The other day I went to a gym to workout. It was a very good gym with lots of cool equipment and tools for fitness. Lots of open space, and people doing mostly functional workouts. In essence, it was motivating. When I went in I didn’t have a plan of anything I specifically wanted to do. Burpee pull-ups, some kettle bell exercises, dips, planks, etc. ended up being on the menu. I worked through the session and finished in about 45:00. A good session by all means.
Usually, I work out at home. I have a room in my house that I call the “Icebox,” because it’s a cold, uninsulated seasonal porch. I do wish it had heat, but this is Minnesota. Get used to the cold or add it as another excuse to why you aren’t fit or doing your daily workouts. I choose to make it work.
These home strength sessions are simple and efficient. I have a pull-up bar, two sets of rings (low and medium), three kettle bells, a bench, and a set of DB’s, 25’s and 35’s. In addition I have my bike hooked up to my fluid trainer (so I can ride indoors), a airdyne bike, and a concept 2 rowing machine. Now, this is much less than any gym will have. Also, much less than I would have if I had more space. But, this is also more than I would need to train, workout, or suffer, and in the process, get a lot stronger. My sessions in the icebox are anywhere from 10 minutes to 60 minutes (if I’m doing intervals in addition to strength). I really have nowhere to hide, wander around, or waste time. Thus, every minute I’m in there I’m training or thinking about the next set, rep, etc. I’m also getting strong at a lot of functional, full-body exercises. By having less options (lighter KB’s or DB’s) I’m forced to learn how to move the heavier weight. My form improves. By working out alone I focus on quality reps all of the time, rather than most of the time in a big gym environment. No distractions. No showing off. Nobody interrupting my workouts.
I’ll leave you with this. If you are interested in creating a functional home gym, meaning, no bulky equipment (weight machines, etc.), please contact me.
If you’d like to learn how to workout and make impressive gains with minimal stuff/options, please contact me.
Having this option, in your home or office, is a huge advantage over the typical gym-goer, that may be wasting up to 6-8 hours a week by training in a gym, instead of working out at home.
If time is an issue. The home gym is the answer.
One reply on “Home Training”
Great thoughts! I completely agree. I am more apt to being successful in my home rather than going to a gym even with my experience. I have since invested in equipment over time that best suit my needs–even if the majority of my workouts are based off of body-weight workouts.