For quite some time now I have been wanting to add more weight training to my workout regimen. I have some light free weights that I use at home when I strength train but I have really been wanting to hit the gym for some heavier lifting. The problem for me was trying to find the time to add gym time to my already hectic workout (and life) schedule. Not to mention, I am lost when it comes to putting together a weight workout.
Then it occurred to me that Planet Fitness, the gym that I belong to, has a full body circuit workout called the PF Express 30 Minute Workout!
I figured if I could commit to getting up early to do this workout at least once a week, that this might be the answer I was looking for!
This past Thursday I got up at 5am and was at the gym around 5:30 so I could be home in time for Little B to be dropped off (this is a HUGE accomplishment for me! I am terrible at getting out of bed when I don’t need to.). I wasn’t really sure what to expect from the workout since I had never done it before but it turned out to be a lot of fun and a great workout!
The PF Workout Express is basically a game of red light, green light. There are different workout stations that are numbered one through twenty. You can start your workout at any number as long as you go in order and complete the entire workout. The workouts stations alternate between a weight machine and a step aerobic station. Once you select your starting point you keep on eye on the light on the wall. When the light is green you do as much as you can at the station you are at and when the light turns red you stop and go to the next station. You repeat this until you have completed the entire workout!
The step aerobic station also has a wall mounted plaque giving you different options for each step workout that you do. I opted to just do the traditional step workout each time I was on a step because I didn’t have time to keep checking the board and I wanted to make sure that I would get home in time for Little B to be dropped off. Even though I didn’t do the step workout as recommended it still kept my heart rate up and it gave me a good workout!
As far as the weight machines went, they totally kicked my butt and they were a wake up call that I needed!
I was happily sore the next few days after this workout so I definitely plan to do the PF Express Workout once a week going forward! I am looking forward to making progress and getting stronger!
Have you ever tried the PF Express Workout? What other new workouts have you done lately?