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Working out at home certainly has its advantages in terms of scheduling and convenience – when you work out at home the gym is always open!

However, there are many potential distractions in the home that can interfere with your training schedule. Therefore, in order to achieve your training objectives you must guard vigilantly against allowing this to happen. If you consistently find yourself putting off your training because of this or that demand from other family members and/or domestic responsibilities, then perhaps a commercial gym is the better option for you. It’s much easier to give yourself permission to temporarily let go of your household duties and responsibilities when you’re physically removed from the situation.

Although there is a greater variety of equipment at a gym, you can still get just as good a result working out at home with what you have. It’s not about having more equipment, it’s about how well you can use what you’ve got. Therefore the initial investment in work out equipment is not as much as you might think. The Basic Workout Equipment section identifies what equipment you will need to get a full body workout at home, categorized by “important to have” and “nice to have”.

The Resistance Training Exercises section will show you how to do traditional weight training exercises using dumbbells and tubing. It will also provide some suggested exercise combinations that will allow you to get more done in less time as well as increase the cardio component of your workout.

The Functional Training Exercises section will identify a series of multi-planar exercises that will both condition your body and make it functionally strong. Not only will your body be stronger and tighter, you will feel more energetic and look fantasic!



IMPORTANT NOTE:

Always exercise in a safe and responsible manner. Please be aware that as with most physical activities, there is always a risk of injury associated with weight training and other exercise programs. While I have made every effort to describe how to perform the exercises outlined on this site in a safe manner, note that every body is different and so not all exercises can or should be peformed by all people. Therefore, if you feel pain or discomfort when attempting any of the exercises described on this site, please stop immediately.

It is always important to consult your physician before starting any exercise program, especially if you have been sedentary for an extended period of time. This is particularly true if any of the following apply to your current medical condition:
  • chest pain or pain in the neck and/or arm
  • shortness of breath
  • a diagnosed heart condition
  • joint and/or bone problems
  • currently taking cardiac and/or blood pressure medications
  • have not previously been physically active
  • dizziness
In addition, if you have any chronic medical conditions (such as diabetes or arthritis) or risk factors (such as smoking or being more than 20 pounds overweight), and have not discussed exercising with your doctor, you should do so before beginning. Exercise is often an important part of the treatment for such conditions, but you may have some limitations or special needs that your doctor can tell you about.

If none of these apply to you, start gradually and sensibly. However, if you feel any of the physical symptoms listed above when you start your exercise program, contact your physician right away.

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