Happy Tuesday friends!
We had a wonderful weekend over here. I cannot get enough of the time that we get to spend as a family of 3. It’s precious. On Monday, Drew + I are always sad he has to go back to work.
If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen that I ran my first 5K on Saturday. At 9 weeks postpartum, this was only my second run! I had to tell myself not to race. I was in cruise control at an 8:00 minute/mile pace for a total time of 24:49. I’m excited to race + push myself more toward the end of the summer, but as I’m just getting my feet wet again…I knew this was not the race to do it. Thanks to my running partner Carrie, husband Drew, + baby Maxwell for the support (+ encouragement to take it easy).
Today, I’m going to dive into what you need for an at home workout + an at home gym. Drew + I are navigating new parenthood + trying to figure out the best way for both of us to remain active. This takes planning + a bit of flexibility. Alas, momma has been working out at home more often. There is a couple of reasons for this, but the main one is I wasn’t seeing my husband enough during the busy weekdays + that doesn’t work for me. Drew would get home from work + I would jet to the gym. When I returned we would eat (not at the same time since Max doesn’t allow for this) + start Max’s bedtime routine. When Max was finally down I would join Drew in bed (or vice versa) + although we’d love to spend time with each other + catch up, someone was usually sleeping within 5 minutes. #newparenthood
There are times when I absolutely would rather go to the gym to get a break from the house + Maxwell. I also need heavier weights than I have at my house. Read: Put Away the Pink Weights.
Here is my plan for this week + I’ll let you know how it works out.
Monday: Home yoga flow + home upper body lift. Walk.
Tuesday: Morning gym time! Heavy lower body lift + walk with friend.
Thursday: Evening gym time! Heavy upper body lift.
Friday: Home circuit training workout.
Saturday: Track workout with Drew in his hometown.
Okay, so what do you need for these workouts? What are good items to have in a home gym?
The space you have + your budget will dictate what your home gym looks like. If you use or plan to use it for ALL of your workouts it would be best to include heavier weights + cardiovascular equipment. After putting this post together for you, it made me want to plump up my home gym…watch out Drew 😉 We’ve talked about turning part of our garage into a gym or maybe we can squeeze it into the plan when we finish our basement (wheels turning over here!).
Moving forward I’m going to be demonstrating different workouts/moves that you can do with the equipment below. I was surprised by how affordable a lot of it was, as you don’t always find that to be the case in the fitness industry.
Equipment I would recommend:
A plan: The internet is SO great because you can find a lot of things, including workouts! Just be cautious, because as a personal trainer…I’ve seen some pretty bad ones. Probably the best I’ve tried is Kayla Itsines guides. If you have any interest in fitness + haven’t been living under a rock, you’ve probably seen this gal! I have lots of mommy friends that use her workouts because they are only 28 minutes long + are sure to get you sweating + your heart pumping. I’m so glad she includes weights in her workouts! I had Drew do one with me + he had to stop early because he wasn’t used to the HIIT type cardio (it was also early morning + he hadn’t had enough fuel). For the Kayla Guide I would recommend the dumbbells + exercise bench below.
Exercise Bench: You can utilize a bench for obvious exercises (bench press) + not so obvious ones (step-ups). Kayla’s guides have you doing a lot of step ups + triceps dips that this bench is perfect for.
Water Bottle: Have water right next to you for workout breaks.
Resistance Band Set with Door Anchor, Ankle Strap, and Exercise Chart: This set has a variety of resistance levels, which is perfect for when you get stronger + stronger 😉 You can utilize bands instead of dumbbells most of the time!
Medicine Ball: Another piece of equipment that you can use in a lot of ways.
Jump Rope : Cheap ($6) + fast way to get your heart pumping.
Stability ball (pump included): Plenty of great moves to do on this.
TRX Suspension Trainer Basic Kit + Door Anchor: This is an investment piece, but I love TRX. I utilized it with a lot of clients + it is a fun way to switch your workouts up. It comes with a training DVD that will help you understand how to utilize it!
Treadmill: If I were to get a treadmill for home, I would go with something like this. I wouldn’t go cheap because if you’ve run on a cheap one…you know there is quite a difference in stability.
You can mix + match within your price range + you’ll be sure to get a good workout! Home workouts are very useful for busy bees + people that are not comfortable working out in front of others (yet).
Have a great day!