Training Tip of the Week: Why I do at-home workouts

Let me tell you a little diddy about HOW I started my fitness journey and what got me OFF OF THE COUCH and into working out more!


I can think back to when I first started to realize I needed to get moving and workout – I was SCARED more than anything. My apprehensions? How could I go to a gym where everyone would be watching me? I didn’t know what to do? I didn’t know what to wear….Did I even own any shorts? I didn’t want to be in a situation where I set myself up for failure…


I started to walk with Jaeden around our neighborhood. Even if it was 15 minutes at first and then 30 minutes, I was doing a heck of a lot more than sitting and doing nothing. Then it happened – I hit my first plateau .. walking seemed “easy.” So, I went to the store and bought a few workout DVDs. At-home workouts got me up and moving and took the thinking out of working out for me. Even if I didn’t finish the entire workout, I still got up and got a little sweaty. My favorite workout was a cardio yoga workout from Crunch Fitness (circa 2003) but after a month of it almost daily I grew tired of it. I also started to realize that after a few months I wasn’t sweating as much or feeling as much of a challenge – plateau #2? I began to run outside… and up until this point I hadn’t joined an actual gym.


I joined the gym at my office a few months later, and made lots of new friends. I was able to meet friends for a jog on lunch break and invite them over to do my DVDs with me, but I didn’t like to try to figure out the machines or the weights – I could lift them but I had no rhyme or reason to what I was doing.. I also started to work longer hours and had limited time to take my lunch break AT the gym or go before or after work…


In 2010 I was watching TV and saw the infomercial for INSANITY. I said to myself, “this looks like a challenging workout…there’s 60 days worth of programming….there’s no thinking on my part…and if I pass out it looks like these people are doing just about the same thing themselves.” INSANITY began my love of at-home Beachbody workouts because the programming helped you begin at one phase of training and progress over the course of a month or two. I broke my final plateau and haven’t looked back since…


I eluded to the rise of online workouts HERE because many people are realizing that they can do effective workouts without having to leave the comfort of their own home – much like I did myself. I don’t always workout AT HOME, but that is where I am still most comfortable. I can throw on whatever clothes I want and go into our living room or fitness room and knock out an awesome workout without having to drive anywhere or do anything other than WORK. I’ve also┬álearned that I like to change my scenery every once in a while. Some days I’ll do Beachbody at-home workouts on our back porch or even at the playground with pull-ups in between or while I’m traveling I’ll do what I can do in a hotel room or wherever I’m staying. I HAVE NO EXCUSES to get [even shorter] workouts in no matter where I am!




I’m not knocking the gym – it’s just not my workout location of choice. As a personal trainer, I NOW KNOW what the heck I’m doing when it comes to weights and variations with workouts but 80% of the people who join a gym don’t … and I can sympathize with them. It’s overwhelming at times – which is why I enjoy being a part of others’ day as a group fitness instructor.




Even now, I enjoy Beachbody LIVE group fitness formats for my OWN workouts because the music drives your workout and you can just focus on form and technique.



What are your preferences when it comes to location and workouts?

Do you like creating your own programming or want someone else to do the thinking?

HI! I'M KAT - I am a pug-mom, wife, NASM Certified Personal Trainer, & Fitness Coach focusing on living the fit life while tackling work, coaching others - doing it all! My blog is to hold me accountable for all the goals I plan on accomplishing and also a way for me to try to inspire others through my own experiences - if I can do it ANYONE can! Fitness is a huge part of my life as well as travel and seeing all that life has to be lived! PAY IT FORWARD!

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    June 15, 2015, 10:01 am

    I go through a love/hate relationship with the actual gym. But I do love getting outside and doing DVDs at home. Once I get back into the swing of it that way, then the physical gym isn’t so bad again ­čÖé
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    June 15, 2015, 11:29 am

    I love working out at home also. So easy and keeps me on track!
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    June 16, 2015, 2:27 pm

    I prefer working out at home too! It’s just easier and more comfortable.

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    June 16, 2015, 3:24 pm

    I like at home workouts too, but every so often I CRAVE a Body Pump class so off I go to the gym.
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    June 17, 2015, 11:48 am

    I love at home workouts! So much easier to fit around a full time job, rather than going to the gym. I love how much more comfortable it is too!
    Thanks for sharing.

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