Fitness Equipment while Living in Boston sized Apartments
Even as a fitness trainer, I find it can be challenging to prioritize working out when there are distractions like Netflix and a pint of ice cream just waiting for you at the end of a long day. While many of us want to feel good both mentally and physically, that is much easier said than done. We are all human, and driving to the gym after a long day of work is often the last thing we want to do. On top of the daily struggles, 2020 has thrown many roadblocks our way, and currently, gyms are inaccessible to many people, and not very appealing to go to with the current pandemic still surging. But, what if I told you that you could still fit in an efficient workout, in the comfort and safety of your apartment, with minimal but effective equipment?
Before the pandemic hit, many of us would look at a chair, a table, a wall, and perhaps a case of water and see only one purpose to them. But as gyms were closed down and accessibility to workout equipment diminished, these elements in our homes took on a whole new purpose and we were forced to get creative. These items became the gym equipment you never even knew you had. Sounds weird right? For those who have been following along with this week's articles, you would have already seen Monday’s article regarding HIIT workouts and their effectiveness. These elements of your home could also help in making an effective at-home HIIT workout that is sure to get your heart rate up. You can use the chair for tricep dips, the table for elevated push-ups, the wall for wall sits, and the waters in place of dumbbells for bicep curls or lateral raises. If you choose to give something like this a try, perform 12-15 reps each exercise and repeat 3-4 times through.
In addition to the home elements previously mentioned, there are small pieces of equipment that you can add to your at-home workouts to add more resistance to the exercises, creating a new challenge. There is no need for large exercise balls or treadmills occupying space in your apartment. Instead, I recommend a jump rope, bands, and a couple of sets of dumbbells, all pieces of equipment that can be easily stored away without taking up too much space. The combination of this type of equipment and a HIIT workout is perfect for a quick sweat session at the end of a hard workday.
Example HIIT exercise using equipment: 12-15 Reps Per Exercise, Repeat 3-4x
10 Minutes of Jump Rope (1 Minute on 1 Minute off)
Banded Body Weight Squats
Standing Glute Kickbacks (with a band)
Squat to Shoulder Press (with dumbbells)
Bicep Curl & Front Raise
Sit Up & Press Up
Having grown up playing competitive tennis, my passion for fitness and nutrition grew from a young age. In 2018, I graduated from Merrimack College with a bachelor’s degree in Sports Medicine. I then became NASM certified so that I could expand my knowledge of fitness to those seeking it.
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