Body Rockin’ at home.
I consider myself fortunate during these frightening and uncertain times. Due to my medical ailments, especially chronic asthma, I really have to take extra precautions to not contract COVID-19. Even if the gyms were open for some crazy reason, I still wouldn’t go. So what does a an athlete & fitness enthusiast do during this time? Exercise intensely at home, switch up the style of workouts, and make it fun. I consider myself fortunate because while I know quite a few people still waiting for resistance bands to be shipped to them, I pretty much have a home gym. Will lots of love and thanks to loved ones for early birthday gifts, I have a TRX, resistance bands of all styles and levels of difficulty, dumbbells including a pair of 35lbs, kettlebells, plyo box, a bench, and more. That’s why I am fortunate and will not take this time for granted. I am truly grateful for all of the love and support.
A good percentage of my equipment came from a company that has workout program videos, books, and equipment known as SweatFlix/BodyRock. One of my favorite pierces of equipment that I own from then is the weighted vest. The vest is pretty comfortable and it adds extra intensity to my exercising. I especially hate/love the vest during cardio and HIIT like exercises. It also adds great resistance to my leg workouts.
Prior to the pandemic and quarantine, I hired classic bodybuilding friend, Jilani, as my trainer. I was interested in training for Men’s Aesthetic Physique and possibly compete in a few years. Now that style of training and goal is on hold but NOT shelved indefinitely. At the moment, my training consists of athleticism. I want to get that nice and lean athletic build again. With the amount of equipment at my fingertips, I do not have many excuses to not use my winter bulk to my benefit to now cut fat and sculpt definition.
One of my favorite pieces of equipment that I now own is an 8lb, 56” barbell with up to 90lbs worth of weighted plates. With this barbell set, I’ve been doing everything from squats to rows, deadlifts to chest press, and curls to overheard extensions. That set alone is owning my own personal gyms. To increase the intensity of my workouts, I include weighted wrist and ankle straps and resistance bands. Squatting with a heavy resistance band above the knees ensures a guaranteed burn. Laying flat on the ground while laying on top of a resistance band which is attached to your weighted barbell will sure create a lot of added resistance to your chest press. There are unlimited many options and I won’t take any of these pieces of equipment for granted. Fitness is such an important part of my lifestyle and I am grateful that I can continue it within my capacity.
The beauty of fitness is that it isn't definitive; we are always evolving and can make improvements. Our goals can change and we can work towards different aesthetics. One thing I've learned is that fitness looks different on everybody. No two bodies are the same, therefore comparing ourselves to others is emotionally exhausting. In a later entry, I will divulge into my battles with body dysmorphia and medical ailments that affect me and how that can impact my mental health. I realize though that body dysmorphia isn't worth the emotional stress because I wear my fitness different than others.
I always like to switch up my style of training. Whether it's powerlifting, endurance, athleticism, or bodybuilding, I like to change my goals and find new journeys maybe every other year. I've gone through many looks on my body in the past few years, faced many uphill battles, but I won't stop because I can't stop. Whether I'm on the field playing rugby, swinging a bat, climbing a rock wall, lifting a weight, or jogging on the pier...the rush is pure ecstasy for me.
To check out some of the equipment that Miguelito works out with during quarantine, click on the logo for BodyRock.