At the end, not because they’re not important, but because they mess with the flow.
I’ve been dealing with a bit of gymbivalence the past few weeks.
I love my gym workouts but given the abundance of yard chores last week, my temporary location halfway across town from my gym this week and the gruesome thought of going out in the crazy heat to get there, and the fact that some idiot (not me!) broke the balance ball at the gym, thus eliminating one-fourth of my workout moves, I just haven’t felt like going.
This does not mean I haven’t been exercising, of course. That’s kind of like breathing for me. I’ve been walking, riding my bike, and taking care of those outdoor chores (7 hours worth last week!)–trust me, I be huffing and puffing plenty.
I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels a bit of gymbivalence from time to time, and I know there are people out there who–*gasp*–don’t like going to the gym at all. It’s nice to have alternatives, isn’t it? Today I bring you one possibility from the land of gym alternatives.
In a startling bit of good timing, the folks at Gaiam recently asked me to
produce my own line of workout videos take a look at GaiamTV, their streaming internet channel with on-demand videos on a wide variety of subjects, including: yoga, fitness, wellness, spirituality & metaphysics, and environment. And more besides. There’s even a section called “vintage” for us old folks. (I prefer to think of this category as “timeless”. Wayne Dyer is NOT vintage.)
You can take a free peek at the offerings on the website. I’ll wait.
Here’s what I like about GaiamTV:
- The site is easy to navigate and videos load fairly quickly, even on my slow Internet service.
- The variety of videos offered is enormous and encompasses a whole-self approach to fitness and wellness. That’s important, in my book.
- There are videos for all fitness levels, from Getting Started on up! (Beginners: Leslie Sansone is a good place to start. It feels like you’re not doing much at first, but the effort accumulates and you get a pretty good workout.)
- For some categories, content can be filtered. In Fitness, I can select only Balance Ball workout videos (since I have to do those at home for now, thanks to gym bozo), and/or I can choose SomeoneNotJillian as an instructor. In Yoga, I can choose among the different disciplines (not that I know one from another) and/or look for all things Rodney Yee. And so on.
- I really, really liked the section on Stretching and hope to try several different videos. I’ve been stuck on a Gaiam video, Balance Ball Daily Stretch for Health, which is one of the best stretching workouts I’ve ever done. I can’t find it for sale anywhere, but I hope they’ll release it in the future.
And the things I wish were different:
- The Weight Training videos I saw weren’t really what I think of as weight training. I’d love to see a few videos with more focus on lifting heavier weights. (It’s possible they’re there and I haven’t found them yet.)
- I’d like to have the ability to filter out certain instructors, workouts, or titles. **CammyTrivia Alert** For example, the words ‘extreme’ and ‘booty’ and ‘fat blaster’ are personal irritants, and I won’t even look at videos with those words in the title. Fortunately there don’t seem to be many of those on GaiamTV.
- I really wish they’d remove the link to the Gaiam store. Or hide it at members’ request. It’s a real productivity killer. Plus, I drooled on my keyboard when I saw the Garden Path bedding.
Overall, I like the site and at $9.95 per month for unlimited viewing, I think it’s a good deal IF you consistently use it. It’s less expensive than most gym memberships, including my cheapskate gym. To be honest, if I had more disposable dollars, I’d probably sign up for a while in addition to my gym just for the non-exercise videos. And for those times when I’m feeling gymbivalent.
Note: Gaiam also sent me a couple of products to try out, and I’ll be back with a review of those later in the week. I’ll even have a wee giveaway!
FTC and Other Interested Parties Stuff:
1) Gaiam provided me with a one-month membership (value: $9.95) to GaiamTV for purposes of review. No expectations of eternal gratitude and devotion were requested or offered. But I really do like them a lot.
2) I am not currently a Gaiam affiliate, but I am considering becoming one. None of the links in this post are affiliate links, and the possibility of becoming an affiliate did not influence my review. (I didn’t even know they had an affiliate program until 2 minutes ago, I swear!)