So this weekend my wonderful boyfriend and I celebrated 2 years together by going to Niagara Falls. The weekend included doing an amazing wine tour, going to a fancy dinner, walking around the falls, going to the casino and eating and drinking lots.
Since I knew in advance that we would be drinking LOTS of wine and eating some pretty awesome food, I agreed with Andre in advance that we would get in a workout both days even though we were at a hotel and didn’t know what would be available. We lucked out and had a hotel with a reasonably well equipped gym – dumbbells 5 lbs – 50 lbs, leg extension, leg curl machines, some stability balls and some cardio machines. The workouts we did were of course modified based on what was available vs. not (i.e. no squat rack 😦 ) but we still managed to make ourselves sore, I’ve posted the workouts we did below. But how about this awesome weekend!? Because it was in fact awesome and if any of you are planning on going to Niagara I have a few recommendations!
First off, don’t stay in the Marriott Gateway… while the gym was good, the elevators drive me batty and broke down on more than one occasion, plus both mornings we were woken up by super loud rattling pipes from people’s showers 😦 There are lots of other options in the same area and what really matters is the fallsview (which we had).
OK, beyond that, the first day we woke up early-is and went a did a chest workout, followed by a great breakfast of fresh omelettes, more bacon than is probably
recommended and pineapple (because I love pineapple). We were then picked up by the very accommodating people at Crush wine tours and dropped off in Niagara on the lake. In NOTL we did a bit of shopping and bough some nanaimo bars (yum) then headed off to a a restaurant called the Stone Road Grille. The sign outside is called “the Rest” but the restaurant is called the Stone Road Grille, it’s in a little mini mall type plaza and looks terribly tacky from the outside… then you walk into the place and are blown away. It does not belong in a mini mall plaza! It was gorgeous! You have to eat here if you go to NOTL. Andre had a burger that looked unreal and I had 2 oysters followed by a scallop risotto. Both of us enjoyed our food immensely, but the best part was dessert (shocking I know). My dessert was a chocolate mouse type thing was creme fraiche on the side, but Andre got… COTTON CANDY. And it was HUGE… and flavoured with maple, and obviously delicious.
After the meal we were picked up again by Crush tours and taken to 4 different wineries: Inniskillin, Strewn, Caroline and Between the Lines. Inniskillin was ok, but not great. Strewn was fun because they showed you how different foods make wine taste really different. Caroline was absolutely awesome and so much fun because we got to blend our own bottle of wine and take it home! The best part was getting to cork the bottle and then shrink wrap the seal. That may just be because I’m a huge nerd, not sure. Then Between the Lines was fabulous also because the brothers that run it were really passionate about their business and we learned a lot. Plus we had alot to drink at that point and everything seemed awesome 😉
That night Andre took me to AG restaurant which serves all local food and had a really cool atmosphere. The meal and appetizer were great, but what stole my heart (again) was the dessert. White chocolate creme brulee! My all time favourite dessert is creme brulee and normally my opinion is “don’t mess with a good thing” but combining it with white chocolate just made it that much more dense and creamy and AWESOME.
After that neither Andre or I felt like going out so we just called it a night.
On Sunday we went for the same great buffet breakfast and went for our workout, legs this time. After that we just spent the day walking around Niagara falls and went into the casino for a bit. We also rode the Ferris wheel, which I loved. Nothing too crazy on the Sunday but a great day nonetheless.
So… the workouts:
Hotel Workout – Chest
Warm up for 5 mins on the treadmill
- Push ups – 3 sets of 12-15 reps
- Military dumbbell press – 3 sets with 15 – 20 lb dumbbells, 12 reps
- Incline DB chest flye – 3 sets with 20 lb dumbbells, 12 reps
- Bench dips (bodyweight) – 3 sets, 12-15 reps
- Lateral delt raises – 3 sets with 10 lb dumbbells, 15 reps
- Front delt raises – 3 sets with 10 lb dumbbells, 12 reps
- Bosu ball push ups – up and over – 3 sets bodyweight for 8 reps (i tried for 10 on set 3, it was ugly)
- Tricep cable pushdowns – 3 sets at 40 lbs, 12 reps
Hotel workout – Legs
Warm up for 5 mins on the treadmill
- Jumping lunges (start in a lunge, jump up and switch legs mid-air, land in a lunge, repeat) – 3 sets of 20 reps
- Deep squats on bosu ball (round side down) – 3 sets with 45 lb weight, 12 reps
- Plie (or Sumo) squats (legs spread far apart and toes facing out, hold dumbbell between legs and squat down keeping your pelvis tucked under, at the bottom, squeeze your glutes and push to the top – you should feel this in you butt!) – 3 sets with 50 lbs, 12 reps
- Leg extensions and hamstring curls superset – 3 sets at 90 lbs for LE and 80 lbs for HC, 12 reps
- Jumping squats (plyo) – 3 sets with 10, 10 and 15 reps
- Hamstring curls with a stability ball – 3 sets with bodyweight, 12 reps
As you can see, very little equipment was used, but they were both very effective workouts!