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3 Good Exercise Workouts You Can Do at Home

Updated on January 16, 2014

These days, there are gyms all over the place. Whether it is next to your office, your home, or even inside your apartment building, gyms have become more and more accessible in recent years. The reason for this is simple. More and more people are becoming conscious over their health. The news of rising obesity levels have given enough motivation for people to work out. However, this doesn't mean you need to go to a gym to do it. Although there are a lot of advantages that a gym provides, you can easily do great workouts at home. In this article, we will examine three great workouts you can do at home. Before that, we will explain the pros and cons of working out at a gym, as opposed to working out at home.

When you work out at a gym, you get several benefits. First, gyms provide a great place to socialize and meet new friends. They aren't distractions. Rather, your new friends can become motivators. If you are struggling to do a certain exercise, they can help you push your limits. Do you want to do a bench press? Let a friend spot you. This can't be achieved at home when you work out alone. Another benefit is the wide array of equipment. If you work out at home, you are probably going to do the same exercises over and over again. If you work out in the gym, you can 'confuse' your muscles by doing a wide variety of exercises. Muscle confusion is a workout principle that suggests your muscles become more and more comfortable with a certain workout if you continue to repeat it over the long-term. Hence, even if you use a higher weight, you are not necessarily pushing yourself hard enough because your body is used to the movements of the exercise. You can avoid this by heading to the gym.

Of course, there are disadvantage to working out at the gym. For example, if you are currently working, there will be a lot of people who will head to the gym straight after work. Hence, you might not have access to the equipment you need if the gym is small. Cost is also another disadvantage. Some gym memberships can get very expensive. However, you can that around and use that as an advantage. The more you pay for the gym, the more likely you are to make most of the membership. As you can see, there are various pros and cons you have to take into account. If you decide not to get a gym membership, here are three great exercises you can still do at home to build a great body.

#1 Push-Ups

Do not underestimate the importance of the push-ups. If you are looking to build muscles, push-ups are a great way to build upper body strength. You should use push-ups as a complement. Push-ups, to a certain degree, are more for the purpose of endurance and body toning. The more push-ups you can do, the more you can lift. Form is very important. You can increase the risks of injury if you don't do push-ups properly. Make sure your hands are slightly more apart than your shoulder width. When you lower your upper body, you want to make sure it is low enough so your elbows are locked at a ninety degree angle. Last but not least, keep your core body straight at all times. There are many great push-up challenges you can use. For example, the 100 day push-up challenge is a great way to gradually build upper body strength.

#2 Squats

You may have heard of this before but never forget your leg day! What's the point of building big arms if your legs are out of proportion? As you can see from the image above, most people do squats by using barbells. However, squats can also be done by using dumbbells. The weight-adjustment dumbbells are well worth the investment. With most going up to a maximum limit of 50 pounds, you can use them for all sorts of exercises. There are a lot of different squats you can do. For example, goblin squats are a great way to work out your legs at home. Although it is best if you use a dumbbell, you can also use a relatively compact object as well. To do a goblin squat, you have to place the object against your chest. You must also keep your body straight as you slowly lower your upper body. You want to go low enough so that your elbows touch your knees. It may be difficult to do at first but you will get the hang of it.

#3 Plank

Most people hate doing this exercise because it's so painful. However, the general rule of thumb is, the more painful the exercise, the more effective it is at working out your body. Like the squats, there are a lot of variations to the plank. The most basic plank is the one you see above. You have to keep your body straight and your arms locked. If you have never done abs workouts before, you probably won't last for longer than thirty seconds. If you are really fit, you should be able to hold a plank for at least four to five minutes. It takes time for you to improve on the planks so don't be too discouraged if you aren't seeing a lot of short-term improvements. Once you feel comfortable with a certain time limit, add another twenty second for the next workout. It's only a job well done if you feel like your stomach is burning.

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