I don't work out at the gym either...
a) I don't drive and the closest gym is about an hour walk away (I also have small children) and things that need to get done at home... it wouldn't be realistic for me to walk them for 2 hours to and forth from the gym on top of time spent there. I guess I could take a bus... but sounds like too much inconvenience to me and extra time wasted as well for what it's worth.
b) We are on a tight budget.
I do cardio DVDs at home in my living room. I use Coach Nicole's 10 minute jump rope intervals and repeat it. I modify her routine to be more intense to suit my fitness level and basically use it to time my intervals for HIIT. I play it 3 times to equal 30 mins of HIIT.
I do Jillian Michael's Banish Fat, Boost Metabolism as my alternative cardio. It's a fun and challenging routine I enjoy doing. I also modify to be more intense to suit my fitness level. She has some strength-oriented intervals and during those I perform high intensity cardio moves; extra high knees, jumping jacks (kick outs), jump rope (kick outs), butt kicks, etc.
To warm up for my ST program I do 10 minutes of HIIT followed by a circuit training video (don't mind the extra calories burned). I just finished JM's Ripped in 30 and am going to start Killer Buns and Thighs next week.
My ST program includes; deadlifts, squats, lunges, calf raises, overhead presses, bench presses, bent over rows, alternating bicep curls, shoulder raises... I'm making some slight modifications to it next week. I was trying out 3 full body routines per week but I'm going back to my split routine (2 days lower, 2 days upper) because I prefer that setup.
I have adjustable dumbbells and I use my husband's workout bench and barbell. Would love to get a pull up bar... been trying to convince my husband we *need* one. ;) His buddy who also works out at home (has more machines than us) told him the other day how pull up bars are the ultimate tool for a sculpted back and arms... he seemed intrigued, so maybe we'll finally get one.
Take your focus off the Marshmallow. www.leangains.com/2010/01/marshmallo
"Toning" is marketing muscles to women who are afraid if they pick up a barbell, they'll leave the gym looking like She-Hulk. If you don't want to get bulky, lift heavy!
I can bench Nicole Richie, eat more than she does in a day before noon, I have a good 20 lbs on her but could still wear her pants.
All that matters is that you be the healthiest you, you ca
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