staying at home with sandy

Sandy came through the East Coast yesterday and kicked up quite a tantrum on her way outta town. Due to the high winds, heavy rains, danger of flying debris, and falling trees, most of DC stayed indoors yesterday. Today is not much better. I hope all of you are safe. 

Fighting cabin fever. Go away Sandy!

My thoughts and prayers go out to those who lost power, water, homes, and even lives. Mother nature certainly gave us quite a fright with ye ole Frankenstorm.

I spent yesterday hunkered down with loved ones. Thankfully I brought my TRX with me so I could get in a quick workout. Has anyone else purchased one of these handy-dandy go-anywhere contraptions?


I keep mine slung over the door in my apartment. It does wonders when I’m in a pinch and need a convenient option. I typically do a series of arms (rows, pull ups, triceps), abs (atomic push ups, plank runners), and legs (glutes, one leg pistol, lunge). There are so many possible exercise combos, it’s a shame I only stick to the most obvious ones. Any TRXers out there with ideas for new moves?

At any rate, today is cold and rainy and the roads are still a mess. My usual running routes are flooded and spots in fitness classes are going fast. For those of us who are taking the day to regroup indoors and are in desperate need of a fitness outlet…here are a few ideas: 

  • Barre: For a ballet fix, MyBarre3 offers online classes for $15 a month. You can even chose how long you want class to be (between 10 – 60 minutes). How cool is that? As an extra treat to get you en pointe at home, use the code 15mybarre3 for a 15 day free trial (thanks to Well+Good NYC for the tip!).
  • Yoga: I’m a big fan of the power yoga podcasts from Dave Farmar. They’re challenging enough to give you a workout fix, but also a great stretch to boot. Download one and try it out!  
  • Body Weight: has been kicked around as an awesome (and free) resource for high intensity interval training (HIIT) workout videos. Every workout is under 20 minutes and many can be done with little to no equipment. Don’t have a sandbag? Use a duffle full of books. Don’t have weights? Use those water bottles you stocked up on. You get the idea. I’ve been following their website for years and have been pleasantly surprised about how effective they are. That said, the website favors posting suggestive photos of the trainers and the workout titles are typically NSFW. You’ve been warned. Also check out the HIIT videos posted by the original BodyRock trainer. They work along the same principle and will make you sweat in no time.
  • Sandy Inspired: New wellness website Thriive posted The Hurricane Sandy Workout with moves including “Honey Boo Boo Wall Sits.” Looks like being indoors for 48 hours has left us all a bit punchy! I’m a contributor to Thriive and am excited about its launch last week…just in time to post Sandy inspiration! The Washingtonian also shared a great round up of at-home exercises for those of us staying in today.

Whatever you do fit crash today, be safe out there!

I gotta know: do you have any at-home workout ideas to share?


  1. Julia October 30, 2012 / 8:42 pm

    Did somebody say Honey Boo Boo wall sits? I’m in!

    • DC Fit Crasher October 30, 2012 / 10:30 pm

      Yes – can you believe it? The sad thing is, Honey Boo Boo wall sits got my attention faster than free barre classes. What is the world coming to?

  2. C.J. October 31, 2012 / 2:20 pm

    Great post, and after looking at it, it’s probably not a good idea to go to while at work…

    Interested in learning more about TRX? You should hit up Megan at Washington Sports Club Clarendon, she teaches a few TRX classes there.

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