ASK NICOLE: Successful Training from Home
Hi Nicole, firstly I want to say that I think you are amazing. You’re such an inspiration! I need your advice, please. I have a lot of supplement products, but I don’t have any gym equipment at home and I would prefer to train from home. How can I make it work? Is it impossible to lose 20kg in 3 months, and can I use all of the products simultaneously? Thanks for the advice and inspiration!
Home gyms have a lot going for them! You need a minimal amount of equipment and space to start. The convenience factor of being able to train before work, after work, when your child is asleep, pretty much whenever it suits you, is wonderful. Plus you won’t be troubled by other gym members hogging the equipment at busy times, boring you with idle chit-chat or prancing and posing.
There are so many exercises you can do at home. You don’t need to go to the gym in order to train and get a good workout. Exercises such as push-ups, squats, lunges, standing calf raises etc. don’t require any equipment. You can find things around the house if you require weights such as tins of food to packets of dog/cat biscuits if need be.
With the right attitude and plan, you can achieve your fitness goals, whatever they might be. Whether it’s shaping and toning, losing weight, gaining muscle or just improving your health – it’s all possible. It just takes time, persistence and dedication. Anything is achievable if you put your mind to it…
Make sure you have a designated working area such as a garage, bedroom, even in the garden etc. and ensure you have enough room to move freely. Try to keep the area as neat as possible. You may want to hang a couple of posters and play some of your favourite music, as the atmosphere is always important.
Humans by nature are creatures of habit. You need to stick to your outlined routine for at least 6 weeks with intensity and confidence. Only then will your body adapt and you will start seeing results. You need to give yourself 60 to 90 minutes three or four days a week to work out and most importantly set a regular time to work out. This regularity is essential in establishing a good “mindset” and helps create a good routine. Sticking to a routine from the very beginning will help keep you disciplined and develop good habits.
As with anything in life, by doing things correctly, you will achieve good results. If you go in half-heartedly you will not achieve the results you are looking for and sooner or later, without a good foundation, your inspired endeavours will fade.
Good luck, Salomie!