Working Out at Home and Fitness Knowledge

There’s something to be said for all of the workout knowledge you gain at the gym without even realizing it. What do you do while you’re on the treadmill if you’re not watching TV? You watch another people workout. Your treadmill is likely facing the weights section of the gym. You may have joined the gym not knowing how to use any of that equipment, but you’ve gained the knowledge of what hooks up to wear and gym etiquette just by passing the time by people watching.

One of the great things about gyms is that there are typically a variety of classes available to you. If you are someone that loves a great spin class or is super into cardio kickboxing, you’ll have to find a way to replace those classes and do a similar workout at home. It’s actually not as hard as you think. If you’re a cyclist, you simply set your bike up on a trainer and get some DVD’s that guide you through the class (I like Spinervals). If you’re into boot camp classes, you’ll find tons of options from Billy Blanks DVDs to the Biggest Loser Boot Camp DVDs.

This also goes for your fitness buffs who are very at home in the gym. Everyone has that moment when they see someone doing a particular move that they try themselves later on. There’s fitness learning that goes on for everyone in the gym.

If you choose to workout at home, you need to use what you’ve learned if you previously went to a gym but also figure out how you’re going to continue your fitness development and prevent boredom. Maybe it means you have a trainer come over to work you out once a month or once every few months to help you develop a new routine. New routines are good for your muscles and great for the boredom factor. Maybe it means you spend some time at Borders checking out the latest fitness books or use your cable on-demand services to try some new workouts on Exercise TV.  Maybe you start to develop a catalog of workout DVDs (try Goodwill for great workout DVD finds!) and continue to try new things. Flirty Girl Fitness might not be right for you, but maybe the Jillian Michael (from The Biggest Loser) series of 20-minute intense workouts is.

If you’re going to work out at home, a lot more of the learning falls on you. It’s not going to happen with you alone in your garage, you’re going to need to seek out the latest and greatest advances in physical fitness both to make your workouts more productive and to keep you from feeling like you’re in Dullsville.