Sometimes it feels like if you want to get fit you need to spend a fortune on trainers, programs, nutrition guides, workout clothes, equipment, gym fees…and the list goes on. We really don’t though. These days everything—EVERYTHING we need is literally at our fingertips and most of it for free. Pinterest, instgram, blogs, it’s all there. If you’re willing to do a little research on fitness and nutrition reaching your goals is possible without spending a ton of cash.
Seven weeks ago I tapped on my fitness folder on my phone and saw all the training apps I had downloaded forever ago for free. Just sitting there waiting for me to get started.
So I took some “before” pics in my teeny bikini that didn’t fit me anymore and told myself to get my ish together and just do it.
I decided to start with NTC. The workouts are always ready for me (with demonstrations for when I have no idea what an exercise is supposed to look like), no searching on youtube and they’re always accesible on my phone. Best part is that I can use it in the comfort of my own unfinished, sorta scary looking basement (ha!) and not have to worry about spending money on a gym membership when I’m just starting out.
It had been a while since I opened the NTC app so when I did I was really surprised to see how much they’ve upped the ante with their workout programs. They’ll create a totally custom plan for you based on what your goals are. And FOR FREE. Crazytown.
I went with their 4 week START UP program focused on endurance, mobility and strength. I’m not doing any cardio other than whatever cardio I get from strength training and the differences in my body after finishing the first program have been impressive! It’s hard to wrap my mind around the idea of little cardio and mostly strength training but it works! If your goal is to gain some shapely curves while losing some fat, strength training is clearly the way to go. I guess all those fitness gurus on Instagram were right….
There’s a bit of an upfront cost if you’re starting with nothing and really want to make the most of the program by using dumbbells or kettle bells but that’s it. For the most part all you need is your own bodyweight, some motivation and you’re good to go.
Here’s my equipment list:
- 2lbs-8lbs dumbells (after 3 weeks I’m finding that I need to up my weight to 10-12lbs so those are on the list)
- 15lb kettlebell
- 25lb kettlebell
- yoga mat
- gloves (my old lady hands could do without the extra callus’ thanks and I like the extra grip)
- a low stool
- weight plates for deadlifts with barbell
I also have a treadmill, Bowflex and bike but I’m not using any of them at the moment. My dog, however, loves the treadmill. You go girl.
On the NTC app I chose to only workout 3 times a week because I knew at the very, very least I could accomplish that. Then if I was feeling extra motivated I could add in some more workouts, which surprisingly I have! I averaged 6 workouts a week on my own free will and ended up completing 25 workouts in February.
Here’ s what one of my workouts looked like today:
Recovery days are a part of your program and in order to get the best results you need to rest. Right now I’m just using one recovery day a week, usually Sunday.
These were my goals when starting:
- Improve my core. After having a 9.5lbs baby and gaining 50lbs with each pregnancy my stomach muscles are destroyed and my entire core is weeeeeak.
- Build some shoulders. I have really small, sloped shoulders and terrible posture.
- Build some glutes to help strengthen and stabilize my hips and pelvis (also ruined by children)
As far as fat goes, I had a layer of chub that gave me that “skinny fat” look but I’m not giving myself a goal weight.
After I completed the 4 week Start Up plan, I began the LEAN FIT plan. It’s a 7 week plan with 33 workouts to complete. Most are 30 minutes long and focus on mobility and endurance. Lots of legwork (typical of most of the Nike workouts) and I always get a good sweat on.
So now after 7 weeks of consistency with my training and eating, I am really happy with where I am. I’m so much stronger than I was when I started – picking up my kids isn’t hard on my back anymore and I’m loving how positive and refreshed and energized I feel after my workouts. I’m also naturally reaching for healthier food options without having to think about it too much. I say no to junk just because I know that I’ll feel blah and usually sick to my stomach afterwards so it’s just not worth it.
As for the progress pic, here is a difference of 49 days of strength training and no cardio. I’m short (5′ tall) with a petite build so I have no idea what my weight will end up at once I’ve built up a bit of muscle. For reference I started at 114lbs and I’m currently at 110lbs.
The more in shape I get the more noticeable my loose skin is, but it is what it is. Unless I want to get a tummy tuck it’s just something that I’ll always have. That’s what high waisted lulu’s are for ;)
I’m really eager to gain more muscle to help fill out some of the loose skin and stretch marks but realize it’s a slow process. Eventually it will happen – one day at time!
So! All in all, I think the Nike Training App is a great place to start if you’re interested in getting yourself in shape. Start with the Start Up Plan like I did and be realistic with your goals. It helped me get really comfortable with exercising and since I wasn’t gassing out every time I had the motivation to keep going day after day. If you end up using the NTC app, add me @naturalmommie as a friend! I share more pics on my insta stories and snapchat so you can always follow me over there too :)
If you have questions for me, let me know here or send me a DM! Always happy to share! I’ll be sharing more about food and supplements soon.
By the way, no, this isn’t a sponsored post, but if the folks at Nike happen to see this and want to send me some new sneaks in size 5.5, that’d be awesome 😎