As I sit down to write this, I’m just back from a kick-ass leg workout that included:
- 30 weighted step ups
- 15 bench jumps
- 20 kettlebell crab walk (side-to-side squats)
- 20 split jumps (squats after jumping up onto, in my case, a tree stump)
- 15 burpee bench jumps (as if burpees aren’t enough, a bench jump after each burpee)
- 15 kettlebell squats + overhead press (squatting while holding kettlebell, then pushing the kettlebell over head)
- 24 180-degree jump squats
- 30 X-jumps (jumping jacks meets squats meets twist to touch your toes = hard)
And this was just round one — of two! Challenging (obviously) – but damn it, I did it. With 5 minutes or so for stretching at the end, the entire workout took me about 35 minutes. It’s all part of a $20/month app program I use from my phone, called Sweat. I’ve been doing this fitness program for 16 weeks, to date, and each week builds on the last.
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I workout 5-6 days a week, from wherever I am. I do not have (nor do I need) a gym membership. I have all I need: a yoga mat, two 8-pound weights, and a 25-pound kettlebell – all of which gets stored in our RV. More often than not, a picnic table serves as my bench/step up. (If we’re at an RV site with a picnic table, I use that one. Otherwise, I find one at a nearby public park. And as I shared above, sometimes a tree trunk comes in handy too.) Thanks to this program, I essentially have a fitness trainer in my pocket — instructing me on exactly what to do for each workout.
Using Sweat, I’ve managed to do all of the exercises without stepping foot in a gym. As a full-time nomad and RV-er, this app helps me stay in shape, challenging me to increase my strength and stamina, one workout and one week at a time. If you’ve been following me for a while, you know that I’m also a bit of a salsa dancing addict. Nomadic fitness has officially become a reality. Now, not only do my boyfriend and I find the local hot spots for salsa dancing wherever we are, I also get my strength-building workouts in. No matter what.
My having a no-matter-what attitude about working out, wasn’t always the case. But since my mid-30’s I’ve consistently made fitness a priority. As I write this, I’m 42 years old, and unquestionably plan on having a long, healthy, agile and active life. I make time for exercise – no excuses. Whether I feel like it or not, my workouts are non-negotiable.
In this one, my dog, Cosmo, helped. 😉
“Burpees are my friend. I love burpees.” This is my burpee mantra. 🙂 Believe it or not, at times these words have felt true. Broad jump burpees are, honest to God, my favorite. I think they’re fun. I know, weird, right?
Excuses be gone! In my soon-to-be-released book, “The Book of Brules”, chapter 6 is all about making fitness a no-excuses, no BS, non-negotiable part of your daily life and how one little decision can make this happen. For reals. [Check back for the link to purchase, coming soon.]
In the mean time, here’s to feeling at home in your body, at home in your heart, and at home in the world.
What’s YOUR fitness routine? What keeps you motivated and committed to showing up for your workouts?
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May your dreams always inspire more than they intimidate,
Tara Sage Steeves