When you’re used to working out at a gym amidst the sounds of clanging barbells and your coach yelling out directions, working out in your living room can be a considerable contrast.
You can get a great workout from the convenience of your living room, garage, or backyard. And if it feels strange, weird, or awkward, it’s because it’s different. After a few workouts, it’ll feel familiar and more “normal.”
When you’re not able to make it into the gym, here are a few suggestions on how you can get the most out of your at-home workouts:
1. Schedule your workout.
One way to get more out of your at-home workout is to schedule time in the day to train. Setting aside that time sends a message to your brain that it’s a priority. When the scheduled time arrives, you’ll be more mentally prepared than if you had suddenly decided to get up from your desk or couch and start a workout. Being in a different headspace where you’re mentally ready to move can help you get more out of your workout.
2. Don’t skip the warm-up.
When you go to a group class at your gym, you have a coach there to guide you through a warm-up, workout, and even a cool down. When working out at home, you might be tempted to skip the warm-up. If you’re taking virtual workout classes, make sure you’re online in time for the warm-up. And if you’re working out solo, take the time to physically and mentally prepare.
3. Stay focused on your form.
Another way to get more out of your at-home workouts is to stay focused on your form. If you’re used to working out with a coach walking around the gym as you work out, imagine what cues that might yell out. Use those same cues to maintain proper form. By paying attention to how you’re moving, you’re also giving yourself a focal point as you work out. Rather than getting distracted by things in your house or backyard, keep the focus on yourself.
4. Find motivation from within.
By working out at home, you might find that you miss the loud music and atmosphere that gets you to push harder and with more intensity at the gym. While working at home will never be exactly the same as working out at your gym, you can do your best to re-create that environment. Create a high-energy workout playlist that gets you motivated and excited to work out. Stay focused on your form, but also use that inner self talk to work harder. Count your reps out loud or use a small whiteboard to keep track of where you are in your workout. Stay engaged with what you’re doing and do your best to motivate from within.