As COVID-19 Continues to Interrupt Your Normal Fitness, Here are Some Suggestions to Stay on Top of Your Game While Stuck at Home
If you haven’t heard of Coronavirus yet you are probably living in the right place during this time, but for the rest of us living in the real world COVID-19 has dramatically changed and limited our lives on a global scale. It is keeping millions out of work, school, and the gym. Going to your local gym is just not an option at this point with a vast majority of gyms being closed to help limit the spread of the virus. Taking a few weeks off from the gym is a minor sacrifice in comparison to the level of death and global economic collapse that will happen if we do not.
However, just because you have to do your part and stay inside does not mean that you have to stop working out all together.
If you are one of the lucky ones who have built a home gym for convenience or for apocalypse prepping then this portion of the article has little relevance, but for those who have not, now would be a good time to entertain the idea of building a home gym.
The size of your home will be the main limiting factor for your home gym. Those who have a spare room, a basement, or an open garage are going to have much more options than those living in a condo or an apartment. But generally speaking, if you are an avid gym goer and care about your fitness here is some equipment that is great to have at home for times like we are experiencing with Coronavirus:
- Kettlebells: Having at least one bell in the 30-50 pound range (dependent on your skill level) is highly recommended. Just having one kettlebell allows you to do swings, squats, presses, and loaded carries. If you have two or more, your options are near endless.
- Dumbbells: Adjustable dumbbells are the most ideal for a home gym as they maximize space while providing a full range of weight. If you don’t get adjustable weights, then you should get dumbbells ranging from low weight to the max you can press with one arm.
- Resistance Bands: Having at least two different resistance levels is recommended, with one that has a light resistance and one that has a heavier resistance (exact resistance levels should be based on skill and level of fitness). Bands are a great substitute to cable machines and are nice to use for basic mobility drills.
- Jump Rope: Cardio is something that always should be maintained and a jump rope is a great, cheap, and space conscious way to do that.
- Lastly and most importantly, A nice stockpile of AmmoniaSport™ Smelling salts: These make your workout awesome and take it to the next level! If you have not tried smelling salts in your typical workout now could be a great time to do so.
Nice to have:
- Bench, bar, and plates
- Cable/Suspension machines
- Pull up bar
Even with all this equipment it’s not easy to train for powerlifting at home. The upside is you can use this time to experiment with your workout. Try to embrace a high rep bodybuilding routine, they are a different stimulus but are just as challenging as your typical low rep and high weight routines. Lastly, there are countless body weight exercises, like one arm or hand stand push ups that will still take you to your limits.
With all that said, don’t let COVID-19 get your fitness down, get creative and push your limits in alternative ways. You might find some workouts will push you harder and expose weaknesses that have not been addressed during your average day at the gym.