One of the benefits of our new house is enough space to have actual workout equipment in our house, and since COVID hit and we cancelled our gym membership, this has been HUGE for us, me specifically as working out really helps keep me sane. But I never LOVED going to the gym- and it always took so much time (getting there, changing, getting home- which left little time to actually work out) so our new situation works really well for me being a busy, working mom. And it’s helping me get back into relatively decent shape too.- better than pre-COVID dare I say! Here are the things we’ve gotten and are using:
Peloton– seems like everyone and their mom got one during quarantine and I wasn’t interested, and I hated Soul Cycle the two times I went. Well, I was wrong. It’s great. The classes are motivating and fun, and you can get a good sweat in 30 minutes. I have yet to do any of the other workouts as we JUST got it, but I hear they are awesome.
Treadmill– I asked for this for Christmas since the Peloton Tread is backordered for a while and it’s been great during these cold months.
Fight Camp– Andrew asked for this for Christmas and I didn’t think I’d like it as well, but I do. Especially on days I get really stressed or frustrated- pandemic mom rage is a THING, y’all. It’s a HARD workout. You need a decent amount of space for this one though.
Melissa Wood Health– I’ve been doing her workouts most consistently- they are tough but not impossible to follow or complete. A great combo of barre, pilates and yoga. I highly recommend!
Sculpt Society– I just signed up for this trial and OMG my first workout I sweat buckets, It was SO hard. It’s quite fast paced so I think it takes practice, I felt uncoordinated, but it’s efficient.
Here is a round up of some of my fave workout gear– and some I just really like (I’m not crop top zone yet, so that cute ballet inspired outfit is NOT in my closet!) I’m all for simple items that fit great and don’t cause any worry about spillage/ exposure or rolling down/up- so there isn’t much “FASHION” about this but I hope it’s helpful. Clink images for links!
And I find nothing more motivating than music, so here is my workout playlist- which is basically all 90’s- early 2000’s rap so fair warning- explicit lyrics ahead!!!
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Did you do the Melissa Wood post-natal series? I’m looking for something like that.
Question on sculpt society … where do you do all the aerobic moves like the jumping ? Seems like a sprung floor would be needed. My workout area is in the basement with low pile carpet over concrete and that seems rough on the joints.
I just do the sculpt classes from sculpt society and they are actually a good strength and cardio workout in of themselves. Her arms section at the beginning and the end gets your heart rate up without any jumping and the bootie section is tough but awesome.
I had that same NordicTrack commercial 1750 that I bought 4 years ago. I loved it when it worked! The problem was the console completely stopped working twice in the 3 years I owned it, rendering the treadmill useless. NordicTrack sent me an entirely new console the first time, which I installed. Everything worked great again for about 10 months and then it stopped again. They were unable to send me a new console so they finally sent me an entirely new treadmill. I immediately sold it and bought a Peloton tread, and haven’t looked back! The NordicTrack is still great and you can do the Peloton tread classes on it, the only thing you really miss is participating on the leaderboard.
Don’t worry about not having a Peloton treadmill, I actually use their treadmill workouts and outdoor running workouts on my elliptical trainer and just adjust the workload as they adjust speed etc. We do have the Peloton bike and I love it! I think it would be hard to do cycling workouts on a non-peloton bike, but I haven’t tried it so… I had originally bought the Peloton over a year ago for my husband and had no intention of using it because I went to the gym. Obviously that changed and now I probably use it as much or even more than him. Their other workouts are great too. Keeping exercised has been vital for my mental health through all this. Love the gear you have there too!! Looks very nice!
FWIW the Schwinn IC4 is a high-rated Peloton alternative bike. You have to do some conversions for resistance, but you get the hang of that pretty quickly -there’s plenty of info on the internet on how to do that. You can mirror/stream to an Apple TV if you want, and it means you can use the bike for other, non-Peloton apps. Added bonus: the IC4 costs less than half of a Peloton and means you can use their $13/month app instead of the $39/month subscription. I was not sure I would be that into it, and this was a good way to get the experience (and faster bike delivery) with less of a financial commitment. But I also suggest testing the app on non-bike classes before you commit – the instructors across the different types of classes are pretty chatty. I like their style but it’s not for everyone.
This is a great roundup. My Christmas-gift peloton won’t arrive for another month. What shoes did you end up getting and using?
Your playlist is the greatest thing I’ve seen in awhile- thank you for sharing!
#90s rap until I die
Agreed. 90s rap is my jam. Erin’s playlist made me smile. Pre-pandemic, when we could have parties, I threw my husband a Snoop and Martha party, serving food from Snoop’s cookbook and everyone gifted us gin. We all had the best time.
That sounds awesome!!!
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