The great thing about getting fit is that there is more than one path to get there. The path is going to be as different as each person is different.
For some people it is going to the gym. There’s a plethora of equipment, there are classes to take, and other people from which to gain inspiration.
For others it means going to the basement or the living room or the backyard. There are no distractions, and you can go there whenever you need to and no one is hogging the equipment.
My experience is home workouts so that is what I’ll be focusing on today.
For almost 11 years I’ve been working out and I’ve always worked out from home. I’ve had multiple setups and utilized various training styles. Here are some pics of my equipment over the years.
I’ve had awesome equipment and lifted heavy for several years. I did get a few injuries going too heavy too quickly and not allowing my supporting structures to catch up to my muscles in terms of what I could lift. I also had about two years where I pretty much did bodyweight only or used a sandbag. I have trained for figure and bikini competitions using weights, and doing bodyweight dynamic workouts only, all from home. What I’ve found that works for me is a mix of both.
Not interested in competing, just want to get in shape? If I can train at home for that, then you can train at home for your goals.
You can do bodyweight workouts for quite a while and make progress by rep changes, longer or shorter rest periods, and multi-move exercises. However, I’d suggest at least having a set of dumbbells around to help challenge yourself more for many of those moves. Variety can help keep fitness from getting stale!
Here’s a video of my current setup.
My schedule typically looks like this these days (subject to change at any given moment):
Monday – full body dynamic bodyweight workout (sometimes db’s too)
Tuesday – front delts, triceps, and a bicep move or two
Wednesday – full body weights- usually going heavy, especially on legs & glutes
Thursday – off / active. No real workout but probably doing yard stuff or something
Friday- full body dynamic bodyweight workout
Saturday – side & back delts, biceps, and a tricep move or two
Sunday – off / active
I’m currently trying to build my shoulders which is why they are getting their own days like that.
There’s no reason that you can’t get started getting fit right now. Even if you’ve never done any exercise before, you can do something now. With the internet at most of our fingertips we can find out how to do any exercise and put together routines and learn what works best for each of us.
Just get moving. Go for a walk. Do some squats. Try a plank. Do the best you can with what you have. You don’t need to purchase a ton of equipment or supplements or special items. Just-Get-Moving.
People will tell you that you have to stay more motivated to workout at home and really commit. It’s no different than going to the gym to workout. It isn’t about motivation, it’s about just making it happen. You are worth the time you put into it, and you don’t have to put in a ton of time- simply make every moment count.
My goal with FitFunSparkle is to help provide ideas of ways for others to get fit and have fun in life. I’m just getting started, but I plan to have videos to provide that help in the near future. Check back soon. 🙂