Almost everyone has thought about doing their fitness training at home at one time or another.
Most people first make a commitment to exercising to improve their physical appearance and health, then have to decide if they should join a gym or do their training at home.
Both have many benefits and just as many problems.
Here's a story from one of our dedicated followers on why he almost decided to do his fitness training at home and never go back to a gym.
Here is his story…
One of the biggest problems in any gym is the people around you who don't respect the fact that fitness training can be dangerous at times. There are too many people who think that the gym is a social club and just walk around talking and acting like idiots.
A few years ago I was doing my chest workout at a local gym. I had been working out for almost an hour and was getting near the end of my training for that day.
It was at a time of the day when the gym wasn't busy at all. In fact, I was the only person lifting weights. This is the main reason that this particular day turned out to be not so good for me.
I was doing flat dumbbell press and was on my second last set so I was very fatigued. I was using all of my concentration and focus to try and squeeze out the last rep on this set, when it happened.
Some idiot felt it necessary to come up to me and start talking as I was using all my strength to push the dumbbells up.
This guy didn't just come up to say hello, he came up from behind so I had no idea he was there and he stuck his face right above mine – yes that's right – he put his head right between my head and the 2 dumbbells I was pressing up and started telling me how "big" the weights were that I was using. Of course I already knew how heavy the darn things were.
Needless to say, this surprised the hell out of me. The next thing that happened only lasted a total of a couple of seconds but it was enough to do a lot of damage.
The dumbbell on the right started to go further out to the right and the dumbbell on the left started to go back over my head. My first reaction which was totally automatic was to try and get the dumbbells back under control.
Unfortunately this put my entire body in a very twisted and unusual position. The next thing I knew it felt like my shoulder literally exploded. My left arm went numb right from my shoulder all the way to the tips of my fingers.
Somehow I was able to get both dumbbells under control and got them down onto the floor without crushing my skull.
The end result was...
For 6 months I was in so much pain I had to take sleeping pills just to get a couple hours sleep each night. I also had to sleep in a perfectly still position in bed each night.
I never did find out who the idiot was who came up to me and caused all of this, but I did quit that gym and started doing my training at home for about a year.
I think anyone would think about doing home fitness training with the possible dangers that are always present in fitness centers.
First, you may be alone when doing home fitness training. This has both advantages and disadvantages.
Advantages of home fitness training can include:
Some of the downfalls of home fitness training include:
The fitness equipment you'll need for your home fitness training will vary greatly. It will depend on both your short-term and long-term goals. One of the places you need to shop is online. A lot of online fitness equipment stores have better prices, a larger selection and very affordable payment plans.
The only problem with shopping online for your fitness equipment is that you can't try it out before you buy it.
Your local exercise equipment stores often have good deals but you'll have to spend time driving around to see who has the best deal for the equipment you'll need for your fitness training at home.
You should also be able to find fitness equipment dealers who specialize in used equipment for fitness training at home. This can potentially save you hundreds of dollars.
Here are some of the basic types of equipment you'll need for fitness training at home:
For most people the standard weights will do the job. Barbells come in different shapes and sizes. If you're unsure what you'll need ask someone at the store and let them know what your goals are and what you plan on doing during your fitness training at home.
You can also purchase barbells with the weight "fixed" permanently on the bar. It's usually not the best choice for at home fitness training because once your strength has adjusted to the weight it becomes useless and you'll have to go out and buy a heavier one.
The weight plates that fit on the barbell come in the following weights: 2 ½; 5; 10; 25; 35 & 45 pounds.
The Powerblock™ is an adjustable dumbbell set and you can get a set that goes all the way from 5pounds to 125pounds. For most people the sets that go up to 25 pounds, 55 pounds, or 100 pounds will do the job.
I have a 125pound Powerblock™ set for doing some fitness training at home and it's great. It takes up the same amount of room as a single set!
This will allow you to be able to properly perform almost all dumbbell exercises you'll use in your fitness training at home.
These are exercises that can't be done with free weights. They include: leg curls, lat pulldowns, leg extensions, tricep pushdowns and many other cable exercises. A problem that's even bigger than the cost of a home gym is finding the space in your home to put it. Keep in mind that once you set it up you won't be able to move it unless you spend hours taking it apart.