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The Challenges of a Home Gym and How to Beat Them

March 20, 2017 / fitness
The Challenges of a Home Gym and How to Beat Them

A home gym can be a great thing

When I moved home after college, I didn’t have a car and my work schedule made it difficult to get to the gym. There was no way I was giving up my new favorite thing, so I bought a weight set with the tips from my room service job. I cleared some space in basement and drove my family nuts by using it all hours of the day and night. It was amazing! I could train at my own pace, didn’t have to worry about waiting for equipment, didn’t have to feel weird or self conscious learning (and struggling with) new exercises, and cleanliness wasn’t an issue. All the benefits of the gym, none of the downsides!

Or so I thought…

Despite the benefits, there are drawbacks to training at home as well. The convenience makes it easier to put off. I sometimes found myself saying “yeah, I’ll do it later” over and over until it was 1 A.M. and too late to train without waking everyone up. We had a running joke at a gym I worked in long ago that most home gyms were fancy, expensive clothes racks because the initial excitement and “motivation” can wear off quickly. Limited space and equipment can make it feel monotonous at times. And the biggest culprit, being at home means there are more potential distractions!

3 ways to beat the most common challenges to training at home

1 – Get on a schedule and stick to it.

Having a gym at home increases the likelihood of brushing it off. Fix this by making an appointment for yourself and keeping it. Set an alarm, put a reminder in your phone, whatever you have to do to make it work. Treat your training time just like going to the gym, because that is exactly what you are doing!

2 – No interruptions while training.

Gym, home, outside, this is mandatory regardless of where you’re training. Unless it is an absolute emergency it can wait. Don’t check your phone, email, or social media. Enjoy the silence and use the time to improve yourself.

3 – You don’t need a ton of exercises or equipment to get results.

Variety is key for progress and avoiding burnout. Learn some new exercises or variations, change the tempo, add more sets, more reps. These are just a few ways to get more from your program. Read more here if you have questions about equipment or setting up your gym.

 If you have children and can’t leave them, try The 10 Minute Workout. 

For those days when it just seems impossible to find an hour for yourself, The 10 Minute Workout is your “go to” solution. I’ve had clients make it an activity and have their kids do some of the exercises with them.


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