Working out outdoors, at home, and indoors? Plus a workout streak

If you’ve been following my blog for years, you know I LOVE fitness classes especially HIIT and spin classes.  Besides the 6+ months the last semester of law school/bar prep, that I was using SWEAT/BBG and Classpass religiously. Eventually, found BBG kinda boring.  Plus I hate working out at home.  Especially when you live in an apartment and have neighbors below you.  (Sorry for all those burpees).

img_1329At the beginning of the pandemic, in mid-March, I decided to do another workout streak to get ready for running season. I told myself I’d stop when things went back to “normal”(LOL that’s never happening). Now I’m on day 168 and going. When will I stop? I don’t know. I’ve never done anything for this long consistently.

Obviously because I workout everyday, I switch up my workout – one day is running, the next day is upper body, etc.  It was still sorta cold outside when this all started.  I ran a decent amount but also started working out with one of my favorite trainers via Zoom.  It was a small group training schedule like every other day at 9:30am.  It was great until I couldn’t do the live workouts anymore because I had (virtual) court more often.

Then I found Obe. And I’ve been hooked ever since.  I’ve always had a decent amount of workout equipment at home (i.e. resistance bands, jump rope, 15lb weights, 8lb weights, etc.) so I didn’t need to buy any equipment but a lot of workouts, especially HIIT ones or cardio ones did not need equipment.  In addition to 28 minute live workouts, there’s also thousands of on-demand workouts to choose from. Plus there’s longer (45-60 minute classes) and shorter (10 minute classes) to do! They also create specialized challenges (a set of workouts to do everyday for a specified period of time) if you can’t decide.  Obe really changed the game for me. I can workout anytime of the day no matter my schedule.  Plus the price is a lot cheaper than fitness classes (depending on your membership, it can range from $16.59 a month for an annual membership to $27 a month)

I broke two resistance bands during pandemic so I bought new resistance bands plus ankle weights for sculpt classes!

I also really enjoy that Obe tracks my workouts for me. I also have a separate excel spreadsheet to track my workout streak. Screen Shot 2020-08-30 at 1.00.14 PM

Recently, I started doing Crossfit which sounds insane but I really like it.  It’s intense and being at a gym feels weird in the time of covid (all the classes are outdoors and very spaced out) but I do feel a difference being around people. Slightly more motivated when  there’s a trainer 6 feet in front of me.

Admittedly, once the weather gets colder I’m not sure I’d go workout indoors.  A lot of gyms are opening up at 1/3 capacity. I’m not sure if I even want to.  Just knowing that winter is coming and maybe a second wave has me trying to be outdoors as much as possible.  Honestly, if I miss anything it’s the team sports like flag football.

Someone asked me what I was training for and I’m not sure.  There’s no marathon or half to train for (both Brooklyn half and Chicago marathon were both cancelled) and I’m not sure it matters.  I’ve always found that working out calmed me down and kept me more grounded. For example, I worked out straight through bar prep which is kinda insane when you think about the fact that I was studying 12+ hours a day. I also found that it kept me more centered throughout quarantine. That being said, I do find myself stronger doing things like climbing or hiking.

Are you working out indoors anytime soon? Have you? Or would you? Or is it going to be only at-home workouts until there’s a vaccine? Thoughts?

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