NTC

Can I tell you how much I love the app, NTC -Nike Training Club.

Its pretty awesome. The app is an assortment of workouts lasting anywhere from 15 To 45 minutes. With different focuses from getting lean, toned, strong, or focusing on a specific body part. In addition to the different time and focus they also different levels offering beginner, intermediate, and advanced. This allows you to pick and choose the best workout for yourself.

After choosing your focus, level, and time requirements, you find a workout just right for you, and if there is something that you’re not able to do, or don’t want to do you can further customize the workout.

The workouts require minimal equipment, usually dumbbells, medicine ball, and/or jump rope. You can also do the workouts without any of the equipment.

The workout coaches you through the entire thing, giving cues, and counting down how much time is left. Each move can last anywhere from 30 seconds to 2 minutes. If you need to change sides the “coach” will let you know when you’ve reached the time to switch.

The nice thing about he app is you get a good strength training workout, with no need to step into a gym, and you can take it with you on the go. Going on vacation, your trainer can come with you. How perfect is that?

If you’re looking for a change to your routine check this app out, you may just fall in love with it too.

Kettlebell

Kettlebells.  I love you and I hate you.

I’ve been working out with a kettlebell on my strength training days, and well I’m feeling it. I’m not even using a heavy one at that. Actually, I think I may quite possibly be using the lightest one they make. But, 5 pounds at this point is more than enough for this muscle weakling. After several more sessions I’m sure I’ll be ready to graduate to something a bit heavier. But, anyway at the moment that 5 pounds can feel like a ton after doing one arm shoulder presses for a minute.

The kettlebell is a great tool I’m able to use it to get a full body workout, and yes every muscle seems to cry in protest while I’m working out, but I push through, and I can do so relatively fast. About 20 minutes and I’ve worked my body over.  It of course has a lot to do with combining upper and lower body exercises into one, I know this.  However, I find it a lot easier to do the movements correctly and with fluidity using a kettlebell rather than free weights. I’m sure it has to do with my lack of coordination, but the kettlebell makes a task I’m not very fond of a bit easier.

I of course hate the kettlebell for the very same reason I like it.  It works the whole body and quickly at that, can you say exhausted half way through, and feeling near death by the end. It makes it seem easier than other strength training exercises, so now I have no excuse not to do it. Although, I’m working really hard to move away from excuses for not exercising. And, well for the last week and a half I’ve been succeeding. So I’ll give myself a high-five for that.

I’ve never been a fan of strength training.  Cardio sure sign me up, flexibility and balance, why not, strength training, shoot me now. So, I’m glad I found something that makes it a little more tolerable, and I’m getting out there and doing it, because well it’s all part of being a healthier me.