With sweaty bodies everywhere, queues to get on the machines, having to ‘look your best’ through fear of bumping in to someone you know, and not to mention expensive membership fees, it is easy to understand why gyms are not for everyone and why many prefer to workout in the comfort of their own home.
Whilst many may find the people, queues and ‘pressure’ all negative components of gym going, the reason why many of us battle on regardless at the gym is because we believe, fundamentally through a lack of equipment, that we couldn’t workout as effectively at home. Do I need to go to the gym to stay fit? On the contrary, we can all achieve decent workouts at home that are comparable to the effectiveness of sessions down the gym but of course without the people, queues, ‘pressure’ and expensive membership fees.
Sounds appealing? Then read on as we explore how to achieve effective home workouts that requires little equipment.
Just because you are in your lounge does not mean that you should forsake warming up. Carrying out a few minutes of stretches, on the spot jogging or even skipping with a skipping rope, will effectively stretch the muscles, get the heart and blood pumping and lessen the chance of injury.
Work the muscles in the arms by doing several reps of push ups. For additional strength training be sure to alternate the hand position, from a wide hand position to a close hand position.
Work those abdominals effectively by carrying out several sets of sit ups. For maximum effectiveness, ensure that all tension is placed on the abdominal area and not on other areas of the body.
For an effective home workout one of the only pieces of equipment you will require are dumbbells. Practicing regular sets of dumbbell squats whereby s whereby you hold a dumbbell in each hand and squat down, will work out your leg and arm muscles. Try to create the maximum amount of contraction in the legs as possible.
Instead of squatting with your dumbbells, lunge one leg forward and then change to the other leg to focus on working out the hamstrings and quads.
Remember that it is as important to warm down at home than it is at the gym. Carry out a low intensity cardio workout of either jogging or walking on the spot for at least 15 minutes.
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