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Red Menace

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#1 6 years ago

So, I've landed on the need to work out more. I gained some weight, which I am now in the process of losing and I want to muscle up a bit like I was in my more formative years before I found the Mrs. and let myself go.

My biggest stumbling block is I absolutely loath gyms. In my experience, for many, it is a place purely to be seen "working out," harassing/ogling women and a general waste of time and money.

So, I've decided to work out at home. I do push-ups, sit-ups, squats, running in place and they seem to work fine, but I wondered if any of you had any creative solutions to working out at home?


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#2 6 years ago

They cost a bit of money, but you could invest in a treadmill or bowflex machine. You can do practically everything in your home that you'd be able to do in a gym, but without the eyes watching you!

I was always bothered by going to the gym, but we got a bowflex and now I used it quite often.




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#3 6 years ago

One of the best investments in exercise equipment you can make for your home, IME, is a pull-up bar. You can get ones that hook in doorways. Just give it a few reps each time you walk past. A lot of exercises don't work the back, and over time that sort of focus will effectively roll your shoulders forward/ruin your posture.

Those little push up stands you can get help with a better push-up workout. The rotating kind are especially good.

If you've got a shed or somewhere you can put a heavy bag in, that can be entertaining - at least if you know how to hit things safely.




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#4 6 years ago

I'll just throw my 2 cents here: Run in the woods/nature, it's the most satisfying feel, IMO. You get fresh air, change of view and different types terrain to run on.


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#5 6 years ago

Schofield;5706073They cost a bit of money, but you could invest in a treadmill or bowflex machine. You can do practically everything in your home that you'd be able to do in a gym, but without the eyes watching you![/QUOTE]Yeah, I don't really have the room or money but at some point I might invest in an exercise machine.

NemmerleOne of the best investments in exercise equipment you can make for your home, IME, is a pull-up bar. You can get ones that hook in doorways. Just give it a few reps each time you walk past. A lot of exercises don't work the back, and over time that sort of focus will effectively roll your shoulders forward/ruin your posture. Those little push up stands you can get help with a better push-up workout. The rotating kind are especially good. If you've got a shed or somewhere you can put a heavy bag in, that can be entertaining - at least if you know how to hit things safely.

A pull up bar is a good idea and one I didn't think of. I have been thinking about putting up a punching bag though, may have to invest in one.

[quote=Einherjar Silberio]I'll just throw my 2 cents here: Run in the woods/nature, it's the most satisfying feel, IMO. You get fresh air, change of view and different types terrain to run on.

I would, but I live in a very large city, not many satisfying places to run and I don't live in an all around great area.


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#6 6 years ago

Being at stay at home mom I don't get out much, and I'm not really interested in gyms so I work out at home. Me and my daughter go on 30-60 minute walks/jogging. I was doing that everyday, but it's been do hot and humid here I just can't stand to be outside very long. But there are many workouts I do at home. Running in place, jumping jacks, etc. I workout to videos on Youtube. I also am apart of SparkPeople.com which has great fitness information, trackers and videos. I use Pinterest, have my own fitness board, there are many great exercises and health tips on there as well.

I do strength training a few days a week and the rest is all cardio.

Just remember to drink lots of water. I have noticed a big different in my health when I dropped Soda and other drinks from my diet.




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#7 6 years ago

I've been a member at my Gym for near 6/7 years now. At first, it was hard work (I was quite chubby) though as my workouts went on, I reduced in fat mass, it became somewhat enjoyable.

The last 4/5 years though, I've had good months, and bad months. The last couple of months this year I've really not been enjoying it, and as of this past week, I actually cancelled my membership (though it runs out at the end of July, so I might go trash a few things before I leave, heh).

Short of the obvious reasons for my leaving (as have already been stated by others), I'm a keen cyclist, and have recently taken up running (rather, jogging); something I never thought I'd ever do outside of the gym, but I've not long come back from a morning run (my 7th run) with a new personal best.

If you're wanting to get into shape without the use of a gym, my suggestion is a nice pair of trainers, a bike, and some dumbbells. Even in a city, you can go running (you've got parks, right?). The same applies to riding (especially if you've got a road bike). Dumbbells can be used at home to achieve multiple desires, and they're not that expensive.

Compile that to your typical push/pull ups, squats and good diet, and you'll be well on your way to that body you've always wanted. :)




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#8 6 years ago

Red Menace;5706062So, I've landed on the need to work out more. I gained some weight, which I am now in the process of losing and I want to muscle up a bit like I was in my more formative years before I found the Mrs. and let myself go.

My biggest stumbling block is I absolutely loath gyms. In my experience, for many, it is a place purely to be seen "working out," harassing/ogling women and a general waste of time and money.

So, I've decided to work out at home. I do push-ups, sit-ups, squats, running in place and they seem to work fine, but I wondered if any of you had any creative solutions to working out at home?

Push up's are the best all around exercise. Do 100+ of those a day and you'll be fine with nothing else.

On a side note regarding gym's, they can be really nice places. Perhaps you need to look at a nicer gym. I find the 24 hour fitnesses of the world to be dirty grimy places.




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#9 6 years ago

There's a burpee program laid out in a book called Greyskull LP. The upshot is to try to do 100 burpees in 5 minutes. Way harder than it sounds, but really easy to get into (start with 3 sets of 10 in 30 seconds each with 1 minute breaks).