Updated: Nov 30, 2021
As we head into our next challenge I wanted to share a few ways that we can all make the most of our home workouts. It can be easy to go through the motions because we don't feel motivated or we're not sure which workouts to do but there are some easy do's and don'ts that we can utilise to help us create consistent routines.
1. Do try and join live-streamed classes.
Booking in for a real class, at a set time will help you to stick to your workout schedule and is a little slice of human interaction that will help to give you a boost each time. I would really encourage you to join with your camera on. It's nowhere near as daunting as you might think and it allows me to make sure you're always working in the right positions and gives you a chance to check your own alignment in the camera. It's also a great way to make sure you're not distracted and taking breaks on your phone or skipping out the exercises that you don't really like! The live classes are full of energy and you will finish with a real sense of achievement, feeling like we all got through it together!
2. Do get yourself prepped in advance.
If you're going for the on-demand classes then pick the one you're going to do the night before. This will take some of the decision making out of the process in the morning and you can get stuck straight in before the Instagram scroll takes hold and suddenly you're out of time!
3. Do schedule your workouts.
Whether you're joining a live class or catching up on-demand, schedule your workout time in your diary. If possible, try to get your workouts done in the morning. After a busy day balancing work and homeschooling, you're bound to be exhausted and trying to muster up the energy to workout will feel nearly impossible! Getting it done first thing will clear your head and set you up for a productive day.
4. Don't think you need a whole hour.
The on-demand video library is home to loads of shorter workouts! If you're pushed for time, you can get a full-body workout in even if you only have 30 minutes to spare! 'The best workout is the one that you do', however long or short that might be!
5. Do invest in the right pieces of equipment.
There are lots of substitutes that will see you through the classes but grabbing a few bits and pieces will make sure you can get the most out of your workouts. Making this extra investment will help you to feel like you're taking it more seriously and you're more likely to stick with it. Discover the equipment you need for your classes here.
6. Don't get distracted by your phone.
I'd recommend either leaving it in a different room or popping your notifications on mute. It's all too easy to grab it midway through an exercise only to discover you've been scrolling for a good 10 minutes and missed a whole section of the class. You'll probably feel a bit twitchy the first few times but you'll soon learn to love a little digital detox!
7. Do try to consistently challenge yourself.
We work out for both physical and mental health benefits and pushing ourselves out of our comfort zones is what will make us feel stronger and more confident! This means we need to keep challenging our bodies! With every class totally different to the last we are able to challenge ourselves in new ways each day. Increasing the weight load you're working with and taking the progressive options in class are great ways to continue building strength.
8. Don't ignore a niggling injury.
If something isn't feeling right, don't push through it. Modification options are given throughout the classes and it's really important you take them if you need to. We want to build strength and future proof our bodies against future injuries and that's all about creating efficient movement patterns and balanced bodies.
You can easily maximise your home workouts and ensure you keep seeing results from your hard work - it just takes a little bit of preparation and dedication! I'm so excited to get started on our next challenge with you all. See you at the (virtual) Barre!