JOURNEY GYM: Fitness Challenge {Review/Giveaway}

By Thursday, May 26, 2011 1,605 , , Permalink 0


A few days back I challenged my self to be better, to feel better, to put my words and thoughts into action. It is easy to talk and even easier not to act upon those words. But today it has changed. Today I began my challenge.

As you might remember from my fitness challenge post I will be working out using the new Journey Gym, which is not only portable but also easy to install and even easier to use.

The Journey Gym looks just like a suit case which makes it portable. Every single piece needed for your workout is in the case: legs, handles, bands. Even a CD with 2 basic workouts is included! You can always access over 140 exercise videos at Journey Gym.

As you may have noticed there are 3 different band colors. Each band has a different resistance which when combined can go from 5 to 100 pounds per side. the orange bands are light, the blue are medium and the green are heavy. Since I am just starting my workout I am starting with the orange bands and seeing as they offer the lowest resistance I am using both on each side…using one feels like cheating. And as I improve I will add more and more resistance to my workout.

And just to remind us where I am starting, this is me:

The Journey Gym alternates strength and cardio. That’s why there are 8 legs so you can use your Journey Gym as a step. On every routine it is recommended to alternate between strength exercises and cardio.

I decided to start with the 10 minute circuit training which (here’s a video for the exact workout I did). You get 60 seconds to do every exercise. Just remember that it is quality over quantity. It is better to do them right than to do a lot wrong ones.

The workout started with squats using both orange cables at shoulder level. The correct squat makes a 90 Degree between your butt and your legs. Open your legs at shoulder level and squat. You’ll find that you have to lean your chest a bit forward to gain some balance. Go slow.

Moving on to a basic step. Basic cardio. Then the side bend using both handles. Remember to focus on the muscle you are working with and BREATHE! I found out that I need to learn how to breathe correctly!


Cardio again! Corner to corner and make sure the knee goes up and that you cover the entire gym. You will now start feeling the burn! Heart rate should be going up by now.

Now, I had a bit of practical difficulties with this next exercise, the twisting overhead press. You start by squating and as you stand up you press making sure to twist and extend your arm instead of doing it over your head. Rotate from the core, not spine.

The hop step was my favorite! It reminded me of the few weeks when I joined my mom at her aerobics classes! They were so much fun! Another twisting overhead press. High knees, 5 on each corner. And before you even notice, you only have 60 more seconds to go…60 very painful, but well worth it, seconds!

We like to call it, the plank. It was extremely hard, I won’t lie. But after this minutes is up you are done! And don’t forget to cool down…and you can then go on with your daily routine!

Tyler and I have agreed on taking 10 minutes off our morning routine to work out and 10 more minutes after the boys go to bed. And let me tell you, honestly, it does work! Those 10 minutes worked. My knees are still shaking from my workout from 2 hours ago! I can feel my legs give a bit while I try to go up and down the stairs!

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