Personal Trainer and LifeStyle YOU Fitness Expert, Blake Worrall-Thompson, tells you how to create a gym in your living room - without breaking the bank.
I don’t know about you guys, but with the Olympics just around the corner I’m a little bit excited about watching the Aussies take on the rest of the world. With the likes of Sally Pearson, Stephanie Rice and “The Missile” James Magnusson likely to win gold this could be the perfect motivation some people need to kick start their new health regime.
These days, there are more and more people staying away from the big gym chains and doing their exercise either outdoors or from the comfort and safety of their own home. To get the very best results you don’t need any fancy gym equipment, you just need the essentials.
In fact, if you came to my gym you would notice that there isn’t the latest exercise equipment with all the bells and whistle and most of the stuff we use, our clients can also replicate in their own homes.
Personally I think the high-tech equipment that gyms spend thousands of dollars on are a waste of money and making people less functional, more injury prone and fatter - but hey, that’s a topic for another day.
Right, so what is it that you need in your ‘home gym’?
1. A Skipping Rope: Great for toning and strengthening your legs and an incredible piece of equipment to get your heart rate up.
2. A Set of “Changeable” Dumbbells: Do you remember those little chinese dolls that start big but within them are smaller and smaller versions of themselves? Yep, you want dumbbells that are the same.
3. An Interval Timer: Because you want to make sure your efforts and recovery efforts are timed… There is nothing more boring than standing around for too long.
4. A Swiss Ball: A big bouncy ball that is very handy for most exercises - especially your core to give you abs of steel!
What about Cardio?
Cardio is important. In an ideal world I’d love you to train 5 days a week. Three days a week at your new home gym and two days a week doing some form of cardio, whether it be a high intensity walk or a run.
What if I’m time poor?
We all are. That’s why I make sure all sessions are no longer than 45 minutes.
What do I do with all this equipment?
Fear not, check out the Lifestyle YOU - Eat Yourself Sexy workouts, and Healthy Meal Plans, which had the EYS women get incredible results in only 8 weeks!
What if my house isn’t very big?
You don’t need a huge amount of room in your house. In fact if you had a 2m x 2m space that would be plenty of room.
Is that it?
Yep, it’s that simple…. But for the very best results I want you to remember two things. You need to change your program every 3-4 weeks and you need to think intensity as opposed to duration. If you can still have a chin-wag while you’re working out you’re probably not going hard enough!