Hey girl hey. And boy.
After publishing my post in January on Tips To Start Working Out, I thought I’d stop being an athletic hypocrite and start working out for real. 😂 I did Pilates with Blogilates back in 2015 but I quickly fell out of it and felt it was too hard after a while. But this time, I decided to print out her March 2018 calendar and cut out the days to match up with 2019 (I could’ve signed up but I had to make it hard on myself -_-) and added the Youtube videos to my playlist. The best thing about Blogilates is that it’s free, you can find everything on Youtube and it actually gets your heart pumping without having to pay a gym membership or go through the struggle of boring equipment. We’ll get to results later but here’s how I fit pilates into my schedule.
On the Blogilates site, you can find calendars to match your month that are available to fill out as you go online or print out to check off. Personally, I like when things are physical (get it? yeah I’ll stop) so I like to tape my calendar to my wall. Also, make sure you sign up for Blogilates; it’s completely free and you get access to all the latest calendars. At the bottom of the calendar, you’ll see a download button and the fillable chart you can do online. Here’s my April one ready to go for tomorrow.
There’s one body part focus every day and the first few days left me sore but then I stopped having muscle soreness later because I probably kept skipping workouts and relaxing the second it gets intense but baby steps, okay? 😂 There are 3-5 workouts per day and so your workouts range from half an hour to an hour. Cassey is such a great instructor though so it won’t be too overwhelming and on school days, I woke up an hour earlier or did some in the afternoon after homework. I also created a Youtube playlist ahead of time so I can just hit play.
My favourite thing about Pilates is that all you need is your body and a mat/towel. My room is rugged so sometimes I go without a towel. My usual workout clothes consist of leggings and a T-shirt and omg guys I started fitting into these leggings really well but maybe that’s because I got used to it. And obviously, deodorant because these workouts actually make you sweat – it’s crazy. I always need to have my hair up in a ponytail because low feels uncomfortable and buns won’t be comfortable if you have to be on your back during ab workouts. Music is also a huge one. I’ve been blasting Alec Benjamin every time it got around to Tuesday and I knew my movements ahead of time or when a workout is long. Thanks a lot, Izzy, now I’m obsessed. 😂 So yeah, that’s all for essentials.
Like I said earlier, I was slacking so much when it came to finishing every single workout and doing it the professional and non-beginner way so no, I didn’t lose any weight. 😂And it didn’t help that I ate junk food most of the time so that was completely on me. I found that I did get stronger and my breathing patterns got better due to all the cardio. Doing sit-ups before used to hurt my neck but now I concentrated it to pain the right places. There may be no equipment but sis your body has weights in itself. 😂 I’m finding that it got easier to get through workouts so I hope I can really see progress in April. March really helped build my confidence and make me feel like an accomplished potato. I’m glad I committed to at least 2 workouts a day for the whole month.
Out of all the workouts, PIIT was the most intense but what I love the most about Pilates is that it’s super intense for a short period of time. Aint nobody got time to go on a treadmill for an hour. I’m also glad that Cassey is such a great motivator and that she changes things up every minute to make it funner. Pilates is probably the best workout method for me (other than sports that I’ll hopefully get into once I can run without dying) and it really helped to stop my lack of movement. Still surprised why I’m not a sumo already but Pilates is probably the best way to maintain my current body shape and I want it to stay like that until I turn 50 haha. 😂
Places For Improvement
In order to really make progress, I really need to start looking out for things I should improve on:
- 2 Water Bottles A Day (2L)
- Finishing All Workouts To The End
- Junk Food Only Twice a Week
- Smaller (and more frequent) Meals (essentially don’t eat til you’re really full)
I’ll keep these in mind for April and we’ll check in during April Wrappers.
Anddd that’s all for today.
Where do you workout?
Have you heard of Pilates? Blogilates?
I’ll see you in my next post.