Workout Indoors (with a scrawny, fit instructor: Me)

18 Jan

Dearest Readers,

It’s 2011! Tra la la! And with the final year before all of our deaths (according to the Mayan calendar anyways), now is the time to be making real changes. Ah New Years Resolutions: An excuse to say you are going to do all the things you should have already been doing. My favorite. The top New Years Resolution across the board is weight loss. Big surprise there. However, let’s be honest, we are in college, and we have limited time to lose weight or gain muscle. Not to mention it’s cold, and Ping is oh so far away (like a five minute walk….I could easily lose a limb in this weather).

Never fear, there are ways to work out in your own dorm (seriously). And this working out isn’t just for weight loss (take it from the girl who has always been jokingly called anorexic….it’s still not funny), this plan is to tighten and tone your body so you look and feel better. And for all the already skinny kids out there, there is still a difference between skinny and healthy. Let’s just aim for healthy in a season where imagery includes being bundled by a fireside with hot cocoa (and probably a bag of tostitos…and salsa….and cheese dip).

My mother is a personal trainer (I know this sounds cool, but it’s always an ego hit when your mom is more fit than you), so with her professional guidance and my amateur suggestions, we’ll create various workouts that can be done in your dorm room or your house. And I’ll be doing them with you (and trust me, I am very uncoordinated so I will capture it on camera for amusement purposes).

So let’s start at the beginning: setting realistic goals. Let’s not pretend you are going to work out everyday. Go for 2 days a week, or if you already do 2 days go for 3 (that is my goal). Just make it reasonable and convenient. My mother (I will be calling her the Fitness Oracle from now on) says that the number one problem is that people don’t make exercising fit into a convenient spot in their schedule, so they won’t do it. Try to work out with at least one friend, because you will motivate each other and make sure you actually work out (yes the bed looks so nice and you could be getting so much homework done….but fitness comes first during the designated fitness time). Set these times into your schedule, so that they will work almost every week. Plan on including cardio, arms, legs, and abs. Maybe some days you have less time, so one could be easier than the other. Finally, watch what you eat. The fitness oracle says that many women expect to see results, but their new muscles are hidden under a layer of fat that comes solely from what they consume. Ouch. Make your goals for yourself reasonable, because you don’t want to set yourself up for failure. And just to be clear, no results will be instantaneous and your muscles may not end up bulging and huge by the end, but you will see a difference from the way your arms look to the way you carry yourself.

My goal: Work out three times a week, and to see improvement of some kind in my arms. I have included a picture below of my incredibly scrawny arms (if you zoom in 100 and ten million you can see mild tone). According to the fitness oracle, if you want to see arm definition, you have to be working them three times a week. So let’s do this.

My large arm muscles....obvi

Coming up: how to incorporate your room into your workout, how to make killer abs with daily doses, and new workouts for every part of your body.

Get pumped!

Sincerely,

The Toned Toothpick Teacher (T3)

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5 Responses to “Workout Indoors (with a scrawny, fit instructor: Me)”

  1. Myriah January 18, 2011 at 7:33 pm #

    Very funny, can’t wait for the next instalment.

  2. Rebecca January 19, 2011 at 12:43 am #

    check out OU Ping Fitness. Group fitness classes are FREE. They’re also having an indoor triathlon in March.

  3. Tami January 19, 2011 at 3:54 pm #

    Wow! You really do listen!

  4. Sara January 25, 2011 at 8:06 pm #

    You are too funny.. I’m so excited for this!

  5. jesscadle January 26, 2011 at 4:07 am #

    Rebecca,
    Thanks for the suggestion, and don’t worry I am in love with Ping classes (I take 2-3 per week…my favorites being HardCore and TNT). However, I am trying to find an alternative for people who want other workout options…especially options that don’t involve walking in the cold to Ping!
    And thanks everyone for the comments (I love comments).
    Much love,
    T3

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