Essential checklist for successful home workout sessions

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If the gym nearest to you is currently shut due to the pandemic or you just don’t find exercising in a traditional gym environment an appetizing prospect due to coronavirus-related reasons or otherwise, you could turn your attention to home workouts. However, if you have never tried those, how can you go about starting?

There’s a lot for you to think about as you prepare – so, here, detailed in this article, are some of the essential steps condensed into an easy-to-follow checklist.

Decide exactly what you want to achieve with your workouts 

Yes, you’re probably gleefully imagining a future you sporting a six-pack – but how exactly do you intend to get there with your home-based fitness efforts? 

For example, do you want to quit the traditional gym for good, regardless of how the pandemic situation plays out over the next few months? Alternatively, do you aim to eventually mix up some home workouts with in-gym sessions? The answers will influence what type and length of workouts you should take up.

Strategically plan out your exercise space  

The spot you choose should be large enough for a yoga mat that would let you stretch and engage in core exercises. Your workout space can still be somewhat makeshift, though – as, when you aren’t using your home gym equipment, you could simply store it under your bed.

Exactly how much space you need can depend on what exercises you intend to do. While HIIT workouts could call for a decent amount of space, yoga sessions can take place almost anywhere. 

Draw up a workout schedule

One risk of not doing this is that you could too easily keep delaying your workouts until you start skipping them altogether. Therefore, you should prepare a consistent schedule.

“That way, when someone asks if you can meet at 5, you can honestly say, ‘Sorry, I have an appointment; how about 4 instead?’” Sherri McMillan, who owns Northwest Personal Training in the Washington city of Vancouver, explains in words quoted by Shape

Invest in the right gym equipment

Fortunately, you don’t necessarily have to spend big on too much equipment at this stage. In fact, The Telegraph advises that you just focus on “the very basics” at first and only buy extra equipment when you recognize you genuinely need it. 

To this end, you could initially buy a barbell and plate set, which the news site says “will be the foundation of pretty much all of your workouts”. Extra gym gear can be found low-priced on auction sites like eBay.

Carefully choose the right online workout guides  

You could find those in abundance on YouTube and in workout apps – and the different instructional guides you find could often be categorized according to, for example, whether they are cardio or muscle-building workouts and whether or not the routines need equipment.

After making your decision, slip into something comfortable – the ladies could consider, say, one of these women’s co-ord sets – and then prepare to embark on your new, home-based fitness mission.

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