Friday Five: Favorite Indoor Workouts!

Happy Friday everyone!

You made it, and guess what?! It’s Super Bowl weekend!

I’ll be watching the game with my family and the dogs (Brady LOVES watching Tom Brady play. Just kidding, he mostly sleeps.) I’m excited for some yummy eats, funny commercials, and hopefully a good game.

Tom Brady gif. 2 Generations Running

Poor Tom. I hope he finds someone to high-five on Sunday.

Today, I’m participating in the Friday Five Link-Up once again, hosted by Eat Pray Run DC, Mar on the Run, and You Signed Up for What?. The topic for today: favorite indoor workouts.

Friday 5 Link-UpI’ve recently started doing TONS of indoor workouts, from Fitnessblender videos on Youtube to different workouts on Gigabody, and yesterday, I did a strength workout from the Runners’ World website that’s supposed to ward off runner’s knee issues (and holy crap, was that tough!).

Gigabody review and giveaway

I didn’t always enjoy these types of workouts though. More like, I hated them. My first experience with workout videos came when I was probably 12 or 13 and I attempted a pilates workout DVD that we had laying around. It was only 25 minutes long, so I figured it couldn’t be too bad. Haha, famous last words

Pilates. 2 Generations RunningBy the end of the workout, I was in actual tears over how hard it was. I was a bit dramatic and high-strung, what can I say.

It took me a long time to realize it’s not about completing every single exercise perfectly for every single rep – it’s about trying, and coming back to that workout regularly enough that you actually give yourself time to improve. (After the first time I did that pilates video, I don’t think I tried it again till college). It’s about knowing your limits, so you don’t injure yourself – but also pushing yourself.

So what would be my favorites of these videos? Well here are a few videos that I have done many times and really enjoy:

1. Fitnessblender Tank Top Arms (at just around 10 minutes, this video is a cinch to squeeze in on a busy day, but it packs a punch! I’ve been doing this video since the end of the summer, and I finally feel like I have toned, strong arms.)

2. Fitnessblender’s Total Body Barre Workout. I’ve heard such positive things about pure barre workouts and really wanted to give it a try for myself, so I was really excited to discover fitnessblender had made a video featuring their exercise techniques. It’s another great workout that will leave your thighs and butt burning.

3. Fitnessblender’s 10 minute Abs. Yep, it’s another quick one. But if you’re starting out and are kind of intimidated by the idea of an hour long core workout (the way I was), then this is a great way to start!

4. Gigabody’s video, Anni’s Force Fitness Cardio Kickboxing. Another great workout though you will need a bit more space for all the jumping around, kicking and punching in this one! Be careful not to smack any family members. 😉

Runner's World Iron Strength Workout.

5. And finally, the Runners’ World Iron Strength workout. I’m not sure if I should call this one of my “favorites”, (especially when I’m not entirely sure I’ll be able to walk today or tomorrow), but it is definitely a challenge. And it’s one that I’m going to force myself to keep coming back to, because I would really LOVE to strengthen my quads, hamstrings, and glutes so that I can banish this runner’s knee issue once and for all (because frankly, it sucks and I want to run again). Though, I freely admit that there were times when I was cursing Dr. Metzl and calling him Dr. Evil as he walked through the exercises. But I find a little aggression is good for workouts. 😉

What are your favorite indoor workouts? Do you enjoy workout videos? 


Welcome to the New Blog + a Giveaway!

Welcome to 2 Generations Running!

Tada! I hope you guys like the new look, I’m so excited about it! I’ve been so thrilled with this new design that I’ve pretty much been working on it non-stop for the past week, which is why I’m revealing it so much sooner than I expected.

Excited for 2 Generations Running.

You might notice this is not the first post – don’t be confused, I had to transfer over old race recaps and favorites that I didn’t want to lose. But this is the first real post of 2 Generations Running! The name (as you may have guessed) is obviously a reference to the fact that my mom and I run together, as I still want that to be a key focus of this blog. However, it’s a lot shorter and easier to remember than Adventures of a Mother-Daughter Running Duo. (Another problem with that title was that as I got older, people thought I was the Mom in the duo, so it was a bit confusing). 

2 Generations Running.If you previously subscribed to my posts (i.e., you’d like to be emailed when I publish a new post), PLEASE subscribe again! You can do it over in the sidebar super easily –> I ALSO went ahead and made a Facebook page for 2 Generations Running, so if you’re on facebook, I’d love for you to like my page  I promise to share my posts and other fun content. If you go over to my page now, you’ll see I posted a video of the most adorable workout you’ll ever see there this morning. I can’t watch it without smiling.

Speaking of workout videos, I mentioned a few posts ago that as part of my SweatPink ambassadorship, I was getting to test out and review Gigabody, a site with tons of great workout videos. As a special reward for being such great readers of my blog and to celebrate the new launch of 2 Generations Running, I’ll be giving away one free month of Gigabody membership to a lucky reader!

Gigabody Giveaway and Review. 2 Generations Running.

 

One of the things I like about Gigabody over Fitnessblender is that the videos on Gigabody feel a bit more like a fitness class you might take at the gym – the videos have music, the instructors are enthusiastic and motivating, and they’re ranked by intensity level. So if you know upper-body strength is your weakness, it’s easy to find a beginner workout for that.

gigabody review and giveaway.

You can also find a workout by selecting the duration and type of workout you feel like! I’ve been wanting to try some of the flexibility workouts, because I KNOW that’s something I need to work on that would probably help my running too.

Gigabody review and giveawayGigabody also keeps track of the workouts you’ve done, which I think is a nice, motivating touch!

So if your New Years Resolution had something to do with exercising or hitting the gym more frequently, this is the giveaway for you! To enter, please use the following link which will take you to the Rafflecopter giveaway I’ve set up:

Enter this Giveaway!

I’d love to hear how you like the new title and look of the blog! Also, what type of workout video from Gigabody is most appealing to you?