Archive | June, 2012

Trying New (and fun!) Workouts

11 Jun

I recently purchased a 6lb. weighted ball (not exactly the same as a medicine ball but similar) from Target for about $17. Talk about fun! I love this so much as an alternative to weights. I mean, it’s a ball!! It’s automatically fun. 🙂 The ball came with a dvd of 2 short workouts and a link to another free workout.

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In addition to those three I found that the wonderful world wide web had even more, different, fun and most importantly, free workouts. I googled “medicine ball” workout and then I sorted the results by time, 20 minutes or more and..Tada! YouTube to the rescue.

This is a GREAT workout. Remember to stretch because there is no stretch included at the end of the workout. I forgot to stretch my abs and I’m still feeling it three days later!

If you don’t have a weighted ball you could substitute a gallon of water or something similar and modify some of the exercises (you’ll see what I mean if you glance at the video).

I love this workout because it works out the upper body and areas that I miss when I just do elliptical and jogging.

Motivation

6 Jun

But not the Kelly Rowland kind… Lol

Since last night I completely flaked on my after work workout I figured it was time to let you in on my workout journey.   Since about February I have been, more consistently than not, working out. Thanks to inspiration from my dad, my boo, and motivation from my co-wos who started inviting me along on their trips to the gym.

One co-wo invited me to join in on some classes at the gym, LA Fitness in Rockville MD. We took a step cardio class, a kickboxing class, and my least favorite: a spinning class. My butt hurt for days!! We were encouraging one another to stay on track and it was a lot of fun.

I was doing pretty well with my home workouts but I wanted to get out of the house and try some machines.  I decided in March to buy a membership at my local gym: Spunk Fitness!

I started out doing the Spunk 30 circuit workout and making the elliptical my best friend. I think I started at 30 minutes, increased my time to 45 and some days even completed 60 minutes all on the elliptical. Other workouts included yoga or cardio videos from hulu.com/exercisetv

What motivates me: (Write down your own list because you’ll need to refer to it when that couch feels so good…)

  • The feeling you get AFTER you’ve completed a workout, even the 15 minute ones feel great.
  • The high fives from my friends
  • Feeling energized
  • Looking slimmer
  • Being tired of starting over, starting over, starting over.  This is it!
  • Staying healthy (No prescriptions!!)
  • Hot fun in the summer time (Not being self-conscious in a swim suit)
  • No Spanx EVER!
  • MyFitnessPal.com – I use the website sometimes but I love the the iPhone app.  It’s a free online calorie counter and diet plan.  My friends on MFP are a lifesaver and they push me to keep up with them!!  Love it!

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Spunk Fitness Sterling, VA: It was raining.  I fought laziness and it was packed in there!!

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Spunk Fitness Silver Spring, MD: Working my BFF Miss Elliptical!! I love the elliptical, burns calories so fast. I choose a program that changes incline and resistance, directions of pedaling and tells me to either push or pull with my arms. This workout feels so good!

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Sunday morning: I streamed Jesus online (watched church from the web, Reid Temple! lol) and then went to the gym.  Three people in the whole place! No one in the weights section so I tip toed on over and finally started lifting!!

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Stretching this afternoon!!  Because I had to run to an appointment, I checked out the gym in my apartment complex.   It was right there!  I can’t believe I’ve been living here for 10 months and never went over there! Probably because it was recently renovated but during my initial tour it looked like a crime scene waiting to happen… As you can see, it’s much nicer now (and the tv has OWN) lol!