How To Start Strength Training At Home
There are so many reasons to include strength training in your fitness routine — and you can get started with just your body weight, or a small home gym with minimal equipment!
Here’s what you need to consider starting strength training at home.
- Strength training: home vs. gym
- Can I get results at home?
- Benefits of strength training at home
- How to start strength training at home
- Do I need equipment?
Strength training: home vs gym
Strength training in the gym has benefits because you have access to a wide range of different equipment and machines that you can use to target specific elements of movement — but working out in the gym might not always be possible.
That’s where strength training at home comes in. With the right combination of bodyweight exercises and calisthenics, you can maintain and build your strength. You can also use basic home gym equipment such as free weights or resistance bands to increase the difficulty of the exercises.
By choosing versatile home gym equipment that you can use for a variety of workouts and training styles, you don’t need a lot of space, just a few key items. You can get started with a fitness mat, resistance band and dumbbells!
Can I get results with strength training at home?
Yes, you definitely can! The number one key to successfully getting results is following a workout program consistently. Once you start to form a fitness habit, you can learn about how to select the appropriate rate of perceived exertion to boost your training benefits.
There are plenty of at-home weight training programs designed by personal trainers that can help you to optimise the time you spend exercising.
Benefits of strength training at home
Strength training at home has so many benefits for both your training and overall lifestyle. For fitness beginners training at home gives you the space and time you need to focus on mastering your exercise form and building your confidence.
As you progress, you can choose to move to training in the gym or continue your fitness journey at home.
For more experienced gym-goers, training at home gives you one more option for getting your workouts done efficiently. If you’ve hit a workout plateau, shifting your training to the home environment may help to reinvigorate your workouts.
Strength training can help you to burn more energy at rest, as well as improving your muscular strength and endurance. It can even help you to increase and maintain bone density.
When you train at home, you can focus on moving through the exercises at your own pace and maximise the time allocated to your workout.
You can progress at your own level, in an environment that you are comfortable in. Plus, you’ll never have to wait for someone to finish using the equipment you need!
Doing your strength training from home can be much more convenient — which means that you’re more likely to be consistent with your workouts! Home workouts are more time efficient because there’s no commute, which means that they can be easier to squeeze into a busy day.
How to start strength training at home
You can start strength training at home any time, whether you are experienced, or just getting started with this training style. All you’ll need is some space to move — and you can start out with bodyweight strength exercises!
The key to effective strength training is to ensure that you target each area of the body, allowing enough rest between workouts to allow for muscle recovery.
You can get started with two or three workouts each week. If you want to maximise the time you spend working out, you can follow a strength training program that is designed to progressively increase your fitness.
There are several at-home workout programs available in the SWEAT app if you are looking for guidance!
Do I need equipment for strength training at home?
If you commit to this style of training, you might decide to get a few pieces of home gym equipment.
Don’t worry too much about having a lot of equipment at the beginning — you can always substitute household items such as full water bottles for dumbbells.
As you progress with your training, you can add some versatile pieces of equipment like kettlebells, a bench, and resistance bands.
You can start strength training at home
Strength training can help you to improve your performance in your other physical activities and your everyday life! If you are ready to give it a go, try PWR at Home or LIFTING at Home in the SWEAT app.
Each exercise has step-by-step instructions and guided workout demonstrations by your personal trainer to ensure you complete each exercise with correct form.
What are you waiting for? The best time to start is now.
* Results may vary. Strict adherence to the nutrition and exercise guide are required for best results.