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    I know there is a thread for what workout did you do today, but I would like to know on a more general basis what workouts most people do. Do you do crossfit, belong to a gym and do gym workouts, workout at home or follow the primal blueprint fitness book.

    I have been a gym junkie most of my life and am at a crossroads with training and trying to decide what to do next. My gym membership expires at the end of the year and can't seem to think I can live without going to the gym, partly because I have 2 boys under 4 and even though I have the equipment at home, simply cannot work out while they are awake as they still need looking after and would just interrupt what I was doing. The other option is to workout at home when they go to bed but then I am tired then and want to spend time with hubby. So just curious to see what other people are doing before I go ahead and renew my membership. Can i live without the gym?
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    bodyrock.tv Primal Fitness is also great.

    Bodyrock is just perfect for me b/c

    1)I can do it at home
    2)It's free. (and we're still paying for an expensive health club *rolls eyes in the general direction of dh*)
    3)It's novel. She keeps it interesting which is key for me. I get bored easily.
    4)It's primal. just about all bodyweight exercises. While most of the workouts are done as HIIT (ie sprints), it's easy to modify to do it as 'lift heavy things' by simply slowing it down and taking breaks as needed rather than keeping pace with the intervals.
    5)It's effective.
    6)It's efficient. 12-20 minutes a day.
    7)She always has mods for both level and equipment availability.


    I really like this one. And there are 50 or 60 I like equally as well.
    http://www.bodyrock.tv/2010/10/08/ja...chick-workout/


    Here is another similar site but with the regular-not-porno camera work. She uses more equipment. Great workouts:
    http://www.myomytv.com/
    Last edited by cillakat; 10-16-2010, 10:55 PM.



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    • #3
      You can live without the gym.

      I understand the challenges with working out with the family at home, but try making them understand that what you are doing is a priority...they will give you the time. No offense, but women often feel guilty for taking some time for themselves and get caught up in the "I've got to spend every waking minute taking care of someone" as displayed by the "when everyone is asleep, I'll have some time for myself" line of thinking. Don't get me wrong-it is admirable that you want to take care of them, but you have to take care of yourself as well! If they care about you, and I'm sure that they do, they will support you in this. Look at it this way...if you want to be able to take better care of them, then you have to take better care of yourself first. :-)

      Also, with the money that I have saved from not keeping my gym membership, I have put together a heck of a home gym. Admittedly, I don't get any "social interactions" (in others words...people trying to talk to me when I workout, or more aptly put, distracting me), but those and waiting on the equipment due to the crowds takes away from my main purpose of going to a gym...getting in a good workout.

      Besides...who says you can't workout and take care of things at home like the family at the same time? For example...my rests between sets sometimes include moving clothes from the washer to the dryer...or cleaning something...or feeding the pets.. :-). Take your boys with to the park and let them run free while you do an outdoor workout...just get creative.

      I say take a hard look at the benefits of working out at home...and give it a try...I think you will come to love it.
      Last edited by Phil-SC; 10-17-2010, 01:01 AM.

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      • #4
        Your right I do need to give it a try. At the moment I can't even go to the toilet without them following me. My 3 1/2 year old isn't so bad but my other boy who turns 2 at the end of the month still needs watching. Get them both together and I can't take my eyes off them for 5 minutes otherwise something happens, however I am still leaning towards training at home, like you said I need to get creative and that's the problem. I need a workout where I am getting the benefits of strength training and a good cardio workout at the same time. At the moment I go to the gym 6 days a week, 3 days of weights and 3 days of cardio, or, 3 days of weights and interval cardio and the other 3 days some slow cardio.

        My family know my training is my priority so I'm lucky in that respect. I suppose that's why I go to the gym cause the kids can go in the creche while I have my hour without interruptions to work out. I also like to do it first thing in the morning or it tends not to get done, however after taking up the PB and its only been a week, this is the other thing I need to change and perhaps be more balanced with my working out and more flexible.
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        • #5
          No gym membership here. I don't have kids, but I have a hubby and 18 dogs so there is always something that needs tending to or looking after or cleaning up. But, my workout time is about prioritizing time for myself. It makes me happier, makes me feel better and ultimately makes me a better wife and dogmom...if you can make the time to drive to the gym and workout, you can make the time to work out at home. It's about *wanting* to do it. Maybe you enjoy the part of going to the gym that's getting out of the house and away from everything....not so much just the working out there. If so, then maybe there's something to keeping your gym membership. Not sure if you're a SAHM, but if you are (I work from home, as does my hubs), I totally understand needing to get out of the house!

          My workouts are long walks with the dogs. The occasional jog with a dog. And various bits and pieces of P90, P90X, Chalean Extreme and Bob Harper's Inside Out DVDs. I prefer to workout to DVDs b/c they keep me motivated more than if I were to "make up" a weight or cardio routine on my own.
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          • #6
            Does anyone know what box hops are?
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            • #7
              Box hops are jumping onto and off of a low box, maybe a foot or two high.

              I do supersets of pullups, pushups, and squats 3 times a week for about 20 minutes each time. See www.simplefit.org. I also do Krav Maga 3 times a week for an hour each time. I walk at least an hour a day. Once a week I do a set of 8x100 meter all-out sprints. I am also experimenting with an isometric contraction program which I am going to try alternating with Simplefit because I find everything all together is a bit much for me.

              And if I don't feel like working out on a given day, I don't, and I don't feel guilty about it.
              You lousy kids! Get off my savannah!

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              • #8
                Originally posted by sarahz View Post
                I have been a gym junkie most of my life and am at a crossroads with training and trying to decide what to do next. My gym membership expires at the end of the year and can't seem to think I can live without going to the gym, partly because I have 2 boys under 4 and even though I have the equipment at home, simply cannot work out while they are awake as they still need looking after and would just interrupt what I was doing. The other option is to workout at home when they go to bed but then I am tired then and want to spend time with hubby. So just curious to see what other people are doing before I go ahead and renew my membership. Can i live without the gym?
                there's your workout sessions right there you can live without the gym. you do not need formal 'workout sessions' to get your exercise in. go outside, take them for walks, hit up the playground.
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                • #9
                  Well, there's SimpleFit. If you get past the beginner stage, there are intermediate and advanced protocols, even a Tabata protocol, elsewhere on the site.

                  You also have ZombieFit as a resource.
                  Are you a college student, trying to navigate college while being Primal? Do you know any other PB college students on a tight budget? Heck, for that matter, are YOU trying to live Primal on a budget? Enroll at Primal University!

                  For after all what is man in nature? A nothing in relation to infinity, all in relation to nothing, a central point between nothing and all and infinitely far from understanding either.
                  -- Blaise Pascal

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                  • #10
                    Oh wow, thanks guys for your input, am writing all of this stuff down and trying it this week to see how I go. It's always good I think to bounce ideas off of other people.
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                    • #11
                      I do crossfit. It keeps me sane. I love it.

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                      • #12
                        I definitely understand what you mean. I have a daughter (9 months) shes not walking, but crawling, cruising and pulling on everything. I usually will take her to the park, put her in the swing, then bust out some pull ups and pushups between pushes. i also put her in the bike trailer and pull her around town (which is good because then she takes a nap)!

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                        • #13
                          I would love to do crossfit and looked into joining up but its so expensive. I suppose I feel once I'm at the gym I have nothing to interrupt me, however I may give 2 weeks of missing the gym a go and see how I go working out at home, if all goes well then maybe a new habit has been formed.
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                          • #14
                            I'm kind of moving in the opposite direction, maybe, of some people here. I spent the first 6 months of Primal living by doing a ton of walking and progressively doing bodyweight stuff, sprints, and the occasional cheapo home barbell stuff. But just a couple weeks ago I joined my local gym and started an old-school barbell progressive strength program, stronglifts 5x5 which is a variation of Rippetoe's starting strength routines. For me it's been very good so far, but it's not something I'd choose to do continually through my life - but I might keep it up till spring which would be enough time to get pretty buff on this plan.
                            Oh, and if I had little kids I'm sure I wouldn't have the energy to work out at all!
                            If you are new to the PB - please ignore ALL of this stuff, until you've read the book, or at least http://www.marksdailyapple.com/primal-blueprint-101/ and this (personal fave): http://www.archevore.com/get-started/

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                            • #15
                              Your kids are makeshift weights, and they get heavier as they get older too

                              At the moment I'm doing a mixture of bodyweight and kettlebell workouts. My bodyweight strength isn't getting any better, so I have had to add weights in order to surpass this plateau, and breathe new life into my once stale workouts as it is.
                              I've never been to a gym before, but I would like to go out of curiosity just to see how much I can bench press and squat.
                              Here's my resolve.

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