Are at-home workouts as effective as gym workouts?
At-home workouts are FANTASTIC. You can wear whatever you want, you don't have to worry about traffic, parking, people judging you, or sharing equipment, and it's pretty tough to come up with an excuse not to work out (or maybe that's a downside for you :P ).
What's the ACTUAL downside?
Results from training depend on your body's ability to adapt to a given stimulus. For example, if you've never done a bicep curl before, and one day you pick up some 5lb dumbbells and do 3 sets of 10 reps of curls, your biceps will start to get stronger. They will do what they need to do to lift those 5lb weights.
If you consistently do 3 sets of 10 reps of 5lb bicep curls, your body will eventually get really efficient at moving that weight, and your biceps won't have anything to adapt to.
To continue to get results (and force adaptation), you need to increase reps, sets or intensity (load).
This is where you can run into trouble, or a plateau.
Most home gyms have limitations when it comes to increasing the intensity of your workouts.
Of course, if you only have 5lb dumbbells, you can increase your sets and reps, but eventually you'll be doing bicep curls until the cows come home. (And unless those cows are going to do your meal prep, get the kids ready for bed and go to work for you, that's going to be really hard to make time for.)
At a certain point, you're going to max out your weights and run out of things to lift and adapt to, and your progress is going to stall. This is where alllll the equipment at the gym comes in really handy.
If you've never worked out before, can't make it to a gym or don't know what to do in a gym, at-home workouts are great! Getting moving is always super valuable and will always be a step in the right direction toward your goals.
Need help with what to do in the gym, or what to do if you're starting with a home gym?
Email me or hit me up on Instagram @deefitdot . I'm here to help!
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