Hi, I’m Lauren and I’m addicted to online fitness plans. In less than a month my daughter will be turning 1 year old. I still have baby weight to lose so I’m trying to close 2017 out strong, so I am doing the Merry Fitness Challenge by Kelsey Byers. This is probably the 11th or 12th fitness plan I have adopted this year. As soon as I see a link for a fitness plan from an online trainer I can’t help but click it (especially if it’s free, which fortunately for my bank account many have been).
Throughout my teens and 20’s I only went to a gym to workout. I occasionally did some sit-ups and push-ups at home, but never considered actually doing a full workout at home. During my 1st pregnancy and after my son was born, I also denied that at-home workouts were for me. But I also wasn’t going to the gym either. I didn’t have much extra time for the gym, and I was weary about leaving my son in the babysitting room. Something needed to change if I wanted to lose the weight.
Knowing that I was going to have to accept some form of at-home workouts I started looking on social media for inspiration. Kelsey Byers’ Programs were my first go-to. I had already read her book (See My Most Influential Books blog post), and I knew her weight loss journey was relatable to mine. They were simple, straight-forward weight lifting and cardio plans that I was able to follow. I could feel and see the fat loss as well as some muscle definition. I never thought that I might see a tricep showing through.
I followed many of Kelsey’s plans, but I also knew that I needed to change it up to keep my interest. Since then I have tried Jessie’s Girls Training Programs, Poppy Locks-At Home with Poppy workouts (she calculated macros first, and then workout sign ups were available through her private Facebook group), Anna Victoria’s Free FBG Challenge, Jill K Fitness Fit Blast workouts, Beachbody on Demand, as well as searching Pinterest for workout ideas.
This was it, I have found my action plan to workout while also balancing my roles as a mother and teacher. Occasionally I find the time to get to the gym, but home workouts are now my jam. In addition to finding the variety of programs that work for me, I also have had to find the right equipment.
I have a variety of dumbbells, as I have increased the weight incrementally over time. I prefer the dumbbells with the neoprene coating, but it’s really just about finding the right weight for your fitness level and increasing from there.
Exercise bands are another necessity. I have some loop bands as well as tube bands with handles. The loop bands are helpful in adding resistance to exercises that I was already doing, and getting a variety pack with varying resistance levels is a great idea. The tube bands with handles are great for putting around a door for some back and arm exercises.
Kettlebells have added another dimension to my workouts, and it is important to research kettlebell exercises with the correct form. I also prefer the coating on kettlebells, I think it just makes them easier to handle. I started with 15 lbs and I am working the weight up over time. I don’t necessarily think kettlebells are needed as a beginner, but I think they are a great addition.
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I will probably continue to feed my fitness plan addiction, and am always looking for new and exciting programs (especially if they are free or inexpensive). Please comment below if you use any yourself!
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