Working At Home
Working out at home has become increasingly popular in the last few years, as home equipment has improved in quality.
Just as with working out at a gym or fitness center, home training has its advantages and disadvantages. On the plus side, you can workout whenever you want to. You don’t have to worry about the travel time to and from the gym.
It’s easier to avoid skipping a workout because you are cutting the travel time out…you really do only need 20 or 3o minutes.
Also, you can ensure you’ll get the cardiovascular benefit from moving between exercises at a brisk pace. You won’t have to wait for that machine hog at the gym.
If you’re one who is a bit timid working out in front of others, or with the opposite sex, you don’t have to worry about that in your home gym.
On the negative side, home training is missing a few things. You won’t have the breadth of equipment you have at a big fitness center, unless you’ve got tens of thousands of dollars to spend on your home gym equipment, so you can get bored of your limited equipment.
You lose some of the energy that dances about in a large gym or fitness center setting, as watching other people workout is sometimes a motivator. So there are some pluses and minuses to working out at home.
All this being said, if you want to workout at a gym or fitness center or build your own home gym, here’s some of the stuff you should look for or make sure you have at your disposal:
- Barbells with plenty of weight plates. The standard size Olympic barbell is recommended. You can do nearly every exercise in this book with a simple barbell and weighted plates. Make sure there are 21/a pound plates available as well for smaller increases from workout to workout.
- Dumbbells. Again, you can do nearly every exercise in this book with various weight levels of these. Make sure they go in 5 pound increments…if they don’t it will be more difficult to progress in poundage as you get stronger, as a io pound jump will be too much in many exercises. You may also use selectorized dumbbells (Powerblock Dumbbells) if training at home, these can go from 5 pounds to 120 pounds and take up minimal space, as all weight levels are contained within one set of dumbbells.
- Incline/Decline bench. This versatile bench will allow you to perform a variety of exercises with barbells or dumbbells.
- Pulldown machine. This machine will primarily be used for lat pulldowns and pullovers, and triceps pushdowns.
- Leg Extension and Leg Curl machines. These will obviously be used for the leg extension and leg curl. For home use, you can get a combo machine that allows you to perform both movements which helps save space.
- Squat Rack or Power Rack. This is a metal cage that allows you to position a barbell at various heights for the performance of the squat and deadlift, as well as other barbell exercises including the bench press.
- Calf Raise. This is a machine that allows for the performance of the standing calf raise.
- Pec Deck machine. This allows for the performance of the pec deck movement for your pectorals.
- Pullover machine. This allows for the performance of the pullover movement.
Now you have a good idea of what type of equipment to look for in a fitness center. You can also use some of the machine alternatives to the exercises I listed above.
If you’re considering going the home gym route, you would obviously have to lay down some cash up front to build your space, versus paying a small monthly fee at the gym.
But, over a year or two, your home gym investment will pay for itself and you’ll never pay fees to workout again! I personally train exclusively at home using pretty basic equipment and have experienced fantastic results.
My basic set up includes a simple power rack with a lat pulldown attachment, an incline/decline bench, a barbell with 3151bs. of weight plates, a set of selectorized dumbbells that go from 5 pounds to 95 pounds, and a leg extension/leg curl machine.
You can get all of this equipment new for under $2,000. Maybe even less if you are a bargain hunter.
If cash flow is an issue, consider putting the equipment on a o% interest credit card and making the payments will be like paying your monthly gym dues.
Whatever location you choose to workout in, following the principles in this book will take you to where you want to go, in the fastest possible time!