We're huge fitness fans here at Defend Your Health – staying fit and exercising or training regularly is one of the best ways you can remain healthy and ensure you live a long and happy life. Fitness and working out is usually associated with going to the gym in order to make use of their expensive machines and equipment. Although this can be a great option, many people just don't have the time to commit to regular gym visits. Others simply don't enjoy workouts in a packed underground room with 50 other people.
With the above in mind, home workouts have become increasingly popular. Having the option to train hard and stay in tip top shape without leaving the house has obvious appeal. As a result there have been an influx of workout programs hitting the market over the last few years which require nothing more than body weight or some very simple and low cost pieces of equipment; often dumbbells alone are enough. The popularity of CrossFit and other similar training styles has helped this trend gain incredible traction. Some of the most popular programs are Insanity, Max Workouts, P90x and a whole host of others. We really are spoiled for choice, but how do you choose one home workout program over another?
What to Consider When Training at Home
Always try to follow and actual, proven program rather than just ‘winging it' and making your own schedule. The value of having a step-by-step routine to follow each day and week cannot be underestimated. With this all but the most commit folk will eventually come off the rails.
Any workout program you choose should be:
- Reasonably priced
- Ideally video based
- Proven for other people
- No major equipment requirements
- Completed in short sessions (30 minutes is ideal)
- At least some nutrition focus
The problem with those points is that they are fairly vague and open to interpretation. The way around this is to rely on REAL workout reviews, usually posted online, by people who have actually followed a given program from beginning to end.
These reviews are easy to find online and often video based, so you're able to see a real person is behind them. Hopefully the reviewer is in pretty good shape too!
Here's an example of the popular Max Workouts program by a highly regarded training called Shin Ohtake.
As you an see the write-up is pretty in depth and tells you all you need to know, including the program length, structure and the actual day to day exercises you can expect to be doing.
So get reading, check out some review sites and choose the program which seems to be the best fit for you. The important thing is not to get hung up of which routine to follow – just choose one, stick to it and see it through to the end!
You'll certainly be glad you did 🙂
Options for people who want something a little less intense
Although we're big fans of ramping up the intensity, this kind of training isn't for everyone. If you'd like something a little more traditional, but equally effective, here are 3 alternative options for you”
– The Venus Factor program: A diet and exercise regiment designed especially for women, that uses hormones to promote health fat loss.
– The Cruise Control diet program: Another proven weight loss course that has everything you need to get in shape, step by step in nature.
– Want something a little different? We've recently been trying whole body vibration machines and power plates due to the increased coverage they've gotten in the fitness world. They're effective and people seem to love them. The article linked above reviews the best machines on Amazon for these workouts.
– Want to know where we get our workout gear? The site we buy from most frequently is 6pm.com due to the amazing discounts, coupons and offers they have literally every day. Buy Now!