As I’m sure you already know, most gyms, sports clubs, and training facilities are off-limits for now.
Meaning, unless you have a home gym, you’re left to improvise and find new ways to stay consistent with your workouts.
To that end, we’ve put together this post to help you achieve great success with your home training. Below, we’ll cover the three most important things you need to keep in mind.
While many people frown upon bodyweight exercises and deem them ‘ineffective’ and not challenging enough, this is far from the truth.
The fact is, bodyweight exercises are incredibly beneficial for people of all fitness levels. For one, you can always modify a bodyweight exercise to make it more or less challenging - depending on what you need.
Second, bodyweight exercises are convenient, and you can do them in the comfort of your home without needing any special equipment.
Plus, research suggests that bodyweight exercises are just as effective at helping us build strength and muscle as any other movement, so long as we push ourselves and aim to improve at them over time.
Whether you’re training with barbells, dumbbells, gym machines, resistance bands, your bodyweight alone, or something else, you need to abide by one simple rule:
You need to push yourself and improve over time.
The principle of overload states that, if we want to improve (muscle growth, strength gain, etc.), we need to push ourselves continuously and force the body to adapt to greater and greater stressors.
Meaning, if you keep doing the same home workout over and over again, it will eventually cease to benefit you. In other words, if you’re doing sets of 15 push-ups this week, make sure to do sets of 16, 17, even 18 next week. That way, your body will keep adapting because it will have no other choice.
For your training program to be complete and offer balanced development (both in terms of athletic ability and appearance), you need to train the six primary movement patterns:
Consistency is what matters most. Even if your workouts aren’t exactly the best right now, so long as you do them with enthusiasm and persistence, you will not only retain your fitness results but also improve.
Remember that even minor efforts add up over time.
So, set a schedule for yourself, make an actionable plan (the specific workout you’ll be doing and the exact time of day), and never skip workouts.
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Pull-ups are one of the most thrilling exercises you can do. There is no other feeling quite like the one you get from pulling your own body up.
To that end, we’ve put together this short post for you. In it, you’ll learn what benefits the exercise offers and how to get started.
Fitness is multi-faceted. Many see themselves as fit individuals because they practice some type of exercise activity - for example, lifting weights. And, granted, there is absolutely nothing wrong with that - it’s better to be active in some capacity than to lead a sedentary life.