I woke up super duper early this morning for no real reason.  I was hungry and had a while before the sun came up when I could run outside, so I ate an early breakfast of buckwheat.

The bowl included:

  • Buckwheat
  • 1 Tbsp raisins
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/4 cup Wheaties Fuel for some crunch
Once the sun came out, I headed out for a short, light jog making sure to take it easy on my knee.  I then came back in and did
  • 10 push ups
  • 20 alternating lunges
  • 15 squats
  • 10 push ups
  • 20 alternating lunges
  • 15 tricep dips
  • 10 pushups
  • 60 second plank
  • 35 crunches
  • 30 second plank
  • 30 clam crunches
  • 60 second plank
Doing my little workout at home was great, but it sure made me realize how much I actually miss going to the gym each morning.

Since I stopped teaching weekly at Butler University’s gym this past August I have not had a gym membership.  Even though I haven’t taught regularly or been able to attend a gym daily I have not let that be an excuse to allow slack in my workouts.


Here are my tips on how to survive (if you are addicted to the gym like me) and challenge your body without a gym membership, and only owning minimal equipment.

Take advantage of free trials

Check out gyms that are local to you.  Many have programs such as 14-day free trials and drop-in class fees.  Also check out some free trials of online workout sources such as PilatesAnytime.com which offers pilates videos at all levels for a 14-day free trial and then a monthly fee after that.

Participate in Community Classes

Lululemon offers free pilates and yoga classes on Saturday mornings before the store opens.  Simply by typing your city’s name and free classes or community classes will pull up more information than you think!  In my hometown (Fort Wayne) yoga classes are put on in the library for free every week.  You never know what you will find.

Look for At-Home Workouts

There are so many great resources that provide at-home workouts that you can do with little or no equipment.  Here are some of the sites that I use as resources:

  • ToneItUp.com
  • Youtube.com
  • Self.com (and the magazine)
  • Fitness.com
  • Shape.com
  • Fitsugar.com
  • Sparkpeople.com
Take Advantage of the Great Outdoors
Weather permitting, there are so many great activities to participate in outdoors that don’t cost a thing!  If you are unsure of where to run, Google is another great resource for finding great running trails throughout your city.  Mapmyrun.com is also helpful if you are aiming for distance or want to plan your route ahead of time.  Things to do outdoors:
Workout Videos
Workout videos are a staple for at-home workouts.  You can literally pop a new one in everyday so that you are never bored!
Where to find affordable workout videos:
  • Borrow/swap with a friend
  • Rent from a local library
  • Purchase them at the store….they are cheaper than a gym membership!
Partner Up!
I have had a great time experiencing new gyms as a guest of a friend who already has a membership.  Not only will you get in a free workout, but you will get to spend quality time with a great pal!
Create your own workout
Because I teach group fitness, I have created several workouts that you can view on my workout page.  By simply doing a little research, finding moves that challenge you, and getting a little creative you can piece together a workout that will keep you coming back for more!
Do you prefer to workout at the gym or at home???

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