As we head into fall of 2021, it seems people are still doubling down on their home workouts.
Staying fit from home has proven to be a new challenge for many of us. Now that we have some experience under our belts of non-gym workouts, we narrowed down our top five tips to crushing your home workout.
5 TIPS TO CRUSH YOUR HOME WORKOUTS
- Have a Routine
Establishing a routine for your home workouts is crucial. Without commuting to the gym or work, it can be easy to be thrown off balance with our schedules and to-do lists. Working out can go from being second-nature to entirely slipping off our calendars if we’re not intentional. Set specific days to workout and schedule it on your calendar, in your phone, or set an alarm, whatever helps you stay on track and be accountable - do it.
A step further? Set specific workouts for certain days. For example, you can schedule weightlifting three times a week and divide it up by muscle groups: legs, arms, and total body. Another day you can dedicate to a long hike outdoors, yoga, a run, etc. Giving yourself variety will help keep you from getting bored with your routine.
What’s a workout without equipment? Sure, you can follow the thousands of fitness influencers on social media and copy one of their HIIT workouts, but how quick will you fall off that? You need some basic equipment to progress your workouts at home and keep up the variety for both your mental and physical wellbeing. A few pieces we recommend investing in:
- Resistance Bands
- Booty Bands
- Pull-up bar
- Jump rope
How you workout is everything. A proper form will increase blood flow, tear your muscles for rebuilding, and increase strength in your joints, bones, and ligaments. An improper form can leave you with an injury that will put you on bed rest for days to months. If you’re unsure of form, watch a tutorial on YouTube for proper guidance if a trainer is not available to you. Practice without the weights first to ensure you have the correct movement down. Once you feel confident, add in the weights.
Many people overlook this one, but it can be a powerful tool for any workout. If you find yourself going through the motions of an exercise without giving any thought to how long it’s taking you, stop.
A 22x1 tempo is a good place to start. For example, if you're squatting, this 22x1 tempo works like this - 2 seconds down, 2 seconds hold at the bottom, x-plode up, 1 second at the top.
Using timers instead of counting in your head will be a huge help here.
Tempo is an easy way to help push through those challenging plateaus and increases time under tension (TUT) if you have minimal weights.
We saved the best for last! What’s a workout without some music to get your energy up? It can be tough to muster the energy to workout sometimes. Motivation is fleeting. Music is the key to success here. Open up Spotify and search for one of my favorites, “Caribbean Summer Vibes”. Put that on shuffle and watch your heart rate rise while the minutes fly by. Having the right atmosphere can make a boring home workout feel like a night out. Give it a shot!
We would be remiss if we did not also mention the need for proper activewear for your workouts (What to Consider When Looking for the Perfect Workout Shorts). Our eco-conscious gear is launching in 2021. High-end comfort and premium quality clothing will help you look and feel your best before, during, and after your workouts, no matter where they happen.
Now, go crush your workouts and report back to us with what you found most helpful.