What are you doing for home workouts? What's one exercise you've discovered recently?

  • Jameson_H

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    Oct 17, 2020 10:06 PM GMT
    Curious to hear what everyone's home workout routines are like-- I'm definitely starting to get antsy with gyms off the table due to Covid.

    Some game changers for me:
    weighted hip-belt backpacks
    jump squats
    one armed shoulder presses with dumbbells
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    Nov 16, 2020 4:29 AM GMT
    Planks are essential
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    Nov 16, 2020 11:38 AM GMT
    So... I've maintained my nearly-daily runs. Had to keep masked, and strived to hit the streets in the early morning when the streets are mostly empty. I never was much of a gym-rat, but we've got a few kettleballs at the loft that suit me.

    My guy, though, was jonesing for his gym since they first got closed. He made due with a lot of body weight resistance type calisthenics... he was SO happy when the pull-up bar he ordered finally came.

    However, both of us wanted something to do together... and we settled on yoga. Subscribed to a class online that we could stream to the living room TV and we'd do our thing. I thought it was a bit of hocum to start... but... the meditative nature of it has calmed us remarkably. Keeping fit and limber has also improved the quality of... um... the exercise we get in the bedroom... so that's a win. icon_twisted.gif
  • sweetgrizzly7...

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    Nov 17, 2020 12:50 AM GMT
    Full burpees,dips,bulgarians single leg,3d lunges,deadbugs keeps me ticking over for now

  • Nov 19, 2020 9:53 PM GMT
    For me, prisoner walking lunges. keep that arm right up in the air with a dumbbell as you lunge isn't easy!

    Jameson_H saidCurious to hear what everyone's home workout routines are like-- I'm definitely starting to get antsy with gyms off the table due to Covid.

    Some game changers for me:
    weighted hip-belt backpacks
    jump squats
    one armed shoulder presses with dumbbells

  • Nov 19, 2020 9:53 PM GMT
    Full burpees are the best burpees.
    sweetgrizzly74 saidFull burpees,dips,bulgarians single leg,3d lunges,deadbugs keeps me ticking over for now
  • sweetgrizzly7...

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    Nov 19, 2020 10:38 PM GMT
    Paul_Manchester saidFull burpees are the best burpees.
    sweetgrizzly74 saidFull burpees,dips,bulgarians single leg,3d lunges,deadbugs keeps me ticking over for now

    Yes just not keen on the split jump or pipe jump at the top lol
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    Nov 24, 2020 12:33 AM GMT
    I've got some cervical back and neck (and knee) issues so Crossfit/bootcamp/bodyweight/bar workouts aren't for me, I need to do old school gym training. But I'm lucky - while not everyone has a garage I do, so the first week of March I began assembling a garage gym and built a surprisingly well-equipped one filled with used commercial equipment for the price of the average new home treadmill - $2,500 (including the price of a hand sander and Rustoleum paint). I got great deals despite the price-gouging from either junkyards, private sellers or closing personal training gyms who had other more profitable businesses (like restaurants, even during the pandemic). The best part is all the purchases were feel-good; I was not profiting off anyone's misfortune.

    Best part - I made better gains in my garage gym than I have in commercial ones because the limitations on equipment forced me to get creative, and forced me, despite the machines I acquired, to place a greater emphasis on free weights (and diet, ultimately hitting my high school weight of 162lbs (my most recent photos); now, I'm a far more solid 180 than ever).

    Here's what I got:

    - commercial grade plate loading assisted chin/dip doing double duty as a leg press/glute machine ($300)

    - a commercial grade super heavy custom iron high weight capacity chin/dip tower ($350 when people were asking that amount for their rusty home grade versions)

    - hundreds of pounds of largely vintage steel plates, 1" and 2" Olympic ($.50-$1/lb, when people were asking $2/lb)

    - a practically commercial grade, all iron 3-way bench with bar ($90)
    - commercial stack donkey calf raise machine ($200, try finding one at any price)
    - commercial plate loading ab coaster CS3000 ($300, try finding one of those too!)
    - commercial horizontal glute/ham developer, plus an additional Sorinex stable physio-ball model ($400 total)
    - commercial seated plate loading delt raise machine ($200)
    - commercial sissy squat machine ($60)
    - commercial/medical seated stretch chair ($50, similar to Precors at LA Fitness, but better)
    - commercial seated King preacher curl machine ($200)
    - very heavy duty trap/hex bar for minimal back compression while doing squats and deads ($50)
    - eight vintage iron dumbbell handles, collars and clips ($.50/lb, for easy pyramiding)
    - a Bowflex with leg extension/curl attachment ($150, and don't knock it, it's like having a dual cable machine with the tension of SAFER elastic bands), and loads of other accessories too numerous to list (like tricep bar, bars, pulley attachments, standing strap-around-the-neck arm blaster, plate-loading chained weight belt for weighted dips and chins, etc.)

    In the house in my office I already had a commercial grade Reebok recumbent bike in the house I can use streaming Netflix and Amazon on my TV (bought the year before for $75 but I had to put $150 into it - retail it was in the thousands).

    What's still eluding me is a great deal on a belt squat machine, the ones I've seen run $800-1,600 used, but I might cave.

    The thing that would cost as much as the gym would be a split ac ductless system for the garage to combat Miami's heat and humidity, but thankfully the weather's turning beautiful again.