Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Life in New York City

 

I have a guest post for you guys today!! My good friend Keri that I met through one of the GPP intensives.

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This lady is one motivated chica. She lives in New York City, and often does workouts in her apartment! She makes it work and she gets the work done!

Here is Keri with some tips to get your workout done no matter where and how much space you have.

It is hard to deny that living in New York City is pretty amazing.  The city is one of the most diverse places in the world in terms of people and things to do and see.  It hosts some of the best in entertainment, the arts, museums, health and wellness, shopping, higher education, festivals, food and drink-- whatever your interest, you’ll find it in New York City.  However, in terms of real estate, you don’t exactly get a lot for your money.  That being said, we New Yorkers can get pretty creative with the space we have.

Welcome to my 300 sq. (max) studio apartment in the Upper Westside of Manhattan:

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I wouldn’t call it small per se, but rather quaint and cozy.  I love my little home and find that I can get a lot of things done in this space.  To illustrate my point, I would like to show you how I can get my GPP Fitness workout done in the comfort and privacy of my little palace.  Since having a car in New York is more trouble than it’s worth (we prefer bikes), on days when walking/biking to the gym is just not an option, working out at home is a great alternative.

In order to workout at home, besides some space (which I clearly have ), you need the right equipment.  Hence this handy storage unit:

Inside I have a collection of fitness equipment, including two sets of weights (5lb. and 10lb. dumbbells), a weighted vest, a bunch of 2.5lb. sandbags, a jump rope, resistance bands, a yoga mat, and a stability ball.  I even have 4 bricks taped together for a challenge I did this past fall (the GO RUCK Challenge), but that is another story all together.  

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Take this workout for example:

For kettle bell swings, I put my sand bags into a bag and that does the trick:

This bag or my weight vest also allows me to do the row alt.  Alts and subs are key when working with limited facilities.

For box jumps:

Have you ever tried to jump up to the third stair?  It can be dangerous, but I like the added challenge.

For jump rope, I can actually do it inside my apartment, but if not, the hallway will suffice, or the laundry room in the basement, or the outside spaces on the side and back of our building.  Yes, I have used them all!:

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And, to time my intervals, I have this nifty interval timer:

And then when my workout is complete, I can clean up, eat up a healthy breakfast, and get my meditation on:

 

And this is the way I stay healthy in my humble abode.

**Thanks Keri!

Where is the most creative way you got your workout on?