Fun fact: I am 4 pounds away from the weight I was on the day I gave birth to my son.
OK. That’s more of an unfun fact as I’m not currently 9 months pregnant. I’m just a heavier nonpregnant mama. I am 8 pounds away from my highest weight ever. (When I was about to give birth to Kaya.)
The number doesn’t bother me much, it’s the body composition. Much more wiggle and jiggle than I’m used to. I don’t feel as strong.
I’m just a few years away from 40 years old and my metabolism is starting to betray me. I have been nothing but good to her my whole life and now she wants to play games with me! Metabolism’s over here playing freeze tag. She’s all freeze. No matter how many times I try to tag her back in. My abs are playing hide and seek. They just stay hidden, no matter how hard I seek.
It’s messing with me now. My clothes are fitting hella tight and I don’t want to buy more because I’m trying to be all Marie Kondo. My energy level is in the toilet and I need to be physically prepared for a zombie apocalypse or at least a pop-up chase game with the kids. I don’t feel as good in my body as I want to. How am I gunna stunt on the old me when I can’t even catch her?
Operation Momshell is back! Basically, I’ve got to get my weight gain under control. I wanna be less mushy. My mood, sleep and energy is suffering. So, I decided to clean up my eating and get back on track with workouts.
Enter the Bowflex Max Trainer M8.
Nothing like a new piece of equipment to get you motivated to train!
It arrived in two huge boxes, and John had it put together and ready to use in an hour and a half. (You can have the company put together in your home for you if you want to tho!)
I’ve wanted a Max Trainer for a few years now. I was saving to buy the M7 when I got notified about partnering with Bowflex for a review of the M8.
We had an old school Bowflex strength trainer in the basement of our house when I was growing up that I LOVED. I remember sneaking on it every now and then trying to get fitter during track season in high school.
The Bowflex Max Trainer M8 is a whole different animal.
It is a cross between a stepper and an elliptical but it gives you a resistance workout for your upper and lower body. It has a built in interval training sequence in it and an AI trainer that gives you ever increasing goals to hit to keep you pushing yourself to train harder and improve.
I hate it. (ok i love it…but I still hate it.)
It won’t let me be lazy! It is 14 minutes of hell personalized just for me. (Or John — It has the ability to save up to four profiles.) It really doesn’t give me any opportunity to slack. The most I can do is let go of the moving handles to hold on to the stationary ones while I catch my breath.
The unit itself isn’t huge. My dining room area has already been turned into a little home gym, and the M8 fits right in.
I love that it comes with it’s own tablet or you can use your own device to entertain you as you train. It’s got a nice wide cup holder too which I appreciated because my water bottles are fat. The bottom of it is grippy so it won’t slip and slide or spill if you wanted to just put a regular cup there.
I’ve been using the 14 or 21 minute interval program, but you can just hop on and go manual, or another program if you want to.
Sometimes I put it on 7 minute interval and go as fast as I can for a “sprint” to just get some frustration out.
I have this weird thing that, no matter how intense a workout actually is, I won’t FEEL like I’m doing a “real” work out unless I’m sweating and gasping out of breath. ….this feels like a real workout.
Now, I’ll be honest. It’s still new and I haven’t yet added it to my daily workout. John is getting more use out of it than I am, so far. And he loves it too. I’m 5’4 and he’s 6’5 and we both can use it comfortably as is! (On all of our weight machines we have to adjust everything back n forth to suit our sizes.) That is one bonus of the Max 8. We both just hop on, press one button, and go.
So, my plan is to do the 14 minute interval workout 5x a week and by my birthday (Sept 10th – feel free to send gifts!) I hope to see and feel a difference in my body, clothes, mood and energy level. Wish me luck!!
(I won’t stop there though! Operation Momshell won’t quit until I get confused for the young hot babysitter when I’m out with the kids!)