How to Find a Good Home Workout (STOP DOING THIS!)
What’s a Good vs Bad Home workout?
I’m sure we’ve all seen the latest home workouts promoted by our fitness influencers on social media. It may have you wondering if you can really build muscle and lose fat all from the comfort of your house with no equipment. The sudden surge of “free workouts” is much appreciated in this time of quarantine where we’re most at risk of falling into bad health habits. Unfortunately, this chance of opportunity also increases the chances of receiving poor fitness education as well. So is your latest home workout one of the bad apples? Probably so, Let’s find out.
Here are some traits of a potential bad home workout:
- It’s 100% circuit based.
Most home workouts are geared for intensity and look. Our society is sold on if a workout looks really difficult then it’ll have us looking like the one who’s advertising it.
These workouts are usually a bunch of random exercises put together for no reason and just designed to make you sweat.
There needs to be structure in a good workout program, so the same can be said for an at-home workout program. The exercises you’re performing need to make sense for the goal that you’re trying to achieve.
- It has improper rest periods.
Rest periods are abused often in home workouts. It shouldn’t like you’re basically doing cardio, there should be resistance training as well. Rest is great when properly applied.
- It’s not phased.
There is a wide range of people performing at-home workouts. There shouldn’t be only advanced exercises in the workout. A good home workout needs to be scalable for all levels of fitness. A beginner should be able to come into the workout program and continue to do it as they progress in fitness.
- There are lots of explosive movements.
These movements are not beginner-friendly. There is a time and a place for explosive movements in a workout program but you have to be advanced. There needs to be a reason why you’re doing that explosive movement.
A lot of home workouts will throw in burpees because it’s an easy way to raise someone’s heart rate and make the workout hard.
Now let me ask you, What are you doing burpees for? How is that exercise helping you achieve your goal? What is it you’re training for? If it’s an obstacle course race where you need to perform better at burpees then okay, that makes sense. Otherwise, question why you’re doing it and not any other movement that gets you closer to your goal.
So why is there a huge saturation of bad home workout programs?
It’s because they’re hoping you won’t know the difference between a good and bad workout, but now you know.
At the end of the day, you should feel like you got more of a muscle-building workout rather than a cardiovascular workout.
Brian Travis Smith IIFitness & Nutrition Trainer
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