If you began following my blog anytime before I was pregnant with Anna, you know that I was definitely a textbook gym rat.
Then I became a Beachbody coach back in August and have been rocking it at home ever since. I started with Beachbody’s Country Heat during the third trimester of my pregnancy, then did 21 Day Fix Extreme, and now I am almost done with Insanity Max 30.
In today’s post, I am sharing my experience with my home workouts vs the gym days. After reading, please chime in and share your experience and which one you prefer!
Although I don’t always enjoy the actual act of some exercises (ahem, plyo lunges), I have always enjoyed working out and the lifestyle there of. I have to say, it’s a tie between the gym and home workout here for me! I loved the gym’s weight room and loved to go and let out all my frustrations on the iron. But I am having a lot of fun and am loving what I am achieving in the home workouts too! My cardiovascular endurance is the best it has been in years actually, even since August. My agility and flexibility has grown leaps and bounds! I didn’t realize how lifting had made me so blocky and stiff even though I was in great shape. I am also loving maxing out. It just feel good to work hard. That stuff should probably go under the “results” section of this post. I kinda chased a rabbit there….. moving on.
Home workout definitely wins here. With diving time, cardio, and lifting, I was spending no less than 3 HOURS of my day driving to the gym and working out. Last time I checked, I was the one in my home who cooks, cleans, does the laundry, runs errands, takes care of the kids, writes this blog, etc. etc. etc. I have no maidens! (all of you Proverbs 31 fans). So three hours out of my day was kinda taking away from other things that needed to be done. And by kinda, I mean totally. Now I just feed Anna and head to the basement! I’m done in 30 minutes! Sweet!
I have gotten great results from both the gym and the DVD’s. I am one to love a muscular build so I was totally down with my more muscly look before I got pregnant with Anna (I say “before I got pregnant with Anna” because I decided to take a much needed break during my pregnancy). BUT now after 21 Day Fix and Insanity Max 30, I have to say I really like the smaller build! My legs are 2 inches smaller in EACH than they have been since I got married 6 and 1/2 years ago. I know it’s because now I am doing lighter weight and body weight exercises and not lifting huge amounts of weight. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE lifting. But aside from loving the smaller build, it feels good to not be carrying around as much on my body. So for now I like the home workout results best.
Although I have pretty much always been a loner in the gym (except for my one awesome gym buddy Becca. Remember her?! Love you Becca!) I have always found the gym to be a great place to meet people of a like mind. Obviously working out at home I don’t have the motivation of a bunch of hardworking people around me. BUT coaching has actually proven to be better than the gym. I have my awesome team of women who are all super committed and super excited about Beachbody and I DON’T have the creepy gym guy haha. We all know that guy. So I haven’t at all felt isolated. In fact, I have never before felt more a part of something. And my team, Race2Serve actually puts focus on the Lord which you all know is very important to me. So I guess the home workout wins again here. I can’t wait to start my own team soon!
Effect On Daily Life
This is a big one and the home workout wins by far. As much as I love lifting, I WAS SPENT for the rest of the day after my workouts, especially leg day. Hey, I got kids!!! I can’t be spent! Then I had this RAGING hunger all the time! I could seriously eat and eat and eat!!!! Now that I am doing workouts with lighter weights and more cardio, I don’t have this raging hunger anymore and because of this, it is easier to stick to a meal plan. Also, when I first signed up to Beachbody, I got Shakeology with my challenge pack. I didn’t realize that I was lacking in any nutrients until I experienced the boost from NOT being deficient! It’s pretty pricey but it’s got so much feel good stuff in it. At first, I thought it was like the other meal replacements that I have tried before but when I compared the labels it’s completely different. I no longer have to take vitamins, and because it’s a meal, I figure it is just the cost of whatever I would have been eating instead.
So although gym life was awesome, the home workouts are definitely where it’s at in this season of my life.
Which do you prefer, working out at home or in the gym?