|Peeking out my bedroom window at about 5:10 this morning
So how’s the week going? Things over here are pretty decent so far. Yesterday was Monday… I was really happy that both of the boys’ teachers sent their full assignment lists for the week by email on Sunday evening. I was able to look things over and it made it a lot easier to get going Monday morning.
|My little home workout area|
- I like having a pre-determined schedule to follow! I am a big fan of “checking off boxes”, so I really like that each day I just have to look to see which workout is on the schedule
- The workouts are nice and short! Only about 30 minutes for the 21 Day Fix. With the current situation (work + kids home full time), I didn’t feel I could commit to longer workouts consistently. Since consistency is king in fitness, I figured this would be good.
- The workouts are fun! I have been enjoying them. It’s a mix of cardio and strength training. No music included but Autumn Calabrese guides the workouts along with a crew. I also like it that includes a Pilates day and a Yoga Day. I don’t do a ton of that type of thing but always strive to include more, so this has been nice.
- The workouts are actually tough! I’ll admit, this surprised me! I thought they might be sort of wimpy. Not true! These workouts have pushed me. I don’t usually do a lot of circuit training, so I think this is challenging me in a new way.
- Flexible scheduling. I like that these can be done whenever, wherever you have time to do them. I use my phone and stream them to our Smart TV downstairs.
- Minimal equipment needed. Just mostly dumbbells, a mat and occasionally some optional mini bands, which I already had.
- Affordable. I can’t remember the exact price for the 3 month membership, but I want to say a whole year is only $100/year. Compared to a gym membership this is a steal! I know I wouldn’t give up my gym membership, but I have actually been thinking about maybe keeping this later to use as some “cardio days” at home to fit in around my strength workouts. Or to use as a backup on busy days when I can’t get to the gym.
- I would say the biggest con for me is just that it’s not strength training like I’m used to. The work sets are longer, meaning the reps are higher, weights are lighter. This is okay, but not necessarily ideal for truly building muscle over the long term.
- I don’t have a huge variety of weights. Currently the heaviest dumbbells I have are only 12 lbs. If I were to keep working out at home, I would need to invest in some additional options.
- I know some of the muscle groups are getting a bit neglected, just given the circuit style. (I realize this isn’t meant to be a true weight lifting routine). For example, there are some back moves, but not a ton. I know I work my shoulders harder in the gym too. Also, while the legs get worked a lot in almost all of the workouts, there’s only 1 “leg day” per week officially. The legs are a big muscle group and the glutes especially need a LOT of time under tension to grow, ideally using the progressive overload I talked about yesterday.
|Running! My first run in quite a while!|
Speaking of working out….time to get to it! I finished up the 21 Day Fix on Sunday and did the bonus workout yesterday, so today I think I’m going to start the 21 Day Fix “Extreme”. Yikes, can’t wait to see what “extreme” means exactly…. haha.