Your goals with home exercising

Your goals with home exercising

Consider what you're trying to achieve.

  • If your goal is general health and well-being, a pleasant stroll is sufficient.
  • If you want to lift heavy weights, there isn't a minimalist setup that can replicate a barbell. While a barbell and weight plates would let you do almost everything, you need quite a bit of room to use them, ideally an outdoor area or a garage.
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  • Reddit's Bodyweight Fitness community has put together a fully-scalable bodyweight routine.
  • Online personal training can give you direction, accountability, and easy access to an expert coach.
  • Other services, like 8fit and NEOU, have many workouts to try out.
Heavy kettlebells

Two heavy kettlebells are the next best thing to a bar and plates. A weight of between 20 and 24 kilograms (45 to 52 pounds) is recommended.

By using the kettlebells individually or together, you can focus on almost every muscle group by squatting, swinging, pressing, pulling, or pushing them.**

There are always pieces you can add to your gym, depending on your goals.

  • If you have space, a barbell is the best thing you can buy. Up to 225 pounds is suitable for an average person.
  • For cardio, you can run outside, add a jump rope, or use a bicycle.
  • Sandbags and slam balls allow for more high-intensity workouts outdoors.
  • A yoga mat makes the floor movements more comfortable.
  • More kettlebells or a set of dumbbells can also be added.
Gymnastic rings

Gymnastic rings or suspension straps can be used to do pull-ups and rows. They are also used for some ab exercises.

Both gymnastic rings and suspension straps can be mounted to a sturdy door.

Resistance bands and a stick

Two kettlebells might not be enough resistance for movements like squats and deadlifts. Some resistance or pull-up bands can increase resistance when you do "sumo-style" squats and deadlifts by looping one band around your wide-spread feet and through the handles of the kettlebells.

Add a wooden broom handle, and you have a wide range of new exercises. With a stick and a band, you can do many pulling exercises.

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Any exercise can be a form of HIIT, if it follows a specific regimen where you vary your speeds and intensity when doing it.
Example:

  • Jogging lightly for three minutes.
  • Pushing yourself harder for a minute (run or sprint).
  • Repeating this cycle 4 more times.

    Working out at home is a tricky concept and can be harder to execute when the couch is right there in your view.

    You can gain a lot from giving physical activity a real place of privilege in your schedule and devoting a good amount of time and attention to it. Apart from getting your blood pumping, the real benefits are creating time for your own interests and allowing yourself to check out mentally while focusing on simple tasks.

    Crossfit

    Crossfit’s workouts can include powerlifting; gymnastics and calisthenic type activities like ring pull-ups and rope climbing; and often cardio in the form of running, cycling, or rowing. You can also expect stretches, push-ups, and a lot of other stuff.

    A class will be centered around a WOD, or workout of the day. You will do a small subset of the above, and the goal could be improving your deadlift, or maybe a metabolic conditioning workout.

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