Home Workout Equipment

You may thinking about getting some stuff so you can work out from home. I have put together here some things that I think work great for a practical home gym.

Dumbbells

Something that you can use a lot are dumbbells. IF you are looking at getting some things to work out at home you should definitely consider picking up some dumbbells. You can use these for all kinds of different exercises for all different body parts and they are able to be stored under a bed or where ever you choose. The best part is you don’t need every single size of dumbbell. As you get stronger you can pick up bigger weights and add them to your collection and over time have a decent amount of weights. You can even get adjustable ones from Bow flex.

Resistance bands.

Like the dumbbells these are a must have for the person that is grabbing some home gym equipment. Resistance bands are probably more versatile than dumbbells and easier to store. I like these because you can mimic the moves that you would do with some of the machines at the gym. For instance I have a bar in my basement i throw my resistance band over it and I can now perform a tri push down just like the gym.

Jump Rope

I think a great item to have with your home work out equipment is a jump rope. For those of us that may not have the money or the space for a treadmill, jump rope gives us that ability to do some cardio. Jump ropes are relatively cheap and can easily be stored in a drawer alongside your resistance bands. You can even buy some weighted jump ropes to give you that extra umph to burn more calories.

Well that’s a quick short list of some things you may consider when buying home gym equipment. If you liked this post hit and like button and share with your friends.

 

Encourage All

Maybe at some point you have seen someone at the gym that is a bigger person. I am talking someone that is pretty obese. The problem in today’s society is we show this facade that we are all loving and politically correct and turn are back on people when they need us the most. I have seen it many times when someone is putting in good solid work and they are being torn down by others just because of their size. What you need to do is be a better person and let them know they are doing a good job.

Many people who struggle with weight problems have been fighting a struggle for a big part of their lives. I remember being younger before I was active and always being a the “fat kid”. This label discourages you and even when you are making real progress it doesn’t take much to knock you down because your conditioned you are nothing. So to that big guy walking slowly around the gym or that big girl using the elliptical let them know they are doing a good job. Anybody that is in the gym is doing more than someone sitting at home on their couch. Tell people they look great and you look forward to seeing them tomorrow.

Well that is my little service post for the day. So encourage everybody even if they aren’t big and grow healthier together.

Making a Playlist

How many times have you been in the middle of a workout when you start fumbling through your phone looking for music? I know myself that I have been a culprit of this myself and there was a lot of wasted time where I could be focusing on the task at hand then messing around for the right jam. This is why I propose making a playlist.

Anything that you can do to up your productivity at the gym helps you get the most out of your time. By making a playlist you up your time moving and less time screwing around. I suggest taking the time one night after work and select music that pumps you up that will making you forget about even hitting skip on song. The key is to just keep you flowing through your workout and staying on the gain train.

So that is it for today’s short post so organize and stay on focused to keep moving in the right direction. If you liked the post hit that like button and share with your friends.

 

Getting Back in The Flow

So maybe your starting out or you were like me the past month and barely made it to the gym. There is no shame in doing this we all have lives and get side tracked its just important to make sure you can get back  in the grind and stay focused. Here is how I get my self back where I need to be.

If you are climbing back into a daily ritual of going to the gym something to consider is easing back into it. I have noticed with myself and others if you jump right back in after a bit of time off from the gym you will over do it. The thing that I suggest is to start out slow and not spend so much time at the gym. When you get used to doing all these extra things that you couldn’t do when you are exercising all the time you think about them when you are at the gym. By cutting down on the amount of time you are there you give yourself time to do some of those other things where you wont be just skipping to do them.

Another good thing to try is to go easy with what you are doing for your workout. Something I have done now and in the past is lower the weight and crank up the reps. When you are out of the gym for a period of time you tend to lose your endurance and get tired quicker. By working on higher reps you are conditioning your body to get used to doing the exercises you love. This way of working into it also helps you in recovery so you aren’t too sore to workout the next day.

Well that is it for this small post for today. I hope you liked it and hit that like button and share with your friends.

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Benchmark Photos

We all have those times where we need extra motivation to get going to the gym and focusing on our diet. I think a great way to give you that extra push is to take a benchmark or before photo.

Taking a photo of your self now will help you see the progress that you can’t see every day in the mirror. The problem with seeing yourself every day is you don’t get to see the changes that are happening over time. By taking a photo today and then over time looking at it comparing how you look not you can get confidence that the sacrifice and work you are putting in every day is working. Another bonus to this is that you can look at where you started say out of shape and push yourself harder to make sure you drive yourself to not look like that again.The only thing to do is start snapping pics and start your journey.

When taking pictures I would suggest setting a set amount of time to take a picture like every two weeks or so. Two weeks is the time it usually takes for your body to get used to your workout so if you are switching it up every two weeks you will be forcing your body to change and also seeing these results. Something else you can do while taking these pictures is adding stats in with them. For example add what you weighed when you started or another value you would like to track and see how that changes over time.  Before you know it you will have a cool souvenir of your journey with yourself.

Well that is it for today’s post hope it got you thinking to get the motivation you need. If you liked the post hit that like button and share with your friends.

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Chest/ back City

Since I have been doing the other body groups I figured I should do a new chest workout to the mix. Here is a switch up that should get those muscles growing.

Pushups 4×10- that’s right going old school to gym class to warm up with some push ups. Take your chest to the ground keeping a straight back and pop back up. This should get you warmed up for the rest.

Incline Bench – 4×8 Your going to want to pack on some weight on the bar for this one. take that bar like we talked about and touch it on your chest and back up. Do not bounce the bar off your chest just a nice tap.

Flat Bench– 4×8 Same as the incline you are going to want to touch and go controlled with not bouncing. Also keep your back flat don’t try arching to throw the weight up your not a power lifter.

Decline Bench– 4×10 Same as the last ones but you don’t really need to worry about arching due to how you are laying. Just make sure to control the weight the best you can and work it nice and slow.

Pec Deck 4×12- Time to put your pecs to bed with some pec deck. make sure you are going all the way in both directions. When you get to the top of the workout try to squeeze your chest together to really give you that pump.

Seated Rows 4×10 – Keep that back straight and pull in towards you, should feel this all in your back. It’s OK to slightly lean back but trying to isolate you’re not going to want to be moving all around with this.

 

Lat pull downs 4×10 – Now this being your last exercise you are going to want to kill it before you go home. Make sure the weight isn’t too much where it is going to be lifting you up to much and you can’t get all your reps done.

Well that is it for this updated workout I think you will like the results. Stay focused and eye on the prize and it will all come to you. If you liked the post hit that like button and share with your friends.

 

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Work Out Videos

So you may be looking at taking an alternate to getting in the gym or what not and want to follow a work out video. Here are a few that I have tried and a little once over to give you an idea what to expect.

P90X

P90 X is a great tool to get fit. I have used this video program and I have to say it works great. It may take you a few times doing these videos to get all the moves down and make sure you’re doing everything right but it will happen. You will need some minor weights to perform some of the exercises but for the most part you will be fine with just your body. Check it out Here

Insanity

This one is a tough one and will make you rethink ever popping it in the DVD slot but it is worth it. I used this one a few times but never got to into because I didn’t have a ton of space to move around. If you want crazy results and are going to stick with a video workout I would choose this one every time. Bonus to this one is you only need yourself and the TV to get it done getting that full body burn. Helpful reminder though to make sure you have a towel handy because you are gonna need it. Check it out Here

Body Beast

This program I would like to say is very good for what I tried but has its downfalls. From what I did of body beast I got a good burn from doing it and there were a lot of good exercises to do. The bummer was that for some of these videos you needed more equipment then you would think. Sure you can do the modified workout but watching what they are doing on the TV and what you are able to actually do at home was kind of bummer.  Check it out Here

 

All together these are some great video programs each with a different approach to get the desired results. The most important thing to remember is the only bad workout is the one you don’t do.

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