Friday, 10 November 2017

Motivation to train and stay fit / healthy - loving yourself is the main thing

Hello again,

I am so sorry for having had such a long break from blogging. My life has literally changed a lot...

I am now a full time freelance fitness instructor, personal trainer, massage therapist and gymnastics coach. I have changed into full time fitness 2 years ago (OMG - is it this long that I haven't posted on here?)

Hope I've been missed !? ;) 

I will however tell you about my new life and struggles as a fitness professional in a later post.
For now I would like to discuss the motivation we need in order to stay focused and continue working on ourselves.

I must say, I have lost motivation on and off since last Christmas when I went back home for longer than normal. I still went to the gym about 3 times per week when I was there as I felt so guilty not moving as much as I do here and eating all these nice things we have there.

I keep beating myself up for not having the perfect body which I am dreaming off, but I have realised way more than that. I do need to love my body however it is, why can't I do this??? I believe that if I will manage to do this I will also have a bigger motivation and will treat my body with exercise rather than feeling it is a punishment. Which actually I don't feel it is but I just lost the motivation. I love going to the gym and once I am there I am happy, OK I could push myself a little harder during the sessions. I honestly love exercising and keeping active, but I do not love my body.

And this is keeping me back from being happy all the time or being more confident. I have lost a lot of weight naturally by changing my job and I must say the shape has changed as well. I have changed from sitting 8 hours at a desk to teaching classes nearly every day and moving around a lot more. I try to walk everywhere and I love it. But now my body seems to be used to all that and I have started to put on weight.

Instead of looking into the mirror and seeing what others might see I look at myself and see that it is not like the other trainers are on Instagram or in the gym. 
I naturally don't have a very tiny body but I know if I do work hard I can achieve a lot.

I do like my body don't get me wrong but I do not LOVE it! I feel arrogant if I would!? Why???? I think it is perfectly normal to love yourself which every flaws and lumps and bumps...... Who says we need to constantly criticise our self? Just because the others do it??Why can we not just have a little bit of a belly with love handles? Is it not womanly? And even manly? 

Anyway, even though I am teaching a few exercise classes a week, I have lost my motivation to do my own gym sessions. I keep finding excuses. People seem to look up to me at the gym as I seem to have a lot of energy but where is it when I am off and it's gym time?

I know how to motivate my clients and also how to push them to achieve their goals. Yet, I feel I do need someone else to motivate me. I realised that this is perfectly human. And even us trainers do need to get the energy back from someone else.

I always still find excuses for not going to the gym, which I actually pay for as I don't work there. I did this on purpose as I thought if I pay for it it will make me go more. My problem is not I don't want to as if I could I would be at the gym all day. I am just a bit bored of my own company. And also working strange hours doesn't help. 

I guess what I am saying with this is, that we are all human and we all should just LOVE US!!! Just love yourself and love your body however it is, which all it's flaws. It's the only body your have.

And by loving I also mean feed it the good food, doesn't need to be vegan, vegetarian or just organic, it needs to be balanced and ideally home cooked. We do owe this to our body, for working so hard day and night to keep us alive and functioning. Love it and not punish it with junk food and by not liking it when looking at it. 

So, come follow me on my journey to get control over the love for my body again! Practise what I breach every day!

How do you stay motivated and do you love exercising and treating your body with the good things in life?

Be positive and help others to be too!!
Gisi XX

Monday, 20 January 2014

The Zumbini™ Programme for Babies / Toddlers and Parents, made by Zumba®

Hello All,

I would like to introduce you to this amazing programme, which I just love to teach. And I promise that the kids and Mums/Dads/Grandparents or any other caregiver also have the most fun during these 45 mins.

You and your child can benefit in many ways from this programme. And if at any point you do not have time to attend the class but someone else in your family has, you could send them with your little instead. (As long as the child is always the same - that's really important). But it is recommended that you come every week with them as it is an amazing way to bond with the Baby / Toddler.

The Zumbini™ programme has only been launched this January (2014). It was developed by a team of experts to create an enjoyable programme for caregivers and their child(ren) between the age of 0 - 3 Years to learn, bond, grow in an upbeat, happy, musical environment.

The primary goal of the Zumbini™ programme is to introduce young children to music, movement and rhythmic musical instruments. 

The key to the concept of the Zumbini™ class is sharing music and dance with the caregiver and child. But remember it is not an exercise class!

What is the Zumbini™ Programme exactly?

It's a new programme where the little ones between 0 - 3 Years can sing, wiggle and grow alongside there caregivers. The classes are fun and full of movements set to cool global rhythms and they stimulate early childhood learning and development from day one.
It focuses on energy, fun and play to contribute toward the natural development of cognitive, social, emotional and physical skills
In the Zumbini™ class the children also learn to dance, sing and move using their bodies, rhythmic instruments and scarves.

As I already mentioned, we'll be singing, dancing and using some percussion instruments.
No child is too young for this class. The children do recognise rhythm from an early age. It's so cute watching them when they recognise a song or see the scarfs, they start wiggling around and have the biggest smile you have ever seen. 
You'll also be able to explore the music together with your little one, during the free dance and free musical play songs.
Every song in this programme is written especially for Zumba® for the Zumbini™ programme. They are fun and make such good ear worms ;). All the parents in my class keep saying how they can't get the songs out of their heads. I love them and they make me so happy too. 

The classes take place in 6 - 10 weeks sessions with each class lasting 45 mins.
With every session you'll get the ZumbiniBundle, which consists of a Story book with all the lyrics for the songs and 2 CDs with the songs from the class.
There will never be more then 12 children plus 12 caregivers, so the size of the class is personal.

What are the Benefits of this Programme?

Develops the childs social skills.
Encourages emotional development.
Both the Child and the Caregiver are moving all the time in the class.
Cognitive skills are also being developed.
It focuses on energy, fun and play to contribute toward the natural development of cognitive, social, emotional and physical skills
And the main and most important benefit of this class is the Bonding.
Children bond with other children and most importantly with their caregiver.

The Zumbini™ Programme Philosophy

We all have music in us - it is inherent! Children are born with a musical aptitude and if they are not exposed to music at an early age, this aptitude may diminish.
This programme helps to tap into this element and the children learn to feel the beat and to feel free to express themselves with dancing.
Music provides a fun, safe yet structured play environment which also give them the freedom and confidence to grow as they develop their social, motor and cognitive skills.
In this programme we are only looking towards the enjoyment of learning through the joy of music and it is key for the caregiver to participate!
If the Caregiver participates actively he sets a great role model to the little one and makes them want to join in as well and an integral part of this participation is the bonding. The child and the caregiver have time to bond but also the children amongst themselves. It is also a great way to meet other Mummies, Daddies, Nannies,.... around your area.

This programme just started this January (2014) and I really hope that the word gets spread about this amazing programme soon. 

My 10 week session will be starting on the 25th January, every Saturday from 10.15 - 11.00 AM. I still have enough spaces left!

If you or you know anybody who might want more information or would be interested in booking into this class, please do contact me and I'll give you more information on the price and exact location.

How do you support your children's musical development?

See you soon

Gisela XXX

Sunday, 24 November 2013

Winter Warmers - Delicious Home Made Soups

Hey Lovelies,

I just love a nice hearty soup after a long day at work or even during lunch, but all those ready soups you can buy are not that tasty. I do miss some flavour in them and I'd love them to be thicker/creamier. And do you really know what's in them?

I've had a few colds already this year during which I started cooking my own vegetable soups with the veggies I had at home at that time and which needed to be used anyway. I am amazed with how quick these soups are done and how little ingredients you need to make them. Also you don't really need a proper recipe as it's all up to you how you want it. There is nothing really you could do wrong with it. Anything goes ;-)

I think that soups can be really very filling and you can make a lot to either freeze or eat a few days in a row or feed the whole family. And you know exactly what's in it.

There are so many different types of soups you can make. The one I made last time and which I'll tell you about now is a soup with the following ingredients:

1 small pumpkin - any type is fine
2 big carrots - no need to peel them just chop off both ends and wash them
1 medium or big size Onion
1 tomato
2 celery stick - I had them left over
1 or 2 garlic gloves

You could also add a few potatoes - which I love to do as well but last time I did not have any at home, the way you cook it is the same way actually, you just have to boil it a bit longer at the end.

1) Wash the pumpkin and cut it in half, scoop out the seeds and cut it up into chunky cubes - no need to make them very small. There is no need to peel the pumpkin either, but that's up to you; Chop all the other vegetables, again no need for the to be very small. Don't forget to chop the garlic.

2) Put all the ingredients on a baking tray season them with salt, black pepper and any other  of your favourite seasoning. Sprinkle a little bit of olive oil on top of the vegetables and mix them up a bit.

3) Put the Veggies in the oven, turn up the heat and bake them until they're soft. Put the temperature on 220° or even more and use either the Fan or the Grilling function. Leave it in there for about 20 mins or if they are not soft enough a little bit longer. It's OK if they are not fully cooked as you'll still boil them after.

4) Now, after you've taken out the tray, put everything in a big pot and add vegetable, chicken, lamb or beef stock - all up to your personal taste. I, to be honest prefer beef stock. - Add enough stock to cover the vegetables plus a little bit more, if you want the soup to be thicker you don't need that much more but if you prefer it more liquid then I would add enough for the vegetables to slightly swim in it. Bring all this to a boil and shimmer until the vegetables are extra soft and absorbed the flavour of the stock.

5) Once you're happy with the texture turn of the heat and take the pot of the stove.

6) I normally use a hand blender to purée the vegetables. Sometimes I miss a few chunky bits but that's OK I don't mind that. 

Once you blended it, you're done! That's how simple it is. ;-)

If you want more flavour feel free to add it after. I normally use a lot of black pepper and some chilly flakes, but beware don't use too much as it might be too hot then.

I once also added a little bit of sour cream and Gorgonzola. Mhhhmmm that was delicious but not that healthy any more.
If you decide to add any dairy products, I would not add it to the whole batch of soup. Take out the portion you want to eat put it on a low heat in a smaller pot and add the "special ingredients" only to that portion. The soup will last you longer without the dairy products.

I also find that the soup is much better heated up the next day, so it's great to prepare it the day before while you can do something else and no need to worry about cooking your lunch the next few days.
This is a soup I made with Broccoli, Potatoes, Sour Cream and Gorgonzola and black Pepper of course
If you make a soup like this, you'll know exactly what's in it and you really have the flavour you want. Whenever I make a big batch of that soup, I feel so happy and proud and I can't wait to eat it the next day.

Mhhmmmm enjoy cooking and eating it!

Did you think that making soups like this would be that easy?
What is it you like to eat during the cold seasons or when you're ill?

Gisi  XXX

Halloween Outfit and a Great Party - just a short post!

Hello all,

I cannot believe it's been almost a month ago now since that Halloween Party.

I have promised to put up pictures and write about my costume. I'll make it quick and short I promise.

I went as a Cheerleader Zombie and loved it. I never ever dressed up like that so I was really excited and my friend who helped me with my make up did a really really great job with it.

We had a few things which did not go according to plan, but hey that's just how it goes. At the end of the day we had an awesome night!

The only thing I must say is, please do not take the fake blood off like I did. I took a make up removal wipe and just wiped my whole face with it. Spreading the red colour all over my face and it made it harder to get it off. So the next day I looked like I burned my face by staying in the sun for too long. UUUUUUps ;-) Next time I know just to wipe that one particular area and then use baby oil, face scrub and finish off with an oil free facial wash. Luckily all was gone by Monday morning.

I so can't wait to dress up again soon!

What did you dress up as?

Gisi XXX

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Who comes up with all these horrendous diets????

Hello everybody,

Sitting here watching a programme on the UK Channel 5 “Got Thin – Got Fat again” makes me sad angry and confused.

Diets people have tried to lose weight,……. WHAT??? Who comes up with all that? Why don’t we try to educate people in a different way? I hope that this programme opens some people’s eyes!? Not just people who need to lose weight but also the skinny people who still think they are too fat.
I have been worrying about my weight ever since I can think. In my secondary school all my friends were slimmer and prettier. We were really close friends that time but I always felt like the ugly fat one and was actually surprised some times that they are friends with me.   We were the more “popular” group. I knew I was not the prettiest but I wasn't that ugly either. This was the time I started worrying about my figure. 
I know now I was never fat and I was really active as well. I wish I’d know now why I felt like that!? I was never that insecure to not go to the Lido or indoor swimming pool and wearing a bikini or swimsuit but I was also never really happy about it either and tried to cover up when I could so people couldn't see my belly…. This was always my problem zone. What was I worried or insecure about???
I now think that I actually had a nice figure. I was never that big kid who needed to lose weight and I was always active. Even back then I LOVED dancing and music more than anything in the world. My Secondary School was a “Music School” and music was on a daily curriculum. 
Singing was never my strength but dancing I knew I was good at. 
Since the tender age of 6 I started to go to this dance classes with my sister and her best friend (who’s mum created this dance group for kids). I am not sure how to describe this dance group,.. it was with a partner and more like folk dance – at least that’s the translation for it. It was great fun and I used to love to go there, we had Christmas and Easter events. We travelled around Austria a bit and even made it to Switzerland for 1 event. Thinking back, this was a real great time. During those special parties we did playback shows as well and this is when I realised I like to perform ;)
I never really followed this dream about becoming a dancer as life got in the way and I became a teenager and too cool for all this. But I still continued to take part in other activities and cycled almost every where.

Back to horrific diets. Why do we do this? Why do we constantly try to be slimmer and prettier than others?

It makes me so so sad that there are so many overweight people out there who don't get educated or the right help they need, I wish I could help each and every one of them. I cannot imagine how they feel? I can only try as I felt terrible about my weight a lot of times and I still do some times. I am so insecure about this. 
I don't know many people who never ever complain about their weight and are just happy the way they are. This is sad as this is what the society made of us and I feel like it's getting worse, as Kids as young as 8 probably already count calories. Taking away their childhood too quickly.

Sometimes obese people cannot take any blame on their weight. They might be ill, we don't really know and we should never judge them.
Yea, genes do play a big part in it I suppose, but we are also responsible for our own actions.
We don’t know why people are bigger or extra skinny. Some peoples' metabolism is just extra good and works extra hard.
You also just don’t know what’s going on in their life. But by judging them or commending on their weight and putting them down we don't make it any better either.
This picture is the only picture I have which shows me at my heaviest I think. Not sure how heavy or big I was. This was after 1 year in America. People used to ask me if I was pregnant! I never ever showed this to anyone as this is how much I am embarrassed of it.

I still remember a few comments I got sometimes and to be honest those people were my friends and probably meant them to be funny but I took them to my heart and didn't tell people about it and just got on with it. I never forgot about them though. I am still scared that people say horrible stuff to me about my “ugly face” or  my “fat belly”.

I must admit though that losing weight did help me with being more secure and happy. I get more attention now from men and I love it.;) 
In the past few year since qualifying to become gym instructor I also learnt that there are so many different people in this world and not everybody has to look the same or has the same taste. People which I think are pretty and look great might not look pretty in other peoples eyes. People who I think have a great figure might look too skinny to others.

And people who invent those diets make it harder for us to love us as we are as they almost make us feel like we have to do a diet. Diets make us more sad and I feel like a massive failure if I can't even last a day. And that makes me even more upset.
Why do you think we Yoyo with our weight and normally put on more then we lost after a diet? I don't think it's healthy and no one will ever be able to follow through a diet for the rest of their lifes.

Eating only cabbage soup or only everything which has the colour red for a few days is not the answer to our problems. I believe it makes it worse. 

When I used to start a diet all I wanted to do during that time was eat everything else but what I was supposed to eat. Suddenly I wanted to eat a bar of chocolate or a bag of crisps. And I don’t really like snacking that much normally. So my brain went on a strike, and I got upset, because I couldn't even do the simplest thing and be strong. I never lasted a week probably not even a day on a diet. Apart from when I did weight watchers, but oh how did I hate the beginning. You can ask my friends how much I was crying when I saw how little I was actually only allowed to eat a day. I changed my lifestyle and starting running. It didn't take me long to get used to this and I started to enjoy it. This made me realise that there is only so much fuel a body needs and the rest is just too much to absorb or digest.
As I already said, at the same time I did Weigh Watchers I also started to train for my first marathon.
Doing all this exercise on top of counting calories and watching very carefully what I ate helped me lose all the weight I had to ( according to them - calculated at the beginning of the programme). But guess what,…. I still felt like I needed to lose more and that my belly was so so fat again!? What!? I wish I was back there again.
This is me a few years ago, and guess what,.. I felt actually fat!?
I heard about a few of the crazy diets and all I can say to it is,…. Why would you do that to your body? What does eating grapefruits all day have to do with losing weight and get ting healthier and happier!? 
I am also far too busy to concentrate on cooking and shopping for all these special diet foods. And who wants to eat when they have to only what they have to according to a magazine or book?

I believe that if you really want to lose weight do it the healthy way. Look at your lifestyle. 
Do you really think that drinking alcohol every day has no impact not only on your health but also weight? Shouldn't we do sports because we like it and not just because we had that chocolate bar that day?

Or, do you have time to cook all these diet foods you see in magazines or books sometimes? I don’t plus I also don’t have time to eat every 3,4,5 hours of the day. But I am trying to listen to my body more now. And if I go out for dinner,.. of course at first I am scared and think,….. OMG what should I eat I don’t want to be fat and I certainly don’t want to work out even more, even though I do love sports. I do try not to go out for meals that much at all anymore, but if I do I indulge! Why not? I don’t want to spend my money on a salad, especially when the price is the same as the other main meals and you could make this yourself for much much less if you’d prepare it at home. So when I go out I eat. Do I feel bad about it sometimes afterwards? Of course I do, but I am no angel and I do deserve a treat sometimes as well. WE all deserve a treat.
But we need to be honest to ourself. In order to change our figure and improve out health we do need to be honest to ourselves and also others. Admit when you over indulged in anything. It’s no biggy and it does not mean that all your hard work is lost and because of that you can eat rubbish all day every  day again. The next day, you’ll just try to not snack at all or eat a soup instead of pasta. Or simple just reduce your portion. We can all do it. It’s all in our minds. I really believe that. I can talk,… I feel shit as well and when I then drink a few days in a row and eat horrible food on top of it I just want to hide behind a coat or anything to not show my body. I also envy my skinny friends who’s metabolism is so good they can eat whatever they want. But this is just not me, also not everybody is built to be a size 4, 6 or 8 and to be honest all I want to be is a healthy toned size 10. I learnt to love my curves. I just don’t want them to be wobbly and this is what I am trying to work on.
I am scared to gain weight once  I am pregnant (if I ever find anyone who wants a baby with me ;)) not not being able to lose it again. I am struggeling with my weight and know that according to my genes I will be bigger. But I won’t use that as my main excuse as of why I am not a size 8. It is the truth and I do believe we are not meant to all be as skinny as the stars on TV or in the magazines.

I hate it that all you see is them, but what you don’t see is that they have no other life than that. I don’t really want to know what they eat all day and how much exercise they have to do to keep that body. Looking at Christina Aguilera when when gained all that weight after giving birth and going throught the divorce showed me that they are also just normal people like we are. I alsways loved that woman and I wanted to be like her. But when she got that big, I was a bit happy. And I feel bad to submit it… I don’t know which size she was on but might have been bigger then me and I felt like “Ha, once I am skinnier,….” ;) I probably wasn’t and she still looked better then me. And she looks amazing now. She must have gone through a rough exercise regime and the worst diet ever. But remember she probably had a cook and a nutritionist who knew exactly how to get it off and get her back into her “old” body. I am a bit jelouse of her, as she can afford all this.
All these thoughts made me realise that I want more about this topic and help  educate people about just changing life style and getting into exercise and start a healthier lifestyle the slower way. Remember it didn’t just happen during the night that the weight gone up like that. So we cannot expect to lose it over night.
I am still so shocked about all these random diets people come up with, I wouldn’t even know what to eat with half of them!? What is the Grapefruit diet!? Is it what I think it is? Do you really just eat that all day? I mean Grapefruits are nice, but really all day!? No,.. I will never do that,.. ever! And the cabbage soup, is just something else. Is it really worth eating this? Do you enjoy that?
Wouldn’t you rather enjoy cooking a steak or trying new things? Like buying as steamer and try new recipes invent new recipes. Educate yourself about healthy food and change your life slowly? I do believe that everyone can do it, but it is always easier when you have someone supporting you.
For me it’s easy as I don’t have a family and can cook and eat what ever, when ever I want. But even if you have a family, since you have to cook already, why not make something nice, I am sure if Kids grow up like that, they will also get used to it and won’t get too unhealthy or big either.

I wish I could help each and every person who suffers from low selfesteem or thinking they are too big. It's like being trapped and not knowing how to get out of this mess .... No matter how much weight you lose, you still want to lose more or you just don't know how to keep it there and go through terrible things just to keep it there.

Let's all relax and enjoy life much more! It's seriously to short.... Get a friend to support you. Think how you want to make yourself feel better. Get out there with the kids and play in the park or go for a walk. Join a running club anything will help you fee happier.

What are your thoughts on that? What's really the ideal look? Are we crazy and driving ourselves even more crazy.

I would love it if you could you comments on this topic.

Gisela xxx

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

My Mums Birthday and Halloween

Hi Everybody,

October is usually a very tough month for me and I must be honest I haven't celebrated Halloween at all in the last few years. All I did was celebrate my Mums Birthday to honour her. Autumn reminds me so much of being back home and spending a lot of time with my family. Going for long walks in the park and starting to spend more time indoors.
Back home in Austria, Halloween was never really celebrated. I think it only came to Austria about 12 years ago, and even then it was not celebrated like here (UK) or in the USA. I remember we used to go for walks in the evenings and eating Goulash and drinking the first mulled wine of the year. We even carved Pumpkins with the smaller Kids and put them up in my Aunties garden.

On the 31st October we have a "special day" in Austria. If you go the bank to empty your piggy bank that day you'll get a free gift ;) I am not sure exactly why on that day and who came up with it. I just remember doing this every year. It's actually very cute when you go with Kids. They are loving it. We start putting money into the piggy bank the very next day and then it's always a very big surprise when you go and put your money into the machine and they tell you how much you saved since last year. Every child knows about this day and the whole of October is basically just about this. Primary school teachers talk about it and sometimes even people from the bank come to school and you can bank your money there on that day. I don't know if every school does that but I remember mine did it every year. It's a great tradition. I love it when the kids get all there piggy banks together and get all excited while their money is being counted. Great memories! And the best thing.... the next day is always a Bankholiday!;)

The 31st October is also my Mums Birthday. Unfortunately I cannot spend and celebrate this day with her any more as she passed away in February 2011. I since almost hate this day. As it's such a big date you get reminded everywhere of it. As soon as the summer is over everything is full of Halloween stuff and that I associate with my Mum and it makes me really sad and miss her even more. It's very hard to explain how you feel. But I will not get into this too much. I just want to say that she was a great person and I wish I could show her what I have achieved. All my friends are amazing and keep supporting me in any way they can. They even went to church with me in February for her death day anniversary. I must say that was a really bad experience for all of us, as I did not choose a nice one. So unfortunately I think this is something they won't do for me any more. 

This year on the 31st I will be teaching both of my classes and am not planning on going out to celebrate this time. But I am excited to teach my classes and then celebrate Halloween on the 2nd November with a few of my friends, we'll be dressed up and spend the night in a bar dancing and drinking. It's going to be my first proper Halloween party. 
My outfit only just arrived today and I am so so excited to get dressed up :) Not going to say as what yet. I'd rather show you in my next post.

How are you going to celebrate Halloween?

Gisi XXX

Saturday, 12 October 2013

Training at Home


As much as I love going to the gym, I also hate it. It's too expensive and there are too many people, but when I don't go I miss it.

It's not that you have to talk to any of the people in there but it is kind off intimidating when you do your exercises and people might watch you or walk past. Puts to much pressure on me ;) Probably no one even looks at me, as every one is caught up in surviving there session and making the best out of it. 

I relaxes me though and gives me time to think about things and actually be in my own world with my own music for a while and I get some quality "me" time. It also does make me do my exercises properly and without stopping. 
It's a big commitment for me to sign up as sometimes I just can't go for a week or more in a row, plus I really like to try out different classes which they don't offer in gyms.
Every year just after Christmas I sign up to the gym to go a few times, then get lazy and cancel the membership after a few month again. 

I find it easier to exercise at home, as it doesn't waste that much time with travelling and getting changed and all. Only thing is I get distracted very easily, so I have to switch of my phone and also the TV.

It doesn't cost much to train at home. You can get some small equipment to make it more interesting too. I think if you have kids, not enough money or simply just want to save money but still stay in shape or tone up then training at home is a really good alternative to the gym. 
Make yourself an exercise plan and get into a routine. Try to change it once in a while so it doesn't get too boring.

Me and my flatmate want to get some home trainers, so that instead of just sitting TV we can do some exercise and enjoy each others company this way. 

First we want to get a rowing machine. You can sit and just push backwards and forwards and still watch telly. Also it doesn't make too much noise, so we won't annoy the neighbours.

Before I trained to become a fitness instructor I never really liked to use it as no one explained it to me and I did not want to look like a fool in the gym. but now I do it for 10 minutes to warm up and I really feel great afterwards. It makes you work really hard.

The rowing machine requires you to use many major muscle groups which means it is an effective way to raise your heart rate and increase your oxygen uptake (VO2 Max). 

More great benefits of the rowing machine:

1) You burn more calories then on a stationary bike, because it uses so many muscle groups (about 600 calories an hour)
2) It works your whole body, I can even feel it in my abs and lower back.
3) Low impact exercise - easy on your joints especially your knees
4) Improves your aerobic fitness (great cardiovascular training)
5) Relieves stress (but most of the fitness machines you go on will help you with that)

The second "home trainer" we'd like to buy is something more unusual. It's a magnetic stand for the "outdoor" bike. It's a machine which makes your "normal" bike into a "Spinning" bike. 

These magnetic bike trainer stand comes in different styles and with different functions but they are all more or less the same. The price for these vary a lot. Just like with any other home trainer i suppose.
I will get mine off Ebay, I think, but Amazon sells them as well. I even saw it in Halfords the other day. The ones I was looking at cost about £60 Pounds. But I have not yet decided on which one to get.

It won't replace the good old Spinning® bike which I love so much, but is a cheaper alternative to it. I already have a bicycle which I never use and before I sell it I'll use it indoors instead.

Other equipments could be the exercise ball, small weights, exercise bands or you can simply just use your own body weight. I would also definitely get an exercise mat, as it is more comfortable when you do the exercise on the floor.

But I guess it always depends on what sort of training you're after. If you really want to bulk up, you could get those weight benches and very heavy weight. I would rather got the gym for that though. 
There are so many different things you can do from home or even in the park. And it really doesn't cost the world.

And if you are not sure which exercises you should or could do or how to do them, there are so many fitness DVD's already and after you done them a few times you'll remember the exercises and can do them by yourself.

In my class which I teach on Thursdays (Legs Bums and Supple Strength), I try to show and explain the exercises properly so that people could go and try them at home again.
I recently started to do the fitness DVD from Tracy Anderson. I got this DVD set for my Birthday from a really good friend and I must say I LOVE it. I am using a few of these exercises in my class now and I feel they are really working. My whole body is soar after I did the whole 50 mins.

Tracy trained Gwyneth Paltrow and Madonna and loads of other celebrities.

I really want to be like her one day :-)

I am planning on doing a few posts on exercises for a specific areas, So you have more variety for your workout at home.

What is your favourite exercise? Do you train at home or prefer the gym?

Gisi XXX