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Can I Get Results Working Out At Home?

Dear Davey,

I can’t afford a gym membership so working out at home is my only option. Is it really worth it? Can I get results with a body weight exercise program?

From,
Dan

tumblr_md8smsfz661qgsxq9o1_500Hey Dan,

The short answer is that yes, you can get amazing results from working out at home with body weight exercises. For those who are unfamiliar, body weight exercises don’t involve equipment or weights; instead, you use your own body weight as resistance. A really simple example of this is a push-up.

There are a few things to note.

If you’re brand-spanking-new to exercise, you’ve probably got the most to gain from an at home workout. When you transition from little or no activity to a well-planned body weight exercise routine, you’ll certainly transform the way you look and feel.

It also depends on your goals. If you want the physique of a professional body builder or an Olympic athlete, you’ll need a gym membership – not to mention, lots of time, effort, trainers, energy and dedication. Getting larger and larger muscles requires progressing to heavier and heavier amounts of resistance. As you can imagine, with body weight exercises, you’ll reach the natural limit of your own body weight. There’s a distant but inevitable plateau which may exist before or after your goals.

Keep in mind, you can get pretty creative with your home workout. There are plenty of ways to switch things up and make them more challenging. With our aforementioned example of push-ups, you can do incline push-ups, decline push-ups, one-leg push ups, push-ups with a clap in between, climbing push-ups and so on. In other words, there’s a lot you can do – and a lot of results you can enjoy – before you hit that distant body weight training plateau. And if and when you do reach that plateau, you can always decide if a gym membership makes sense at that time.

Convenient, free and not requiring any equipment, body weight exercises and at home workouts certainly have their advantages. Having said all of that, the best strength training routine is one that you’ll actually follow. And if that’s an at home workout, embrace it!

Love,
Davey

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Can You Get Fit Without a Gym?

Dear Davey,

I’m new to working out and want to build my muscles.

Here’s my question: Can I get fit without a gym? Thousands of years before gym existed, there were strong warriors and athletes. So is it possible to achieve a muscular build with just push-ups, pull-ups and so on?

Thanks,
Tarooj

Hey Tarooj,

Actually, gyms did exist in ancient times. The Greeks are credited with inventing gyms; they were state-of-the-art facilities in which their athletes trained for public games.

Having said that, there are many great exercises that require no gym equipment. These bodyweight exercises – combined with cardiovascular exercise – can yield some fantastic results for beginners and avid exercisers alike. In fact, my Jock Workout is an equipment-free workout that anyone can use at home. These bodyweight exercises are great for a lean, ripped and defined look.

However, bodyweight exercises do have their limitations. For one, building your muscles necessitates increasing the amount of resistance you’re working against. At a gym, for example, it’s very easy to progress to a heavier dumbbell. But with a push-up, you’re always working against your own body weight.

In other words, it’s harder to make the same gains with bodyweight exercises. If you want to add a serious amount of muscle to your frame, having access to equipment, dumbbells and barbells will result in faster, more efficient gains.

Since you’re new to working out, you’ll likely see some amazing gains doing bodyweight workouts. But, if you feel like you’ve reached a plateau, I’d recommend incorporating some dumbbell, barbell and equipment exercises into your workout. Many exercise enthusiasts – myself included – enjoy routines that include both bodyweight exercises and gym equipment.

Love,
Davey