How to Get Started Right Working Out at Home

Working out at home can be more convenient and cost effective than joining a gym or boutique fitness studio, but getting started can be a little overwhelming. Two of the biggest barriers to actually doing it and doing it successfully are not knowing what to do and not having the space or equipment to do it.

If you don’t know how to create an effective fitness program then it’s hard to stay motivated to keep working out. You start doing things you’ve seen in the gym or you remember from High School PE. Maybe you find an old workout video or you start scanning YouTube for workouts. At first you might do OK, but results take time. When you’re not completely confident that what you’re doing will work, it’s very easy to become demotivated when you don’t see results right away or early results begin to taper off or stall all together.

The solution is to look to the experts. I know that working out at home is partly about saving money, but spending a little up front will save you in the long run.

The first experts to consider are personal trainers. I see most of my clients in their homes. If you can’t find one in your area who makes house calls, there are plenty of us who will train you remotely online. I can’t speak for other trainers, but I love it when people want to learn. If a client tells me they want me to teach them how to take control of their own fitness plan I’m happy to teach them how to do that.

Another challenge in working out at home is staying accountable. A trainer is someone who will keep you accountable and since you’re paying them to do it, they tend to be very reliable. So, even if you don’t need the full training experience down the road you may want to continue working with them to keep you accountable over the long term.

The second source for experts is reputable, proven home workout programs. There are plenty of fitness programs that aren’t very good and many more that maybe have good workouts, but leave you hanging on the nutrition. If you don’t already know, I’m a BeachBody coach and I chose BeachBody for a reason. Their programs are all comprehensive and excellent quality.

There are other companies out there with great programs, but BeachBody is the one I know well enough to recommend. I wrote a post a few weeks ago that talked about what makes P90X a great program and it’s a good guide for evaluating any program you might be considering. So, find a good program and invest. It shouldn’t cost you more than the equivalent of a month or two worth of membership at the local gym, but you’ll have that program there for you for years to come.

The other obstacle to working out at home is not having the space and equipment. The good news here is that you don’t need as much as you think. So, don’t let this stop you. Many workouts can be done in a very limited amount of space. If you have enough room to do a lunge,  a plank or burpees then you’ve got enough space to workout. If you have more room, that’s great. It does expand your workout options, but the point is you don’t NEED to have a lot of space.

The issue of equipment is a lot like the issue of space. You don’t NEED any equipment. But if you have some that’s great. If you have a lot, even better. You can work with what you have and you can always collect new pieces along the way when you’re ready. But if you have a body and gravity then you have everything you need to get a good workout.

This comes back to consulting an expert. A trainer can help you figure out how to make the most of the space and equipment you’ve got. They can also help you choose wisely if you do have the means and the space to invest in some equipment.

No matter where you live you can likely find a little space. Move the coffee table aside for an hour and get exercising. Working out at home eliminates travel time and membership fees. You don’t have to worry about how you look or whether the machine you want to use or the class you like is available when you want it. You can get just as fit working out at home as you can at the gym. You’re not locked into a membership or a contract when you work out at home. So, why not give it a try. Set a goal to try it out for 30 days and go from there. You might just find it’s the perfect solution.

Next time I’ll talk in more detail about putting together a basic home gym…

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