Bookmark Website  | Free Registration  | The Team
The Lounge  | Champions  | The Wire |  Schedule |  Audio  |  Arcade  |  The Top Ten  |  Historical  |  Email  |  Video

5 Ways To Get The Most From Your Home Gym


A home gym can help you build muscle, produce an attractive body, rev up a sluggish metabolism and shave years off your age.

If you choose wisely, you'll have all the tools you need to accomplish these goals (and more). But not everyone knows where to start or how to get the most from a home gym.

When clients ask me about buying home gym equipment, here are 5 things I tell them to get the most from their purchase:

1) Buy a well rounded piece of equipment:

Unless you have hundreds of square feet in your home to dedicate to multiple pieces of equipment, you should look for a home gym that covers all the major exercises (including the ones you don't like), such as chest, back, legs (hamstrings & quadriceps), shoulders, biceps and triceps.

2) Make sure your home gym is stable:

There's a saying, 'You get what you pay for.' Most of the inexpensive home gyms you buy from a local department store have very narrow bases, so they tend to rock a bit. Stay away from home gyms that do not have a good stable base.

For a basic rule of thumb, look at home gyms that are more 'square' or 'as high as they are wide'. As an example, you won't want a home gym that 10ft high x 2 ft wide x 2 ft deep, unless you are going to anchor it to a concrete floor.

3) Put your home gym in a place you will use it:

If you leave your home gym in a room you normally don't go into to, odds are high that you aren't going to use it. The more inviting the room where you place your equipment, the more likely you will use it (how many of us really want to work out in a dungeon?).

If there's only one place you can place your home gym, then work on the room. Maybe add a coat of paint or put up pictures that inspire you. Add a stereo system or a wall mounted television. By making the room inviting and inspiring, you'll ensure that workouts will be enjoyable.

4) Make a simple & short workout routine:

Don't go making or using 'Mr. Or Ms. Olympia' home gym workouts. That's the first big mistake that people make when they first get their equipment. Instead, start by making a workout that is only 30 to 45 minutes long. That's less than a 1 hour TV show.

Do this workout 3 to 5 days a week. Remember to work all your muscles (not just the ones you like) for optimum results. It helps to keep a record of your workouts on paper so you can see just how far you've come.

If you're stuck on what to do, don't worry. Many home gyms come with beginner workouts. But again, don't go all out and kill yourself the first few workouts - start from where you are and build on it. Consistency is key for a killer body.

5) Write your workout days on the calendar:

Like any important appointment, make an appointment with your home gym. You need to make the effort to put yourself, your body and your health first - especially at the beginning stages. Experts tell us it takes 3 to 6 weeks before actions become habit. Once you've built the habit of working out, it will get easier.

To help you stick to your exercise appointment, get loved ones to encourage you and make you accountable. Once you get past the 8-week mark, you'll feel (and look) so great you'll wonder why you didn't get a home gym sooner.

So those are 5 ways to get the most out of your home gym equipment. Enjoy and good luck!

Charles O'Neill is a certified personal trainer and contributing writer to Diet and Exercise Reviews.

For more free exercise tips and reviews, visit http://www.FreeToBeThin.com.


MORE RESOURCES:

Crist: Parent seeks 'the facts' about acne
The Coloradoan
Dear Gary: My son is 16 years old and has very bad acne. He is very self-conscious of how he looks. Kids at school have made fun of him, and I can tell it makes him feel sad. He told me that there is a girl at school he likes, but he is afraid to talk ...



Cutting-Edge Microneedle Helps Treat Acne Scars, Skin Conditions In Patients
CBS Local
LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — People suffering from skin conditions such as wrinkles, acne scars and skin discoloration are turning to the treatment of a “space age” looking Dermapen to improve their skin through natural healing. Cosmetic surgeon Alex ...



Acne Treatments: Banish Breakouts For Good
Hollywood Life
June was Acne Awareness Month but some of us continue to suffer with debilitating acne all year round. It's not only teens who have to deal with this problem. Adults can also get breakouts — we are recognizing this and are here to help you ditch those ...



ACNE - It can't be prevented or cured, but it can be treated effectively
Monroe News Star
Acne doesn't discriminate by gender or race, and while it's most common in adolescents and young adults it can appear at later ages, especially in women. There's no way to prevent acne, there's no cure, and today's over-the-counter remedies contain the ...



indiatvnews.com

How to Get Rid of Acne
Doctor Tipster
If you want to know how to get rid of acne, it is important to understand what causes it and what are the proper course of treatment in order to avoid getting an acne formation. The most common kind of acne is acne vulgaris. This medical condition ...
8 tips on how to get rid of pimples this monsoon (see pics)indiatvnews.com

all 2 news articles »


Fox News

7 adult acne myths, busted
Fox News
If you've ever had a pimple, you know how frustrating it can be to find a solution (and if you've never had a pimple, congratulations: you're the luckiest person alive). An overwhelming number of acne products are available (all making the same promise ...



Guardian Liberty Voice

Shea Butter May Be a Natural Remedy for Acne
Guardian Liberty Voice
When it comes to the skin, there are many different conditions that may occur, with one of the most well-known being acne. This skin condition is one of the more common skin issues amongst people. Acne, most commonly caused by dirt or oil getting into ...



Acne Scars
ADVANCE for Physician Assistants (blog)
Treatment of acne scars also varies with the presentation of the scars. The more challenging acne scars to treat are boxcar scars and ice pick scars. Boxcar scars have more defined edges that appear like a box. Ice pick scars appear as small pits or ...



NPR (blog)

FDA Warns Of Life-Threatening Reactions With Acne Products
NPR (blog)
The announcement that popular over-the-counter acne treatments can cause rare but life-threatening reactions sure got our attention. Who among us hasn't slathered that stuff on our face? The reactions include throat tightness, shortness of breath ...
Topical Acne Products Can Cause Dangerous Side EffectsFDA.gov
FDA Warns Acne Products Can Be DangerousTIME
FDA: Acne products can cause severe allergic reactionsUSA TODAY
WebMD -Boston Globe -Fox News
all 177 news articles »


Today.com

How to get rid of acne: Easy home remedies, clear-skin tips
Today.com
Sure, those first two turned out to be true, but acne? It can haunt you for life. In fact, Dr. Michael Lin, a Beverly Hills, California-based dermatologist and founder of Dr. Lin Skincare, says blemish flare-ups are very common among adults. "It's a ...


Google News


Advertisement



Section Site Map - Submit News - Feedback - Comments - Advertise with Us

Copyright 2006 Luminati Inc. All rights reserved.