Hey, my name is Erin, and I'm a former U.S. Junior Olympic-certified swim coach, and personal trainer. And fitness is my passion, so I cannot wait to share it with you guys.
Alright, so the difference between working out at home and working out in a gym, there's pros and cons to both, of course. If you're new to working out entirely I always recommend that you work out with a trainer at least for a couple of sessions just so they can monitor your form, teach you a couple of pointers. You know, you want to make sure that your form is correct, because if not, you know, that can lead to injury. Videos are great, but it's really, really helpful to have someone there to adjust you because you have muscle memory. So your body is the best teacher. Your body is going to remember, oh I should be sitting with my hips back, you know, or I shouldn't be leaning that way, or whatever the case may be.
That said, you don't need to go out and spend tons of money on equipment or on a gym membership if you don't want to. You can always move the workout to your home. You can also do it in your back yard, or in a park, on the beach. A lot of the videos that you've just seen can be done, you know, without that much equipment pretty much anywhere. It's pretty portable.
The first thing I always suggest to people is getting one of these physioballs. They're really diverse. They're great for modifications. They're great for progressing. They can make your workout hard, or they can make it a little bit easier depending on how you use it. The possibilities are pretty endless. So I always suggest the ball. I think it's a pretty good investment.
That said, if you don't want to go out and invest in anything you can use items that you have around the house. A chair. You can use for stability, you can use for squats. A chair can be substituted for, you know, a lot of the things we see in our videos. If you don't have a yoga strap you can use a towel. If you don't have a yoga mat you can also use a towel, you know, if it's on a carpeted floor.
So you don't necessarily need to go out and buy all of those things right away. That said, there are things that are good investments like the physioball, like the set of weights. And if you don't want to buy three sets just buy a lighter set and a heavier set. The heavier set should fatigue you after about eight to ten reps. The lighter set should fatigue you at 15 to 20 reps.
But, yeah, just have fun with it. There's tons of resources online, Howcast being one of them, and if you get bored or you're in need of new ideas you can always find stuff online. If you belong to a gym, go to the gym, look at what people are doing. Talk to the trainers who are teaching classes. You can always incorporate that into your fitness routine as well. And variety is key, so it's good to change it up.