Two weeks have passed since I joined the gym. You might remember that my husband predicted I would quit going after two weeks. I’m still going strong, but a busy life hasn’t let me get there quite as often as I’d like. The biggest thing for me is making it a priority – and making sure I go when I get those rare moments available!
When I joined, I really thought I would be taking advantage of the group fitness classes. But here’s what I’ve found: 1) I can get my workout done a lot faster on my own (important when time is at a premium), and 2) It’s nice being able to whenever I can steal away – which doesn’t always coincide with a class. I did try the “Hip Hop Hustle” class…and confirmed that I still lack rhythm and coordination. It was fun, but probably not really my thing. I’m curious to try one of the kickboxing classes, but I figure I’ll save that for when I need some motivation or a swift kick in the rear.
I did some hunting around for a fitness routine when I first joined the gym. Several people (including Rachel) recommended Jamie Eason’s LiveFit 12-Week Trainer. I took a look at it and it appealed to me for several reasons:
1) It focused on strength training which is something I’ve wanted to work on since having my babies (and losing all core strength.)
2) The workouts were things I recognized – bicep curls, squats, leg extensions, etc. If I didn’t recognize the name of a particular move, they had a link to a little video to explain it.I hate when I find workout routines and they’re difficult, complicated moves that I have no idea what to do. These workouts took me back to my high school volleyball days in the weightroom. But as you can see, narrow pushups aren’t happening…yet.
3) It was 4 days a week. Honestly that was a big one for me. As I’m trying to get back into the routine of working out, having a program that was only 4 days felt very doable. It’s not realistic that I can go every day. It’s just not. But 4 days? I can make that work.
4) IT IS FREE. Yessssss….
So here I am two weeks later and I’m still loving the program.
It’s simple, straightforward and totally doable. Yes, there are days some of the grunting men in the free weights section annoy me. But that’s okay – that area belongs to me just as much as it belongs to them. And I can already feel the changes in my body. Oh and I’m teaching my kiddos how to be strong too. “Look! It’s like you do, Mommy!”
If you’re looking for a new routine, I definitely recommend checking this one out. (No, I’m not getting paid or perked to write about this – I’m just really enjoying it and thought you might too!) And keep me posted on your progress – it’s always better when you’re not doing it alone!
Have you ever tried weight training? If not, why not?