Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going. -Jim Ryan
Congrats! You finished your first week, your first step in a journey to a new you. After going thru hundreds of emails and thousands of direct messages on Twitter (@williejae), the common theme seems to be, “what do I do if I can’t afford to join a gym? Are any at home workouts just as good?” There are two ways to answer this question. #1 as an avid gym rat (and proud of it), there is no place like the gym to me. #2 Yes! You can have a result driven workout at home. I am currently designing an at home workout for those of you who are just getting started and for those of you who are getting reacquainted with working out. As a personal trainer whose clients are from all walks of life, one thing I learned very quickly is that the gym is not for everyone. There is no worst situation as a trainer than trying to train a public figure/celebrity at a gym while people are snapping pictures and running up and asking for autographs. So I quickly learned how to make a home workout as or even more effective than a gym workout.
If you plan on making your journey to a better you starting at home, well here are a few common questions and tips that will help you along. As 2012’s #1 Trainer I can’t and won’t endorse any at home workout routines or brands of equipment due to a conflict of interest, but what I will do is point you in the right direction of finding a workout that works for you. Here are the top 5 questions I got about working out at home.
1. I am on a shoe string budget, is it possible for me to workout at home, or should I give up?
Yes! And you’re in luck because this article is just for you. What? No money? No excuses, because now I’m going to teach you how to setup your home gym for little to no cost. Now when you say shoestring budget what comes to mind is 100 dollars or less. Basic equipment you will need to setup your home gym: jump rope($3), Burst resistant stability ball($16), resistance bands$21 for 3, exercise mat($18),workout towel($5), reusable water bottle($15).For a total of around $85 after tax, you have begun your at home journey to a better you.
2. How much space do I need to workout at home?
Unless you have a treadmill and “home gym” already, you will need a minimum of 10 square feet to work out to perform the cardio routines in place of the machines. If you are going to work out at home, there are three workouts you need to become very comfortable with: burpees (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CIQx1FiQt50), jumping rope, and running in place. When done right these workouts can serve as your cardio.
3. What is the best home workout routine?
For beginners, I recommend a simple routine to get you into the flow of things. The routine should be broken down into 3-5 days a week, and include the following exercises: Squats, beginner or intermediate pushups, jump rope, and core work.
4. How much time do I need to workout at home?
An at home workout should include a minimum of 20 minutes of cardio, then strength training and finished off with core work, for a total of 45 minutes to an hour. If pressed for time, a 30 minute workout can be done but should include mostly cardio, with squats and burpess occupying the other ten minutes. An example of a 30 minute routine would resemble this: 20 minutes jogging or running in place, water break, and 15 squats done 3 times each, and closed out with 10 burpees.
5. What kind of workouts do you do at home?
My at home workouts are pretty old school and consist of mostly running outdoors, pushups, jumping jacks and advanced core work that will we get into as your journey to a New and Better You continues.
Congrats on reaching your second week of a new and healthier you! If you have questions you would like covered in detail feel free to send them to me through email at email@example.com, Follow me on Twitter and Instagram @Williejae.
Willie Jae is a Radio Host/Producer/Sports Analyst (Basketball), 2012’s #1 Trainer and Most Influential Fitness Expert (Wefollow.com). His clients include NBA, WNBA, NCAA, and High School Athletes. His Certifications are: Master Personal Trainer, Fitness Specialist, Sports Nutritionist, Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and Group Fitness Instructor
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