First and foremost, Merry Christmas Eve to you, your friends, and your family!
I’ve been at my parents’ house in South Carolina since Sunday evening and am enjoying the relaxation and family time. If you look at my training schedule this week, you’ll see that cross training is listed for Tuesday and Friday. Knowing that the Charlotte area has some boutique fitness options, I didn’t worry about planning these two workouts in advance. But yesterday morning, I didn’t feel like venturing to a class. I wanted to complete a short, lower body strength workout at home. I wanted to follow an app. I wanted it to be free. A lot to ask? Maybe. Maybe not.
I remembered that I had the Nike Training Club app downloaded on my phone. I’ve mentioned it before but haven’t used it in quite awhile because of marathon training. After logging in to the free app, you choose your fitness goal: Get Lean, Get Toned, Get Strong, Get Focused. I chose strength. Next, you choose your fitness level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced. While I would typically choose Advanced, I’m trying to give my body a break over the next three weeks. Intermediate felt more appropriate. From there, you choose a workout based on length of time (30-45 minutes). I chose a 30-minute workout called Squat Party. To begin, you download the workout and grab some weights. You could also use a resistance bands or household objects (like soup cans) if you don’t have weights where you’re traveling. The app times each exercise interval and includes a video of the movement, if you need a refresher. I also loved that NTC is programmed to speak time cues, encouraging words, and form reminders throughout the workout. I highly recommend the app as a solution to fit in short workouts while you’re traveling over the holidays. I’ll be using it on Friday, as well.