Ten years ago my fitness routine consisted of sometimes twice daily workouts to burn off the tremendous amount of food I’d consume in one of my colleges’s buffet-style college dining halls – Go Illini! I’d run and sweat to my small library of BeachBody DVDs with my bestie. I got her into the DVDs, she got me into running. It was our mutual mission of calorie-burning (and consuming) that brought us closer together. The only home workout equipment I had back then was a cheap pair of tennis shoes and a set of 3 and 5lb. weights. I’m not counting the BeachBody DVDs, because I kind of took those from my mom, and hey, you can rent DVDs from the library. I’d do that sometimes, too. I was desperate to be thin, and of course I’d go back in time to shake myself if I could.
1) I WAS thin – 10-lbs lighter than I am now.
1.2) That doesn’t even matter. NOW I feel strong and energized, and I’d argue that extra 10-lbs is muscle… mostly.
2) Ugh, my youthful skin that I didn’t appreciate with all those Diet Cokes and daily morning waffles!
3) I was working SO much harder than I needed to.
You don’t need ANY home workout equipment to get a good sweat sesh… it just makes everything more fun and efficient. If all of my online personal training clients had these things at home, I’d be so happy (in no particular order):
: getting more efficient workouts in – heavier weights
* mean less reps which saves time and decreases bulk you’ll add to your muscles (if that matters to you) while at the same time increasing your strength more effectively
Substitutes: resistance bands and random heavy objects in your home – in a pinch I’ve been known to throw barstools or small tables on my back to add weight to low body movements or overhead presses; just make sure to rotate object partway through a set or on the next set so that if it’s weight is unbalanced, you’re not creating imbalances in your body
Pull up bar
Great for: pull ups, certain upper body floor work, stretching, and hanging ab exercises
Substitutes: power rack (not exactly a money-saving or space-saving substitute); certain exercises can be modified and performed with resistance bands