For the last few weeks I’ve been talking about all the different workouts you can get at the gym…from group exercise classes, cycle classes, and yoga. The new year is a very hot time to join a gym and I wanted to share how you can maximize your experience with tons of different class options. This has probably been helpful (or strange in some cases…see the yoga post for further explanation) for those of you who are members of a health club or are thinking about joining. For the other population who has no desire to ever join a gym for any and many reasons, but who still want a consistent and effective workout program you may have some interest in this post! I think it was pretty clear that my ideal workout is either outdoors or in a gym, but there are a few times when I’ve thought a home workout would be really convenient! One of those times was this past weekend when we were snowbound and the gym was closed. Other times are when I’m stuck home with sick kids or just need a 3o minute strength workout and don’t want to drive 10 minutes to and from the gym for such a short workout. So, yeah. Even a gym junkie like me can see the benefit of a home workout program. I would use it to supplement my gym and outdoor workout routine, but there are plenty of people who exclusively do home workouts and are meeting and exceeding goals thanks to programs and resources we have available through DVD’s, social media and fitness apps. Let’s take a look at some different options and the advantages of a home workout program.
When I think of a home workout I immediately think of P90X, Insanity or the new Hammer and Chisel. All of these programs are part of Team Beachbody. Beachbody is everywhere these days and for good reason, but did you know they were actually founded in 1998?! I first heard of Beachbody several years ago when I was teaching a class at the Y called Turbo Kick and found out there was a home version of Turbo Kick available through Beachbody. At the same time I think every other person I knew was doing P90X. It was the first time I really gave any credibility to a home workout because I had friends who were making a lifestyle change with P90X and never stepping foot in a gym! Today you can find tons of workouts through Beachbody from PIYO which is a yoga/pilates fusion class to Hammer & Chisel which is a 60 day challenging strength workout. I’ve actually done a Hammer & Chisel workout and it is awesome. What separates Beachbody from other home workouts is you have the option to get personalized attention through a coach. I’m going to be very honest and say when I first caught wind of a Beachbody coach my first instinct was to wonder what all of the sudden made them a fitness expert. Some Beachbody coaches are fitness instructors and some have had such great success with the program that they become a coach. After meeting several coaches and seeing how they interact with their communities I really changed my tune. They are really there to just “coach” and offer support. They aren’t prescribing diets or building fitness programs…that has already been done by the many experts who collaborate on a Beachbody workout. They are really just cheering you on every step of the way and helping you navigate your new lifestyle. I like that they don’t focus on a quick fix, but a lifestyle change through exercise and nutrition. They may give a better option to a food you are already eating or help you break down the meal plan provided with most workouts which is very realistic (you can and should eat carbs). The 21 day fix color coded containers help manage portions and servings. There is a container for every macronutrient and you have the freedom to eat the foods you enjoy in moderation (CARBS). Many coaches start Facebook groups so everyone can motivate each other and stay accountable. I haven’t felt like any of them are claiming to be experts at all and most have been on the journey to health recently and can relate to the many struggles we have. All my coach friends have multiple kids and have had great success with Beachbody programs. If a coach and support groups aren’t your thing no problem…. order the videos and have a go at it! I am not a Beachbody coach and never will be because I like to sample lots of different things as far as workouts and food plans go, but I appreciate the place a home workout and support group can have….and I really do like the Shakeology protein even though the price is a little scary. It does mix quite well in a shaker cup and makes a great post workout snack.
You can get absolutely anything on social media these days and workouts are no exception. There are workout streaming options such as The Daily Burn which offers tons of different workouts through the computer for a monthly fee. They also have a community support option and nutrition advice. I have never participated in this option so can’t speak personally to how great the workouts are or how committed I feel like I would be. I would think this option would be great for those who travel and need remote access to workouts or those who may want support, but like to remain anonymous! Usually at your local gym you will know someone and that can make us very vulnerable as the journey to health is not always a pretty one. I can understand not wanting to put all your self and emotions out there at first. And, there is always YouTube or Pinterest. I caution these options as you have no idea what you may stumble upon. I go to YouTube for tons of ideas for my own classes so there is some good stuff out there, but there are also those offering workouts and advice that have no business doing so. Pinterest offers many shorter Tabata or Bootcamp type workouts. I have used these for sure in the past….either for ideas or to do at home in a bind. Just doing a quick search I found this for a weekly home workout. I also like these…
These are great for quick no fluff home workouts. Just remember this is all you! Great if you are self motivated, but if you need a community or someone to keep you accountable a Beachbody or Daily Burn program may be a better fit. This is just the tip of the iceburg in home workouts. I’m sure there is more to come in this department and while my heart will always be in a gym or outdoors (and I would be sad to lose any of my group exercise participants) I’m glad to know there are options when I need it and I’m actually excited to carve out some time in the future to do the full Hammer & Chisel workout….kind of as an experiment and kind of because I’m impressed with the results some friends are getting!!