What have you learned or brought into your home workouts?

  • Jameson_H

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    Oct 17, 2020 5:28 PM GMT
    I’m on month 8 of no gyms due to Covid and would love to hear how others have adapted to make home workouts satisfying and focused.

    Some things I’ve learned:
    -going to parks with weights helps me get in the zone, especially if there’s others working out
    -good electronic/metal music + solid over ear Bluetooth headphones is crucial
    -I’m usually not fully in my flow until 30 minutes into my session
    -I focus best around sunset after work
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    Oct 17, 2020 6:25 PM GMT
    I have used the last seven months to experiment. Trying more body weight workout plans, incorporating more walking and hiking over running. I have enjoyed the variety and the break from heavy lifting. I’d say one of the good things that has come out of the pandemic is it forced my to break my routines and try different thing.
  • bro4bro

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    Oct 18, 2020 4:35 PM GMT
    Battle ropes are more effective than I'd imagined. And, surprisingly, I haven't really lost strength being restricted to my light dumbbell workouts.
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    Oct 18, 2020 6:39 PM GMT
    bro4bro saidBattle ropes are more effective than I'd imagined. And, surprisingly, I haven't really lost strength being restricted to my light dumbbell workouts.


    Ropes are really good at getting the heart rate up and can be incorporated into a full body workout. It is kinda surprising how useful they are.
  • jocked_and_lo...

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    Oct 18, 2020 8:57 PM GMT
    Jameson_H saidI’m on month 8 of no gyms due to Covid and would love to hear how others have adapted to make home workouts satisfying and focused.

    Some things I’ve learned:
    -going to parks with weights helps me get in the zone, especially if there’s others working out
    -good electronic/metal music + solid over ear Bluetooth headphones is crucial
    -I’m usually not fully in my flow until 30 minutes into my session
    -I focus best around sunset after work


    You're in LA. Are you choosing not to work out at a gym? Because many gyms are now opening again so long as you're willing to wear a mask.


    I just joined a new gym here in the Coachella Valley. It's the EOS gym. It's alright. The equipment is kinda old. For a gym that's only six years old it looks like they recycled a lot of old school type benches and all the plates are those round iron ones from twenty or more years ago instead of the newer octagon shaped rubber coated plates with handles you see in most gyms these days. But it's open twenty-four hours and I usually go late to avoid the crowds. It's reasonably priced.

    I really couldn't get motivated to work out with no weights. So I went an entire seven months without workout out. Ugh! I lost a total of thirty pounds! With my work that involves a lot of manual labor I didn't get fat. I just lost a lot of size but kept very lean.

    Now that I'm here and my move from out of state is "somewhat" behind me I joined a gym this past week and want to get my mass back.

    I couldn't work out outside where I live unless I did it around 6am due to the temps regularly being over 100 daily this time of year.
  • bro4bro

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    Oct 19, 2020 1:11 AM GMT
    ^ Gyms in LA County are not legally open unless they have outdoor areas to work out. No indoor activities are permitted. There are some that are operating illegally but the major franchise gyms are still closed.
  • jocked_and_lo...

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    Oct 19, 2020 1:20 AM GMT
    Oh, interesting. Well, that makes sense why Jameson created this thread.
  • Jameson_H

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    Oct 19, 2020 5:34 PM GMT
    Regardless of local laws I still won't get a membership until the pandemic severely dies down. Anyone have experience making DIY squat racks and concrete weight plates? Think I'll fabricate some this week

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2c6NhT2_mc8
  • Zachmn

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    Oct 19, 2020 6:33 PM GMT
    Jameson_H saidI’m on month 8 of no gyms due to Covid and would love to hear how others have adapted to make home workouts satisfying and focused.

    Some things I’ve learned:
    -going to parks with weights helps me get in the zone, especially if there’s others working out
    -good electronic/metal music + solid over ear Bluetooth headphones is crucial
    -I’m usually not fully in my flow until 30 minutes into my session
    -I focus best around sunset after work

    Luckily there is a park right outside my condo so ive been using that alot recently
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    Oct 19, 2020 6:37 PM GMT
    We've learned the benefits of yoga.

    He routinely lifts, I routinely run. We both thought that yoga was something silly, but we wanted a little more to do at home so we tried a few online sessions streamed to our great room TV and made space on the floor.

    Took us a session or two to take it seriously, but the calming, relaxing nature of it was a nice escape from the 'noise' of work-at-home... and i think our flexibility and stamina improved.

    Gyms are open again, kind of, so he still goes and lifts, and I still run daily, but we've made time for yoga and now it's just a thing we do.
  • jocked_and_lo...

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    Oct 19, 2020 7:43 PM GMT
    Jameson_H saidRegardless of local laws I still won't get a membership until the pandemic severely dies down. Anyone have experience making DIY squat racks and concrete weight plates? Think I'll fabricate some this week

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2c6NhT2_mc8


    I watched that very same video about a month ago. I wonder if it's worth it. As the concrete continues to harden and cure over time (years) I wonder if it will change the weight of the plates. Not to mention, I'd be worried that they'd crumble or just fail over time. I love the concept but I wonder if anyone has used them long term to see if they hold up.

    I just purchased a power rack from Rogue which takes about two months or so to come to your door. I don't have it yet. But if you have the space to create a gym it's something to consider. I am going to probably eventually work out from home once all my equipment is here. But it's going to take some time for that to all come together .
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    Oct 19, 2020 10:19 PM GMT
    jocked_and_loaded said
    Jameson_H saidRegardless of local laws I still won't get a membership until the pandemic severely dies down. Anyone have experience making DIY squat racks and concrete weight plates? Think I'll fabricate some this week

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2c6NhT2_mc8


    I watched that very same video about a month ago. I wonder if it's worth it. As the concrete continues to harden and cure over time (years) I wonder if it will change the weight of the plates. Not to mention, I'd be worried that they'd crumble or just fail over time. I love the concept but I wonder if anyone has used them long term to see if they hold up.

    I just purchased a power rack from Rogue which takes about two months or so to come to your door. I don't have it yet. But if you have the space to create a gym it's something to consider. I am going to probably eventually work out from home once all my equipment is here. But it's going to take some time for that to all come together .


    Probably too late to look into it since you have already ordered but PRX Performance makes really great racks that lift up and go flat against a wall when you aren’t using them. I got one a couple of years ago and put it in my garage. Totally recommend checking it out.
    https://prxperformance.com/collections/folding-squat-racks