Many people think there is only one route to fitness which is mainly going to the gym, going on some crazy diet and cutting out all the fun stuff in your life basically. I’m here to tell you otherwise because I’ve been a fit fam girl for about 3/4 years now and trust me when I say I haven’t had to do any of those things. I believe to be able to make fitness a lifestyle you have to make it sustainable and think long-term.
First thing about choosing a workout option is you have to find something you actually like or the closest activity you can like or something you’re interested in. I know some people who would rather workout at home than go to a gym and I know some people who it’s vice versa.
So on today’s post I’ll be giving different options of working out and staying fit that do not involve going to a gym.
1. Use Workout Apps (Nike+ Training Club)
There are so many fitness apps out there, I think there is literally a new one every other week on Instagram. But my current favorite is the Nike Training Center.
The first time I got this app was when I was quite new to the fitness life, so I found most of the workouts extremely difficult. I didn’t really know how to use the app and I wasn’t that motivated. So I just stopped using it.
But now that I’m like on the intermediate level of my fitness I find this app really fun and enjoy using it.
Their workouts are divided into workouts based on muscle group (i.e. Abs & Core, Glutes & Legs, Arms & Shoulders) and there are also workout collections from some popular athletes and celebrities on the app (like Ronaldo, Michael B Jordan, Serena Williams, Kevin Hart etc.)
They have a variety of workouts ranging from strength training, endurance, yoga to mobility. You can also build a workout plan for yourself that ranges from 4 weeks – 6 weeks or even more. There are even workouts with certain equipments and workouts that require none.
If you are self-motivated, like challenging workouts and want an app that works well with music playing. This is the one for you. You can also keep track of your workout history, connect with other people in the NTC community and if you’re in some certain countries they have NTC events which I’m sure would be super fun.
They have workouts in beginner, intermediate and advanced levels so something for everyone. You also don’t need to pay to unlock certain workouts or levels the whole app is free. So enjoy having workouts curated by top gym trainers from around the world for free and in the comfort of your house.
You also have your milestones achievements recorded like when you are 20 minutes in you get a cool Nike poster to congratulate you. It seems small, but those things really encourage me.
2. YouTube Fitness channels (Fitness Blender)
” Fitness blender is my favorite workout channel because I feel it literally does most of the decision-making for me. I get to choose which part of my body I want to workout, simply by checking for workouts tailored to it. It could be arms, abs, butt, legs and so on. I like that I have options.
Secondly, I like that I have the option of choosing the duration and the intensity of the workout. There are some days I feel like a high intensity workout and some days I just want to take it easy.
That’s not all I get choose, Fitness blender also has a variety of workouts that range from workouts with gym equipments to workouts with no equipment.
Honestly, I think my favorite thing about using fitness blender is that the trainer feels somewhat like my personal trainer.
The trainers tell you what to do, show you, and then do it with you in the allocated time. They even encourage you to keep pushing especially at the end of reps when you feel like giving up, plus seeing them working out with you can be very motivating. Sometimes they even take mini-breaks in between reps just like you.
Fitness Blender has this cool feature that shows you the amount of calories you burn per workout, which makes it easy to monitor your progress after each workout.
I would definitely recommend Fitness Blender for anyone looking to workout at home and for free. Especially if you don’t quite know where to start in this fitness journey, and you don’t quite have the push to begin.
Remember, the only way to get ahead is to get started!!! #nowlezgooo #noexcusessss “
There are loads of fitness channels on Youtube. If this one does not work for you I am sure you would find something else. You could also search for dance fitness workouts like Zumba on Youtube as well.
3. Boxing classes (Top Box Lagos)
One great way to lose weight and stay fit is by boxing. Not only is it a fun way to workout your entire body. You are also low key learning a defense skill. I mean imagine being able to throw a few good punches in the face of danger or self-defense, won’t be bad you know. Boxing is also a full body workout so do not be deceived and think it is only for the arms. Just the warm-up before you start boxing can have you completely out of breath.
Boxing builds a strong core, legs, arms, back and chest. Haven’t you noticed in all these boxing movies how they are always skipping? You need to be quick on your feet to be a good boxer. If you are still doubting the intensity of a boxing workout, think Anthony Joshua then be convinced.
Top Box Lagos is a boxing trainer that comes right to your doorstep and trains you in the comfort of your home or a space you choose. Each session lasts for about 60-90 minutes. You can choose a one-on-one class or a group class of four people. You can also check out the Instagram page @topbox_lagos
The cost of 1 session is 6,000 NGN for 4 sessions is 20,000 NGN and for 8 sessions is 32,000 NGN. So the more sessions you pay for at a time the greater the discount.
For the group session (of 4 people) it is 10,000 NGN for 1 session, 32,000 NGN for 4 sessions and 48,000 NGN for 8 sessions. Now how lit is that? Get your family members or friends to join in on this fun group activity.
4. Spinning classes at Ryde Fit
Now a gym is filled with all those complicated and uncomplicated equipment but a cycling studio on the other hand just has stationary bicycles. Spinning is not for the faint-hearted because it is very intense. It does wonders for your lower body especially but it is also a full body workout always.
Ryde Fit is an amazing space that has a great ambience. It is a cycling studio that also has different fitness classes like High Intensity Interval Training, dance fitness, Zumba and of course spinning classes.
Below is the price schedule and as you can see it is definitely worth your money.
I even went for a HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training) class a few weeks back, it was super intense but also super fun can you see how I’m smiling and sweating? My body ached for a few days after so you can imagine the intensity.
Anyways if you like group activities that won’t require you to work alone or motivate yourself. This would definitely work for you. You can check out their Instagram @rydefit and they are currently having a giveaway on their page that is giving free membership to 3 winners for a specified time.
5. Yoga classes (Breathe Studio)
Yoga is such a great alternative to the gym because it benefits the mind, body & spirit. This might not burn as much calories as other forms of workout because it does not only focus on your physical appearance.
It is very beneficial to mental health as it a spiritual exercise that involves a lot of meditation, focusing on the present and being in tune with your body. To learn about more benefits of yoga you can read this article here from the Yoga Journal.
Contrary to popular belief, regular yoga practice actually helps with weight reduction as it increases flexibility, muscle strength and tone. It is also great for your cardio and circulatory health. It can also protect you from conditions like arthritis, back pain and more.
If you’re in Lagos you should check out @breathe.ng on Instagram they are a yoga & wellness center and community. They have classes for all levels and also interesting yoga events. For the schedule of their classes check here
And for all their prices and rates check here
For my Abuja people you can check out @olifestyleholistic on Instagram they have yoga classes available as well.
Yoga always looks hard but trust me, your body can get used to anything as long as you keep practicing. So if you have interest in yoga but are skeptical because it looks difficult just try it. You would never know until you do.
What I love most about yoga is that you don’t even need shoes for it, like you can do yoga in a bikini if you really feel like. How cool is that?
P.S: Yoga is for everyone, fat or slim, male or female. It does not matter, as long as you have a body and mind, you can do yoga trust me.
P.S.S: Pictures were from @FitnessCareer
6. Running apps like Nike+ Run Club
Now running or walking is like the easiest way to start if you are trying to get your mind in that fitness phase. It requires no equipment but your body and you just need to go outside.
Now because we are in Nigeria *rolls eyes* not everywhere is conducive for a run/jog/walk based on bad roads and all. But if you have an estate close to you that has nice paved sidewalks you can try going there.
Training yourself to start running is not as hard as you think. There are many apps that can aid this process like Nike+ Run Club which is a running companion.
You can customize your run, get guided assistant from experienced coaches, the workouts are even synced to specific playlists on Apple Music and Spotify and all your runs are stored with GPS tracking.
The running plans are for all levels and it adapts with your progress. This basically does all the work for you, all you need to do is just download it. The best part is it is absolutely free!
7. Playing A Sport
This is a great way to workout without really feeling like you are, especially if you already have a sport you enjoy.
There is a wide variety of sports to choose from. Some high intensity sports I would recommend for a good workout are football, basketball, lawn tennis, swimming and squash. I think these are sports you can easily find places to play especially here in Nigeria.
From community clubs, hotels, friends houses, housing estate facilities and so on. I’m learning basketball right now and it’s actually quite fun except when my face gets hit by the ball. Yes, that actually happened to me, I have bad luck with balls.
8. Pole Dance Classes at Red Caramel Dance and Fitness
This is something I absolutely cannot wait to try, as it definitely on my fitness bucket list (yes, I have one). Pole dancing and burlesque is also a full body workout. It is guaranteed to have you feeling more confident and sexy. There is nothing that screams raw female power than being able to be suspended on a pole.
This does wonders for building your core strength, legs and arms likewise. Pole dancing is not only reserved for strippers or burlesque dancers. It is also an incredible alternative way to keep fit and you are also learning a sexy skill so it is a win win.
Do not let anyone tell you are too big to spin around a pole, if you practice you can.
If you’re in Lagos you should definitely check out @redcaramelng on Instagram. They are a pole dance studio situated in Lekki. This is what their schedule looks like. Some of the classes they offer are Afrofusion dance, Burlesque, Ab attack, pure strech and of course pole dance.
These are the costs PER class and if you pay for 5 classes at once you get one class free (this isn’t applicable to pole dance class)
– Pole Dance/ Burlesque: 3,500 NGN
– Ab Attack : 2,000 NGN
– Pure Stretch: 3,000 NGN
– Afro fusion: 3,500 NGN
When I’m back in Lagos I’m definitely going to be trying this, so you lucky Lagosians should not dull. If you’re looking for something different, new and exciting. This is definitely for you.
Well that’s all I have for you all. I really hope you find this helpful and are able to find a workout regime that works for you. Don’t let not having a gym close by stop you. Staying fit is not just about having the dream body, working out regularly is very important for you health and there are so many benefits it comes with. If you enjoyed this post or found it useful do leave a comment or message me on social media.
Till next time,