Tina’s topic today for the 30 Days of Self Love is an important one to me; working out. I have been working out 3 times a week for 10 years! I joined my first gym on campus in the Fall of 1999 and started working out when I was in college and then went on to a membership at Bally’s for a few years, then a small local gym and then finally Lifetime and CorePower Yoga. It is interesting to think that I have had a membership somewhere since I was 18. While I have not worked out 3 times a week every single one of those weeks, I have had fitness in my life.
I started working out to help gain strength after my ACL surgeries and stuck with it, I like how it made me feel and I liked the routine of going to the gym. At first I just did cardio and some machines and the occasional class but in 2004 I discovered weights. I met with a personal trainer at the small local gym I belonged to and was instantly hooked. Picking up that dumbbell and seeing results was very inspiring. Lifting has been part of my routine since then and I have tried a myriad of programs:
Workouts from Magazines (like Oxygen, Self, Shape)
12 Week Personal Training Program (where I saw my best results)
Mens Health Workout App
But my go to routine when I want to get in for a good solid workout is a quick full body routine after 30-45 minutes of cardio.
- Bulgarian Split Squats (3×10, each leg)
- Military Press (3×10)
- Lunge (3×10, each leg)
- Incline Chest Press (3×10)
- Squat (3×10)
- Push-Ups (3×10)
- Standing Calf Raise (3×10)
- Weighted Ball Crunch (3×25)
- Plank (2 @ 30 seconds each)
This workout hits most of the main muscle groups and is quick enough to do in 25-30 minutes, getting you out of the gym in under an hour. The benefit of all of these is they can be done at home with basic equipment of dumbbells, a bench and an Olympic bar. I may not be the world’s best athlete but I am good at working out and I take pride in the results that I see. If you aren’t lifting weights I strongly recommend you do, it helps with bone loss, will change your body and make you one strong sexy lady!