Imagine you are ready for a workout. You feel energetic, you are in the right mood, and somehow, you have more time that day.
But, you are not sure whether you should go to the gym, or to the nearby park, or should you just do a quick H.I.I.T body weight training at home.
Figuring out the best place for a workout can sometimes be a dilemma if you're not following a consistent workout regime.
The best way to decide is to know what is your goal for that day.
Sometimes, you need to do a trial and error too.
Weighted vs Non-Weighted Exercise
Following a "done for you" workout regime would make things easier as it will guide us on choosing the right exercises and the equipment needed.
We need weights to do the strength training exercises. On the other hand, we don't necessarily need any weights to burn fats.
We can however benefit from using weights for fat burning exercises as it does not only help us to burn fats, but it also maintains our lean muscle.
Again, the location of your workout regime still depends on your preference, skills, and availability of space and tools.
Your goals, skills, and how much space you need matters
If your goal is to lose weight, you can go anywhere to burn fats. You can go to the gym, outdoors and stay at home. But, for those who wants to gain strength and muscle mass, it is better to go to the gym.
Also, another thing to take note is how skill you are at using free weights. Using free weights without the necessary skills may cause injuries to your ligaments and muscles.
Knowing all that,
Here are some recommendations for those who want to improve your fitness and physique!:)
Going to the gym
The gym is an unhygenic and annoying place to go to, really. If you're not up for the challenge, you may feel regretful making travelling all the way to the gym only to feel devastated.
And you still need to pay to go through all these.....
Is it worth it? Well, whether you like it or not, you will eventually be one of the types of people above if you sign up for a gym membership.
For weight loss and strength gain, I would recommend using the treadmill for H.I.I.T sprints on even days. Then, on odd days, you could just do the 5 x 5 strength training. Do these for 3-4 months and you'll see good results.
If you just prefer weight loss, then don't waste your money and time. You can do a quick H.I.I.T sprint or Tabata at home or anywhere for free.
I remembered going to the nearby park that has a fitness corner, and I would do 5-6 rounds of medium paced runs and finish it off with some pull-ups, sit-ups, push-ups, and squats.
Some other ways people workout at the outdoors would be by running along the walkway or Park Connector for a long distance run.
Although, I think running along the road is not very healthy and motivating at all because you have no choice but to breathe in the harmful gases that vehicles emit.
I would suggest not to spend time running for more than 30 minutes when you can do a 20-minute H.I.I.T sprint and still get the same results as if you are running for 30-45 minutes.
Of course, unless you are training for an endurance running competition, then practice is important.
Training at home or in your room can be very enjoyable and advantageous.
Imagine waking up in the morning, and you could do body-weight exercises or weighted exercises immediately without worrying about whether your body odor would offend anyone standing near you (Talk about bad breath and smelly armpits).
I would greatly recommend everyone to purchase some free weights and to have it for severely urgent situations.
Like, sometimes you would have a sudden urge to burst out 50 reps of squats using a 10 kg dumbbell, or maybe it's just me.
For guys, it would be best to buy the adjustable dumbbells and get the 30 kg ones at least.
For ladies, 10-15kg would be enough. Unless you're a Spartan princess, then go for more.
I do believe that most people who wants to gain strength and to bulk up would never plan their workout at home.
Because not every house has enough space for weights and not every home is "conducive" for training.
So, for cases like these, training in the house is only suitable for people who:
While those with the intention to grow bigger and stronger should go to the gym.
We should have a goal and a regime to follow.
Without any goals or regime, we would have to deal with constant dilemmas, and we might even end up like a few zombies I saw this morning roaming around in the gym aimlessly.
Without a proper regime, we would never see good results too. Going for a run might just be a troublesome chore because we are not motivated by consistent results.
When I followed the 5x5 regime, my strength increased every week. It was apparent with the addition of more weight on the barbell and the increase in reps.
I'm happy with my results and it pushes me to go for more.
So, what kind of goals do you have and what regime would you like to do or are you doing?
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