I chose to say “journey” because it really was one until now, it felt like visiting all sorts of countries and deciding what I like most about them. Let me start by saying that until 7 or 8 years ago I was a “couch potato” in the most literal way possible. I hated exercise, when I was in school I did my best to find a way of skipping sports. Running around, sweating and getting a red face just did not seam appealing to me.
One thing to mention is that I am the type of person who gets bored easily, therefore after a while I wanted to try something else. And I’ve found Tony Horton’s (The quote “The most influential man in health and fitness.” also helped as an incentive for me to try his program) P90X workout routine. For this one over here you need to be super mega motivated. First of all to start doing it (and yes, to ignore his ultra inflated ego) and then to start enjoying it. And all this alone, at home, where you would prefer to do anything else than jumping jacks, squats or wight lifting. The fun thing about it is that you have 12 workouts from which to choose and combine (anything from Yoga to plyometrics to workouts for different muscle groups to kenpo – a sort of Tae Bo), some of which can be performed without any equipment (for others at least weights and a resistance band are necessary).
And yes, you’ve guessed it, I got over that too 🙂 Moved on to Jillian Michaels’s workout videos. Yes, I’ve tried the 30 Day Shred interval training videos, the No More Trouble Zones and the 6 Week Six-Pack Abs Workout. She even has a yoga program (more of a fitness yoga style). I liked Jillian, she is motivating, the exercises are not very easy, you only need weights (for some), you can find all the complete videos on YouTube (which helps a lot) and most of them are 30 min long (intense and effective).
Then Winsor Pilates stepped into my life :)) Totally different from all the previous cardio, weight intensive trainings tried previously. For me, Pilates is a lovely training method, that can be done both at home or at the gym, also in the days when you feel that you do not have very much energy. It works the deepest muscle groups, it does not give you a red and sweaty face, but you will certainly feel it the day after in places you did not think you had muscles. But for some days it is maybe too mild…therefore I’ve started Zumba. Who doesn’t know about Zumba, right? There are a lot of fans out there and also a lot of people who don’t really manage to identify with this kind of exercise method. For some, Zumba it is not really a way of exercising but more a dance class, but in my opinion is both. Yes, you have to feel a little bit the rhythm (in order not to step on someone’s feet), but the moves don’t need to be perfect, the idea is to have fun with it 🙂 Nonetheless, Zumba it’s not for everyone, apart from that, in order to get the fullest from it (great energy, great fun, great cardio) you need to join a club that offers it, it is not a “by myself” activity, but a great trainer makes it worth it.
To be continued…meanwhile, feel free to comment or share with me any other training you have tried and liked/disliked 🙂