I used to love going to the gym. The sounds, the smells, the grunts, the groans. Nothing seemed more inspiring. Then life got in the way. I got busy. Very busy.
Working with my fitness clients and athletes took up a lot of time, and frankly, I wasnít too thrilled about taking the time to drive to the gym anymore. I do have a life, you know. Then there was the fight for parking not to mention the fact that I had to wait to use the equipment while someone else finished up his or her workout. I didnít really like the music they played so loud I had to shout over it so my training partner could hear me, and the sales staff was constantly hounding me for referrals.
But I have to tell you about my new favorite place in the world to workout. My home studio. In fact, I like it so much that I recommend that everyone train at home if a gym membership isnít up your alley. Itís got everything in it that I want, and everything that I need to successfully train. AND get this it didnít cost me an arm and a leg.
Training at home has been so successful for me and some of my clients, Iíve set up an online facility that will allow me to personal train anyone in their home. You can give it a look at www.thebodymatrix.com. The greatest part about it is you donít even need equipment if you donít have any. Bodyweight workouts are phenomenal for conditioning and weight loss. Obviously, if your goals are more specialized, some equipment may be necessary.
Consider this. How much do you have to spend each year for a health club or gym membership? Now add up all the years youíve gone to the gym and all the years you will go to the gym for the rest of your life. Thatís a big chunk of change! When you think about it, it makes total sense to buy your own equipment and do it at home.
Thereís no drive to the gym. No waiting. No annoying sales people. You can listen to the music that you want to (or put a TV in the gym for cardio training). Oh, and the best part is that itís always open. Want to get in a good workout on Christmas day. You can.
Hereís the tricky part. You canít just go out and buy whatever equipment seems popular on TV or in magazines. Do that and youíll be unhappy in less than a month. You need a plan to determine what you need in the way of equipment to successfully achieve your fitness goals.
The following 6 points are MUSTS if you want to save time, money, and maximize your success in a minimum of time.
1. Define your personal fitness goals as specifically as you can. For any fitness-related goal there are a number of methods you can use to be successful, but first you have to know where youíre going. Do you want to get stronger? Do you want to build muscles? Lose weight or reduce your body fat? Increase endurance? Reduce stress? Are you preparing for a sport? All the above? Without knowing that you could end up spending more money than you need to on equipment that youíll never fully utilize. Not to mention you may fail in your attempts to achieve your goals.
2. How much space are you willing to devote to your home gym? If youíve only got a 5 x 5 space at home, youíre really going to have to be efficient. Donít expect to fit large pieces of fitness equipment into such a small space. Be realistic. Maybe itís time to clear out the room youíre using for storage or that corner of the garage that is just wasted space. Maybe youíve got some space, but youíll need to make your gym a little more portable so you can store it away when itís not in use.
3. Familiarize yourself with your options on types and brands of exercise equipment. Find out what youíll be comfortable with. Would you invest in a house or car without looking at several options or a test drive? Remember, this is an investment in you. There are all types of equipment from treadmills and crosstrainers, to selectorized weight equipment, to barbells and dumbbells. Check out equipment on the Internet or in catalogues. Stop by the exercise equipment retailers and actually see it and even try it out before you even consider buying. Believe me this is time well spent. When the time comes to discuss equipment with the appropriate person, be it a salesperson or a fitness professional, you wonít be completely in the dark when it comes to determining your wants and needs and end up buying something you hate or wonít use.
4. Consult with a fitness professional. Take advantage of a professionals ďin the trenches experienceĒ and educational background when it comes to matching your fitness-related goals with selecting the appropriate equipment for you. Again, this saves you time and money by preventing you from wasting money on useless or poorly designed equipment. You may also find that your fitness professional may have relationships with fitness equipment retailers which will allow you to buy your equipment at a discount.
5. Always buy top quality equipment from a reputable retailer. Yes, it costs more money, but as the saying goes, ďYou get what you pay forĒ. This is so true when it comes to exercise equipment. Avoid the temptation of trying to save a couple dollars by buying equipment that may not be up to your required standards. Buying top quality equipment will last you a lifetime. If you have any doubt, compare how much you have or could have spent on gym memberships over your lifetime with the cost of your new fitness equipment. I have no doubt that you will always spend less money on your home gym than you ever would by purchasing a lifetime of gym memberships.
6. Utilize local retailers as much as you can. While it may seem logical to save money by purchasing equipment online or via a catalogue, shipping charges on fitness equipment can be outrageous. You end up spending more than if you shopped at your neighborhood retailer. There is also an issue of maintenance. Even the best equipment can experience the occasional breakdown. Try getting a mail-order company to service your equipment. Itís not easy. Your local retailer can usually resolve your problems in no time at all.
There you have it. These recommendations will help you tremendously. Please keep in mind that itís just not as easy as it seems, but it is worth the extra time especially when youíre making such a serious investment in yourself. Thatís why I encourage you to seek the help of a fitness professional.
If youíre sick, you go to the doctor. If youíve got a tax problem, you see an accountant (or an attorney!). Have a toothache? Youíre off to the dentist. Leaky pipes result in a call to the plumber. So why is it that so many people attempt to solve their health and fitness problems without consulting an expert? I donít know exactly, but I encourage you to make the investment in yourself Ė in your quality of life Ė by hiring a qualified professional to educate you and help you get started.
If I can be of any assistance to you, please donít hesitate to call me. Iím happy to speak with you and give you my recommendations without any sales pressure (I hate it when people try to ďsellĒ me, so I wouldnít try that on you).
Please visit my web site at www.personaltrainingfitness.com and subscribe to my newsletter, or call me to schedule an appointment at (775) 224-7155 to obtain any additional information you may need. Thank you.
Yours in good health,
Tom Storms, CPT,
Personal Trainer, Fitness Consultant
P.S. If you would like a FREE consultation to determine your fitness equipment needs donít hesitate to call me. Iíd be happy to help you. If you purchase some home fitness equipment, Iíll also give you a FREE consulting session to introduce you to your new home fitness equipment.
NOTE: This publication is not intended for use as a source of medical advice. You should obtain medical advice from your private healthcare practitioner. Before beginning any exercise or dietary program, consult with your physician to ensure that you are in proper health and that this or any exercise or dietary program will not put you at risk.
About the author:
Tom Storms is a nationally certified personal trainer / fitness consultant from the American Counsel on Exercise. Tom has been training private clients full time for the last 12 years. Specializing in online personal training from his web site; www.personaltrainingfitness.comTom offers his services and resources worldwide
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