2020 has been anything but “another normal year“ for all of us. Whether you have been directly affected by COVID-19 with the loss of a job, suddenly becoming tasked with working from home and homeschooling your kids, if you or someone you know personally has had the virus, cancelled vacations and weddings, being unable to go to your favorite restaurants, stores, or to the gym, or simply the inconvenience of wearing a mask in public places as the country opens back up, we’ve all been affected in one way or another.
In the months of quarantine, my gym being closed affected me more than anything else. Going to the gym each day was a huge part of my routine, so questions began arising. How was I going to stay in shape? Am I going to lose all my progress? I wasn’t equipped with what I thought I needed for a home gym, or even for simple at-home workouts. All I had was a resistance band. What good would that do me? I could run everyday, but cardio wasn’t my priority.
“Comfort is your biggest trap and coming out of comfort zone your biggest challenge.”Manoj Arora
While I was looking for answers, and as I would scroll through Instagram, it quickly became evident I wasn’t the only one searching for another way. Many Instagram Fitness Influencers were capitalizing on at-home workouts with no equipment needed, and they certainly had a market for it! See the posts below from Ashleigh Jordan and Lauren Drain, and these are only two of endless posts and ideas! I took what I learned and posted to my own Instagram page to help and motivate my followers as well, and that post is shown below too.
I was already planning on pursuing a year of full-time travel, so the gym being closed was a blessing in disguise for me. During quarantine, we did acquire a set of dumbbells and created a makeshift home gym, but I knew I would not have that luxury, or immediate access to a gym at all times while living on the road. It forced me out of my comfort zone sooner than later, as I was going to have to open up to the idea of at-home workouts, or really “anywhere” workouts soon enough.
We were recently boondocking at Henry’s Lake in Idaho, and I pulled my resistance band out, laid a towel down as a usually do, and began my workout overlooking the lake. I did glute bridge resistance band pulses, donkey kick-backs, squats, lunges, and crunches. As I was doing this, It occurred to be that COVID-19 could have very well changed the way we all view workouts. Except for those of us already equipped with an in-house gym, we were all scrambling to think outside the box for ways to stay fit and making progress. This led me to create a survey on my Instagram story asking followers if they preferred at home workouts or going to the gym. To my surprise, the majority of survey takers preferred at home workouts! If I asked the same question this time last year, I believe the results would have been very different.
With this being said, I also believe we’re at a time for virtual coaching programs, particularly Beachbody On Demand to really excel. Rather than paying for a gym membership, you can pay for a Challenge Pack including Shakeology or Pre/Post Workout, a nutrition guide and recipe book, a yearly subscription of Beachbody on Demand, and me or another coach to encourage and hold you accountable. All you need is a light and medium set of dumbbells and the courage to complete the program from anywhere, no gym needed. Millions of people are seeing real results with this program, and are able to complete it around their schedule without ever having to leave the house.
I would love to hear if and how COVID-19 has changed your views of working out, if you prefer the gym or at home workouts (and if this preference changed during quarantine), and if you have participated in virtual coaching in the past, if you are currently, or if you would be interested in participating in the future. As a Beachbody Coach myself, I would love to help you reach your fitness goals!