14 Tips to Build and Better Use Your Home Gym
As we all know, the decision to either go to the gym or work out at home has, at least for the foreseeable future, already been made for us. So, we're all making do as best we can with our "home gyms." But, even in normal times, when the decision is entirely up to you, there are still a lot of benefits that come from working out at home as compared to a gym. There are no monthly fees, for one thing, and no battling for access to machines, and no need to drive. Plus, you get to do your workout alone, in the comfort of your own home, go straight to your own shower afterwards, and then whip up a protein shake or other replenishing snack when you're all done. The only thing that might make home workouts better is if you could somehow make them more effective for faster results. And that's what this post is all about. We have put together 14 different tips and tricks that will help you create and utilize your home gym, while getting in shape that much faster.
Putting Together Your Home Gym
- Create a designated space – The ideal situation is to be able to use a spare room that can be turned into a home gym. If you live in a smaller space, such as an apartment or studio, set the gym up in a corner of the room and use equipment that can be put away after your workout.
- Make it clutter free – Distractions in your workout space can take you out of the flow, so turn off your TV and phone, and make sure that your designated space is free from clutter.
- Buy equipment – You don’t need a small fortune to be able to set up an effective home gym. An exercise mat and weight may be all you need to get started. You can always add as you go.
- Take advantage of the internet – There are now countless videos and apps that can be accessed online for free to help you reach your specific fitness or weight loss goals.
Using Your Home Gym
Now that you've got it all together, or at least enough to begin using it, here are our ten tips to make you home gym workout just as effective, or even more effective, than the workout you usually get at the gym. Plus, you'll find the line for the treadmill much, much shorter.
- Work your entire body – Compound movements, which are those that work multiple muscles, are way more effective than targeting single muscles. For example, push-ups are more effective than bicep curls.
- Mix things up – Try different workouts instead of sticking to the same routine. Focus on things like cardio, strength training, flexibility, balance, and more.
- Try interval training – Studies clearly show that interval training delivers a ton of benefits. Perform high-intensity activities for short bursts followed by less demanding exercises. As you get fitter, increase the time, reps, pace, or resistance.
- Work out with a partner – Think abut having your spouse, friend, or neighbor join you for workouts, as it’s more fun and helps keep you both motivated.
- Set goals – There will be times when you plateau and perhaps lose some motivation. Setting attainable goals helps keep you focused during these times. Even small targets in the right direction, such as committing to exercising 3 times per week, will help.
- Keep track of your progress – The only way to truly know if you are reaching your goals is to track your progress. Start a daily journal that shows your progress and reward yourself when you hit those milestones.
- Make it fun – Put together a workout music playlist or watch a show while you work out. Do whatever you need to help keep your workouts fun.
- Use proper form – Using equipment incorrectly or not using proper form can result in injuries when you exercise. There are plenty of online resources available to guide you.
- Take rest days – Yes, you want to get fit as quickly as possible, but overdoing it can have the opposite effect. If you are constantly tired or experiencing muscle pain, take a day off from strenuous exercise. You can always go for a walk if you want to still get a little workout in.
- Take advice from your doctor – It’s always a good idea to talk to a doctor before starting any exercise program. This is especially true if you have underlying health conditions or have been sedentary for a long time.
But ... It's Not "The Gym"
It's true. Working out in your home gym does not offer everything you get from a visit to your local fitness center. For one thing, the social interaction is gone, unless you have a partner who will work out with you at home. You might also miss the friendly competition that sometimes develops among regular gym goers which can motivate you to do better, or workout longer or harder. But, while we're in this current social isolation mode, you can look for other ways to find your motivation; music, movies, or even Facetiming or Zooming with a friend while you both work out. Your home gym can be as simple or as complex as your needs and your budget allow, but know that you CAN achieve a productive and meaningful workout from the confines of your home. This, too, will pass. But until it does, stay safe and stay fit by working out at home.
Let RX Fitness Equipment Help
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