I have to give credit to my brother for this post! I started working out in his home gym and he asked me how I tracked my workouts and I said “ummmm…I don’t” and he looked at me like I had just committed a crime! LOL He basically asked me “How do you know if your improving if you’re not tracking how much you’re lifting and how many reps your doing?” And my answer was basically that I didn’t know! When I worked out on my own at the gym, I had a general idea of new how much weight I could lift with a certain exercise and I would do 10-12 reps with that weight. My brother has taught me that I need to be tracking how much weight and how many reps I do each week and the following week I need to be increasing my weight or increasing my reps. So, here is the app he showed me and it is really easy to use! It is called BodySpace, this is what it looks like when you open it up, to track a workout, you click on My Workouts
Then you click on Track A Workout
If you are just starting, click on “Without Using A Template”
From there, you can enter a rest timer if you want, it will then bring you to a screen, where you can start adding your specific exercises, you can search at the top by exercise type, muscle group and/or equipment. Once you find your workout, click on it, and it will ask you how many sets you want to do, and you click “add 3 sets” for example
It will then, start tracking it for you. And once you complete a set of that exercise, you enter in how many pounds you lifted and how many reps you completed and click “save set”.
Once you’ve completed your sets, you can “Add Exercise” or once your done, you would click “Workout Done”
Start tracking your workouts and improving every week, or my brother will yell at you 😉
Here is what I use in my home gym.
As a mom, it can feel a bit overwhelming with all of the exercise information out there. I remind myself to keep it simple and stick to cardio and strength training. I do my cardio outside (walking or sprints) and I like to have a few things at home for strength training. Here are some items to make your own mini strength gym:
A bench that is adjustable:
A variety of weights, I like the weights that you can adjust, this way, you don’t have to buy a lot and it takes up a lot less room:
And a stability ball:
That is all you need to get strong! Do you work out at home? What kind of equipment do you use?
Are you looking for a mom workout? Getting pregnant, giving birth, raising kids is so overwhelming that a lot of us moms forget to take care of ourselves, we are usually the last ones we think of because we put everyone before ourselves. BUT………. we NEED to take care of ourselves! I believe exercise actually makes mom-ing easier. When you work out it can:
-improve your mood and decrease feelings of depression, anxiety and stress
-increase your energy levels
-improve brain function and protect memory and thinking skills
-help you relax and sleep better
There are many other benefits, but I think these are key for mommies! So whether you have never worked out, or haven’t worked out in awhile, start with walking! I wake up at 5am while my husband and son are still sleeping and I work out, come home, shower and get ready. I am telling you, it is a LIFE CHANGER! One thing that helps is having a work out partner, that way someone is depending on you to be there. This makes you hit snooze less often! Don’t have a work out partner? Post on a local Facebook Group to see if someone would want to team up 🙂 I’m going to start a new hashtag for all of you ladies that work out early, it is like a secret club, where we know all the secrets to a happy, successful day 🙂 Maybe #morningmomwarriors, let me know what you think and let me know if you want to join the club 😉
I haven’t been making as much progress in my fitness journey as I would like and it is mainly due to not sticking to a diet. It is so hard to try to stick to a diet when the hubby and the little one are eating all kinds of good stuff! But I have told myself I NEED to stick to it, so please hold me to it 😉 I read an awesome book by Michael Matthews “Thinner, Leaner, Stronger” and I figured out I need to be “cutting” because I have body fat I need to lose. So my calorie goal is 1430 per day, significantly lower than what I was shooting for before (around 1800 calories). With 145 grams of protein, 100 grams of carbs and 50 grams of fat. I still use My Fitness Pal to track my macros. I also have not been working out everyday because my 5 am work out partner is no longer going to the gym. If you don’t have someone relying on you to be there at 5 am, it is very easy to stay in bed! I’ve been telling myself “I will work out later,” which usually doesn’t happen. I do go on walks with Timmy, but I need to lose around 20 pounds, so I do need something more. My solution………. is to stick to a DVD, this way I don’t have any excuses! I have done 4 day in a row and I am really enjoying it so far. I have taken before photos, so I hope to share after photos in about 6 weeks. Wish me luck 🙂
This is my current leg workout!
This is my current chest workout. I try to go as heavy as I can on each exercise and increase the weight with each set!
This is my current workout schedule, I don’t always workout all days of the week, so Saturday and Sunday are left for make-up days!