I had a burst of inspiration yesterday regarding working out at home. It was in no small way inspired by this image: “we can do hard things.”
And you know what? I CAN do hard things! Thus, I needed an at-home solution to supplement my running and personal trainer workouts.
I keep hearing people talk about Bodyrock.tv, which is short burst interval training and the videos are free. I checked them out, and they give you the exercises but they don’t do them with you in real-time. Instead, they encourage you to buy an interval timer and other equipment necessary to do the exercises. (Like I need to buy MORE stuff!)
I find that with strength training, I either need someone doing the exercises with me, or telling me when to switch and what to do next. I don’t do so well with that out on my own.
Back to the Bodyrock site – and I swear I’m not a prude (far from it, in fact) – there are the images of the main trainer all over the site that are a bit, well, pr0n-y. I’m all about showing off a fit body – and she definitely has one – but I don’t need all the T&A to go with it!
However, I was going to try it until I was researching interval timer apps for my Nexus One and I realized I already had the perfect app for my exercise needs.
[the link is a bit wonky – choose your country, then choose “NTC” from the left navigational menu]
It is for iOS devices – iPod Touch, iPhone, iPad – and it’s completely FREE. Who doesn’t love free? 😉
Here’s the trailer for the app.
Yes, they’re in the same skimpy workout wear, but they’re too busy kicking ass to worry about their cleavage. Strong is the new sexy, am I right?
The NTC app gives you options of what you want to “get”:
- Lean = high interval cardio drills to slim down
- Toned = light weights and intervals to add definition
- Strong = increased weights and reps to build strength
- Focused = 15-minute workouts to target specific areas
Now anyone who has worked out in their lives knows that you can’t spot reduce, but the Focused routines concentrate on a specific body area to supplement your regular cardio workout: arms, legs, abs, etc. They’re really not kidding when they say “focused” – the ab buster routine is a killer!
Within each section, you’re asked what your skill level is: beginner, intermediate or expert and the routines are tailored to you based on your answers. In addition, most of the exercises don’t need equipment and the ones that do you only need minimal equipment. Heck, I don’t have a medicine ball, so I either use a free weight (for Russian twists) or I don’t use anything, but still do the exercise.
There’s a great variety of the exercises in the app. They also have rewards based upon the minutes you’ve clocked in the app; hit a certain level and a new workout is unlocked. I noticed last night that they’re also releasing a new athlete workout every month. I can’t wait to try the Laura Enever (pro surfer) workout. Looks intense!
The other thing I love about the app is that if you’re not familiar with the exercise, they have a video for each exercise that you can play to see just how to do it!
Did I mention it’s FREE? 😉
My favorite routines are in the Strong category and last night I did the 30-minute “Drill Sergeant” intermediate routine and I tell ya’, it kicked my butt! At about minute 23, I was starting to fade and I had to tell myself “you can’t get strong by being weak!”
It worked! 🙂
Got my Thanksgiving Day “turkey trot” 5k tomorrow morning, then I’m not leaving the house (or my pajamas!) until Saturday!
Happy Thanksgiving to all my US readers!