July 19, 2021 2 min read
It’s no wonder many people are opting for home-based workouts, given the crowdedness, rudeness, and unsanitary conditions of commercial gyms. Whether full-body or with equipment, former gym-goers are finding they can burn just as many calories in the comfort of their home. If you’re tired of your local gym and want to test yourself without sacrificing your privacy, check out some of these best at-home fitness challenges to try in 2021. You’ll see you can work just as hard without needing to go anywhere else.
High-intensity interval training (or HIIT) is a fast, effective way to burn stubborn body fat when all else has failed. While steady-state cardio helps promote fat loss, high-intensity interval training pushes you to keep a fast pace. It reduces rest time to keep your metabolism and heart rate working harder. HIIT workouts are more effective if performed as a circuit. This means you engage in a HIIT workout followed by a steady-state exercise within a certain amount of time. For example, sprint for 45 seconds before walking for a minute. Then, repeat for a total of 20 minutes. You might doubt that 20 minutes could effectively burn body fat, but with the intensity of HIIT workouts, you’ll see the results in no time.
Full-body workouts also help push you past your limits. Anyone new to fitness might consider this a challenge as these workouts incorporate your natural body weight into resistance exercises. Push-ups, sit-ups, air squats, crunches, jumping jacks, box jumps, and planks are all great exercises to work your muscles, increase cardiovascular endurance, and tighten your abdominals without needing any excess equipment.
Still, other fitness enthusiasts prefer to feel their muscles strain under the weight of a dumbbell, kettlebell, machine, or free weight. Equipment-based workouts are some of the best at-home fitness challenges to try in 2021. Look online for basic gym routines that require the equipment you possess. There are many variations of exercises that will train muscles you never knew you had. Check out our selection of home gym equipment to find the right machine or free weight for your workout.
Lastly, those who want a challenging, albeit restful, home fitness challenge must try yoga. Yoga is about training your physical flexibility and mental willpower; it requires balance, determination, and patience. It is a chance for you to find your inner peace, all the while testing your physical limits with different poses. Find some training videos to help you get started. It’s okay if you fall or cannot maintain a yoga pose as long as the instructor because you’re just starting.
Whichever workout challenge you decide, check out our selection of home gym equipment ranging from free weights to yoga mats to elliptical exercise equipment. Ellipticals are great for HIIT or steady-state workouts while reducing pressure on your joints. We carry some leading elliptical manufacturers: Precor, Octane, True, Spirit, and Inspire. Call us with any questions, and we’re happy to assist you!
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