Can working out at home replace your gym?

In May and June, we asked our community about their experiences with working out at home. We wanted to find out what you like and what you miss compared to exercising at the gym.

According to the results of our survey, only 20% of participants stated that they are considering returning to a gym. The things you miss the most include classes, access to machines, and trainers. 81% of you said you prefer working out from home. The main reasons for this preference are convenience, accessibility, flexibility, efficiency, and a lack of excuses no to exercise.

A study by RunRepeat shows a similar trend. According to the survey conducted with more than 10,000 gymgoers, only 50% are likely to return to their clubs in the US.

Not surprisingly, the trend of working out from home has impacted the fitness industry dramatically:

Sales for home gym equipment have surged in April. According to the UK Active Research Institute, they are four times higher in early April (week 14) compared to the weekly average for 2020.

What do you need to consider to make your home workouts effective?

Working out in a gym has pros and cons. One of the most significant benefits is access to instructors and trainers who can help you to exercise safely and effectively. If you decide to not return to the gym, here're some tips that can help you to make the most of your home workouts:

#1 Switch up your exercise routine regularly One potential downside of not working out in a gym or with an instructor is that people tend to stick to the same exercises. Try to alternate between cardio and resistance training, steady-state, and HIIT. Also, don't neglect muscle groups and find the right balance between strengthening and mobility exercises.

This will help to prevent boredom and decrease the risks of sports injuries.

#2 Challenge yourself

Working out alone can also make it harder to push yourself out of your comfort zone. You can avoid this by setting targets that are challenging yet possible. Studies have shown that setting SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Timely) goals can increase motivation and improve exercise results. Apart from that, you could try to incorporate at least one exercise you typically wouldn’t do alone in every workout – Burpees anyone?

#3 Schedule workouts

A class schedule or a booked session with a trainer can increase accountability and thus the chance of you showing up. While a benefit of working out at home is flexibility, it can be helpful to schedule workouts to make sure they stay a priority. Blocking time in your calendar or setting up reminders can further help you to stay on track.

#4 Make it fun

The clear downsides of working out from home include missing friends, instructors, or the cool atmosphere of your studio. That’s why it’s crucial to make your workouts as fun as possible with the means you have: play your favorite music, track and share your results with others, do “group” workouts via zoom.

#5 Take advantage of the benefits

Exercising at home saves time and money. You can exercise whenever it fits your schedule. This means you can exercise more often, which will improve your results and overall health. Take this time as a chance to make regular exercise a habit and keep it for life.

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