I’m a busy person. Just like everybody else nowadays.
I’ve always tried to stay fit using the most time-effective workouts. I’ve been through a few different workout “phases” in my life until I found the most efficient method. Here’s how it all started:
1. The Gym
A few years ago, I started going to the gym. Pretty intimidating at first: I saw all those fit workout experts easily switching from one machine to the other, whereas I was standing there, staring at the machines for 5 minutes, trying to figure out how to use them. And when I did understand how to use a machine, I realized that I was really weak and had to shamelessly readjust the weight I was lifting…
After a few years of assiduous gym sessions and a lot of improvement, I started to get tired of going to the gym. The things that I didn’t like about it accumulated. First, a lot of the machines felt unnatural. I especially remember the leg press: you push weights with your legs by bending and unbending your knees. I could feel my joints blocking and cracking every time. Second, I felt like I was wasting time by exercising only one group of muscles instead of the whole body. Last, a lot of the muscles I exercised were not muscles that are very much solicited in daily activities – the movements were not “functional”. I loved the hip abductor/adductor machine because it’s one that made me feel like I was making progress, but it wasn’t really of use in real life. Once again, machines are unnatural!
2. Group Fitness Classes
I decided to change my workout routine and subscribed to group fitness classes like pilates or yoga. It felt pretty good! But I didn’t always have the time to organize my stuff, go to class, change, take a shower and come back home. Plus going to the same class 10 times was a little bit boring.
3. The Fitness App
After a few years of group classes, I bought a tablet and I discovered Skimble! I still use it now and I love it! It’s an app with thousands of workouts. You choose what part of the body you want to focus on, the equipment you want to work with and the time that you have. The app selects workouts following your preferences. There are locked workouts that you have to pay to unlock, but I’ve always stuck to the free workouts and I never felt limited.
Whenever I feel like I need some adrenaline boost, I quickly dress up in exercising clothes, do my 10 minutes workout routine, take a shower and I’m fresh as a daisy, ready to go on with my day. That’s how I love exercising! Fast and refreshing!
I’ve never felt as in shape as now. And I’ve never spent so little time preparing to workout / working out. Skimble’s workouts are very effective. I usually choose 10-minute routines that don’t require any equipment and that can be made in a very small space. That way, I exercise with my own body weight, which I find harder than most of the exercises you can do on a machine. It also feels very natural and solicits many muscular groups.
Plus I love suffering alone. I don’t like people to see me sweating and making weird noises because I’m making an effort. In the comfort of my own home, I can really push myself.
Skimble is not the only app out there with workouts. It’s the first one I’ve tried and I stuck with it because I love it. There might be something even better out there. What app do you use to exercise? Let us know so that we can stay in shape too 🙂