Happy Wednesday! Instead of a workout this week, I thought I'd share a bit about my home gym.
I often lift weights at my apartment, and use the gym for cardio (especially the pool!) and classes. I already work from home, so sometimes it's just easier to eat a snack, change clothes, and get in a workout here. Like most things, there are positives and negatives about working out at home. Here are my pros and cons.
No time wasted by traveling to the gym; you're already there! This is especially great when you only have time for a short workout.
No judgement (and I can wear mismatched socks - bonus).
No annoying gym goers to distract me from my workout (you know what I mean - grunters, cell phone talkers, bench hoggers, creepers, etc.)
No waiting for weights or floor space to stretch or perform core work.
Space limitations (especially if you live in an apartment, like I do).
Equipment limitations (equipment adds up and items like benches and even kettlebells are expensive).
Potential for motivation issues (sometimes the act of actually getting TO the gym is what propels us to stick with the workout).
I still think it's totally worth it and doable to work out at home. Here are a few of my tips!
Tips for working out at home:
1. Have a designated area in your house to both store equipment and work out. We have a bookcase entirely filled with exercise equipment. Yes, it's kind of an odd thing to see hanging out in the corner of one's living room, but it works.
2. If possible, include a mirror in your workout space. Mine isn't full length, but I can at least check out my form when performing upper body moves.
3. Start your workout with a plan. Even though I'm at home, I still jot down some exercises or look up a workout on Pinterest that I want to try. That way I'm not tempted to wander around the house in between sets, or quit early to lie on the couch. :)
4. Try to build a variety of equipment in your home gym, even if it takes time. I've had weights and the stability ball and medicine ball for a while, but just got a kettlebell this year. I haven't been able to use that as much as I would have liked because of various injuries, but am hoping to incorporate it into more workouts soon! I'd also like to pick up a dynamax ball and maybe a few additional kettlebells.
5. However, don't let a lack of equipment deter you from working out at home! There are plenty of workouts you can do with just one piece of equipment, or with just your own bodyweight!
Equipment in our home gym:
Yoga mat and foam roller
5 to 35-lb pound weights
Pull-up bar (upstairs closet, so do have to make trips up and down the stairs when incorporating it into a workout)
Desk chair (don't discount this piece of furniture for triceps dips and bent over dumbbell rows!)
Do you workout at home? What are your pros and cons?