This is What You Need to Start Working Out from Home
Don’t Let Gym Closures Ruin Your Progress
Gyms were ordered to close last week, and it doesn’t look like they are gonna open back up anytime soon. So put away those frowny faces, it’s time to start working out from home. The stupid COVID-19 virus is ruining your progress, so you’re a little irritated. I understand, so let let’s dive right in!
I Need to Buy a Lot of Stuff to Cover My Workouts at the Gym
This is simply not true. Unless you have a lot of space and money, I would NOT recommend trying to replicate all the equipment you use at the gym.
There are a couple of at home gyms that will help you keep your gains, but only take up a corner of your room. Unless you’re built like Jason Mamoa, something like the Bowflex or even the Total Gym should hold you over until the Gym reopens.
I am a big supporter of home gyms! Especially machines like Bowflex and the Total Gym. Both cover a lot of exercises and they grow with you. It’s also much easier to add weight and/or switch to a different exercise compared to traditional commercial gym equipment. Due to the ease, you can probably shave 20 minutes off your workout time.
If you don’t have the space or funds for something like the Bowflex or Total Gym, a combination of ingenuity and some resistance bands will do.
Here are a few basics you will need to start working out from home:
- Get an Interval Timer App: When you start your HIIT exercises to burn fat. You’re gonna need an interval timer. Just visit your phones app store and search for one. I use endomonda, get it on iPhone here, and Google Play here.
- Get a Yoga Mat: Save yourself from bruising and putting pressure on your poor joints when working out on a hard surface such as hardwood floors. Here is a link to a highly rated one on amazon: Gaiam Yoga Mat – Premium 6mm Print Extra Thick Non Slip Exercise & Fitness Mat (68″ x 24″ x 6mm)
- Get a Set of Resistance Bands: They fit almost all fitness levels. Here are a few that are versatile and doesn’t take up too much space: JDDZ Pull up Resistance and Assist Bands, Workout Bands (Set of 5) or A AZURELIFE Resistance Bands, Professional Non-Latex Elastic Exercise Bands, 5 ft. (3 pack)
Dress appropriately for your workouts. Get on your tank tops or t-shirts on your upper half, and sneakers, tights or sweatpants on your lower. Below are some examples of what to wear: MANON ROSA Workout Sets Women 2 Piece or Lixada 3 Pcs Men’s Workout Set with Compression T-Shirt, Loose Fitting Shorts and Tight Leggings Pants
Don’t Lose Your Flexibility
Don’t forget to foam roll in between workout days to maintain flexibility and improve circulation. It will also save you money from having to receive Trigger Point Therapy so often. Amazon customers highly rate these foam rollers: OPTP PRO-Roller Soft Density Foam Roller (beginners) | AmazonBasics High-Density Round Foam Roller (experienced)
If you need more guidance on working out from home, I suggest you check out: Hitch Fit
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I’m Shawn. I am a Neuromuscular Therapist that is co-owner/operator of Prime Bodyworks. There I provide manual therapies and multiple modalities of massage to relieve chronic muscle pain associated with sports and work related injuries.