Training at home gym is a great alternative to working out in a commercial one. Not only can it save you a lot of money from expensive membership fees but it also gives you more time, freedom, and motivation in achieving your fitness goal.
But even with a lot of advantages, there are also some things that you should always keep in mind when training at home. Always pay attention to these top five things and make the most out of your training.
Choose a Workout Plan
Unlike in a commercial gym where you will be provided with a variety of workout plans and will be guided throughout the course, you are on your own when training at your home gym. Start by setting your own goal. Are you training to improve strength or to condition your body for a particular sport? Are you working out to lose weight or to gain more muscle?
After setting your fitness goal, you may need to do some research on your regular routines. Just remember to be always aware of your limits. If you are a beginner, avoid doing intense workouts. If you are an advanced trainer, increase the difficulty of your training gradually. You may also tap the services of a professional fitness coach or personal trainer to prescribe you with the different exercises that you can work on.
Maximize a Limited Space
One important consideration when training at home is the limited space that most people have. Ideally, it is sufficient if you can fit the necessary training equipment and comfortably perform exercises while lying down. Of course, it is always better to have a larger room for your home gym. Also, if you want to install a TRX suspension system or perform exercises with a wide range of movement, you should consider a larger space to train on.
Spending Too Much on Equipment
As much as possible, avoid buying two or more equipment that workout the same areas of the body so you can save more money and space. Prefer gym equipment and accessories that train more than one part of your body. Typically, a dumbbell and barbell set, a bench, a pull-up bar, and a treadmill (see Ronnie’s tips on using the treadmill), are already good to start with.
Know How to Avoid Injuries
While working out on your own at home has a lot of benefits, it also has some disadvantages. You might not have a spotter or a training partner who can let you know if your techniques are not correct or the exercise posture needs to be changed. You have to be extra careful when doing weightlifting all alone. While there is a risk of sustaining injuries from accidents, you can lessen this by using suitable equipment like a weightlifting belt and a power rack for support. Whenever you are buying new equipment, always search for more information about the products you want to buy. We also recommend you to consult with your doctor before starting the training at home or at a gym, to be sure that you have no health conditions that impede you from training.
Discipline is the Key
Since you are on your own at home, you must learn how to discipline yourself. Enhance your training by eating healthy and on time. Getting enough sleep is important too. A couple of days ago we published a post on how to sleep better, so you are welcome to have a look! Set your target, work for it, and avoid any distractions. Follow your schedule and do not wait for yourself to ‘feel right’ before you start with your training. Also, do not forget to have rest days and reward yourself once in awhile.
Do you work out at home or in the gym?
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