Starting a workout routine on a regular basis can sometimes feel like an arduous task. Thinking and deciding where, what to do, who to train with, finding out the costs of a training session or gym membership including the costs and types of the appropriate attire and equipment are usually part and parcel in the latter phase in choosing to start or return to a fitness routine.
In the current economic climate everyone without entertaining any thought on the matter will take the cost effective approach whilst investigating.
From personal experience in which I have been working sporadically paying for Personal Trainer together with a monthly gym membership will burn a hole in anyone’s purse, walletor bank account (if you have a Direct Debit Scheme already set up) over a short time period. This article entails a cost effective approach in making the above goals achievable.
Choosing Or Choice Of Training Equipment
Deciding on what type of equipment to invest in (if you don’t have any to begin with) can sometimes leave you in a dilemma.
If your aim is to start solo and you’re strap for cash exploring and starting with the basics consisting of general calisthenics and running to complement the former will be the best approach as it costs zero Sterling’s or Dollars (depending on which part of the globe you reside) as it (i.e. Calisthenics) can be performed indoors at home during the winter months or in the local park during the Spring and Summer months along with running to compliment your workout.
This can be boosted with the inclusion of a like-minded friend (or acquaintance) or a small group of people or friends sharing a common goal in getting fit or returning to full fitness following a long layoff as a result of injury or personal and/or work commitments.
Forming a group consisting of friends can be both a motivating factor as well as a social one as a means of keeping in touch. Once a group is established training together as a pair or as a group on a consistent basis will aid* everyone involved in achieving their goals sooner as well as creating harmony within the group or as a pair.
Should you, your training partner or group members already have equipment of any kind such as Dumbbells, Kettlebells, TRX or even a bicycle sharing those types of equipment within the group sessions will help in saving additional costs in purchasing new equipment which will aid* in placing more emphasis on training to improve* your fitness levels.
Less* financial overheads will guarantee* you a peace of mind in both the short and long term.
Should you wish to purchase equipment for use in the home or outdoors choosing Kettlebells, Dumbbells (depending on the size), adjustable weights including the TRX would be ideal for storage as well as being a space saver.
For instance kettlebells and Dumbbells can be kept under a desk or a vacant part of any room. The TRX can also be kept in a wardrobe if need be or over a door hook (in a bag for neatness).
When making the decision to purchase it’s always to best to start with a pair of light weights and as your confidence and strength grows over time buy a heavier set provided you have somewhere safe to keep them in storage and away from any potential accidents such as tripping over them etc.
Having comfortable gym attire is a must especially during the summer months in which Climate Cool tops and shorts would be perfect. Sports Direct, a UK based retail company sells sportswear at a reasonable price.
Choosing appropriate footwear is equally important too. Depending on the type of training involved wearing running shoes (trainers) will generally be the standard requirement. What is a paramount with the footwear before starting training is to ensure that it has sufficient grip (if it isn’t new) and not significantly worn down at the sides which can lead to injuries during a session.
During the advancement of your training program over a period of time you can consider if your budget permits investing in more specialists clothing and footwear to meet the requirements of your training discipline or programme.
Desired Or Chosen Venue
Once this has been established finding a cost free venue to train shouldn’t be hard at all. Whether you’re training alone or as a pair you automatically have the luxury using your bedroom, living (space permitting),a garden (if you’re a house owner), a recreation area if you’re living in an apartment complex or your local park if your preference is for more open space especially if you’re training in a group.
The advantage of the latter is that many parks nowadays have implemented outdoor gyms consisting of Pull-up bars and other static exercise machines and other apparatus.
This would be ideal for a group session as the equipment will be in close proximity bringing your group sessions closer cohesively.
Whatever chosen training methods you as an individual, a pair as a group employ it is always imperative to follow a warm up, stretching routine before you actually commence training as well as cooling down and again stretching once you have completed the training session.
From a personal perspective I’ve researched and used (unashamedly) stretching methods ranging from those employed by Martial Artists (Black Belt Secrets on YouTube) to some Yoga stretching methods learnt during past sessions including those taught to me by my Physiotherapists whilst recovering injuries.
The absence of a Personal Trainer inspired me to search for training programmes on Social Media(mainly YouTube) where I discovered numerous Personal Trainers with similar techniques as well as unique ones.
I found Fitness Blender (a Boyfriend and Girlfriend team) that specializes in Free Weights and Kettlebells training, Ballistic Strength Nanaimo (also a Kettlebell specialist), Athleanx and various others to be a great help no end.
I subscribed to their channel and followed their and other Personal Trainers programmes on my mobile phone as part of my training routines whether indoors or otherwise.
Commencing with a 20-minute workout would be the perfect start as it’s a great motivator for the next workout. As you progress over time you’ll start to see changes in your body on condition you’re following a good diet you’ll also feel confident in adding more to your workout both in duration and intensity.
This would include doing two 20 minutes sessions leading to 6 sessions in a week should you choose to train 3 times a week. Please also sip on some water in-between workouts to keep your body hydrated. Don’t just stick with one Personal Trainer try others as you’ll quickly learn more keeping complacency at a far distance.
Once you’ve completed your session the videos usually end with a cool down and stretch session which is compulsory to aid* prevention of any potential injuries as well as muscle soreness the following day.
Follow this up by having an electrolyte and protein based shake such as SIS to rehydrate the body and replace the fluids and nutrients lost during exercise.
Follow this up with a healthy meal consisting of steamed vegetables (e.g. Broccoli and carrots) and fish (for instance salmon) as they have anti-oxidants, protein and other nutrients.
I hope this article has been informative for you!
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