I am off to D.C. next week for a business trip, but when I get back, I’m going to start the 12-week BodyBoss program (plus the 4-week prep program, cuz you know, out of shape). Here’s how I’m getting ready.
BodyBoss is a high-intensity interval training workout you can do at home. The program appeals to me for several reasons: I can do it at home or on the road, it’s 24 minutes 3x per week, and it’s an affordable $50. It also came highly recommended by a friend who used it to get in shape for her 20th high school reunion.
Fitness success means doing what works best for you. I’m terrible about getting to the gym. Partially because I’m self-conscious about being at the gym, and partially because the fewer steps between me and my workout, the more likely it is to happen. Workouts that I can do at home are a much better option for me.
My one criticism of the program so far is all the photos of super-fit women in BodyBoss gear and the constant mentions of being ‘bikini ready’. I’m not big on so-called ‘thinspiration’ as a motivator. But this kind of skinny waist worship is common in the workout industry, so I’m doing my best to ignore it.
If you’re searching for an at-home work out program, please join me, and we’ll try this program together. I’m not being compensated by BodyBoss. I paid my own money for the program. I just feel like this program is the best fit for my life right now.
I hope those of you doing the #FridayFitClub are feeling encouraged to keep going. If you’re still struggling to get started, just pick one thing you can do today to be healthier. Maybe you take the stairs, or skip tonight’s take out meal, or just do 50 jumping jacks in your kitchen. The key to success is to just do more this week than you did last week. And remember to tag us on Instagram and Facebook so we can all stick through this together.
To set up for the BodyBoss program, you need to assemble a “gym” in your home. You need a timer, a yoga mat, a towel, a water bottle, a jump rope, 2lb dumb bells, a bench, and a box step. You might already own these things. If you don’t want to buy them, the BodyBoss guide provides a list of alternatives like water bottles filled with sand and a sturdy chair.
I’m storing all of the items I ordered under the couch in my living room, so you don’t need much space. Here are the items I picked up for BodyBoss.
Fold Flat Weight Bench ($126)
Again, I’m storing this under my couch, so folding flat is a great feature.
Neoprene 2lb Free Weights ($14)
I just bought a new Yeti Yoga mat last month, so I don’t need another. But this Yeti Cassady Mat ($60) has a great print. I like the Yeti mats for durability and squishiness. Plus, they’re made in the USA.
Premium Speed Rope ($8)
I chose this jump rope because of the large, cushioned handles.
Adjustable Workout Step with Risers ($30)
Initially, I wanted a wood box like they have at my gym. But there were two issues: 1) won’t fit under the couch, and 2) the Crossfit folks have made a simple plywood box cost $89. No thanks. So I chose this adjustable stepper instead, this way I can also make the workouts tougher as I get better at them.