...I sure hadn't until a couple days ago when Melissa from In Her Boots shared on her blog. Blogilates is the name of a blog written by Cassey a pilates and fitness instructor, so you can correctly assume the the blog focuses on pilates.
I have always loved hard cardio workouts involving a lot of movement and have worked out regularly, even through pregnancy I was running around the track, hitting the stair master and zumba-ing up until my water broke. After Gabriel was born it was harder for me to get to the gym plus I knew I wasn't going to have reasonable gym access when I moved to Japan so I purchased the Insanity program. Unfortunately due to apartment living and not wanting to irritate my neighbors I didn't get into Insanity until about a month ago when people started to head home. I learned that I don't really enjoy intense cardio anymore! Mommyhood has made me tired and it isn't that I don't want to work out, I just want it to be more relaxing than in-your-face. I'm sure I'm going to enjoy my fitness classes when I get back to the YMCA but the last thing I want during baby's nap time is someone yell at me through a TV to jump faster and higher! Okay so Shaun T doesn't really yell or scream at you but he is intense.
I've tried pilates many times but never quite got into it because it felt too slow for my taste. When I saw the FREE fitness calendar Melissa shared (that Cassey created) filled with Pilate exercises I almost wrote it off, but because baby was asleep and I wanted a workout that didn't involve someone yelling I figured I'd try it. I think pilates might be my new thing! I'm only a couple days in but so far I've really enjoyed getting a nice little workout during nap time that works and strengthens my muscles while also calming me down- feels like the best of both worlds! It's also nice not worrying about waking the baby while I get some exercising in.
Did you catch that this is free? I love the convenience of it! When you visit Cassey's site the calendar is broken down into well organized hyperlinks that take you to fitness videos that she created. What I love most about the Insanity program is the same with this program in that no equipment is required. We'll see if I keep enjoying it throughout the month's program but for now I really do like it and find Cassey's bubbly and quirky personality a nice change of pace from Shaun T.
Are you using any at home workout programs right now? Which ones do you enjoy?