Powerblocks!

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Yesterday I finally gave up on the exercise band for doing my workouts. While I think that exercise bands are a great, and much cheaper alternative to buying free weights, for some of the 21dayfix workouts I find them to be more trouble than they are worth. I can’t tell you how many times I have snapped myself in the butt with that thing on leg day, and I can never switch out and set up fast enough to keep up with the video.

I went to Fitness Depot, and I was originally just going to pick up a set of 7 and 12lb dumbells, but a co-worker had shown me these Powerblock dumbells beforehand. As the cashier was ringing up the sale of my 7 and 12 pounders, and it was totalling up around 70 dollars, I’m thinking – this is kind of nuts. Chances are in another couple of weeks I would be back there buying another size or two for another 70ish bucks or more. I decided instead to opt for the Powerblock dumbells. http://www.powerblock.com/prod_homeuse_u33stage1.php While the up front cost is a little pricey, they are cheaper than buying free weights individually, so I sucked up the cost and went for it. I tried them out last night and they are awesome! I bought the 3lb – 21lb set and I think that will be good for the purposes of this program. They switch out fast, they are stackable and take up very little space for storage. So far, I’m really liking them.

I started another round of 21 day fix yesterday. Round 2 was okay, and round 3 I really just didn’t commit to, but the good news is, despite not having really followed the exercise plan over the last 2 rounds, I have not gained any weight. We really have done much better with eating overall because this program really has changed the way we eat, and I think that is a win for sure!

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The Gymbox

I haven’t been keeping up my desired 3x a week runs because mother nature and a slew of illnesses have not been very conducive to a good routine. This has made it even more apparent that I need an alternative (or addition) to my runs.

About a year ago, we bought a Boxee Box, and when we were browsing through the apps, I came across The Gymbox app. I did a free trial of it, and it was awesome, but then the trial expired, and I never looked in to paying for it after that. Also, I was home on mat leave with my daughter, and if I wanted to exercise, I’d plop her in the stroller and go for a run… 🙂

What is The Gymbox? Well, I guess I should have answered that first. It’s an app that gives you access to lots of workout videos! There’s cardio, kickboxing, step aerobics, and more! Check out some samples here: https://thegymbox.com/app/ (The videos are high quality with a paid subscription).

Anyway, I decided to look The Gymbox back up. The price is still as awesome as ever. Only cost me $99USD for a whole year’s subscription!

I just signed up today, and can’t wait to get connected and use it again. The great thing too is that The Gymbox used to be limited to certain media players like Boxee Box, but they actually have a web app for it now! Which means that I can exercise wherever I want, even off my iPad or laptop, I’m not just just confined to the TV area! I could do yoga outside with the iPad in the summer time if I so pleased! Genius!

Anyway, my plan is to run 3x a week, and do some of the gymbox exercises in between, or when the weather is being a pain in the butt, replace a run with a step workout or another cardio workout off the gymbox.

I’ve still got a few months before the warmer weather, and friends helping to keep me motivated to keep on working out, so I think this is going to be a great solution for me!