Location: Upper East Side
Last winter, I justified the prices of luxury gym memberships and why they are worth your time and money. While I still stand by every point I made in that post, I started out my year by cancelling my Equinox membership. I had many reasons for this, but namely two. The first was that I wasn’t getting there as often as I would like. Some months, I was on a roll. Others, I could have been be better. I know I said in my morning routine I workout in the mornings and I do, but not every day. The days I don’t, I’m fine. That’s the first reason why I cancelled the gym. The second was that I was very interested in participating in the be.come project.
I met Bethany Meyers last October, and she told me about her up-and-coming workout subscription, that would become an app in Spring/Summer 2018. In the meantime, the be.come project is month-long email-subscription program, featuring four 25-minute, full-body, intense workouts (you get one a week). They focus on alignment, flexibility and your natural body strength with no equipment required. The workout is divided into seven parts: warm-up, right lunges, right oblique, bridge, left lunges, left oblique, stretch. The program is about empowerment and individual growth, and you couldn’t find someone more supportive than Bethany to work with on a fitness journey (she even does Instagram Story modifications throughout the week!). Somehow, just targeting the thighs and obliques turns into a sore full body. You don’t even realize you’ve gotten stronger until you do the routine for the fifth time and are struggling less. Amazing. I love everything Bethany and be.come stand for, after only one month of positive experience, I am excited to commit moving forward.
My Exercise Plan Moving Forward
Since I’m an overall healthy person, I don’t have an extreme relationship with exercise. I thoroughly enjoy working out because of how it makes me feel (remember Elle Woods’ thoughts on endorphins?). Sure, I’d love tighter abs and thighs, but I don’t stress over it, and I certainly don’t need to spend thousands of dollars a year on fitness. Soon it’ll be warm enough to run the reservoir again, and combined with be.come ($25-$35 a month) and random boutique classes, I’ll actually save a lot of money and stay in really good shape, but most of all, feel great.
My only real concern with this plan is motivating myself to actually workout at home. I’m not totally worried though, because be.come is only 25 minutes long. Surely, I can multitask Netflix with that if I must. However, here are my top three motivational tools. If you need more, let me know!
- Share your workout journey with a friend or two. Even if you don’t find time to do it together, you’ll talk about it and keep each other on track.
- Remember how it feels after you’ve completed a workout (answer: you feel great).
- Don’t overcommit. Even if just from home, schedule your workouts in your calendar so they feel like actual appointments. You’ll feel more guilty canceling when it seems more official.
Other Workout-From-Home Programs
Apptiv: I’ve heard such great things! Grace over on The Stripe is running a Wellness Challenge and part of that is with this app. She can definitely give you more information (and a lot of motivation), but this is what I know about it. “Experience trainer-led, music-driven audio workouts whenever you want, wherever you want, however you want.”
BBG: I did this last winter, and more affectionately referred to it as Kayla, after the Internet-sensation trainer who started it. You feel it, and it really works, but so much equipment is required. I can’t recommend this for people without in-home training spaces or a gym membership.
Note: Signups for the be.come project are monthly. February signups are live today!
Photos by Allie Provost