Why gyms suck (and what to do about it) Part II
This is part II of a series on Why gyms suck (and what to do about it). You can read part one here.
Whether your goals include weight loss, building some muscle, or just getting into shape exercising is an important part of making them happen.
Working out should be fun and enjoyable. Once it becomes a chore, it most likely won’t last long.
In all honesty, gyms aren’t all bad. Some people excel in this type of setting and might find that working out with others motivates them.
So if you can’t afford a gym membership, can’t find one close by, or just simply can’t stand working out next to a sweaty senior citizen (no offense) here are some ideas on what to do about it. From your home.
Cardio is an important part of any fitness plan. Personally I go for a walk every morning for about 45 minutes. To me there’s nothing worse than slogging away on a treadmill for 45 minutes watching a rerun of Bones on the flat screen.
Get outside. Get some sun and fresh air.
Now let’s talk about getting stronger.
Another very important part of any fitness plan is getting stronger. That means lifting heavy things.
Trust me. We aren’t going for the bulky body builder look. What I’m suggesting is building some functional strength.
Building your core muscles and strengthening your back will pay dividends when you get a bit older.
One approach I currently use is kettle bells.
These things are so incredibly versatile and actually fun to work out with. Not only do you get the benefits of some functional strength training, you will also get a decent amount of cardio training from using them.
Resistance bands are another great option. They are inexpensive and very portable. I have a couple of sets of the ones made by Rubberbanditz.
And let us not forget about good old fashioned body weight exercises like pushups and squats.
Aside from the things I mentioned above that would probably work well for someone without a lot of extra space, you could consider dedicating an area in your garage or basement to a home gym.
Currently I have a inexpensive weight bench, a few dumbbells, an Olympic bar, and plate weights for the more traditional weight-lifting exercises. I love doing deadlifts which is something I always found difficult to do in most globogyms.
To accommodate the functional strength side of things, I have several kettle bells and I constructed a pullup bar. I also added a few pieces of unconventional equipment such as tires and a sledgehammer. And of course, what home gym is complete without a heavy bag?
So my typical workout consists of alternating sets of pullups with pushups. I then move on to doing a few sets of deadlifts.
Depending on my mood, I then might hit the heavybag for about 15 minutes and finish out with beating a tire with a sledgehammer.
On occasion, I will do farmer’s walks with the 5 gallon bottled waters that I happen to store in my garage.
This type of workout builds functional strength and is also really good for letting out some aggression. Which nowadays I seem to have an endless supply of.
Hopefully I’ve sparked an idea or two.
Let me know what you think in the comments below.