Friday Five : Indoor workouts

This week’s Friday Five link up with  Courtney at Eat Pray Run, Cynthia at  You Signed Up for What and Mar at Mar on the Run is about Indoor Workouts, definitely a  hot topic in the winter, even more so when you see how much snow the East Coast got this week !



I don’t mind working out inside. While I have come to love running outside in almost all seasons, I think doing things inside offers a lot of variety. And when it is dark from 4 p.m. to 9 a.m. in the winter, I honestly don’t have much choice ! Here are my go-to indoor workouts :


1. The pool. I have come to love the pool for variety, though my relationship with the pool is very recent, we are at a good place at the moment. Friday is my favorite aqua gym class.

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2. The gym : weights

I started lifting weights to have upper body definition, and avoid flabby underarms. I lift once or twice a week, mainly free weights. Kettlebells have not come much to France yet, though I would love to try them. I love my Wednesday mornings weight workout, I go very early and practically have the whole place to myself. France is not an early riser country.

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3. Jillian Michaels 30 Day shred. I like doing videos once in a while because it adds variety, works my muscles differently and gives me ideas of moves to do at the gym.

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4. Alternating cardio at the gym : I often do 20′ /20′ /20′ : stationary bike / elliptical / treadmill. Once again, working my muscles differently and adding variety (see a theme coming through here ?)

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5. Yoga. While I am not currently doing yoga, I did lots for about 7 years. I will definitely restart a yoga practice one day… I loved it, but got a bit burned out with the same teacher. So while I no longer do it regularly, I use many of the moves to retain my flexibility.

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Ever got tired of a workout or class ? Did you give it up and one day go back ?

Have a great weekend !


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Comments: 6

  1. Lacey@fairytalesandfitness January 30, 2015 at 3:50 pm Reply

    If I was a member of a gym I would make sure there was a pool available. I think that would be a great low impact workout on days I’m not running.
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  2. Courtney @ Eat Pray Run, DC January 30, 2015 at 4:18 pm Reply

    i have that 30 day shred video – jillian michaels doesn’t mess around! 🙂 have a great weekend!
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    • Karen - French Inspiration January 30, 2015 at 9:40 pm Reply

      So funny you recognized it ! She doesn’t mess around.

  3. Christine @ We Run Disney January 30, 2015 at 10:38 pm Reply

    I love the Jillian Michaels shred videos. If you didn’t know, they’re on YouTube. They’re my favorite “I don’t have much time and don’t want to leave the house” workout.
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    • Karen - French Inspiration January 31, 2015 at 8:05 am Reply

      didn’t know they were on You Tube, thanks for the tip !

  4. Liz @ Loving to Tri January 31, 2015 at 2:17 am Reply

    I also used to do yoga quite a bit but got out of the habit. Reading all these Friday Five posts about people doing yoga has reminded me how much I love it!
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