So you have finally decided you’re going to start working out, you get out your sneakers, dusty Lululemon pants and don’t forget your sports bra 😉 (men, you can forget the last part). But, the point is, YOU’RE READY! You get to the gym, you’re pumped, but now what? Where do you even begin? If you decide you are going to get a gym membership, don’t walk into the gym and join all the gals on the elliptical for an hour, and then onto the bike for another half hour. Take advantage of the facility. You can have a staff member show you around the facility and how each machine or piece of equipment works, you can hire a personal trainer, OR you can do your own workout. But don’t head into the gym without a plan, there are endless workout programs on the internet for free, the only thing you have to do is a little bit of homework to make sure the plan is right for you. You can even have personal trainer write out a plan for you. You can enlist a workout buddy to bring to the gym, you can part ways once you get there, you can share a personal trainer or choose a workout program and go at it together! There are so many options, you just have to pick one that works best for you and your schedule.
Decide whether you will hit the gym before work or after work. If you are going to go before work, make sure your gym bag is packed the night before (sneakers, shampoo, towel, curling iron, if you plan on heading straight to work afterwards). Even if you go after work, make sure you bag is packed the night before, this way you can just grab it and go in the morning. If you have to make a pit stop at home afterwards, it might deter you from heading to the gym right away, and instead decide that you had a long day at work and “deserve” to sit on the couch and indulge in a few chips and some Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Listen people, you can catch up on all the reality t.v you want after the gym. The feeling you get after a workout will remind you of why you came there in first place. Don’t forget to throw an after-work/pre-workout snack in your gym bag to eat on your way.
If you decide you would rather start in the comforts of your own home, there are also lots of programs out there. This is where I started. The town I live in had no gym at the time I began my journey, and I wasn’t going to let that stop me. I started off doing a little bit of P90X, which is an amazing home workout program, I then tried Chalene Extreme, which I also really enjoyed, and then I discovered the Jamie Eason Livefit Trainer. Yes, my husband and I did this program from home, with some very unique modifications at times, we completed it. This was the beginning of my obsession with weight lifting. Anything is possible if you believe it is. If you have a set of dumbbells (we purchased Bowflex Select tech weights and they are amazing, but any set of dumbbells will do), a pull up bar and a ball, you can do this program from home.
If you have limited or no equipment at all, there are workout programs for you as well. I highly recommend checking out Zuzana Light’s website, where she has lots of workouts that require very little to no equipment. Her workouts are intense, short and can be done in small spaces. They are great if you are a mama and short on time. You can do them while your kiddo’s are napping or they can even join in. Another great website is bodyrock.tv. Their workouts are free, and require little equipment.
A word on the Livefit Trainer……
I know I have said this a thousand times (who’s counting?) but the Livefit Trainer has actually changed my life. I was one of those people who thought you couldn’t lose weight without hopping on the elliptical for hours. Boy, was I wrong! I can honestly say I lost the most weight and more importantly FAT while lifting weights on the Livefit Trainer. The best part was, I didn’t hate working out anymore, I actually loved it. I couldn’t wait to get up the next day and try the next workout. I was seeing results and I didn’t have to get on the dreaded elliptical. But what also must change is the way you eat. I believe they go hand in hand. Like the saying goes, “You can out train a bad diet”. You need to open those cupboards, throw out the junk and replace those foods with healthy, body nourishing foods. But this is a whole other post. Stay tuned for next time, and I will talk about getting started in the kitchen!
My husband and I still continue to do the Jamie Eason Livefit Trainer. Even though I am pregnant, weight training still makes me feel amazing. I just modify exercises based on what trimester I am in, the weight I use and the amount of reps I do. I (and my husband) keep a very close on myself. I watch to make sure my heart rate doesn’t get to high and I don’t begin to overheat. I have of course had the go ahead from my doctor to continue working out throughout my pregnancy. So if you’re pregnant and want to begin working out, make sure to take to your doctor before you do so!
18 weeks pregnant, and feeling great (loving my naps though :)). I am happier than ever and almost half way there :).
HAPPY FFIT FRIDAY EVERYONE!