Amazing Workout Ideas and Accessories That Don’t Require a Gym
Posted Jan 05 2013 10:00am
Ever since I could set foot in the weights section of a gym I’ve been somewhat of a workout nut. I guess the main difference between the way I am now to how I was when I began working out, is that whereas before I always thought it imperative that my workout always took place in a gym, time and experience has taught me that a gym is hardly a prerequisite for a productive and fulfilling workout. In fact, some of the most intense workouts of my life have taken place either in the comfort of my own home or in places (especially outdoors) where the only cost of the workout was sweat and energy. Don’t get me wrong: gyms are great and I will always make use of them, but the bottom line is that they are far from essential. In this article I am going to share some of my favorite ideas for amazing home / out-of-gym workouts as well as some of the accessories that make them that much more productive and rewarding.
I get genuinely excited when discussing this device. In spite of its simplicity, you can do just about anything with it. The TRX Bar is one of the many examples out there that confirm that simplicity can be just as effective as the more complex. I must admit when I first laid eyes on a TRX bar, I was in a gym at the time and I really didn’t think much of it. Consisting of practically just a couple of handles attached to cables, It just looked too simple! And having spent most of my life working with fancy gym equipment, I just didn’t think that something so basic and rudimentary could deliver the type of full body workout that can be offered by the combination of a room full of hugely expensive gym equipment. Boy was I wrong!
As fate would have it, one of the trainers in the gym saw me eying it out and decided to give me a little introduction to some of its uses. After 15 minutes I was convinced that the TRX bar was simply the greatest home workout invention I had ever come across. There was literally no body part this thing could work on. One of the best features of this product is that it works with body weight, which many fitness gurus will agree is a very effective form of weight training. But perhaps the best part of it all is that it is easily portable and super easy to set up, making it ideal for home workouts and working out while traveling.
For those looking to cut up and get super fit as opposed to packing on pounds of muscle, you just can not go wrong with a boot camp. I joined a boot camp for six months towards the beginning of 2011 and I can honestly say it was some of the most intense and enjoyable training I have ever done. There is also a social element to boot camps which I find very attractive. They usually involve a great bunch of people getting together somewhere outdoors and following the commands of a boot camp instructor and believe me, while it’s certainly hard work it’s a lot more fun than it sounds. The exercises usually consist of lots of running and pylometrics and good instructors will never do the same workout twice which is a very good thing: variation is key. Boot camps are seriously fun and have become somewhat of a global phenomenon so it shouldn’t be hard to find one in your area by just doing a simple Google search. I highly recommend you try one, even if only for a couple of months.
If you are looking for a great high intensity workout that requires no gym equipment, you should definitely try this 15-minute drill!
Before I discuss supplements I want to make it clear that no supplements, whether synthetic or natural, are essential to your training. You simply don’t need them and are better off focusing on the basics, the fundamentals of which are diet, exercise and rest. Having said that, there are some supplements out there that can give you the edge if you are really serious about taking your training to the next level. However, if you are going to take supplements, I would recommend that wherever possible you opt for supplements with entirely natural ingredients like natural hgh releasers , vitamins and herbal testosterone / amino boosters. While I have taken some seriously strong stuff in the past which could hardly be classified as natural, I find that the benefits of using these supplements are outweighed by the associated risks. The bottom line is that most of the non-natural supplements out there are loaded with synthetic compounds that our bodies just aren’t designed to process. This can lead to serious strains on the liver and kidneys, amongst other things.
Music is an extremely powerful force when it comes to performing physical exercise and I simply can not train without it. If you don’t already train with music, I suggest that you get yourself and iPod or some other portable music playing device. Put some energetic music on that you enjoy while you are working out. You will be amazed out how much of an impact it can make on your energy levels.
Diet and Rest
I realize that anyone who’s ever done any exercise has had this drilled into their heads to the point that it makes them ill. But all the same, it has to be mentioned. What many people don’t seem to realize is that diet and rest are arguably more essential to your physical appearance than working out. I can’t count how many times people have come to me and complained about how they are training so hard in the gym but not seeing any results. Yet when I dig deeper about what they’re putting into their stomachs I find out that their diet is just appalling. This is common sense people! You just can not expect to see positive results if you aren’t eating right, no matter how much exercise you do. It is beyond the scope of this article to discuss various diet options but I recommend that you do some research about what the best diet is for you based on your fitness objectives.
Author Bio: Gary is an avid body builder who enjoys blogging about training techniques
This post is the property of Kodjoworkout blog where you can find hundreds of home workouts designed to get you in shape fast!