READER SPOTLIGHT: Save Money, Work Out at Home

>> Friday, March 19, 2010

Hey, everyone! I'm Kristi from Life at the Chateau Whitman. Now, as someone who is genuinely interested in fitness and being active, I have to make a confession. I am anti-gym. That's right. I hate the gym. Why? In my situation, going to the gym requires me to get in my car, drive there, find parking (which is a big issue at my campus gym), and change clothes. Before I even start exercising, I've spent at least a half hour of my life getting there and getting ready (not to mention the equal requirements of time and travel for the way home).

My workouts at home usually last around 30 minutes. Look, we're all busy. Why should a 30 minute workout take 1.5-2 hours? That leads to too many popular excuses ("I don't have time today" and "I just don't feel motivated enough to go anywhere.") And who can forget the obvious reason to work out at home? Expensive gym memberships and contracts.

After doing the free online videos for a few months, I decided to buy a couple dvds to make my own fitness collection (useful in case our Internet is ever down, and I need to get my workout in - I really don't like excuses). Here are my favorites:
  • Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred - An awesome 20-minute workout that combines cardio with strength training (like circuit training - extremely effective). There are 3 workouts on the dvd, each more advanced than the prior. Love this one.
  • Jillian Michaels Maximize series - I guess my love for Jillian Michaels is obvous, but these are simply great workouts. They are not dancy and bouncy like those annoying choreographed 80s cardio videos. These are more gritty, with hard strength moves and no-holds-barred cardio intervals. You can get good deals on the set on Amazon or Ebay. I got a five-dvd set (four circuit-type dvds and one cardio kickboxing) for $24.
  • Billy Blanks Ultimate Tae Bo - Not for beginners! This is an intense workout that requires you to pay attention and keep up.
  • Winsor Pilates - While not a cardio dvd (like the rest of my dvds above), these videos are great for beginner and advanced pilates.
  • Shape Your Abs - Also not cardio, but this is a great dvd by Shape Magazine for working your core muscles. There are a few different workouts that you can mix and match, depending on how long you'd like your workout to be. After doing these routines, you will definitely feel it.
If you'd like more tips on how to save money by working out at home, just check out the rest of my blog post about it. There's info on strength training and used fitness equipment, as well as a hefty list of handy links to help you on your way.

Thanks to Kristi for sharing with us these great tips -- I so agree that if you can spare the gym membership, it's totally worth it. And I'm a runner -- so you know all I need to work up a sweat is a good pair of shoes and some motivation. Again, you can read more on her blog (Life at the Chateau Whitman).

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