Working out. You either love it, tolerate it because you know it’s good for you, or absolutely hate it. We are somewhere between loving it and doing it because we know it’s good for us, depending on the day. As moms it’s easy to just let our fitness level slide because life is just crazy busy, right? And getting out the door to take all the kids to the gym with you can be daunting (and expensive). Thankfully there are so many awesome workout options you can do at home. So today we are going to share a few of our favorites!
God did not see fit to give me a booty…at all. So, when I first heard about Brazil Butt Lift, I was all about it. I mean, who doesn’t want a backside like Adriana Lima? Sign me up! I’ve had this workout for about five years and I always find myself going back to it for a quick, fun, effective at home workout. The instructor has a good sense of humor, and the music and backdrops keep things upbeat. The set comes with seven different workouts and none of them are more than 35 minutes. The DVDs also come with a resistance band, so no heavy equipment is needed which can be a plus if you have littles under your feet while you work out. One of my favorite things that’s included is the Booty Makeover Calendar for scheduling your workouts for lifting YOUR specific butt type. We all are built differently, so I enjoyed having a workout plan tailored to my lack of a booty. So, if you’re in the market to shape up your bum bum (pronounced boom boom), I would definitely recommend BBL.
I promise I’m not affiliated with Beach Body, but I do think that they offer great workouts that can be done in the comfort of one’s home. T25 is no different. My husband and I did this together when we first got it and it was definitely challenging. The set comes with eleven 25-minute (hence T25) workouts on 9 DVDs, broken down between two cycles; Alpha and Beta. The best part about this workout is that it’s twenty-five minutes, and that’s clutch for us moms. I personally don’t have an hour to workout every day, but I have twenty-five minutes. This is definitely one of Shaun T’s more tame workouts, but it’s still challenging. If you’re used to his harder programs like Insanity or Asylum, I’d recommend skipping right to the Beta phase of this workout for more of a challenge. This was also the workout I did once I was cleared to exercise after Atlee was born and I definitely saw results.
There are days when I need a quick workout, but don’t feel like dealing with a DVD. That’s where Pinterest comes in. I usually search HIIT (high intensity interval training) workouts and then pick the one that looks most appealing in the moment. I recently found this one and love how quick and effective it is. I don’t have fancy workout equipment or room for it, so I scored these kettlebells from Amazon.
21 Day Fix is one of the first at home programs I fell in love with. This helped me get in shape after I had Porter. I didn’t really work out on any type of consistent basis before that. It comes with 7 different 30 minute workouts – cardio, upper body, lower body, pilates, yoga, etc. The way each workout is broken up makes it go by really quickly (thank you Jesus), and there are modifiers for everything so it can be as intense or non-intense as you want it to be. It also comes with a super easy to follow nutrition plan that takes all of the guess work out of counting calories and portions. It helped me learn how much of each food group I should be eating! I was able to do this program during my pregnancy with Gibson (slowly modified more and more) and it’s the first program I went back to once I was cleared for exercise again. I can’t recommend it enough!
If you like to have a good variety in workouts, I recommend Tone It Up. Best of all, it’s free! There is premium content you can pay for, but I haven’t tried any of those yet. Honestly when I first heard of it and saw the two girls running around in bikinis I thought the workouts would be lame. But they are far from it (I guess they look like they do for a reason, right?). They are super challenging and dynamic. Their YouTube channel has a huge variety of workouts that you can do individually or combine depending on your goals and time frame. They also have a daily workout on their page that links to one of their videos and has 5 daily moves for you to do. I like to have a schedule like that because it takes the guess work out and keeps me from procrastinating while I try to decide what I’m going to do (am I the only one who has spent longer trying to decide on a workout than actually doing the workout?!).
I like Popsugar Fitness for a lot of the same reasons I like Tone It Up: it’s free and there’s a huge variety. You can search their channel based on what type of workout you are looking for and by the time frame you are wanting. These are also super challenging and effective. They add new content pretty frequently so you’ll never get tired of it. This 20 minute workout is one of my favorites.
I love the Seconds Pro app for HIIT, Tabata, and any type of interval workout. Like Courtney, sometimes I just browse through Pinterest to find something new to try. I love this app more than other ones I’ve had in the past because you can actually type in the different moves for whatever workout you’re doing. That way you’re not having to keep a sheet of paper close by or switch back and forth from your timer to Pinterest. It even tells you what move is coming up next. You can also save and share the workouts you’ve created. It’s $4.99, but if you workout frequently it’s worth the cost for sure. I did a couple of personal training sessions with my friend Jackie recently and she was able to send me the workouts we did so I could do that at home on my own!
Well that’s it for today! Do you like to workout at home? If so let us know if you have any favorites we should try!
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