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Tiffany, Week 11: A Workout For The Kids

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Up until this challenge I’ve never been a member of a large gym. I love the gym my employer has for its employees inside the building. I’ve had much success there and love the trainers, classes, equipment, and trails around the facility. I thought it would be a hard sell for me to feel at home in a large gym. Well I’m here to tell you that no matter what the size, it’s the work you do inside the gym that matters.

Because they’re too young, the kids don’t get to use the facility at Gold’s Gym. However my personal trainer, Lass, developed a program Anna could do at home. It’s four simple body weight exercises that will build cardio and strength in one. And best of all, it only needs to be done three times a week! I’m going to share with you what Lass told with me. (Lass, I hope you don’t mind me giving out your secrets.)

Start off by stretching and getting the body limber. Then do 12 jumping jacks, 12 body weight squats, 12 overhead presses and 12 toe touches. Now repeat those moves 4 times.

Our experience at Gold’s Gym has been nothing but wonderful. I know that our personal trainers will be friends of ours for life. They want nothing but the best for us and expect nothing from us but our best. I know that after this challenge Andy and I will become members at Gold’s Gym. We cannot imagine that gym not being a part of our lives and the kids can’t imagine not having the Kids Club (daycare) either. The staff in the Kids Club is always so nice and happy to see the kids.

What kinds of workouts do you do with your kids? Post a comment and let me know!

Peggy, Week 11: What To Know On Your First Day At A New Gym

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We just joined Tilton Fitness and our first two days there have been very promising. The gym assigned two trainers to our family: Ann Erik is training me and my husband. TJ Loos is training Michael and Amanda. Ann is willing to push us each according to our own limits. She is aware of Peter’s diabetes and knee injury, and she has tailored his exercise routine accordingly. She also recognizes that I have been a couch potato, so we are starting out slow. At least she thinks it is slow. My arms and legs would say otherwise! TJ is young, so he speaks the same language as the kids. Amanda and Michael both like him.

Yesterday, Peter and I met with Ann for an hour. We began our session with the elliptical, to warm up, followed by the ropes–it seems every gym likes the giant’s shoelaces. Weights, resistance bands, stairs and more cardio rounded out our first session.

Michael and Amanda met us for Bodypump. This class is a series of weight bearing exercises put to music. We all worked to our own level. Personally, I found the music made the time go faster. Everyone liked the class, so I think it will become a family activity.

I am off this week, so Peter and I are going to try Spin class in the morning, if we can still move!

The most important thing to remember on your first day is: it is your first day! Do not expect miracles. This is your starting point—and there are great things to come.

What do you remember about your first day at the gym? Post a comment and tell me!

Challenge Yourself: Sneak in Exercise

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Today Elizabeth shared her secret for workout success:

Slow and steady is the best way to make it a part of your lifestyle.

That’s an important piece of advice that you should always keep in mind. If you start with unreasonable expectations–like going from not exercising to running a marathon in two months–you’ll only set yourself up for failure.  Like Elizabeth says, any time you sneak in a little exercise adds up: You could power walk around the field or climb bleacher steps when you’re attending your kids’ sporting events, for example.

For more easy ways to squeeze in calorie-burning workouts, read our story, “Strength Exercises for Moms on the Move.”

What’s your favorite way to sneak in exercise? Share in the comments below.

Challenge Yourself: Start Power Walking

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Now that you’re striving for 10,000 steps a day and walking regularly, you may want to give your workout a little boost. Easy moves–like knee lifts or arm pumps–can turn a simple stroll into a power walk or be used as warm-ups before you get going. See all our beginner power walking exercises here.

What’s your favorite power walk move? Tell us in the comments below.