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The [dirt cheap] home workout movement

1 Mar

The last time I went to an actual gym was four years ago. Everyone had on full makeup and juicy couture outfits and I had to put all of the weight equipment on the lowest setting, only to find that it was still too heavy. I had spent my birthday money on a summer membership at this popular gym and then NEVER WENT AGAIN.

Let’s (finally) get physical

Enter BodyRock.tv. A website on the forefront of the at-home fitness craze, this woman Zuzana, her dog Charlie and partner slash cameraman Freddy, come up with daily workouts that can be done in your living room. Any sized living room.

studio apartment

The "living room" section of my studio apartment.

The BodyRock workout

Zuzana, the most ripped and beautiful woman I have ever seen (she looks like a Bond girl), posts a workout video every day that is either a workout challenge or exercise. Workout challenges usually focus on one or two movements that you do repeatedly, that push you to beat your personal bests.

Zuzana from bodyrock.tv

Zuzana is the host of BodyRock.tv and a former Vancouverite. She now lives and posts from her home in the Czech Republic. Photo by BodyRock.tv

For example, I tried one of her challenges last fall where I had to complete 500 side jump lunges. Forgetting the simple fact that I can barely do two sets of proper lunges, I pushed myself to do 250. I couldn’t get up from a sitting position or walk up stairs for a week. And my bathroom is up a flight of stairs.

As I don’t excel with personal bests, her exercises are much more my style. They can be anywhere from 20 minutes to four minutes, and often focus on simple movements that for some magical reason, are very challenging.

Why you’ll love it

  • Her videos go over exactly what to do, and recently she has even included beginner versions for newbies like me.
  • You don’t need any equipment, because as Zuzana says, your body is the best workout equipment you have. The only thing she uses on a regular basis is an interval timer, but there’s an app for that.
  • Workouts and challenges are often given a theme for the week that she incorporates into each exercise. My favourite was “Burpees are forever” from Bond Week.
  • Fact: Her amazing body came from only doing these workouts. You can see how hard she works and how it pays off.
  • Her archives. She has every workout and challenge on her website so you can find any type and time duration you’re in the mood for.
  • Nutrition help. Eating and fitness go hand-in-handful, so her tips and meal plans are a great addition to the site.
  • Whether she is on the beach vacationing in L.A., or in a hotel room while she looks for an apartment, she works out from anywhere and so can you.
  • If you have any questions you can just post on her site, or read the hundreds of comments from other BodyRockers for more info.
nike shoes

My old faithfuls.

Short and sweaty

Sunday night I cleared all the crap off my floor so I could get down to business. I laced up my old volleyball shoes and put on my hottest workout outfit ever — purple Care bear jammy shorts and an old sports bra. I then scribbled down Zuzana’s moves, put on Top Chef and sweat to her 15-minute circuit-training exercise post (You push me workout). I LOVE INDOOR WORKOUTS.

I worked up crazy sweats and alternating between lunges, knee-lifts, squats and something she calls a reptile push-up, has left me sore and slow-moving even days later.

Check it out, you will love Zuzana, and her little dog too.

For more information on what to expect from the workouts, read her post “How to start working out with us at home.”


Apparently cell phones are the new workout buddy, so next week I’ll be looking at fitness apps available for smart phones.