Most people who follow me know that I teach Barre & Bootcamp classes (yes…even when I’m 32 weeks pregnant). But what most people don’t know is that I ALSO have a home gym. I like to workout first thing in the morning (but I’ll be honest 5:30-6am workout classes are just not for me. I can’t get up in time and I’m exhausted all day if I do. I’m much for of a 7-8am kinda gal) and try to make sure that each day I either do a high intensity workout OR a deep self driven yoga flow. It doesn’t always happen (I am human and some days I’m just not feeling it), but for the most part ensuring I stay active helps me calm my mind and push past stress & anxiety.
My home gym includes my yoga mat – with 2 blocks & a yoga strap. I use the blocks EVERY DAY! I used to be so embarrassed because I’m not very flexible and I saw blocks as “cheating”, but I’ve found that I stretch so much deeper and more consistently when I use them. Even though I was a cheerleader for years I could never touch my toes. Part of my 2018 resolutions was to do Jessica Aolie’s “Lets start yoga” a minimum of 3 times every week so that I could touch my toes (and hopefully get the splits). So far I’ve been really consistent with it and I’ve seen a huge improvement. I never enjoyed yoga classes (tempo is either too quick or too slow and I get bored over an hour), but I’ve found that doing my own flows at home – I REALLY enjoy it. Now I can touch my toes for the first time, and I’ve found that it relieves that “low back pressure” from sitting at my desk all day (like right now lol).
It also includes my new Peloton Bike (WHICH I LOVE!). Last summer I bought a cheaper bike off amazon, an inexpensive tablet, the wahoo cadence tracker, and I set it all up so that I could take the classes through the peloton app for a fraction of the cost. And it worked pretty well. I found myself riding multiple times per week after I had my baby. Unfortunately, it drove me NUTS that I couldn’t match my resistance to theirs or see how I ranked on the leaderboard. This year when I got my bonus I finally caved (along with 3 other ladies I work with) and spent the $2,000. It. was. so. worth. it. Seriously, I push myself so much harder and find myself looking forward to the days I don’t do yoga so that I can ride (LOL).
Lastly, it has my husband’s bench press, free weights, and jump rope. Sometimes I’ll use the bench for chest, legs, or the bicep curls at the end of the bench, but it is definitely more for him. This way – the theory was – we could both workout at the same time. He rode the bike the other night while I did yoga and it was super fun. Kenzie just played on the carpet and ate crackers the whole time LOL. Hopefully my next maternity leave will see even more of the home gym. I love the freedom to workout when I want and knowing I have all of the equipment needed to get a great burn. What is your home gym like? Do you actually find time to use it? My consistency isn’t always there, but I love the opportunity to stay healthy at home.