at least I take 2 full days off each week.

  2. Lori

    You and me both, Sagan! I ended up taking a day off this week too ๐Ÿ™ It killed me as well to make that decision. I’m so determined to push hard throughout the whole program! Anyway, I went to Level 2 this morning. Hope to see you tomorrow morning and that we both are feeling better.

    1. Sagan Morrow

      I can’t get the car for tomorrow morning so I won’t be there ๐Ÿ™ But, I’ll be at the level 2 class on Friday morning! And I will possibly be there on Saturday morning… haven’t seen you at HITT in forever; we must just keep missing each other ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Geosomin

    That sounds like a really crazy class.
    I struggle with days off, but I know that when I need them, they really help. It’s taken me a while to get back in shape and I don’t know why my mind tries to convince me that one day off will be the end of it all, but that alwasy seems to be a bit of a dilemma when I need a day off.
    Maybe it’s being so rediculously busy lately, but I’m starting to try and see the difference between priorities and obligations and making sure I come first in whatever things are in all of that…including exercise. ๐Ÿ™‚
    Glad you’re on the mend.

  4. Pubsgal

    That class sounds crazy-hard. Good call in knowing when to rest and when to go!

    For me, the challenge has been toward fighting the mental block lately: figuring out what I want to do while my ankle gets well enough to run again. I think it’s done resting, and that was a hard thing, figuring out how much resting to do with it. I made a weight routine and tried it out at the gym on Monday, and it went fine, once I got into the flow of it (challenged myself to try some new equipment and to figure out what weight to use for fewer reps than my CardioSculpt class). But it’s tricky, it seems like there’s a lot going on and it’s been more of a struggle than usual to come up with a workout plan. But fitness is a priority, and life-stuff is always there to deal with, so just gotta keep rolling, right?

  5. westwood

    I LOVE the agility ladder. I have one taped on the floor on my basement.

    I shall have to show you my training schedule for basketball sometime. It’s pretty crazy, but nice to be an elite athlete again. An opportunity I never thought I’d be lucky enough to revisit!

  6. sophia

    I’ve been slacking off on my exercises…It makes me feel crappy bc I sit in my room without air ventilation for the whole day and night. I just received the yoga mat I ordered online though. That should help perk things up! ๐Ÿ™‚

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