I eat, sleep and breathe fitness. I work in fitness. I own a Fitness Facility. My kids look forward to weekends racing or competing and our family regularly seeks out new and exciting fitness challenges. But, that wasn’t always the case.
I have older kids and a schedule that allows me to create workouts or join members in classes. But I had to start somewhere. I began years ago with runs pushing a double stroller or popping Jillian Michaels into the VCR during naptime. Working out with littles is not easy. So while I applaud our members and my clients for stepping into our space and carving out that time away from jobs, families and life responsibilities, I know the moms working out from home deserve the same accolades.
My Instagram is riddled with fitness masterminds that run the spectrum of competitive Ninjas and OCR phenoms to moms building muscle from their garage. No matter the location, sport or situation in which you grind that grit, the point is, you grind it. When the goal is large enough and loud enough to wrestle that doubt between your ears, you find the move to pin it down. You don’t question it, you simply do. My friend and Ninja Warrior Maggi Thorne is a single mom of 3 that when I asked when she worked out, she didn’t skip a beat to tell me “whenever I can”. She works out a lot at home using her door frames, molding and railings to train grip in the wee hours of the night. And she uses her local track to build impressive agility prowess while her kids train in their sports. Point is, she grinds.
Scaling a door frame for fingertip strength might not be a goal worth pushing among the Raleigh Moms Blog community, but losing baby weight, feeling stronger or minimizing that belly flab probably is. So how about starting at home, at the beginning. The beginning of your staircase. Yup, your staircase can provide a slew of fantastic exercises worthy of a post. But first, a quick tip on mastering the second most common Functional Fitness goal I hear about…the pull-up’s cousin, The Push-Up.
Smart Tips to Mastering the Push-Up
OK, now it’s time to begin. No need to clean, tell your kids to go away or put the dog in the kennel. All three of those things happily didn’t occur before my younger son pressed record. I got nose close to dog hair guys. And I think you can hear my son mention he has to pee. Insert eye roll.
Jumpstart Your Fitness With A Quick Stair Workout
I regularly tell our members and clients to start at the beginning. So please, do the same. Work at your own pace and do as many reps as you can. I’m looking for 10-12 reps and 3-4 sets of these. That’s 10-12 total, so split for each leg. Push yourself just enough and bring on the sweat. If this doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.
Tell me your thoughts in the comments below. Do you want more of the same? Was this a walk in the park for you? Drop a line when you’ve finished your workout…You Got This, Mama!