Where are all my fellow shorties at!?
The definition of short might be different to different people. I know people close to 5 inches taller than me that think THEY are short! I am a college student just under 5 feet tall. Yup that’s right, I haven’t reached the 5 foot mark yet 😡 (…they say you can have your last growth spurt at 25ish right…. well I guess there is still a small dose of hope left for me!)
Aside from that fact that I may or may not grow anymore in my lifetime is beyond the point I am trying to get at here! Let me get back to my main point, why short people SHOULD workout at home.
I have been into health and fitness my whole life, I may not have been the ALL STAR on the team, but I was physically active basically from kindergarten; as soon as I could sign up for AYSO soccer. As I got older, as I’m sure many of you noticed, you get more opportunities to become a better athlete. Do you know where I am going with this? YES. EXERCISE! Hitting the gym and getting in rep after rep, increasing your weights, and developing that STRENGTH that we all know and love.
In high school I never really noticed that the gym wasn’t FIT for me, as many of your shorties out there might not have noticed yet either. I used mostly free weights and the treadmill, it is kind of hard to mess that up! People of all ages and sizes can lay on a bench and knock out a few sets of a dumbbell bench press, or run miles upon miles on the treadmill.
Then I got to college, FREEDOM, right? Well my college journey is a whole other story, so I’ll just stick to the fitness side of things for your sake 🙂 Don’t get me wrong, college and university gyms, rec centers (whatever you want to call them) are Ahhhh-MAZing! They have rows and rows of treadmills, a weight machines that SEEM to be so awesome and replace the use of free weights.
Okay, HOLD UP! Have the people that are my size used these machines!? Because if you have, I am sure you have noticed it’s a little awkward. No, I do not mean trying to up your weight and start making grunting nosies, or your face turns red and that HUGE vein in your forehead pops out… oh, am I one of the only people that has that? If you know what I am talking about then please laugh WITH me, because you know EXACTLY where I am coming from on that one!
Let’s talk about how the foot rests are SO FAR away from the seat, HELLO my legs are NOT that long!! I have to sit totally on one end or the other of the seat just to reach those babies all the way down there! It is a little hard to have proper posture/form when only my tippy toes are on the foot rest and my butt is clenched on the seat so I don’t fall off.. am I painting a realistic enough picture for you?!
So I don’t think I need to go machine by machine for you to get that these inventions are NOT made for “our kind”, they are made for the average and above sized person! Yes, they make the adjustable seats, but sometimes that just isn’t enough!! I need ALL parts just be adjustable, not just one or two.
So how are we supposed to lose weight, tone our awesome bods and get that peak performance style energy we crave for at the gym? Well, we can just WOKOUT AT HOME!!!
Say what!? How am I going to get that defined “V”, or sculpted shoulders from an at home DVD. Let me just tell you, not only CAN it happen, it HAS happened! I have completed many different Beachbody programs from the Ultimate Reset to Les Mills Combat, and many in between. Recently I just completed the newest program the 21 Day Fix, HELLO MUSCLES!! I will not go too far into detail and save that for a later post, but 7 pounds lost and my shoulder and back muscles are looking mighty fine if you ask me!
The best part about the Beachbody programs, is the each one has a personal trainer and MORE THAN ONE DVD to do. If you get a “program” that comes with one DVD and maybe 2 different workouts on it, you are going to get BORED, and pretty fast if you are anything like me! I like variety, something new all the time! When a program comes with 6 or more DIFFERENT workouts, now that is what makes one happy girl!
Going to the gym you can of course get a trainer, but that means you have to workout in front of that trainer and all the other people there as well. This might not embarrass everyone, but imagine being that short person that you just CANNOT do the workout right because the equipments is not the proper size. Plus at home programs, usually use free weights or bands, because you don’t NEED anything else! A personal trainer at a gym is going to take advantage of using all that “oversized” equipment, and rightfully so! Too bad that stuff isn’t going to get us short people 100% of the results that it will for someone of an average size.
Don’t get me wrong, the gym can be a GREAT place to go and get into the ZONE, but if you aren’t getting 100% of the results, or the effectiveness of the equipment you are using, what’s the point!? Find something that you enjoy, and can FEEL the difference, I am telling you, it will blow your mind how the machines that should fit everyone, really DON’T!!
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