The Bowflex Home Gym and a New Recipe
So today’s post is one that I have been wanting to write for a while now since I have been at home, so I am really excited about it! I hope you all enjoy ❤
Throughout my time at home over the winter break, I have been trying to keep my strength training routine as close to the LiveFit trainer as possible; however, I did want to enjoy my holiday as much as I could with minimal stress, so I didn’t feel bad if I missed a gym session (I actually took four consecutive days off over the Christmas weekend).
Before Christmas, I did manage to get to the gym two three times and each time I went I wasn’t incredibly happy with my workout.
I think it’s just me being picky and stubborn though (I really love my gym at home, so the one here just isn’t satisfying me).
Luckily, I had an alternative from going to the gym
My parents own a Bowflex home gym!
Over the course of my stay at home so far I have done two workouts on the Bowflex.
My first workout was chest and triceps.
Prior to my workout I was really concerned that it would take me long, too long, to switch the amount of resistance between the different exercises and sets, switch the handle bars, and their location, etc. But, I was totally wrong! It really wasn’t that time consuming at all. I was still able to keep my rest periods at only 60 seconds! So, I was happy
Overall, I was happy with my chest workout, but seeing as how I love training my triceps, using the Bowflex had me missing free weights for some of the triceps exercises. I felt as though I could do a better overhead extension with free weights. But really, this wasn’t a huge issue – just me being picky again Seeing as how I woke up with DOMS in my chest the next morning, I would say the Bowflex worked well and I didn’t have to pay to use a gym or leave my house Double bonus! Therefore, I will be doing another chest workout this week using the Bowflex.
The second workout I did on the Bowflex was a shoulder workout. Unfortunately, I wasn’t as happy with this workout as my first. I am not sure why (perhaps I am being picky yet again), but my shoulders just didn’t feel as fatigued as they usually do after my normal shoulder workouts. On the positive side, I was able to perform every exercise required for the shoulder workout on the LiveFit trainer
The Bowflex really does allow you to do many different types of exercises, so following the LiveFit trainer would not be hard using one; however, I do love free weights much more. But, since I am home and really don’t enjoy my time at the gym here, I will be using the Bowflex for the rest of my stay
Having said that, I do not think that the Bowflex will be sufficient for leg work outs. There is something that the olympic bar and power rack have that the Bowflex just cannot deliver (IMO, at least). So, for my leg workouts I did go to the gym. I love my leg workouts and wanted to lift heavy, so I went to the gym and had a really good workouts (And I also discovered why I don’t really like the gym here – they clean right beside you. I mean, they were mopping right beside me).
Leave me alone. I am working out. Take your mop and pale and get out of my way (Shouldn’t cleaning be done at a time when there is minimal people in the gym? Not at one of the busiest hours?)
Anyways, I will probably work out three more times while I am home and I believe they will all be on the Bowflex (unless I decide to go to the gym for a good shoulder workout – we’ll see…)
Tomorrow is my back and biceps day. I’m looking forward to it as I am sure the Bowflex will make do for all of the back exercises; however, I am sure I will miss the free weights for some of the bicep exercises. Oh well. I’m back at my usual gym a week from now.
Even though I am not doing my workouts at my beloved gym back in London, I have been really enjoying my workouts lately (especially my leg workouts). During my most recent leg workout I was able to increase the weights for my squats, deadlifts, and lunges! It felt so good.
I love lifting heavy, but do you know what else I love?
Fuelling my body with good wholesome food.
Not only is physical activity important, but nutrition is important, too! Actually, nutrition is said to contribute to a whopping 80% of a healthy lifestyle!
So, it is important to refuel your hardworking body each and every day, all day long!
After my leg workout I made the most delicious protein shake ever.
OMG The Best Protein Shake Ever
1 scoop vanilla protein powder
1/2 bottle coconut water
1/2 cup pineapple
Blend all ingredients together and swoon (this is so good! You have to give it a try!)
Have you ever used a Bowflex home gym? If so, what is your opinion?
What is one of your gym pet peeves? I obviously hate the mopping around my feet, but I also really dislike when people stare at me.
Have you ever tried coconut water before? Today was my first time! Yorkton finally stepped up its game and provides me with coconut water now haha! (there was so coconut water available here this summer) It is great to have after a workout (it replaces your electrolytes), so drink up!