With a new baby, it’s impossible to get to the gym for mid-morning classes and it’s hard to get to evening classes. I want to spend time with Dave and the girls. I could get up really early and workout before anyone is awake…..but why? I need as much sleep as I can! Although, you occasionally will find me subbing Dave’s 5:30am RPM class, like I did today. Because of that, I may be asleep come 2 o’clock in the afternoon if the girls cooperate.
So I’m left with working out during nap time. I’m lucky that I have a pretty nice home gym with all the equipment I need. A spin bike to practice RPM, bench and barbells for BodyPump and lots of space to practice the classes I teach. Both the spin bike and BodyPump equipment were Christmas gifts from Dave. He really gets me! 🙂 Forget the jewelry, buy me workout stuff!
So this week, I’ve done a little bit of BodyFlow, BodyCombat, GRIT, RPM, and SH’Bam (gettin out of my comfort zone for that one) in my basement with the help of Les Mills On Demand. I teach BodyFlow, BodyCombat and RPM, among other programs too, so I have a huge library of DVDs to choose from when I want to workout on my own.
But even I get bored sometimes with the workouts I teach. So having other programs on demand is great to create some variety in my at home workout.
What is Les Mills On Demand? It’s a subscription based service where you can access a wide variety of Les Mills classes to do on your own, in your own workout space and time. Almost all the Les Mills programs you can take at a gym are now provided in a 30 minute format on your computer or mobile device.
In my opinion, there is no substitute for a live group fitness class. You feed off the energy of the instructor and the people around you. There’s just nothing else like it. Also, the instructor is critical to ensure safe form and technique. But when you can’t make it to your favorite class, this is a great alternative. Or if you’re not ready to join a gym for whatever reason; this is a excellent way to experience a safe and effective workout in your own home (or where ever you may be). Or another example, say your favorite class was cancelled at your gym. Now, with Les Mills On Demand, you have access to that workout on your schedule.
Let’s talk about GRIT. I’ve seen my instructor friends talk about it. I’ve seen GRIT classes going on before the class I teach. But I’ve never actually gotten a chance to take it. It was just launched in the clubs I teach at this past June. Pregnant women aren’t recommended to take it so I haven’t gotten a chance to take it since Joelle was born (and I missed out on the instructor training because of it 🙁 ). Now, no longer pregnant, I was really excited to give it a go. I tried GRIT cardio and GRIT plyo. Both 30 minute high intensity interval training (HIIT) workouts with different focuses. After 30 minutes of tabata style jumps, runs, tuck jumps, crab crawls and other moves, my heart was racing and the sweat was flying. Then, GRIT plyo smashed my total body with dynamic lunge jumps, plyo push-ups and other explosive moves. Definitely a hour of nap time well spent burning lots of calories and feeling amazing after burn.
SH’Bam….. this is a program that was just recently launched at our club too. I’ve done this one before at other clubs and quarterlies, but I wanted to try it again. Let’s just say, Julie is not a dancer. However, SH’Bam has simple, easy to follow dance moves and the energy is contagious. Even though I don’t shake and shimmy my hips all that well, I did have fun! Yes, fun dancing all by myself with no one watching except for my dog Cody and he doesn’t judge.
As an instructor, I was skeptical when I first heard about this new service along with many other instructors as well. Wouldn’t giving the general public access to the same workouts we provide at the gym give them a reason not to come to our classes? And really, I don’t think that’s the case. I think it’s a good alternative for getting a workout in or trying something new. The driving force to try it in the clubs is that it’s not quite the same by yourself in your basement, living room, hotel room or where ever (BodyFlow is definitely fun with a toddler and a dog running around!). You can feel the energy of the group on the video and I believe that will make someone confident to try it in their local club.
So if you’re more comfortable working out in the comfort of your own home, why don’t you give it a try!
*Note: This post is not sponsored by Les Mills. I just wanted to share my thoughts on their new service and get more people moving! Because isn’t that the goal? Move more to live longer. So get up and get movin!
Feature Photo credit: Les Mills International