Strength Training At Home: Where Do I Start
When it comes to strength training, there are many benefits and multiple reasons to add it to your training routine. Particularly for women, strength training can help to strengthen bones and to minimise your risk of developing osteoporosis. You may already know that adding strength training to your routine can help with faster fat loss and it can improve your muscular endurance.
So we know there are lots of perks for strength training. But what if you don’t have access to a range of weights or gym equipment? Can you do effective strength training at home? Good news — you definitely can, especially with the release of PWR at Home. In this blog, we’ll look at some of the benefits that come with at home strength training and how you can maximise your strength training when aren’t in a gym environment.
Which is better — strength training at home or in the gym?
Where you decide to exercise is a personal choice. Whether you want to train at home, in a fitness centre or a gym, so long as you are following a consistent training schedule and putting in the effort, you should see results.
The beauty of strength training is that there are a variety of different ways to incorporate it into a workout routine. You can reap the benefits of strength training whether you are doing bodyweight exercises or following a workout program that includes a range of weighted equipment.
If you are curious about integrating more strength training into your workouts, it’s possible to do that style of training without making a large financial commitment. A number of at-home workouts use pieces of equipment that can be utilised across other programs in the Sweat app too.
Does strength training at home work?
There are lots of reasons why it may be more practical for you to work out at home and that doesn’t mean you can’t do effective strength training. Maybe you are on a budget and want to save money by skipping a gym membership. Maybe you don’t have a gym nearby — whatever the reason, you can still get your strength training sessions done.
At-home workouts are convenient
From a convenience point of view, getting your training done at home comes out in front. You can work out whenever you want to because the exercise space and equipment is always nearby. You can simply put on your fitness tracker and get training!
You can improve your technique in your own time
A benefit of strength training for women at home is avoiding the weights area at the gym. Now, we’re not suggesting women, fitness beginners or anyone else shouldn’t be using this space — we’re all for trying new exercises and learning more about different workout styles. What we are saying is it can take some time to get used to using weighted equipment and you shouldn’t feel rushed.
If you are a fitness beginner or new to weight training, maybe you want to take some time to feel comfortable with common weight training movements first. Following an at home strength training program can give you a fantastic base from which you continue to progress and grow! Starting out at home means you can settle in and be comfortable executing each movement without being distracted by what anyone else is doing nearby.
No crowds or rush hours!
Another bonus of doing strength training at home? You don’t have to wait for pieces of equipment to be free. Gyms can be really busy at certain times of day, so it can be annoying if that is the only time that works for you to get in and train. If you’ve joined a gym in order to use equipment and you aren’t able to use it when you want, you might begin to wonder why you’re not just working out at home and saving your money.
How to start strength training at home
If you are curious about integrating more strength training into your workouts, it’s possible to do an at-home program like PWR at Home allows you to try that style of training without making a large financial commitment. A number of at-home workouts in this program use pieces of equipment that can be utilised across other programs in the Sweat app too.
We know that lots of people like the convenience of working out at home. That’s why we are so excited about the release of trainer Kelsey Wells’ new program: PWR at Home. This workout program is specifically designed to suit people who want to do strength training at home, rather than in a gym environment.
What equipment is needed for strength training at home?
Anyone who has done the bodyweight exercises workout we shared a little while ago will know that you can get a challenging workout without the need for a lot of equipment. With that in mind, to deliver a workout program that includes variety and allows for effective targeting of muscle groups, PWR at Home does use a small amount of equipment.
Some of the equipment you might want to use includes:
- An adjustable barbell
- Ankle weights (like our Sweat ankle weights)
- Bench (Week 5 onwards)
- Recovery band
- Resistance band
- Resistance tube
- Skipping rope
- Weight plates, and
- Yoga mat.
You might already have a lot of these pieces of equipment if you have a home gym. If you don’t have all of these pieces yet, you may still be able to do PWR at Home. It means you may need to try some equipment substitutions instead — large bottles can be used for dumbbells, for example — or you may want to swap some exercises for bodyweight versions instead.
Simple, inexpensive pieces of equipment, such as resistance bands and resistance tubes, can be a great way to add extra resistance to bodyweight exercises, making them more challenging. If you’ve tried some of the at-home resistance band exercises we shared on the blog, you’ll know they can help to induce that burn!
Start strength training with PWR at Home
As we’ve explained, there are so many reasons to give strength training at home a try! If you are ready to try a new training style, don’t feel as though you need to have a gym membership — strength training can be just as effective when you do it at home.
Now that Kelsey Wells’ new workout program, PWR at Home, is available in the Sweat app, you can do your strength training at home. The program is suitable for any fitness level, including beginners, which means you can start improving your overall strength and endurance in the comfort of your own home. You can get started with PWR at Home now — simply download the Sweat app to get started!
* Results may vary. Strict adherence to the nutrition and exercise guide are required for best results.