5 Things You Should Know About Working Out at Home (If You Want to See Results!)
With the first couple of weeks of the new year under our belts, many of us are looking for sustainable ways to keep our fitness momentum going for the long haul. For this, you can't beat working out at home: It's a super-effective way to get in shape on your own terms and schedule, but in order to do it right, there are a few things you'll need to consider.
As with any workout, it's important to take the right precautions to maximize your gains, stay on track, avoid injury, and ensure that you keep things fresh so you'll actually stick with it. Which happens to be precisely what we specialize in here at MME, so we thought we'd share some must-know workout wisdom with you to get you off to a running start.
To make the most of your shred sessions and get out what you put in, here's 5 things you should know about working out at home before you get into the swing of things without a trainer:
ESSENTIAL WORKOUT KNOWLEDGE #1
KNOW HOW TO PREVENT INJURY
First and foremost, there's nothing more critical to your self-directed workouts than ensuring your routine won't be causing more harm than good! One of the key things you'll need to know is how to follow proper form when doing exercises to avoid injury, muscle strains, ligament damage and joint issues.
This means stretching to warm up and cool down, using good posture and technique, plus always using a weight or resistance that's appropriate for your current fitness level.
If you're not sure how to do an exercise correctly, consider checking out a demonstration video online or consulting with a fitness professional to ensure that you're doing the exercise safely.
ESSENTIAL WORKOUT KNOWLEDGE #2
KNOW HOW TO KEEP SEEING RESULTS
Our best piece of advice for ensuring you see results when you're working out without a trainer? Follow a structured online workout program that fits with your objectives, like the Bodyweight Workout or Gym Workout programs we offer here at MME.
These programs typically provide a series of workouts that are designed to help you progress gradually, which can help to prevent injury and ensure you see results over time. Many online workout programs also include modifications for different fitness levels, which can be helpful if you're just starting out or if you have any physical limitations.
Here at MME, our mission is to provide the very best resources to get you in the best shape of your life - on your terms. For your best chance at success, launch into one of our structured workout programs and take control of your progress, gains and motivation for good.
ESSENTIAL WORKOUT KNOWLEDGE #3
DEVISING A SYSTEM TO TRACK YOUR PROGRESS
Tracking your progress is an important aspect of any workout routine, but it's especially important when you're working out at home with only you holding yourself accountable.
By keeping track of your workouts, weight loss, and muscle gains, you can see how you're improving over time and make adjustments to your routine as needed. There are a variety of ways you can track your progress, including writing down your workouts in a notebook, using a fitness app, or taking progress photos of yourself.
ESSENTIAL WORKOUT KNOWLEDGE #4
WHAT KIND OF GEAR YOU'LL NEED
While you don't need a lot of expensive equipment to get a good workout at home, there are a few basic items that can be game-changers to have in your arsenal. These might include a non-slip workout or yoga mat, resistance bands, dumbbells, a kettlebell, or a stability ball. Having these items in your kit allows you to target a wider range in your workouts, whilst unlocking plenty of variety in what you can do, including the 12 Week Tactical Athlete Program from the MME Gym Performance collection.
Alternatively, you can always ditch the gear completely with a zero-equipment Bodyweight Workout like our best-selling 180 Day Bodyweight Beast Program, where the only weight you'll need is your own to get the most gut-busting, results-producing workout of your life.
As you get into a routine, you'll get more of a feel for what kind of extra gear you might want, but starting out with the basics plus some room to move and a sturdy pair of sneakers with ankle support, you'll be set.
ESSENTIAL WORKOUT KNOWLEDGE #5
HOW TO CREATE A FOCUS ZONE
Finally, to make the most of your workouts anywhere - including at home - it's important to remove distractions as much as possible. This might mean setting aside a dedicated space for your workouts, silencing your phone, or finding a way to block out any noise or distractions from other people in your household. By removing distractions, you'll be able to focus on your workouts and get s#!t done.
Overall, working out at home can be a convenient and effective way to get in shape, as long as you take the right precautions to avoid injury and follow a structured plan like the comprehensive collection of hard-hitting workouts on offer here at MME.
By following these above tips, you'll be well on your way to getting shredded on your schedule, your terms, and your turf. Go get it!
Thanks for reading - stay strong, warrior.
Greg | MME Lifestyle Contributor
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