I Changed My Body Working Out at Home

When I started my journey about a year and a half ago, I honestly had no idea what I was doing. I thought in four weeks I would have a flat stomach, and at the end of the 12-week program I was doing, I would definitely have the six-pack abs I had been dreaming of since I had my first daughter in 2005.

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After the first four weeks of my fitness journey, I saw progress but was discouraged that the change wasn’t as dramatic as I had hoped it would be. Judging by all the media and advertisements pushed at my face since I could remember, I wasn’t sure I could achieve the major transformation I was looking for, but I continued on. Social media makes us believe everything should be quick and easy. As I got deeper into my journey I learned anything worth pursuing is quite the opposite. I also found self love, determination, and happiness along the way.

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There is a common misconception that in order to get fit you need tons of equipment, a gym membership, a super strict diet — the list goes on. The single most important piece of advice I can give anyone is, find out what works best for you

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My workouts are done 90% at home. While I own some basic pieces of equipment, I don’t have a traditional home gym. (You can read about the minimalistic make-shift gym I have at home here.) I have a very inexpensive membership ($10/mo) so on days I do feel like working out away from home I can. I run a mile, taking different routes frequently 4-5 days a week. Everything else is done at home.

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Here’s what every other trainer doesn’t want you to know: you don’t need anything. You don’t need equipment. You don’t need a gym membership. You need drive, commitment, and body weight exercises combined with cardio. That’s. It. You know how you hear about people in prison that come back and join society ripped? How do you think they do that in a tiny space? Push-ups, pull-ups, jumping jacks. Basic exercises that work. I admit there’s a little more to it than that, but all the misinformation out there is purely gimmick and advertising. 

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The difference between the workouts I used to do and what I do now are like night and day. I used to try to use every piece of equipment at the gym and stay on trend with the newest classes. Now I do what I enjoy — Asana Rebel, mixed cardio, deadlifting heavy, and bodyweight + resistance exercises. I only go to the gym now to get some time alone (lol). 

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From my transformation above, you can see my waist is smaller and my glutes have grown. This has been my goal from the get go. And I didn’t use any gimmicks or a glute guide to get here, because results are based on individual needs. I’m not saying guides don’t generally work, but eventually your body responds negatively — either by injury or plateau. Just remember to find what suites your body and only do anything based on need and enjoyment. 

Asana Rebel body weight exercises inspired by yoga

Mobility and strength lifting

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Bodyweight strengthening

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Apps I love to use at home:

Keelo

Asana Rebel

SWORKIT 

You can do this. For at home workouts, you can search the hashtag #sculptbyal on Instagram. 

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