So you’ve now had your little one and got the okay from the doctor to start working out again, but you find that you have little/no time to head to the gym and have no CLUE where to start with at home workout programs or just have no workout experience whatsoever. I’m here to help! Granted, I’m not a healthcare professional or a personal trainer, but I have done my fair share of fitness programs and I’d like to share with you my experiences so I can help get you on the right track.
B.A. (Before Ali) I was in pretty decent shape. I hated going to the gym, mainly because I thought it was a waste of money, so I had completed a lot of the workout programs that are at home and took part in activities like Martial Arts and Pole Fitness. It’s been this way for the last 4 years or so. I actually developed a bit of an addiction to it.
Once I got pregnant, this changed a bit. It had taken awhile to get pregnant, so I decided to play it safe and give up my fitness classes after week 6 in fear of miscarriage/injury. I also started to limit the intensity of the work outs I was doing. But now that Ali’s here (and I’ve gotten the okay from the doctor) I’m starting up my work out programs again and in honor of the occasion, I decided to write some reviews for the ones that I’ve done in the past.
To start us off, I have my favorite, P90X.
I actually started with P90 about 5 or 6 years ago and then moved up to P90x, but I’d say if you’re going to start anywhere with a fitness program, start here.
ITEMS YOU’LL NEED //
– Towel: You will sweat. I promise you that. They also use it in some of their workout moves
– Water: I’d invest in a litre bottle just so you don’t have to keep refilling during the workout.
– A Good Workout space: I generally go with the living room
– Weights: At least two 2kg/5kg weights depending on how fit you are already. (see OPTIONAL for other options)
– Chin Up Bar: You can actually get removable ones that hang in your door way but don’t fret if you a) don’t have the space or b) don’t have the strength to do one (see OPTIONAL)
– Fitness Bands: These are AWESOME if you don’t want to have nasty weights sitting about. I use these primarily but still have at least a couple kg weights lying about for moves where I can’t use bands. They also travel well! ALSO the ones that I have actually come with an attachment so you can use it as a replacement work out to having a chin up bar. P90x’s Tony Horton explains it in his workout video how to use it, but it is an option.
– Fitness Shoes: Some people would say that these are a must. I workout in my bare feet mostly, but I know that can be quite dangerous with weights so definitely get some if you’re worried.
– Fitness Clothes/Bra – I definitely say if you don’t have a sports bra already, invest in one. Those gals (especially if you’re breastfeeding) HURT if you jump up and down unsupported. Clothing wise, I stick to shorts and vest tops or old band shirts.
THE WORKOUT //
Tony Horton provides a nice little selection of workouts that tailor to your needs and really each one is great. You have Chest and Back which offers you a nice upper body workout, Plyometrics which is a REALLY awesome cardio workout, Shoulders and Arms which works on different areas in your upper body, Yoga X which is a really intense Yoga routine, Legs and Back, Kenpo X which is again cardio but with a martial arts spin and Ab Ripper X which is pretty much the mother of all ab workouts. Then even more difficult work outs are added to the mix as you dive further into the program.
– If you’re a beginner, this is the BEST beginning. Granted you might not be able to do a lot of the moves right off the bat, but Tony really gives great information on how to do the moves properly along with great modifications to help you out if you’re struggling.
– Offers a great foundation for other workouts. By starting with P90x, you almost sort of get a good mould for other workout programs like P90x3 or Insanity, so on. It builds you up quite a bit and can be as intense as you want it to be.
– There’s an App version. I only suggest this if you’re confident in your knowledge of the moves, but the app version of P90x offers you the full workout routine for about half the price of the original and it’s AMAZING. You can take it with you when you travel and I use it pretty much whenever I go abroad as my cds are PAL based. None of the other beachbody work outs that I’ve done offer that and I think it’s absolutely fantastic.
– If you stick with it, you should get results. It’s pretty much fail proof. You might not get abs of steel, but you will develop your core and strength in your arms/legs. It’s really a fantastic workout.
– The workouts are pretty long. We’re talking 1 hour to an hour and a half each. But even if get in about a half hour of the work out, that’s still something.
– The meal plan is hard to keep up with. There’s quite a lot of cooking involved and unfortunately, you do need the protein back especially if you’re breastfeeding and I wouldn’t suggest touching the protein powders if you’re breastfeeding either unless you get pre-approval from your doctor.
– Some of the workouts can be overwhelming at first. It’s not easy, but the workouts are designed so that you can work up to being like the fitness crazies in the video. You might fumble, you might need to stay on your knees for your push ups all the way through, but you will get through it and if you stick with it, you will be stronger because of it.
If you’re starting out, this is the BEST at home workout program on the market. You shouldn’t need to do much else except for this and it offers almost everything you could want. I’d say if you’re serious about getting your strength back, start with P90X, but as always, check with your healthcare professional before starting.
I’ll be covering more at home work out programs as the weeks go on, so check back!