Getting Back To Your Fitness Routine With CC’s ShapeU

Regardless of how you spent your summer, chances are, designating time to work out was often lower on your list of priorities – perhaps somewhere between ‘OMG these pina coladas are amazing’ and ‘Yes I will work late so I can flirt with that intern who resembles Ryan Gosling.’ As many of us begin our fall semesters, we leave behind a summer full of fun barbecues (and the delicious foods they entail), and lazy beach days that had us non-stop sweating…from laying out in the sun. If you’re anything like me, you might look back and realize you probably could have worked out a little more than you did. And that was when we had free time: what happens now with classes, schoolwork, meetings, and the demands of maintaining our social life/sanity?

Like most college students, I have the same concerns. This is where ShapeU comes in: a column that will serve as a resource for busy students to find fun, result-oriented workouts that are easy to follow and fit the needs of various lifestyles. Fortunately for me, I’m a group fitness instructor at my university, so I will admit I have a slight advantage.  The whole ‘getting paid to workout’ thing aside, fitness classes are a great way to stay active, but not necessarily as great when you’re the one doing the teaching – I’ve learned this the hard way. Even I struggle to make time in my day for an effective work out that won’t leave me exhausted or scrambling to get to class.

My goal is to help provide readers with effective cardio and strength/toning work outs that target specific body-parts and cater to anyone from a seasoned gym-goer with a VIP membership, to a beginner who prefers to workout in their dorm room, all while keeping the time it takes to complete the workout under an hour.

Now that my semester has begun and I’m settled into my new apartment (with a French-themed bathroom that would make Coco Chanel envious), I’m beginning to get back into a routine. Planning is key, and knowing what works best for you in terms of when to work out is even more crucial.  Find your thing! Whether you work best in the morning before class, during your long breaks, or even at night after dinner, the best way to ensure your workout is successful is to first ensure you will be happy working out, not grumpy after biology or groggy first waking up. The next hurdle is actually bringing yourself to complete a full workout – and let’s admit it, sometimes getting up to work out is like asking Snooki not to make a fool of herself in public…it doesn’t happen. To transition from that lazy, care-free summer stupor into the mindset of a hard working fitness enthusiast: take it slow! You’ll never look forward to a workout if you overload too fast, so take your time, start with the easier stuff, build your way up.

Are you ready to get in great shape, learn the facts about the workouts you complete and have fun while you do it? You better bookmark this page and get ready to tune in every Tuesday for some great exercise routines and fitness tips that will leave you refreshed, with time to finish that overdue English paper…or, to catch up on some E! News: who doesn’t love some celebrity gossip, after all?



  1. nicmcken says:

    Can't wait to read more posts!

  2. missfitnic says:

    Thanks so much! I'm excited to post for you guys! Stay tuned :)

  3. Liv says:

    Can't wait to read your workouts! I need a new kick ass routine! :D

  4. Liz says:

    Love the article! Cannot wait to read more!

  5. Adrianna says:

    Great job! I will definitely be tuning in!! =)

  6. TransformYou says:

    Great motivation to get your butt back in shape and lose those extra pounds. I can't wait to see more posts from you.

  7. Chelle says:

    Reblogged this on Chelle's Reflections and commented:
    I agree! Choose a time when you’ll be happy to workout and you’ll be more likely to stick to it!

    1. missfitnic says:

      Totally feel you on the timing of your workouts. Working out is such a personal experience, there are so many aspects of it that depend on your preferences, goals, and overall personality! This makes it a little tricky to find your niche, but once you get it, you can explore your options and come up with a great routine that features everything you're looking for. Good luck, and thanks for reading :)

  8. We know it’s difficult to start a fitness routine, but the key to having a fun workout is to do what you enjoy doing. If you’ve found an exercise regimen that you love, good for you! If not, don’t lose hope: there’s a myriad of options out there, and it’s just a matter of finding that one workout that doesn’t feel at all like work.

    1. missfitnic says:

      Love what you have to say about finding something that doesn't seem like work! It's definitely all about finding what is best for you! The hardest part of working out, in my opinion, is finding ways to keep it interesting, engaging and fun. So many workouts are fun and enjoyable, but are they doing the job? And by the same token, a workout might get you sweaty and be extremely effective, but is it complete torture? The best thing you can do is TRY TRY TRY! Mix it up until you come to something you love! And most importantly, find a balance: fun yet effective, enjoyable yet challenging. Thanks for commenting :)

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