Excuses are a common thing nowadays – you can’t get to the gym, you have no time or money, or today the weather is just great for outdoor exercising. But what if we told you working out at home is an overlooked and underestimated way of training?
Slow And Focused
If you do an exercise wrong, what seems like progress initially will quickly dissipate and possibly result in injury. Be sure you’re doing the exercises correctly before you begin.
If you know a professional, ask a friend to help guide you. While this guide will explain proper form, it is your responsibility to ensure you’re doing the exercises properly and not cutting any corners.
While aerobic exercise is often the exception, most other exercise is best performed slowly. This doesn’t mean you should take long breaks in between each push up and sit up, but that you shouldn’t perform each as quickly as possible. Going slowly will work the muscle more and make you stronger.
Ready, Set, Go!
Dumbbells are a great way to start out with weighted strength training for a few reasons. They make it easy to add a small amount of weight to a movement, and dumbbell exercises can seem less intimidating than barbell training.
If you can’t finish a rep, it’s much easier to drop a dumbbell than it is to drop a barbell. As a newbie learning the movements, this might be helpful.
If you’re new to all this “strength training” stuff, hopping into a program and going from zero to sixty might be a recipe for failure. Don’t jump into a routine without learning the basic movements first. Otherwise, your workout plan may be working against you.
When it comes to movements like squats, deadlifts, pull ups, bench press, etc. – your form is crucial. Develop good habits with light weight and you will save yourself months of frustration later and protect you from injury.
Now get out there, find a fitness plan that suits you best, and start your workout slowly. This way you will surely see progress in no-time!