MY FITNESS CLASS: PART 2: EXERCISE {Fitness/Video of the Week}

{HOLD UP: before we talk about fitness and stuff…I HAVE to give a HUGE HUGE HUGE thanks to my photographers over at TRUEATELIER.COM! Not only are they beyond talented but they are some of the most wonderful, genuine ladies I know! I am truly blessed to have in my life!} 
 Now that I’ve broken down the FOUNDATION of a fit lifestyle i.e. NUTRITION
…let’s jump right into the part that seems ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE when you are busy!
WORKOUT OUT
…WHEN THE CRAP AM I GOING TO WORK OUT????
It’s pretty easy for us to look at our list of things we have to get done and think, ‘I have NO TIME for a workout today!’
I used to use that excuses ALL THE TIME!!
It didn’t take me long to realize that excuses got me nowhere, so I started taking 30-60 minutes a night, out of my typical “kids are in bed so I’m going to sit here and veg all I want” routine and used it to workout instead!
I’ve shared this video before but I HAD to share it again for this blog post because it really gives you an insight into how busy I was and where I had to start!
It will help you realize that YES, you can do it as well!!!

Before I tell you all about what I do for my workouts, let’s talk about the WHY!!
WHY DO YOU WORKOUT?? 
*RELEASE ENDORPHINS: HAPPINESS 
*PREVENTS CHRONIC DISEASES 
*RELEASE ANGER IN A GOOD WAY
 *CHALLENGE YOURSELF 
*HAVE ‘ME’ TIME 
*SLEEP BETTER 
*BE A BETTER YOU
So, now that we’ve established that it’s necessary to workout…when will you?
In the MORNING?
At NAP TIME?
At BEDTIME?
At 11 PM?
 Jeff and I have tried it all.
After years of juggling schedules and kids…we’ve realized that the only time that truly works for us is RIGHT AFTER we put our kids to bed!
Do we get to workout every night?…DEFINITELY NOT!
I’d be lying if I said I get out to my garage more then 3 times a week BUT I DO IT!
Sometimes I miss out on a girls night or an event happening or I don’t get something else checked off my list that day…but it’s a sacrifice you NEED to be willing to take!
 You make time to go grocery shopping,
you can make time to workout!
We’ve MADE the time…but how do you become motivated?
Sometimes that is just as difficult to find!
Jeff and I sat down with each other years ago and discussed our ‘health plan’!
We found commitment in EACH OTHER!
We knew that working out in a gym wasn’t going to work for our budget nor our schedule so we came up with a plan to make a CrossFit ‘inspired’ garage gym!
We knew we would need to motivate each other to get off of the couch and work out together.
Sometimes I want to duct tape his mouth shut…
or slap him…
but he does push me…and that’s something everyone needs!
NOW…what do I do to workout???
I mentioned above that Jeff and I put together a garage gym!
A CROSSFIT GARAGE GYM!
Yes, I’m a CrossFitter and although it may seem hard and intense, it really is designed so that ANYONE CAN DO IT!
Before I go any further, I must say this!!!
I have prepared some AMAZING at-home BEGINNERS CrossFit workouts BUT, if you are wanting to implement the Olympic lifting into your at-home regiment I HIGHLY HIGHLY recommend you go to a CrossFit gym for AT LEAST a month to learn the proper technique behind lifting!
I was a member of a CrossFit gym for over 3 years and I sometimes still mix up proper form!
None of my workouts involve Olympic lifting so you are safe…for now!
Get your booty some REAL training before you brake your back!
MMMMMKAY?
MOVING ON…
…let me tell you why I will FOREVER AND EVER AND EVER do CrossFit workouts!
CrossFit is a
CORE STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING PROGRAM!
Meaning: it combines  
ANAEROBIC {Strength}
 Weight Lifting
Sprints
Squats
Push-ups
and 
AEROBIC {Conditioning}
Swimming
Running
Bike Riding
CROSSFIT WORKOUTS ARE DESIGNED TO GIVE YOU AN INCREASE IN:
 Power
Strength 
Heart & Lung Endurance 
Flexibility 
Stamina 
Coordination
Agility
Balance 

The BEST part of this whole CROSSFIT thang?
…you can do it even if you are 80 years old!!
They is ALWAYS a way to modify the workout!
So…it’s going to constantly push you and it’s always going to be hard!

The hubs and I have read the CrossFit manual cover to cover and, with our experience and study, we have put together a week full of AT-HOME CROSSFIT WORKOUTS anyone can do!!!
 YES…it does require some equipment BUT you can collect and find all this equipment for under $50 dollars!!!
We know because we started our garage gym on $50 too!!
FIRST: 
HAND WEIGHTS
(dumbbells or jugs of water, cans of food, heavy objects or small children!)
SECOND:
PULL UP BAR
THIRD:
STATIONARY BIKE, BICYCLE OR AIRDYNE
{we got ours from D.I. (thrift store) for $10!!!}
I see them there all the time…you just have to search!
FOURTH:
PVC PIPE
{I use these for my warm ups but you can use these to do some overhead squats instead of buying a barbell}
FIFTH:
JUMP ROPE
{if you are learning how to do double-unders, you want to make sure and buy a good exercise jump rope from ROGUE.COM}
Using all that simple equipment and these basic CrossFit AT-HOME workouts, you will be able to see how simple yet amazingly effective working out at home can be!!
THERE YOU HAVE IT!!
…and just because I am IN LOVE with this video…I thought I would share it with you all!!
Stay tuned for TOMORROWS post.
…tying it ALL TOGETHER!!!
 AND…
are you LOVING my workout attire!?!?!
I am posting an ALBION FIT giveaway tomorrow…get excited!
{p.s. I will be posting like a beast this week due to some exciting things coming your way!!}
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