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Back in the day when I ran the front desk of Atlanta's Atlantic Station LA FItness, there was a man that came in wanting to use the gym without a membership or a day pass. He insisted that exercise should be FREE. He stated he could play basketball anywhere, so why did he have to pay to use our gym. And I thought about it for just a moment because it almost made sense. Then remembered there are basic things you can do at the gym that you are able to do elsewhere for FREE, but the fees charged for memberships go to maintain the equipment and pay the staff to make sure things run as planned.
There are people in this world who live on the principle that the best things in life are FREE! And for those of you who refuse to pay a gym membership, there are still ways to create a FREE gym at home. Let's get to the basics.
The main reasons people buy into gym memberships is for resistance training and cardio workouts. This article is not about the look of your Home Gym space, but more so about how to get the same type of workouts at home, with a few modifications.
The purpose of resistance training is to build on the strength of your muscles while using your body weight. You will receive the best results if you create a circuit training workout.
10 Quick Easy Body Weight Exercises
1. Girlie Push Up (knees on the ground)
3. Knee Lifts
5. Flutter Kicks
7. Donkey Kicks
10. Side Leg Raises
To create a circuit training workout, select 5 exercises from the list. You will perform each exercise for one minute, then you will rest for one minute. This is a six minute circuit. You will repeat the entire circuit 4 more times for a 30 minute workout. The best thing about creating your own circuit training workout is you can go at your own pace. You can do 2 circuits starting out and next week ramp it up to 3. It's all about how you feel. Pretty soon you'll be an expert.
HOW TO KEEP THE ENERGY GOING!
There was a time when stepping into an exercise class was always a nerve wrecking sensation for me. I automatically took to the back of the room because I did not want anyone to see me struggling to get through the workout.
Now there are so many FREE cardio workout videos online to choose from. I do have to warn you, not every instructor is for every person. So find that right class with the instructor that keeps you motivated and inspired to workout.
Here is a list of plus size fitness leaders that offer really great FREE #bodypositive workouts on Youtube. These workouts may leave you very inspired.
Fitness Apps are popular since you can virtually take them wherever you go. There are FREE workout apps for any type of workout you can think of.
Creating a FREE gym at home is not as hard as hard as you think. The basics of any workout starts and ends with you. You got this!!
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