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My wife started to do a resistance workout this year versus only doing cardio. She has done cardio on a treadmill for over ten years straight and is in incredible shape, but wanted to lose another five pounds. She has maintained her weight for years but finally wanted to get rid of that last little bit. I knew that if she would start doing a resistance workout, she would be able to achieve her goal. Initially she didn’t want to because she didn’t want to have to go to a gym. When I showed her all of the ways that she can do a resistance training workout at home, she decided to give it a try.
It is pretty awesome to see the progress that she has made and the changes that her body is going through. She has always looked good to me, but the resistance workout has really made her look more athletic and defined. Some of the body weight exercises that she does work the abs hard, which is another part of her that has really changed. All of the years of cardio did little for hers abs or her strength. She wasn’t even able to do a push up when she started, but her resistance workout has made her stronger and more in control of her weight. She lost a few pounds, but in reality, lost fat and gained muscle at the same time.
[I think this is a cool picture with the black background. It looks like she doesn’t have a body, just arms and a head!]
I am in the process of making part of my basement in to an exercise room for her and I will also use it every once in a while. I mainly train at a gym, but occasionally do my resistance workout at home, doing body weight exercises. The exercise room will be around 16 x 14 feet, which will be enough for her treadmill and the rest of it will be for body weight training. For her resistance workout, she does some Turbulence Training, some Pilates, Mode, some work with the stability ball, as well as the BOSU. If you never used the BOSU, you should check it out when you get a chance. It really works your core and also works on your balance. I have used it for push ups as well as planks and side planks. I though it was another useless piece of crap at first, but once I tried it, I actually like it a lot!
[If you never saw a BOSU ball, this video will show how versatile it is. There are a ton of different exercises that you can do with it.]
I am getting my friend to make me a pull up bar that I will bolt to the joists before drywalling the ceiling. I am going to have him make it like the one that Adam from Bodyweightcoach.com made. It’s pretty awesome and will be great for pull ups, chin ups, as well as rope or other suspension training. If you have never done any suspension training and would like to get a great resistance workout at home, you have to try it. You won’t have to spend a bunch of money on equipment, and you can even do it outside in the woods! It’s pretty hardcore stuff. You can read more about it here, Tacfit.
I may get some dumbells and kettlebells down the road, but for now I am sticking with mainly body weight exercises for any resistance workout that I do at home. Once I am done with this exercise room and have everything set up, I will make a video to show you what it looks like and any training videos that I make will be done down there. So here is the initial equipment that I am planning on having for a resistance workout.
Resistance Workout Equipment
Pull up Bar
Getting the equipment for a good resistance workout doesn’t have to be expensive and doesn’t have to take up much space. You can easily get away with an exercise area that is much smaller than the one that I am making and you can even get a great workout in the middle of your living room or bedroom. Wow, I talked about my wife and the bedroom in this post and wasn’t even being dirty or ignorant! I hope that you see that you can easily implement a resistance workout in to your exercise routine with little space and even less money. Let me know what your training area looks like at home and what type of equipment that you have. If like my wife, you are a cardio nut, you should try doing a resistance workout three times a week as well for even better fat loss results. Related Posts Circuit Training Exercises That Melt Fat Like Ice Cream In The Desert! Workout Without Weights This Summer And Get In Your Best Shape Ever! Tagged as: body weight exercises, bosu, Fitness, gain muscle, home gym, lose weight, pliates, push up, Resistance training, resistance workout