MY Peloton update

 

positive pants onHi all! I am approaching my first anniversary of being a Peloton bike owner and user. I know there has been a lot of talk about “the commercial” and I say it certainly wasn’t great. It’s a commercial targeted at people who have a nice home, a picture-perfect lovely life and probably can more than afford it. It simply wasn’t the best approach and it could have gone a different direction for sure. I want to put a more positive spin on it. Here is what I think (my experience):

My husband did surprise me with one but not because he is abusive and wanted me to lose weight. He got me one because I wanted it. I am a stay at home mom with a busy husband who works a lot and that means it’s me and the kids (a 2-year-old and a 10-year-old) all day almost every day except for school. So I needed something that I could easily get to and use any time of the day or week that I had time and wanted to. This was certainly a good option. An expensive option but one he obviously thought would be worth it. He knows I am happier when I have the opportunity to exercise. I say he bought it for me because he makes the paycheck so I am not ashamed to say that he bought it for me, for our life. He bought me an opportunity to create health & happiness that I very much need.

After my daughter turned 6 months (a year and a half ago) I finally admitted and got help for my PPD. I went on anxiety medication. 6 months after that I started workouts on the Peloton. One thing that bothers me in “the commercial” is that she did it 5 days in a row. I have never done a cycle class more than maybe 2 or 3 days in a row. Does that make her better than me? No. Does the Peloton offer amazing inspiration and a quality bike for the money? Yes! Heck yes. Do you need to do it every day or be on top of the leaderboard to be worthy of having such an exercise machine in your home? No.

For someone like me who can get depressed, down, overwhelmed with motherhood and life in general…this bike saves me some days. I love how I feel after I do it. But the point is I did it. The bike and the fact that I have one doesn’t make me a better person. I make me a better person but putting forth the effort which inspires self-confidence in me. Maybe that is what the woman in the commercial meant to say when she said thank you in her video to her husband. If I had time to make my husband a video thank you maybe I would too. Not likely though. Real-life depiction at our house would be a 5 am wake up to get in a ride and shower before the little one wakes. Real-life is juggling a hectic life that isn’t as pretty and perfect as the Peloton commercial house and still getting in that workout which then boosts my self-esteem which then boosts the morale of the entire household & family. That is where the magic is. So to obtain that magic and to feel good is what I look for. This brand helps me do that in a variety of ways.

Could the commercial have shown a more average family and a more hectic household and someone who “needed to lose weight” sure? But there is another side of health that is all mental and hardly physical. The days in a row you do it don’t matter. The way you think and feel about your body does. This company has all types of different people teaching their class across the board. Do I look like them? No. Do I identify with them? Yes.  Do they want the same things as me? Yes. To be strong in mind, to physically do hard things, to live my best life. Honestly, without this last year of Peloton, I think you would have found me in the pantry eating cookies or laying on the couch watching TV. That is not where I want to be even though that is where I end up sometimes. Where I want to be is using my body to grow mentally, to sweat and to shine for myself and for my family. I want both worlds. The fitness industry can be so overwhelming and honestly, it’s why I didn’t have the heart to sty in it. I want to balance it all. I want cookies and I want to sweat. I want to feel good about both situations. I want to work hard and achieve things. Being a stay at home mom doesn’t come with a glowing yearly review or a daily reward chart. This is the thing that I get to do to prove to myself that I can do hard things. I like to relax and I like to do physically & mentally hard things a few times a week. That is me. That’s why I love my Peloton. It helps me to improve my overall health. It is fun! I love the connection to the community and the other Peloton users.

Peloton is a brand that allows me to do all of that from the convenience of my own home, which I am at, A LOT. Because that is the season of my life that I am in right now. Maybe the next commercial will show a more realistic scenario and maybe they won’t. Either way, it has changed me too when I needed to be changed. Maybe she did too? We may never know.

 

 

xo, A

I’m in love with my Peloton bike!

Man oh man does this bike and app motivate me! I have done more activity in the past 8 or so weeks than I did maybe in all of last year! It’s right there in my living room whenever I have the time. For me, now being a Full-Time stay at home mom, this has been a lifesaver! I don’t make or schedule a time to leave the house to workout and for four-plus years a while back I worked out a lot outside of the home. I slowly got out of that routine and then became pregnant with C and now like magic, it is almost a year and a half later! Plus the winter weather in Pittsburgh is cold and wet and it makes you want to curl up in a ball on the couch and watch movies or hibernate in a cave like a bear for four months. Four months out of twelve spent indoors can drive a girl crazy. Not to mention her 15-month-old daughter! SO I have to do it at home when I can. I haven’t done the same workout twice although I would because I love them all!

The instructors are all really motivating in each and every workout. You feel like a champion when you get off this thing mentally and physically. The tracking display that keeps all of your workouts and stats is amazing and also super motivating! It makes you want to beat yourself each time! It makes you not want to see a week go by with no workouts complete. You can pick a 45 min workout or a 15 and with either one, you feel accomplished and you sweat buckets. That is what I like the most. Each time I get on there and spend the time it is always worth it. I always get my heart rate soaring and the sweat always pours. I always stretch after just for a few minutes and I always feel great! The miles, the output, the calories burned, the achievements earned visually are all so motivating! You cannot help but feel proud of yourself on this thing no matter who you are or what level you are at!

This new motivation has also helped me to eat better and just be more aware of how my body is feeling and how nutrition and physical activity is a direct reflection of that. It helps my mood a lot as well and who doesn’t need a mental boost every once in a while? I love my Peloton and I recommend it wholeheartedly! I have yet to do the yoga, meditation or strength training on it because I am still not in the habit of using it daily. Hoping I will get there but from a place of not doing much physically beside momin’ it all day every day I think an average 3 times a week is great progress! It is not going anywhere. It is mine and like I said before it is always there for me. I have noticed changes in my body and most importantly it is helping build up those good habits I had before I had Charlotte. Even though I know there is nothing wrong with the current Adrienne I know for sure the old Adrienne felt better and that is what I am striving for. I know my Peloton will help me get there and I plan on enjoying the journey!

This bike is the best present I have ever received from my husband. He seems to know just what I need when I need it. I can’t wait to keep riding and see how far I can push myself mentally & physically!

xo-Adrienne

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Body Balance Ball Workout

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Hello! As you may have seen on my Facebook page I got a new piece of fitness equipment to use at home this week!

I have been using it everyday since Sunday and I am loving it! It is a body balance ball (half ball/half flat) and you can do so may things with it!

Today I wanted to share the workout I did with you! This is core focused but will work your entire body! Quick, hard, effective….just what you need.

Supermans-lying on your stomach on the ball and lifting your legs and arms straight out and holding for 10 to 30 seconds (do what you can) x 3

Bridges-lying on the ground with your feet on the ball and lifting your butt up off the ground as high as you can while squeezing your glutes (the muscles in your butt) and your core for 30 reps up and down x 3

One arm push ups-one hand on the ball and one on the ground-perform a push up, full or on your knees, 10 on each side x 3

Squats-stand on the ball and perform a squat with your arms behind your head or holding them straight out 30 reps x 3

Planks-flip the balance ball over and use the flat side to hold a plank for 45 sec to 1 min x 3

Side leg lifts-lying on your side balance yourself on the ball and lift your bottom leg holding it straight up off the ground while you lift the top leg up and down performing 15 on each side x 3

***with all of my workouts do what you can as far as the reps and rounds go. I am more advanced but if you are a beginner just start slower doing less overall and work your way up. It will come easier than you think! Check with your doctor first if you are a beginner!

I followed this workout with a delicious green smoothie made with:

1 handful Kale, 1 heaping tbsp Greek yogurt, 3 tsp Flaxseed, 1 small Apple, 1 scoop Vanilla protein powder, 1/2 c water, 3 to 4 ice cubes-Blend!

Also, I have been drinking water with a cinnamon stick and a 1/4 of an apple sliced up and it is a great break from the norm! Last for 2 days if you keep it in the fridge 🙂

I also had my B complex supplement and my probiotic!

I hope you like this workout and maybe even try the smoothie or the apple cinnamon water!

Have an awesome day!!

xo

Adrienne

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hotel Workout

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Hey guys! Someone asked me recently if I had a good hotel workout she could do because she travels a lot for work and doesn’t always love to go to the hotel gym or it is just too crowded.

I came up with this for her and all of you. I hope you find it helpful! It is definitely travel friendly and the only thing you will need to bring is the will power to do it and a resistance band!

There are 3 different workouts that you can do, one each day or if you have more time you can combine them in any combo that you like. I said to do 3 rounds but if you are pressed for time 2 would do or one round in each category. Keep it handy and play around with it.

Total body:

Dips on chair or bench x 15

Body weight squats x 25

Plank x 1 min

Resistance band bicep curls x 15

Mt. Climbers x 15

Walking lunges (the length of wherever you can find)

Push ups x 15

Calf raises x 20

Repeat 3 rounds and rest when needed

Upper body:

Wall Push ups x 15

Resistance band shoulder press x 12

Forearm plank with alternating one leg up x 30 sec each side

Dips x 15

Resistance band bicep curls x 12

Plank shoulder taps x 20

Repeat 3 rounds and rest when needed

Lower body:

Alternating lunges forward x 12

Alternating lunges backwards x 12

Bridges one leg x 12 each leg (maybe lay on a towel, because ewwww…)

Wall sit x 1 min

Squat jumps x 12 (who cares if the people below you care-you are a stranger to them-but try to land lightly on your feet 🙂

Side lunge x 12 each side

Plie’ squat x 15 (wide leg and toes pointed out)

Repeat 3 rounds and rest when needed

Look how awesome you are….caring about your workout when you travel!!

🙂 🙂 🙂

xo,

Adrienne

July 2105 Challenge

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I put together a great challenge for you to add to your workouts or do alone 3 days a week for the next 3 weeks!

You will perform 2 rounds the first day then 3 the second, then 4 the third day of the week..

Start over on week 2 and then again in week 3. This really gets your heart rate up and challenges your entire body.

Remember consistency is key! If you stop your body will stop progressing and changing! 

Challenge accepted, I hope!

Check in on Facebook if you wish 🙂

xoxo,

Adrienne

Workout Tracker

Make a Workout Tracker Calendar-it will really help you plan and see what you have accomplished! I am using mine mostly to make sure I hit all of my muscle groups separately and give enough time for them to rest in between the next workout focused on that same group. My goal is to add the Jan Challenge (see pic below) to my workouts broken into the following categories:

Legs and Shoulders

Biceps and Back

Legs and core

Cardio

Total body

Chest and Triceps

Yoga/Pilates

I will record them on this calendar each month and make sure I do 5 workouts per week either at home or at the gym. They do not have to be long. 25 min and intense will burn just fine! Also, think about variety! Run, Spin, Strength train, yoga…..fit them all in!

I also added a reminder of why I workout…..the benefits of it:

Good mood, more energy, clothes fit, less stress, strong body and sleep better to name a few!

jan 2015 calendar (2)

jan 2015 superhero challenge

db kb workout

Shoulder and Leg Workout that I did this am at home with KB and DB:

Dips x15

Wall Sit x 35 sec

Leg Lifts x15

KB Swings x 10lbs x 20

DB Deadlifts x 20lbs x 15

Push ups x 10

Plank rotations x 10

DB Shoulder Press x 10 lbs x 15

Squat with KB rows x 15lbs x 15

1 min forearm plank

One arm KB swings x 10lbs x 10 each arm

DB Deadlifts x 20lbs x 20

Leg lifts x 15

Wall sit x 35 sec

DB shoulder press x 10lbs x 15

KB swings x 15lbs x 15

Dips x 10

Push ups x 10

Plank rotations x 10

Squat with KB row x 15lbs x 20

Done!

Take the time to track your workouts-not for calories burned (notice I never mention tracking calories burned b/c it doesn’t matter) You simply want to train your body to be strong and eat nutritious foods. Calories in/ calories out method is not a good way to look at being healthy! What you eat matters. Not all calories are created equal 😉

xoxo

A

 

15 Day December Challenge-Squats, Push ups and Planks

Starts today!!! Join me in a little extra movement for the next 15 days! Starts 12/8 and ends Monday 12/22!! You can do this at any fit level! I especially want those of you that think you can’t to definitely do it! Add this onto your existing workouts or just do this for the next 15 days. Your body wants to be moved!! If you can’t do all that is asked at one time (especially as they get harder) break them up in half and do some in the morning and some at night, as long as you get them done by the end of the day you are good!  For example on day 12 you can do 50 squats, 15 push ups and a 1 min plank in the morning. Then, at the end of the night you can finish with a 50 sec plank, 15 more push ups and 50 more squats. Ready, set, go!!!

15 day dec challenge

1 Min Drills Workout

1 min drillsPerform this workout non-stop each move for 1 min with lighter weight DB (dumbbells) and then rest for 1 min before moving onto round 2 and then 3. It should take you a total of 45 min if you do all 3 rounds. Make sure you hydrate and rest if needed if you feel you need to. Remember we are all at different levels so do what you can!!! Getting it in is what matters!!

Have fun!!! xo, A

Total Body Happy Thanksgiving Workout!

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It’s Thanksgiving week!! I am so thankful for so much in my life!! Not because I have it all or have the perfect body or a million dollars. I am just thankful for all that I have and all that I don’t. I am thankful for who I am and where I am right now. I am thankful for all that I have learned and all that I still have to learn, I am thankful for my friends & family. I am thankful to just be alive in this beautiful world and that I have a healthy body so that I can even do this workout or any one for that matter-so I will!! I will eat, I will drink and I will enjoy it!! I hope you do too! Remember being thankful for what you have currently will lead to more happiness and more thankfulness down the road!! It’s a lovely cycle that can only start with gratitude! Do this workout anytime this week or several times this week 🙂 !!

1. Plank jack to push up x 10

(start with a plank jack, go down to push up and repeat for 10)

2. Bicep curls x 15 with DB

3. KB swings x 20

4. Overhead triceps ext with KB x 15

5. Thumbs up lateral shoulder raises with DB x 10

6. Squat jumps x 10

7. Squat to shoulder press with DB x 10

8. Front shoulder raise with DB x 10

9. Pike sit ups x 30

Run 3 track laps or 1/2 mile as fast as you can (outside or on treadmill)

***Rest 45 sec in between each exercise/Repeat for 2 to 3 total rounds in 30 to 45 min.

***If you are using light weights you can feel free to do more reps and if you are using heavier weights then you can do less reps and if you are using the “just right weights” then you can do what I said. 🙂

Happy Thanksgiving to you all! Be thankful!!!!

Remember to enjoy your friends, family and food!

xoxo

A