Having done home workout programs for around 6 years and now being a coach to help others get healthier without having to invest in a personal trainer, I often get questions over on social media from people who are curious about working out at home and whether it actually works! Like seriously, you can actually get in the best shape of your life without a gym membership, having to travel or investing in a personal trainer (because we’re not all Beyonce who can likely afford a daily PT session or two!).
So I thought I’d compile some of the questions I get asked on a regular basis from you guys and share my answers! Enjoy!
Can I get the same results as going to the gym, just working out in my living room when I have kids, a dog and lots of distractions (er… hello laundry!)?
Okay, so in short - YES! But just because it’s at home doesn’t mean you get to take it easy! What I would say to someone who asked this question is that it sounds like they have a busy life and how often are they actually getting to the gym? To make changes to your health and body it takes consistent effort over time. So are you making it to the gym 3 - 4 times a week currently? I’m going to take a wild guess and say that the answer is ‘no’ because most people with kids and busy lives can’t commit to that… what i mean is 3 - 4 times a week in a gym is a huge time commitment - the travel time, finding a parking space, getting changed, doing the workout (30 - 60 minutes I’m guessing?), heading to the shower, getting dressed, finding the car (I ALWAYS forget where I park!) and then getting home in traffic. I would estimate that this whole experience takes up 1 - 2 hours at a time, all in. Times that by 3 - 4 days a week…
At home, if you are plugged in to one of the hundreds of programs, you can follow a structured workout program which increases in intensity over time, working out for around 30 minutes a day (sometimes more, sometimes less), 4 - 6 days a week depending on your choice of program. No travel time. Straight on with your day afterwards… or into the shower upstairs!
All of the programs we follow in my online bootcamps are designed by qualified fitness trainers to get people RESULTS! Most of the workouts are made to be quick, but highly efficient.
I’m not sure I’m motivated to follow a program on my own from start-to-finish. I like the feel of doing a class at the gym, and having the support of others around me. Home workouts can’t give the same vibe as a live class can they?
Totally understand where you are coming from! I always used to go to live classes - I particularly enjoyed Insanity, Body Pump and Yoga. I couldn’t always make it to the classes though because of work, commitments… and so that would mean I’d have missed my window to do my favourite workout. Also, if you are going to classes maybe once a week on an ad-hoc basis, it’ll take you longer to reach your health goals. Following a program which targets your body in intentional ways each workout means you get results in a shorter period of time. And if you can do your workout ANYTIME OF THE DAY that works for you - so no more excuses that you’ve missed your workout window!
The key thing to starting any kind of program is support and encouragement. Members of my online bootcamp have access to a private Facebook community where we all celebrate and support each other no matter what stage someone is at in their journey. No judgement. Just love! I’d definitely argue and say that the vibe is even better than a class as it’s more interactive! Plus there are plenty of sweaty pictures shared! Quite often, as a community we’ll all do the same program at the same time, meaning we are all at the same stage with our workouts.
Occasionally we do live Zoom workouts - so we all commit to working out at the same time of day and we interactively push play on our workouts together and can workout together virtually! These are always really good fun!
So would I be doing the workouts with you live online? Do I have to video myself?!
I get asked this A LOT! The answer is ‘no’, unless you want to! So all of the workouts are on an online platform which you can access 24/7. So you basically access it at any time that suits you and away you go. Some people like to workout in the morning first thing, some people like to workout after work or in the evening - whatever works for you! Occasionally I host live Zoom workouts and you can jump on if you like and work out virtually with a group of us.
You don’t have to video yourself working out - I personally do because I like to watch back and check my form is good so I can make any adjustments I need to.
Is it expensive to access these workouts? How much does it cost?
This is a relative question - what is the price of being healthy, feeling body-confident and able to physically handle whatever life throws at you?
Access to the platform starts at £39 for a 3-month fitness pass. It’s a rolling subscription which means it auto-renews unless you cancel. Although this is the cheapest way to get started, there are other options which cost more upfront but give better value over a 12 month period. If you want to add in any of the nutritional supplement options alongside the fitness then that changes the cost too. There’s always the option to tailor it completely to what you want to achieve with your health goals and your budget - it’s completely flexible and there are no tie-ins.
I always ask everyone to complete this registration form as a starting point and I then tailor it from there: http://bit.ly/thebodypositivebootcampregistration
If you were to compare this to a gym membership which can be at the cheaper end around £15-£20 a month with no flexibility when it comes to class times, travel time etc, for me it’s a no-brainer! Working out at home wins hands down! Plus if I ever wanted to cancel, I just log-in and cancel - no awkwards conversations with a gym sales manager.
And a personal trainer - well, you’ll pay around £25 - £35 A SESSION. Yes, it’s one-on-one, but you’ll more than likely have to buy a block. So this option could cost you £200 - £400 upfront.
I’ve not done any exercise in such a long time. Would I be able to keep up with the workouts in the programs? I’ve seen some of your videos and the moves look hard!
Okay, the first thing I would say is that I’ve been doing these programs for 6 years so bear in mind that I’ve had a lot of practice and built up my strength. But… most of the workouts have what is called a ‘Modifier’ - someone who does lower impact versions of all the moves. So if you are new to fitness or haven’t exercised in a while, you can follow the Modifier and STILL GET AMAZING RESULTS! Even now, there are days where I feel like I need to modify and so I do! The important thing is just pressing ‘play’, and showing up for yourself, not how high you can jump!
So that covers the most frequent questions I get but if there’s a question you’d like me to answer then drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll come back to you. And of course, if you want to know the details of my next upcoming online bootcamps, then check out my website and let’s get you plugged in!