Working out at home

  • Rowing_Ant

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    Jun 25, 2011 10:32 PM GMT
    So yeah hey guys


    Im in a quandry about kit to get for training at home. My local gym is closing at the end of this month leaving me bereft of a gym meaning Im going to have to do my training at home in my spare room.

    Cardio wise, if the weather is good I'll run with my housemate in the evenings but the area I am in its not so safe to run on your own.

    What do you guys recommend as the best home kit for doing weights (strong/lean) and then getting into some size.

    I currently have some dumbbells and a swiss ball.

    I was thinking getting a bar, some more weights disk and a reebok deck, but my major issue is this: MOTIVATION. I just know I wont train at home or if I do it will be half-hearted and wont push myself.

    SO yeah - Kit and motivation for home training!! Any thoughts or advice????
  • barriehomeboy

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    Jun 26, 2011 12:48 AM GMT
    You can lift bricks and your body will respond with muscle growth. It doesn't have to be fancy. But, if you devise a workout program, you can get some awesome spinner dumbell bars and an armcurl bar or two and set yourself up with different weights for different excercises, and soon you'll be the hottest guy in the village. I work out at home, with all of that, and it's easy and it works.
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    Jun 26, 2011 12:52 AM GMT
    I've been thinking of doing something similar, but I'm wondering how it works for guys on here. Do you end of "cheating" more or lifting less weight or less often because you're not in the pumped up environment of the gym. Or, do you end up doing more because it's so convenient?
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    Jun 26, 2011 12:53 AM GMT
    P90X and a shakewave icon_biggrin.gif that'll get u ripped
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    Jun 26, 2011 1:44 AM GMT
    Rowing_Ant saidI currently have some dumbbells and a swiss ball.
    That's about all I ever use, along with a pullup bar.
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    Jun 26, 2011 1:47 AM GMT
    I feel like working out at home is such a distraction, I'll try to multitask and do something else while working out. At the gym i feel more focused on the task at hand, which is getting swole icon_cool.gif
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    Jun 26, 2011 1:52 AM GMT
    Pistons saidI feel like working out at home is such a distraction, I'll try to multitask and do something else while working out.
    That's the beauty of working out at home. You're not obligated to waste all your energy in an hour. Instead, you can do a few sets, go do something else, and come back to your workout later...just keep up with where you left off.
  • stu1

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    Jun 26, 2011 2:20 AM GMT
    Home gym works great for me. Keep adding equipment as your needs grow and space allows. Listen to your favorite music, put a mirror up and some pictures of what or who motivates you.
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    Jun 26, 2011 2:26 AM GMT
    Because I work long hours and need to save time, I've exercised at home for two years. That and healthy eating (without being a nazi about it) have been key to becoming healthier than I have been in many years and stronger than ever before. (That's a sad commentary on my strength when I was in my twenties. Better late than never.)

    It's easy to exercise at home if you follow a few simple guidelines.

    Motivation?
    Think about doing it, and then turn your thoughts into actions. Within two months, your actions will turn into habits. After more time, those habits will become a part of your lifestyle. Eventually, friends and colleagues saying things like "you're looking great" and "whatever you're doing is really working for you" and your need to buy new clothes that fit will just add to your motivation.

    Equipment?
    You don't need expensive or fancy equipment. Simple dumbbells (I have a number of pairs going from 20 to 50 lbs per dumbbell) along with some basic calisthenics can be enough to workout all body parts.

    Routine?
    Workout hard ("balls to the walls" is my theme) as little as three times a week but limit the time per workout, which means that you cannot allow yourself to get distracted. Forty minutes of a hard workout, with some reps to failure, is enough for me. If after some weeks of exercising your body needs a rest, take it. That's when your body can repair and rejuvenate and ultimately transform.

    If this works for a guy in his fifties, it can work for you, Rowing Ant. Good luck!


  • Starboard

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    Jun 26, 2011 2:27 AM GMT
    Check out crossfit.com. They post a "workout of the day" (WOD) that requires minimal equipment. They also have a blog for the community of people who do these workouts at home.
  • Rowing_Ant

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    Jun 26, 2011 1:04 PM GMT
    Thanks for the advice guys!!

    For me.. in my house I have my office/spare room which is where I work out....So thats where all my books are, my laptop etc.

    Im thinking to start working on the Dining Table to separate up work spaces fromplay spaces and remove distractions....

    when I find I cannot be arsed working out....I force myself to walk or run to the gym which makes me work out as Im there at home....I think - I know - Id be" million and one excuses" not to work out.......and then have the nerve to complain Im getting fat lol.

    I'll check out those home work outs. icon_smile.gif