home work outThe majority of our clients that we have, work out at home with their own equipment.  We are experts in teaching you how to fitness train at home, because that is where we do our own training for 65 – 70% of our time.  We do also go to a gym primarily to use some machines on occasion and to lift heavier weights than we have at our studio to challenge ourselves.

Gym workouts offer a more social aspect to fitness training but when you socialize, typically you spend less time training, thereby reducing the effectiveness of your gym workout.

A lot of the gym equipment looks nice but it may not work well with the human anatomy and the intricacies of our muscles and joints, especially if you are a taller or a shorter individual.  Jack and I usually choose free weights (dumbbells and barbells over machines) and we combine that training with body weight exercises.  We also throw in some brief interval training to warm up before we start our workout at home or at the gym.

At home, while you are exercising, you will be able to stay focused and should have a faster and more effective workout.  In the gym, you can have many interruptions such as other people wanting to work in with you on equipment or people interrupting you to socialize.

If you are into interval training, Tabata or HIIT training, circuit training or supersetting and giant sets, at home is the best place to do these kinds of workouts as if you do these workouts at a gym, typically not all the equipment you need is available at the time you need it.  Many of our clients do Tabata training, interval and HIIT workouts, circuit workouts, giant sets and supersets at home in our exercise programs.  They can get a whole workout done in 1 hour, sometimes even 45 minutes.  We also teach our clients how to stretch after a workout, which is important for recovery as well.

Home workouts offer you the chance to exercise without egos working out nearby, trying to impress!  However when we do see this in the gym, it brings value to the gym workout because of the entertainment it provides!

A serious disadvantage to workouts at the gym is the rising cost of memberships, lack of equipment maintenance in some gyms and the limited amount of time that you can actually get a good workout in due to the crowds in the gym at peak hours.  Sometimes the commute to the gym after work and the changing into workout clothes can add extra time onto that gym workout and then you have to do it all over again, to go home.

Home workouts are very practical and effective.  If you want to save some money, work out at home and reap big benefits and great results!  Talk to us to help you to get started – we would be happy to assist!

No Space Too Small

While doing some client program development, I was watching a “tiny house” marathon and the more I thought about this new trend, the more it made sense to me.  It forces you to simplify and to declutter in a big way.  Get back to basics.

tiny houseA couple of my clients live in mobile homes so space can be limited however there is no limit to exercises that can be done in even 6 feet of space.  One of my clients does Monster Walks down her mobile home hallway.  If exercise and movement is important to you, you will get it done no matter what your space constraints are.

Watching the show made me realize how getting back to the basics in fitness exercise is a good thing and how effective a simple program can be.  I put this to the test in my studio which isn’t big by any means.  It was an inclement weather kind of day where walking was treacherous and it was bitter cold, so I put together an interval program of walking in circles around in my studio area, with some dumbbell resistance exercises interspersed between the walking intervals and even some Jumping Jacks, High Knees and Skaters to get the heart rate up.  After 20 minutes, I had a good sweat going and didn’t have to venture out into a snowstorm, drive to a gym or feel like I didn’t get a good workout in that day.  After 40 minutes, I was soaked through and ready for the shower and breakfast.

Six feet of space, some rubber bands, dumbbells and a door you can attach the bands to is all it takes to get a good workout in if you have a very confined area to exercise in.  Kudos to my clients who don’t let a small space limit their ability to exercise!  What’s really great is they are getting results!


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