Building a home gym is one way of getting a workout at home. But for me, the guy who looks like what happens when you’ve traded a daily workout regimen for a daily television regimen, the idea that I’m going to use what appears to be a very long time in quarantine to turn my one-bedroom apartment into a fully stocked gym is, for lack of a better word, laughable.
Besides, there’s got to be less space-consuming and cheaper gear than going full home-gym mode. For example, want to get weird? Buy a VR set and try just 30 minutes of VR boxing — now that’s a space-saving workout at home. Better yet, isn’t there actually a lot you can do indoors with just your body weight that doesn’t require you to spend money at all?
That question, of course, was rhetorical.
“The single best exercise you can do at home without any expensive gear is probably the burpee,” says Damien, a personal trainer on lockdown in L.A. “If you’re going to do one thing everyday until this is over, that’s probably what you want it to be, because it’s full-body. Just find some room — you don’t need a lot — and do as many as you can with good form.”
Also, don’t forget that a lot of your furniture can double as workout gear. “Find a chair or the edge of your bed and do some dips,” suggests Damien. “Do some wall squats, or incline push-ups using your couch.”
If you’re unsure how to tie all of these exercises together to form an actual workout, have no fear — there are literally millions of people wondering the exact same thing all over the country. Which also means an army of trainers are all vying to be the one to give you the answers, whether on Reddit, Instagram or YouTube:
If that’s even a bit too daunting, keep in mind that there are a number of classes you can take online through your computer, phone or TV — and some of them are even free, or significantly reduced in price, because of the quarantine. Nike Run Club, for example, offers a number of great home fitness classes that don’t require you to run, well, anywhere — and it’s all free. Peloton, makers of that really expensive spin bike, has a new bike-free fitness app with yoga, strength-training and cardio classes that normally would cost you $13 per month, but during quarantine, it’s free for three whole months. And don’t forget your gyms, because many of them are offering gratis online classes via their respective apps — so if you really like your Zumba, you might still be able to practice at home.
Look, I can’t fault any home gym builder for throwing the kitchen sink at you with their whoweights and whatbells galore, I’m just saying that’s a serious investment for a serious fitness freak, and maybe there’s a beginner’s version that won’t break the bank — or your hardwood floors.