5AM workout club

One of the main reasons that it took me a year to start working out after the birth of my daughter was time - or the lack thereof.  As a full-time working mom, I felt that I didn't have enough time during the day to exercise.  My short-term fitness goal was to work out at least three days a week.  During the work week, I would typically wake up at 6AM, be out the door with my husband and kids around 7AM,  and return home at 6:30PM. After a mad dash, my kids would be in bed around 8PM, and hubby and I would then eat dinner.  So when to exercise?

I did not want to cram a workout in during my lunch while at work. I wanted a consistent schedule, and a full hour to work out.  If, let's say, I took a class at Equinox, I'd probably need at least 1.5 hours to exercise and shower.  That wouldn't work for me.

About 18 months ago, I dusted off some old workout videos, and decided to give it a go.  At this point, I was so out of shape that I did my first week of exercises without any weights - and I was still sore.  My husband was so encouraging, and woke me up on the days that I chose to exercise - even when I hit snooze on the alarm.

For several months, I exercised three days a week - Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, at 4:45 AM. I'd lay out my workout clothes the night before, pop in a DVD and be done and showered by 6AM. It was a challenge at first.  I had to start going to bed earlier - early morning workouts will NOT happen if you are in bed later than 11PM.

These days, I work out from home about 5-6 days a week. I've found easy to follow, challenging, high-quality exercise programs by Beachbody, and I rotate through them, adding new ones to the mix occasionally. Over the last 18 months, I've curated a small home gym. I have free weights ranging from 5-25 pounds, yoga mats, a balance ball, resistance bands, and a step. That's it.  I plan on sharing pictures of my "gym" on this blog, as well as detailed reviews of my favorite programs.  First up is the 21 Day Fix.