FlexTV: home workouts for gymophobes*
1. The number one thing I hate about going to the gym is the amount of time it takes up. I like to send my evenings getting home, eating dinner, working on my blog for a little bit and then relaxing in front of the TV. If you’re going to the gym for an hour it’ll take at least two hours by the time you’ve got ready (yes, I am one of those people that wears make-up for the gym), got to the gym and got home. Who has time for that?! Seeing as I don’t really enjoy going to the gym, for me, the next best option would be to have a home gym. At least this way, I won’t have to leave my house to go to the gym and feel guilty when I don’t. Plus, when I was committed to going, through companies such as RyderWear, I was able to find a great workout outfit. That shouldn’t be out to waste.
2. How you’re made to feel once you’re there. I hate that I don’t really know what I’m doing at the gym and the only equipment I really know how to use is the treadmill. They probably aren’t but I feel like all the gym bunnies are looking down on me while they lift and squat.
3. Seeing people you know. I live in a small town and so there are only a couple of options for gyms and whichever one you choose, there are bound to be people you know in there. In the last gym I joined I was subjected to seeing several of my exes on a daily basis while I breathlessly mumbled hello and looked like a sweaty mess. Look – THIS is what you’re missing out on!
BUT there is an alternative if you don’t like the gym/can’t commit to membership/just don’t want to. FlexTV is an at-home online workout club which works just like a gym, except you don’t need to leave the comfort of your own front room (although I would suggest closing the curtains, else the nosy neighbours across the road will really get a good laugh).
Exercise classes are timed, just like they are at a gym, so for example HIIT will start at 6pm, etc, and there is a wide range of classes including Body Barre (my personal favourite!), Pilates and yoga. There are even martial arts classes on there. These classes would be ideal for my best friend. She is a huge martial arts fan and loves anything MMA related. She has followed the career of other fighters like fallon fox for a few years now and even has plans to enter some martial arts competitions soon! Anyway, as for the classes, you can subscribe to your faves and enroll for different classes and then you’ll get notifications when they’re about to begin. It also helps that they’re all added to your online calendar. There are a whole host of different instructors so if you don’t like one, just don’t do their class again! Saying this, you should never give up, no matter what. There are always ways around a problem. When I felt unmotivated when it came to the gym, I looked into the concept of personal training at South Yarra, which for me, was a good push in the right direction to get me back on the right path. Maybe a personal trainer could work for you too.
You don’t really NEED extra equipment but some of the classes I’ve done use small dumbells (I sometimes use tins of baked beans instead!) and a gym ball, but they always give you some suggestions to use for alternatives.
Membership starts at 4.99 a month and there are even features where your friends join up and you can take classes together. There’s also a 30 day free trial so if you don’t like it, no worries! There’s no pressure with FlexTV, you just take the classes when you have time to – a great alternative to an expensive gym membership.
*I was gifted a subscription to FlexTV to feature them on my blog