So I got a few requests to talk about my fitness routine, mainly from those who follow me on Instagram… guess some of my posts on there gave me away, huh?! LOL! I have been wracking my brain, trying to figure out how to pen this post. See, am no fitness blogger, nor am I a trainer… am just a mum seriously hooked on fitness. It’s my drug! I started working out just before I had Imani – 5 years ago, and I’ve never stopped. I mostly do home workouts, mainly because I can’t afford the time to go to a gym, but also, am no fan of gyms… I feel trapped in them. They are always crowded, stuffy, and there’s always that creepy dude by the weights. Am sure you know the one am talking about! He’s in every gym! The one who’s convinced himself that he’s proper pumped up… yet it’s all in his head! Watch him do 5 reps, check himself out in the mirror to confirm the muscles be poppin’! Then looks over at you to make sure you’re ‘checking him out’!… dude please… bye!!! Am very happy working out in my living room thank you very much!
I’ve made myself a guinea pig, tested a good number of home workout programs, most from Beachbody. Here, I list some of my favourites, the ones that have given me good results.
Home fitness programs I recommend
1. Insanity by Shaun T
As the name suggests, this is an insane, high intensity interval training program. It comes with a 60 day schedule and a meal plan. The workouts are more or less 60 minutes long. I found this great for weight loss and amazing for endurance training. No equipments is needed for this program, just a mat for the stretches. The only downside for me was length of the workouts. Still worth trying if you want a real challenge.
2. T25 by Shaun T
This is my go to when I’ve been out of the game for a while, and my body is not ready to be hammered straight away. I use this as a mellow, get-back-in-form, program. It’s perfect for those short on time like myself. All the workouts are only 25 minutes long. You’ll need some dumbbells or resistant bands and a mat. The great thing with this program is there’s a modifier for most of the workouts, ideal if you want to go easy, or your form is not at it’s best… but still want to sweat it out. This helped me drop the baby weight after I had Imani (I had gained 30kg from 69!!) – and within the 60 days, I had gone back to my pre-baby weight. Because of the amazing results I got, I did a second round, another 60 days, to try firm everything up… and it worked perfectly for this too. I would highly recommend this for anyone looking to burn body fat and build muscle.
3. Combat by Dan Cohen & Rachel Newham
This is the most fun workout I have ever done. I’ve always loved martial arts… and when I found this one, I had to try it. Combat is a mix of martial arts and boxing. It’s quite challenging but a lot of fun… you don’t see the time passing. There’s a lot of kicking and punch, and a lot of sweat – which is a good thing, means fat is crying! Great for weight loss, burning fat fast and toning up! After one session you feel like you can take over the world. Highly recommend it.
4. P90X3 by Tony Horton
Now this is the one that got me where I am now! This is THE workout… for me at least. It has everything, great cardio sessions, a lot of strength training, and even Yoga and Pilates! Like all the others above, it’s very intense, but I absolutely love it. The workouts are 30 minutes long, not bad time-wise. For this you, will need dumbbells of various weights, resistance bands, a pull up bar and a yoga mat…. but you can always improvise somehow. This is amazing for toning up! I saw results quite fast. I have repeated this one so many times, I have lost count. I highly recommend it.
However, sometimes even that 30 minutes can be a challenge, or maybe am poorly, or my bed is being too possessive… not wanting to let me get up, in these instances, Youtube comes to the rescue! There are loads of very short workout sessions. I once found a 6 minute whole body workout – there’s no excuse! I also sometimes just freestyle – some squats, push ups, something for the abs and fast stretch. And this works too. I make a point of working out a minimum of 5 times a week… whatever it is that am doing! Some people might say this is too much… and it probably is for some people, but I have come to know my body and I know what it can and cannot handle, the 5 times is perfect for me.
This is a journey I started because I wanted to a change my body and adapt a healthier lifestyle. That’s me. Whatever your reason, be it weight loss, muscles building, or just wanting to be fitter… remember that this is a long term commitment. There are no short cuts. Set yourself realistic goals and work hard to achieve them. You will need to be very disciplined and consistent! You can’t be working out twice a month and expect to shed the kilos. And NO!… drinking warm water with lemon will not burn the fat off your body! Nor will doing a couple of crunches in the hope that that’s all you need to flatten the muffin top. You have to be ready to work hard! You will have to learn to self motivate, this is very important because if you lack motivation, you won’t want to put on those working out clothes! It’s not easy… you will want to quit because your whole body will ache… but that’s when you should push forward! Because that aching means you are doing something right!
And please give yourself time, give your body time. I remember reading somewhere – can’t remember where for the life of me – that it takes 30 days for you to see any change in your body when you start exercising consistently, it takes another 30 for someone else to spot the slightest bit of change in your body. What am trying to say is don’t be discouraged after 1 month if no one has complimented you on ’em jeans make your booty look hot! It will come. The beginning is always the hardest… once you are in, it becomes a habit! Find a friend, a partner… someone to be accountable to! I have people I report to daily on a Whatsapp group on my workout. This helps keep us all on track and motivated. And ladies, don’t be afraid of weights! You will not bulk up and look like a guy as the myth goes! The heavier you lift, the more calories you burn for longer… so girls, get lifting!
I hope this gives you a small insight on my fitness. Drop me a line if you have any questions, need advise or want some clarification on anything. I’m more than happy to help 🙂
PS: I will call in a friend whose a certified trainer to give us some pro tips. So if you have any questions you’d like answered… send them over.
P.P.S: Am also working on a challenge to start you guys off 🙂