Is it really possible to improve your fitness at home? This is the question that I was asked the other day. This guy said that he thought that without going to a gym and lifting weights, that he would just be wasting his time. I totally disagree with that and told him that he was a stupid dick.
Okay, I’m just kidding. I didn’t call him a dick. I was just seeing if you were paying attention!
I did tell him that I thought that not only is it possible to improve your fitness at home, but that if you are pressed for time, it may be your best bet. I have done more body weight training this year than I have ever done. If you would of talked to me last year about training at home or just doing body weight exercises, I would of thought that this type of training is inferior to weights. Until I trained this way and actually saw the results with my own body, I would of never believed it.
[One of the most important parts of the body that women want to improve on is, their butts. Of course losing fat is key, but so is toning the muscle that they have. Body weight and kettlebell training with squats and lunges will work wonders on your behind. So for all of the ladies that are afraid of doing resistance training for fear of getting too bulky, stop worrying and start doing resistance training. Your ass will love you for it!]
I have never felt better about my health, fitness, strength, and look than I do know. I did a few months of body weight training earlier in the year, then did the “Visual Impact Muscle Building” program for six months, and this last month body weight training again. Visual impact is by far the best weight training program that I have done when it comes to actually lifting weights and doing cardio. If you get a chance, you should check it out.
That being said, if you are looking for a change or do not have access to a gym, I highly suggest trying some body weight exercises. If you are limited to working on your fitness at home, you can get a great workout with little to no equipment. I actually made up my own workout that does a lot of body weight exercises, as well as some basic movements with a barbell or kettlebells. Kind of a hybrid system, involving anything and everything that I have done in the past and got results from.
As you train, I encourage you to keep track of what you are doing and the results that you are getting. Getting to know your body and how it responds is more valuable than anything else that you can do. As much as I like to buy new muscle building courses and try them out on myself, I still haven’t found one that is perfect for me. So I just made up my own way and so should you. You should take all of the information that you read and test it out, but don’t accept what is taught as the only way to train. Like me, you will most likely find some stuff that works and some that is isn’t worth a shit. Everybody is different and you need to see what works for you.
[Here's a quick video about different peoples reason for training with kettlebells and how much they love training with them.]
In fact if you ever have some one tell you that their way is the only way, run the other way! The people that like to preach about what you should be doing are usually the most clueless. If you read every post that I ever wrote, you will find some stuff that resonates with you and some that doesn’t. I don’t even follow everything that I say 100%. Some stuff works for awhile and then it goes stale and I have to change it up.
If you take the time to learn your body, you will save years and years of frustration and make better gains than if you blindly follow the herd. I actually train totally different than the herd and get better results and have better workouts than most.
There are literally tons of different ways to train to improve your fitness at home. As I wrote about in an earlier post, I am making part of my basement in to an exercise room for my wife and I.
Fitness at Home Set-up
I do not plan on buying a ton of weights and squat racks, benches, etc. I will most likely limit my equipment to a pull up bar, rope for suspension training, kettlebells, bull rope for rope battling, a BOSU, maybe a medicine ball, and stability ball. The kettlebells are the most expensive, but even with them, you can get all of the equipment that you need for relatively cheap.
[Kettlebells really are starting a revolution! I never understood all of the hype until I tried them myself. If you never worked with them, please don't form an opinion on them until you do. I think they are excellent for building strength and for fat loss too.]
If you never trained with kettlebells, you really have to try them out. Kettlebells bring their own kind of evil to the table! I love them and can’t believe I never trained with them before now. I am going to dedicate a whole post on kettlebells in the future. For now, just know that they will kick your ass sideways if you do them right!They should definitely be part of your fitness at home arsenal. Check this site out here for more information.
So if you are busy and don’t have time to waste driving to a gym, don’t worry, just get busy with what you have. You can easily improve your fitness at home with body weight training and a few cheap pieces of equipment. In fact, I bet once you give this way an honest try, you may never go back to a gym again. I actually love going to the gym and go in the morning (5:30 AM ), so time isn’t a factor. The funny thing is that I actually use very little of the equipment at the gym and can do most of the stuff that I do at home if I wanted to. I just like the atmosphere and seem to be more motivated at the gym versus alone in my basement.
If you are wondering about cardio and losing fat, trust me if you do some kettlebell or bull rope work, you are going to burn an incredible amount of calories and your lungs are going to be burning like you ran ten miles! So improving your health and getting in shape is easier than ever.
Just get started. No excuses. Work to improve your fitness at home or go to the gym, but just get going!