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Don’t sacrifice your workout time for holiday parties.

December 2nd, 2013 No Comments


Last week I talked about the benefits of working out during the holiday season, but I neglected to address one of the main excuses we give ourselves to skip the gym. “I don’t have time!”

When you’re social schedule kicks into high gear and you’re strapped for the extra hour, try exercising at home.  Besides gaining the extra time in the day  your body will have more energy for socializing and a revved up metabolism for burring off the hors d’oeuvrs and champagne.

My girlfriend JJ has gotten herself into a daily Temescal hike coupled with free weights or yoga AT HOME.  I give the girl serious props (is that still ok to say?) for finding motivation to exercise on her own and sticking to it! Looks like her yoga practice is pretty solid:

JJ Klein doing yoga


For some of us, me included, working out at home sounds almost impossible.  I’ve compiled a list of tools here to help you get started.

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My no-escaping-it workout plan for winter

November 19th, 2012 No Comments

Even though my bf and I came into our new little house without any of our own furniture, we did have a few key items:  his spin bike and my crystal stemware.  What else do you need?!

The spin bike has been my saving grace to all of my excuses to NOT workout.  I know you all think I’m super motivated to workout every day.  Well, I wish that were true.  I come up with excuses just like everyone else.

For example:

  • I’m exhausted from my long day at work.
  • It’s too cold to go for a run.
  • The early onset of nighttime is deceptive.
  • My gym is too far away.

Sound familiar?  I’m sure it does.  But after setting up my own little ghetto Soul Cycle (yes, in the entry way that no one uses) and a goal of 500 calories in my heart rate zone 3, I can usually hop on with a decent attitude and get off feeling at least 75% better.  Not bad!

Do you have a winter workout plan?  I always need one to help me get through the cold months.  Especially with the holiday treats bombarding me from every direction.  I’ve found that if I can stay active, then I really don’t indulge much.

If you don’t have equipment in your house, I say go for the DVDs or website subscriptions:  P90x, Physique 57, iTrain, YogaGlo…and there is always the MTM Fitness archives where you’ll find plenty of “anywhere” exercises.

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Have you thought about it this way??

October 29th, 2012 4 Comments


“If it’s this bad now, imagine how bad it will be in 5, 10 years?” 

He is referring to flexibility, but IT could be anything.

This weekend I was fortunate enough to spend some time with Tony and take one of his yoga classes.  It was basic, but any yogi knows that holding poses is physically and mentally challenging. Tony claims that yoga and flexibility is the key to his fitness.  Admittedly I haven’t taken yoga in a while, but thankfully my range of motion is still pretty good.  At one point he came over to me and said, “hey, Gumbie’s sister, can you try to make this look hard?!”  I guess I was successful in keeping my cool as my legs were DYING!

After class, I went up to him to grab this pic (As you can see, Tony is just as ripped in person as he is in the videos.  It’s pretty amazing actually!) and told him that his program has changed the lives of several close friends.  With his program of muscle confusion and regimented nutrition, they shed 30/40/50 pounds and continued the lifestyle after the 90 days.  I believe it’s his different attitude towards fitness that keeps people motivated.  He doesn’t try to scare people into gaining strength, he encourages you to just get moving and then push yourself.  And he never raises his voice.  (I kinda wish that he would, but that certainly doesn’t seem to be his nature.)

P90X DVDs have always been my go-to for travel exercises when I know I won’t be near a gym. No matter which one I chose, they’re always a welcome change from my usual workout routine. As the cold weather comes down upon us (or a super storm for that matter), you should consider buying the DVDs to use at home.  You can find used sets on Amazon for as low as $80, which is much cheaper than a trainer or gym membership.  P90X 2 is supposed to be more intense, so I look forward to trying it!

Many thanks Tony!

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October 19th, 2009 No Comments

Whether you’re participating in Nutritionista’s Challenge or just need to spice up your workout routine, I offer you a list of suggestions you might find helpful in achieving your fitness goals:

Your personal trainer on your MP3 player! This website has thousands of videos and workouts (with music) you can download so you aren’t strolling around the gym wondering which machine to do next.  Workouts include strength training, cardio, spin, yoga, etc.

The latest release from SanDisk, this MP3 player tunes into the radio and plays “discs” with 1000 songs from Billboard’s top lists (one genre per disk).  No downloading – ever!  For $99, you get the player and a disc of your choice.  Additional disks (of 1000 songs) are $50. I don’t have to tell you that’s cheaper than iTunes.

Every Monday I post fitness tips, playlists, videos, or challenges so you can incorporate something new into your workout every week.  Click here to see posts from the past to create a whole new workout. Most of them, you don’t need to be in a gym to do.

  • Join the Gym

It’s cheaper than ever right now to sign up for a membership.  The sales people are looking for you to sign on the dotted line, so feel free to negotiate for no initiation fee or a few free sessions with a trainer.  Ask for a free week before you sign.  It’s important to try out all of the gyms in your neighborhood so you can weigh in on which is the best for your buck. My advice is to find one where you like the classes, so when you don’t feel like going, you know you’re in and out in 1 hour. (You know Equinox is my favorite, so should you go there, please say I referred you.  If you’re a Houstonian, check out fit or the new 24 hour fitness.)

  • Curves/Women’s Circuit Gyms

I know it sounds cheesy, but these mindless workouts can help get you back on track when you REALLY don’t want to workout. The gyms provide machines in a circle along with workouts and music so literally you just go through the motions for an hour.  You’ll find yourself pushing harder once the endorphins start flowing.  Sign up for one month and then seek out a place you enjoy.

I have several friends who love the PX90 system.  The set of discs offers a variety of workouts and a nutrition plan to keep you on track.  Perfect for those of you who can’t make it to the gym (for whatever reason), this system will get you in shape asap.  The videos are a little cheesy, but who really cares as long as the cheese is not on your backside :)