My at home workout journey actually started well before I was a mom. I grew up in a very small town without a gym and I wasn’t an athlete in high school. In my parents’ basement, I did workouts I found in magazines (this is loooong before Pinterest, people) and DVDs like Jillian Michaels, Denise Austin, and P90X.
In college, we had access to a gym, but many of us preferred to do kickboxing and “8 Minute Abs” – please tell me at least one of you knows what I’m talking about!
Fast forward to moving into an apartment and having my very first salary job as a teacher. Wohoo! I could afford a gym membership! I joined a 24-hour gym called Snap Fitness….but had no idea what I was doing. I basically did cardio because those weight machines – too scary and intimidating!
When I got married and moved farther away from the gym, I dropped the membership and went back to working out at home. This time it was Tae Bo and those trusty videos from high school.
During my first pregnancy, I bought an elliptical and did some prenatal videos. Cardio, videos, cardio, videos, and 5lb weights until a year after my 3rd child was born. In 2015, I discovered online weightlifting workout guides. My husband had purchased a set of Bowflex Adjustable weights years ago that were collecting dust, so I took those out of storage and thus began my love of lifting weights at home.
With running, walking, bodyweight HIIT, and lifting weights AT HOME, I was able to get into the best shape of my life after having 3 children. I was able to fit health and fitness INTO my daily crazy life, instead of worrying about the cost of a gym membership or working around gym hours and my kids’ schedules.
(May 2014 to November 2015)
I was able to workout at home during 4th pregnancy using my same equipment, and eventually just body weight.
I am currently in the process of losing the weight I gained and building back that muscle I lost. After trying the split training workouts I had been doing previously, I became bored and wasn’t seeing results. I wanted to try something new, so I began writing my own full body workouts. After seeing results and being excited about it, I knew I had to share with others! Which lead me to creating this website to encourage other women and moms to work out at home.
Above: Progress from doing my full body weightlifting workouts.