Home Work Out?

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    Feb 17, 2009 10:39 AM GMT
    So I'm 19 and have always been very unfit. I want to get in shape. Bulk up a bit, improve general fitness etc.

    I've done my dietary research, I know what I need to eat once I actually get my workouts started but the problem is all the workouts I've found require easy access to a gym several times a week or extremely expensive home equipment. My current living situation means I can't manage either of those things.

    Thus I'd like to know, are there workouts I can do from home that can achieve good results as well?

    Thanks
  • twostroke

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    Feb 17, 2009 12:49 PM GMT
    i don´t agree that to shape up (not intending to bulk up tremendously) you need to go to a gym nor that you need "expensive" machines.

    there are a lot of exercises one can do with very simple things we all got around: a rope to jump on the spot, a plastic container filled with whatever that can serve as weights, elastic ropes (they are cheap) to pull and push, static exercises, etc , etc, etc., walking, running, sprinting... all free.

    the hardes of all is to get into a routine with whatever you´ve got at hand and be disciplined (that´s the hardest bit).

    be inventive

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    Feb 17, 2009 2:14 PM GMT
    Years ago, I used a pair of dumbbells and my coffee table as a weight bench. You can also get the elastic bands and use those for resistance training.

    You can also do lots of push up and sit ups and other things. My boyfriend found a bowling ball on the street and he uses that sometimes as a weight.

    I know quite a few people who can't afford a gym membership here in NY and work out from home - so it definitely can be done.
  • jungleq

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    Feb 17, 2009 3:08 PM GMT
    I started with a set of dumbells and an elastic rope, I just added a stability ball which has optimized my workout. Running,jogging and walking is always a good thing. Remember your warm up's and warm down's The hardest part is the discipline. I know what you mean about the gym's. Living in heart of Ft Lauderdale the fee's are skyhigh. Just stick with your routine. icon_cool.gif
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    Feb 17, 2009 3:14 PM GMT
    I have tried home worouts in the garage (got own equipment) but never "found" the motivation that I had in the gym. I feel motovation is important, if your heart isn't there, you wont perform to your best. Gym workouts all the time :-)
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    Feb 17, 2009 4:31 PM GMT
    Hi, guys! OK -- here's my debut post on RJ. Finally decided I had something to contribute. icon_wink.gif

    Do a search for "Scooby's Workshop" on YouTube. He also has a website: www.scoobysworkshop.com.

    I'm no expert, but I like that he has video of several routines using pretty minimum equipment in the way of dumbells, barbells, weight plates, and a few items easily found around the house.

    I also have a certain need to go out to a gym to get focused, but I've done some of his stuff when I can't get there. I also use his routines sometimes at the gym. The "Killer Arm Workout" definitely is!
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    Feb 17, 2009 4:47 PM GMT
    Thanks for the replies guys.

    I am quite concerned about the whole home motivation thing but I really don't have any other option at this point.

    It's not just the gym fees. I don't have my own transport either so given my current location it makes just getting to the gym, let alone paying for it, a no go.
  • Puppy80

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    Feb 17, 2009 9:28 PM GMT
    RealJock had a good article on doing a home gym on 4 different budgets you might wanna take a look at icon_smile.gif

    http://www.realjock.com/article/1288