How To Get The Best Home Workout With Limited Space
Home Workouts Redefined: How to Do it Without a Full Gym
Home workouts have hit the proverbial apex, largely thanks to the pandemic and gym closures around the world. And while some parts of the globe have eased up restrictions, other parts are still in the thick of self-isolation. Can you still get a killer workout in at home even with limited space and equipment? You bet.
No gym membership? No problem. You can still get your sweat on with minimal gear and room. Let’s dive in.
Invest in the Home Gym Equipment That Packs the Greatest Punch
Any piece of equipment that helps you get fitter and healthier is a great piece of equipment. But the reality is that when it comes to home workouts, you have to get creative and be resourceful.
GHD machines are nice, but they might not be the most practical.
So, what are the best pieces of home gym equipment to invest in?
Here are just a few examples:
- Jump rope
These are small enough to keep at home, affordable, and there is no limit to what you can do with them.
Alt text: black jump rope with orange rings on handles
And these days, you don’t have to buy a whole set of dumbbells or kettlebells to get all the weights you want. A system like the Bowflex dumbbells gives you everything you need in an incredibly compact manner.
Evolve With Technology
Smart home gyms are the hot fitness trend right now, and they’re not going anywhere anytime soon. Health-conscious individuals all over the world have discovered that with technology, the opportunities are endless when it comes to leveling up your home workouts.
You certainly have options to choose from. Tonal is good for people who prefer training with cables (although cables present a limit to your training and aren’t as durable).
Mirror is growing in popularity thanks to a large selection of workouts and a sleek aesthetic. However, it only tracks your heart rate. (More on this in a moment.) Plus, its selection of accessories is still a work in progress, which is where Tempo smart home gym really excels. You can train with a barbell and plates, squat rack, bench, dumbbells, yoga blocks, and kettlebells.
It’s important to pick the smart home gym that feels best for you. But considering that we’re talking about getting in a home workout with limited equipment and space, you’ll want to go with a system that offers the most options and versatility, while remaining safe.
Train With a Coach… Without Training With a Coach
A moment ago, we mentioned Mirror’s limited feedback as a con to this system; so, let’s talk about this for a moment.
If you’re training at home, then it’s likely that you’re training alone. However, you still need the information and feedback that a coach would give you.
That heart rate monitor you’ve got around your wrist is a good start; but if you’re considering investing in a smart home gym, you can get a whole lot more.
Tonal offers an enjoyable experience. However, with a much smaller screen (24 inches), it lacks that immersive experience that makes it feel like you’re training with another human.
Mirror would be a solid alternative if its data and insights were more robust. Tempo has a good grasp on this. It actually uses 3D sensors and artificial intelligence to track not just your heart rate but monitor your form, count your reps, and tell when you should up your intensity (or take it down a notch).
Because it’s gathering so much personal information, it can offer personalized home workouts and other recommendations. Plus, it’s got a 42-inch screen for a more immersive, interactive experience.
Remember: Time Under Tension
One of the keys to building strength is actually quite simple: time under tension.
Time under tension is what stresses your muscles, which then rebuild and grow stronger. When you increase time under tension, you increase strength.
You can do this with a simple push-up. Slow down the negative (the down-phase), pause at the bottom, and then push back up. You can apply the same concept to just about any bodyweight movement, like squats.
If you’ve got a few pieces of equipment or a smart home gym, the same thing goes. Dumbbell presses? Slow down the negative for a count of three. Barbell squats? Slow down the negative for a count of five, pause for two seconds at the bottom, and then stand.
It’s a simple but powerful way to get more out of your home workout.
We’ve all been thrown a curveball, and for some of us, it’s greatly impacted our health. Even without a gym membership, rest assured you can stay healthy at home.
How’s your home training going? Which of these tips are you going to use first? Drop us a comment and join the discussion!