The beauty of at-home strength training—whether you’re new to or well-versed in the art of strength training—is its flexibility.
With just your bodyweight and some space to move, your personal trainer—or you—can design a solid, full-body, at-home strength training program.
But what if you want to take your training up a notch?
That’s what I’m here to help you do, with some ideas, tips, and principles to follow when you’re looking for safe, smart ways to up the ante on your at-home workouts.
1. Equip Yourself with Space-Friendly Strength Training Equipment
It’s true that you can get a solid workout with just your bodyweight. But with just a few items, you can take your workouts to the next level. Here are a few to start with:
- Adjustable dumbbells
- Fitness bands
- Medicine ball(s)
Several brands sell adjustable dumbbells. They’re space-friendly and they open up a ton of isometric and compound exercise options.
Fitness bands and medicine balls are also versatile tools that open up even more strength-training exercises, especially for your core.
2. Be Safe With Your At-Home Fitness Programming
Ideally, you’ll get evaluated by a personal trainer—virtually or in-person—and then work with them to create your at-home fitness program. And if you need a personal trainer, you can find one on the Bright Marketplace.
But if you insist on going forth on your own, work slow and light to start and focus on your form.
For each new workout you incorporate, do your research; watch YouTube videos; and make sure your form is perfect before you add weight or resistance.
Nothing takes the wind out of your strength training program like an injury, and if your form is subpar, or you add more weight than you can handle, injuries will happen.
3. Set Goals and Measure Your Progress
Everyone performs better when they have something specific to strive towards. Performance gets even better when you can actually measure your progress towards something specific.
So get a pen and paper or a spreadsheet and set some benchmarks for your strength.
For example, if you’re training your legs and you do goblet squats, note down how many reps you can do of a certain weight. Then, when you do that exercise again, note the reps down again.
Over time, you’ll start to see progress, which will help you keep up your momentum (which is at least half the battle!)
4. Virtually Consult with a Personal Trainer, for Free
If you’re interested in getting stronger, avoiding injuries, losing weight, or all of the above, there’s no replacement for the knowledge and experience of a personal trainer.
And, with the Bright App, you can schedule a virtual consultation with a personal trainer for free.
So if you’re thinking about it, but not quite sure, you can see for yourself the value that a personal trainer can bring to your at-home strength training.
From programming your workouts, to holding you accountable, and helping you march towards your goals, there’s a lot to be gained from working with a personal trainer.