When we first met my husband used to joke about how I cooked multi course dinners with just a fork. This is hyperbole, but it is true I didn't have a microwave or a blender or a food processor or a mandolin or a meat thermometer, or.... well, you get the idea. It isn't that I didn't cook. I rarely ate out and baked bread weekly for a long time, and even made dozens of boxes of chocolates at Christmas time. I just never saw the sense of having more kitchen ware than I needed, and was happy to do things like kneeding dough by hand.
Setting up a home gym, whether a spot on the floor for a mat and a couple of weights, or a dedicated room with a selection of equipment, is like setting up a business: it is generally better to have a plan in place than to approach it piecemeal. One wastes a lot less time, money, and energy. This doesn't mean one should buy or do everything at once. It is a way of spending wisely based on needs and resources.
The gym or local health club can be a very intimidating environment in Bethesda. From the very fit guy dropping his weights on the floor to the super fit woman who is showing just about her entire body, the gym in Bethesda can make you feel self conscious and not very worthy. However, are you aware that you can get just as good, if not better, workout from the comfort of home?
I love to train outdoors, even when it is cold (in southern california, i use the word WInter very loosely) I still like to be outside, but sometimes it can be challenging to create a workout with nothing. The great thing about this situation is that it requires me to be creative with my clients and make the best of any situation. You can get a great workout and acheive results even if you don't have equipment so don't ever let youself feel limited by what you don't have. Change the perspective and look at the optimistic side of it, feel motivated by what you DO have.
Trainers often ask me what fitness equipment I recommend they take to their clients’ homes. Many factors influence which pieces of equipment a trainer might choose to invest in for use in clients’ homes, so there really is no definite answer. Some things to consider are: economics, logistics, the trainer’s level of experience with various kinds of equipment, and each client’s fitness level, age, physical limitations, and goals.
Crunched for time? Try this bodyweight circuit for anywhere anytime workout! A1 Jump Squats X10A2 Pushups X 10A3 Burpees X 10A4 Plank (Hold most difficult plank as long as possible)A5 Walking Lunges X10Rest :30 – Repeat for a total of 5 circuits