Back when I was in the ARMY, I learned the importance of being able to train anywhere and you can use these as home workout tips…
We did burpees, push ups and pullups in every situation imaginable.
If you’re short on time, doing a home workout is a great way to get in a killer workout in less than 10 minutes. I’ve posted a few home workouts on the blog before, and I also post 2 new ones each month in my Personal Coaching Program.
The biggest problem I’ve seen with home workouts is that people don’t commit to them like they do a gym workout. Once you’re at the gym you’re pretty much committed to doing something. But when you’re at home, it’s just as easy to get back on the computer or to plop on the couch and watch TV.
Home Workout Tips…
Here’s a few of my tips for sticking to your home workouts…
#1 Designate Your Time
Treat your workout time like it’s an appointment with the most important person you know – whether that’s the President of the United States or your spouse. The point is to be non-negotiable with the time you designate as time to train.
The easiest way to do this is to exercise first thing in the morning. Starting your day with exercise greatly reduces the chances that your scheduled workout will be derailed by the inevitabilities of life like traffic delays, unexpected late night work assignments, and being tempted away from an after-work training session by happy hour although there are some whiskey health benefits.
#2 Designate Your Space
Maybe you have an entire room set up for exercise. Or maybe you consider yourself lucky to have a spare corner in your studio apartment that you use for training. Whatever your situation, designate an area that is strictly for exercise.
Have fun personalizing your space with inspirational pictures and music that you find motivating. This freedom to make your exercise space truly “yours” is a luxury people going to the gym will never have.
#3 Seek Support From Others
Just because you workout at home doesn’t mean that you have to be isolated. Take turns exchanging wake up calls with a friend if you both exercise in the early morning. Participate in online forums where people exchange exercise ideas and help each other stay motivated.
Exercising alone can give you moments to yourself that provide physical improvement as well as time for mental, emotional, and even spiritual clarity. However without some regular interaction with like-minded people, motivation and accountability can be difficult to maintain.
#4 Track Your Progress
Keeping a journal of your training is crucial to staying on the right path. Make your training log as detailed as possible, including variables such as the exercises performed, resistance used, and sets and repetitions completed.
But also consider recording other factors such as the time of day, the length of the exercise session, the amount of rest taken between each exercise or set, and even your mood before and after training. The more details you include, the easier it will be to course-correct from the inevitable slips and plateaus you will experience as you strive towards your fitness goals.
You do not need to leave the comfort of your home to get in phenomenal shape. Designating your time and space for training, seeking support from others, and tracking your progress can make your home workouts rival the training sessions you would have in even the most well-equipped modern corporate gyms.
BTW if you want more home workouts and personal coaching from me, you can test out my Personal Coaching Program for 30 days for just $1. You’ll have full access to me and the tight-knit group of Junkies on the forum… I highly recommend you try it out….
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When working in private you need a lot of self motivation because you are only accountable to yourself.This is mainly a mental game.
Love your posts.
Thanks, Christos. No doubt, being accountable to only yourself can be challenging. But also very rewarding.
One thing that I can add on to this wonderful post, is that if you absolutely HAVE to have the television on, it helps to watch relevant and related channels that’ll keep you motivated and focused on your workouts. FitTv, ESPN (always showing people in shape), Green Network (nutrition)….etc.
What ever keeps you motivated! Thanks!
Working out in the morning is definitely best for me anyway; also, even though you sacrifice an hour of sleep you make up for it with the added energy you get from consistently training.
Keeping a journal also helps immensely. With a journal you can alway try to improve on your personal “bests” and that helps you stay motivated. For example, if you did 25 hill sprints in 8 minutes one day, the next time you want to be under 8 minutes and so on and so on.
Great post Vic, keep it up!
Thanks, Ray! And for anyone reading this, Ray has had some incredible success with the 31 Day Challenge Manual. I won’t say how much he’s lost, but Ray if you want to let everyone know that would be great.
I guess what I’m saying is Ray has gotten some amazing results so what has worked for him (working out in the morning, keeping a journal) might work for you too. Ray is a trail blazer!
No problem Vic; Back on October 1st, I started out at 337 lbs. After 31 days (without using 1 piece of expensive cardio equipment) I am now down to 308 lbs for a total loss of 29 lbs.
The 31 Day manual really works. Nothing will be “easy” but everything is laid out extremely well for you. All you have to do it TRAIN HARD!
I still have plenty to lose, and plan on starting my next 31 days this week.
i am a new to working out and your info is real helpful thanks. do you recommend any type of supplements that will work with your plan
I do not usually recommend supplements. An exception to this would be a quality Omega-3 supplement and possibly a multi-vitamin. Focus on eating real food and don’t fall sway to the supplement company marketing hype.
Tracking is a pain in the ass…but ill admit that once you convinced me to do it… Well, things started working! Now I just look at it as wasted work if I dont track it.
Another trail blazer here, folks. Mike won our 31 Day Challenge back in May and has only continued to improve his fitness level to an impressive level. If Mike tracks, maybe you should too…
Dude…thanks, youre the trail blazer man. You made the path easier…just like your article says…
I cant even remember when I burned it…but that boat was ashes and washed away in the tide…a while ago. And, I cant swim…so here we go!
What gets measured, gets done!