Intense Exercise at Home – Easy to Give Up When No One is Watching

October 16, 2009

I am doing an intense exercise routine in my apartment this winter. One of the days is such a pain in the butt that I really have to psych myself up to mentally prepare for it.

The big challenge I have found with doing exercise at home is the ability to go easy on myself or finding an excuse to cut my workout short. It is much harder to justify cutting a workout short, when you drive to a gym.

I’d like to discuss this a bit as well as get your comments and tips that you may have regarding exercising at home.

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[The benefits of working out at home is the time you save. The downside is that you are the only person holding yourself accountable. It is so easy to simply find an excuse to cut your workout short, skip sets, etc.]

Character = How You Behave When No One is Looking

My lungs are on fire, my skin is hot and I am already dripping with sweat. I am doing the last exercise of a 4 exercise circuit. My legs are shaking and my form sucks as I finish the last rep of 20 “pillow twists”. I am done…for now…I am going to rest for 60 seconds and begin the 4 exercise circuit again. Rough!

“How Am I Going to Be Able to Do 2 More Circuits?”

The questions and doubts enter my mind…”I probably don’t need to do the last 2 circuits since I am already lean”…”I might be over-trained”…”I can do a tougher workout tomorrow to make this up”…”Nobody will know the difference if I just skip this part of the workout”.

My mind is racing and working quickly to find the perfect excuse for me to skip the rest of my workout.

Your Mind Will Find a Suitable Excuse…Every Time!

The human mind works in mysterious ways. If you present a problem to your subconscious mind (like finding a suitable reason for not finishing your workout) it will deliver!

Your mind is so good at finding a suitable excuse that you can skip your workout (or any action that will move you closer to any goal) and you will feel great about it.

You have to gain the mental toughness to not listen to this part of your brain to get extraordinarily fit.

An Inspiring Video Made by the Guys Over At Gym Junkies

You just have to watch this. It shows my buddy Vic over at Gym Junkies failing time after time attempting to do high level advanced exercises.

It has some great music with Nine Inch Nails (thanks by the way…usually the guys making fitness vids use Heavy Metal…not a big fan). Vic has majorly transformed his body over the past 6-9 months…he doesn’t even look like the same person. Watching how hard he trains, it isn’t a mystery how he got in such solid shape.

[Justin and Vic produce some of the highest quality fitness content online. They have a slightly different workout philosophy than me, but they give away so much good value for free that I have no problem giving them my full endorsement on my site. These are two guys who are “adding value” to the internet…and their site is growing quickly because of it. Good job guys!]

How Do You Push Hard When There Is No One is Watching?

The only thing that really keeps me going is that I believe this:

1) Most people quit when things get tough
2) I want better results than most people

So the logical thing is to not quit, to get better results than most people!

It is that simple for me, but I don’t think this way of thinking will work for everyone.

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Helder October 16, 2009 at 7:14 pm

I have an easy answer, you’re training for yourself, you’re watching yourself, it’s just about you.

I always thought like that in the gym, never trained for the crowd, or cared if anyone was watching, i’ve always trained for myself, and at home it’s just the same, with one advantage: you don’t get lazy about going to gym, when you don’t feel like going you don’t have to, because you’re training at home.

Mike OD - BodyFitBurn October 16, 2009 at 7:35 pm

So true…whether you lift weights at the gym or workout with bodyweight movements at home…the message is the same…intensity matters. No one has made any real changes without it.

Not to be confused with “more is better”. As you can get rapid changes in body composition with just a few short intense workouts a week (and eating right). Spending hours on a spin bike usually leads to the same shape year after year.

Chris Cannon October 16, 2009 at 7:38 pm

Rusty,

Really good post. As someone who works out at home frequently with no one around to watch ,it is really easy to just stop when things get tough and put off that extra effort for another day.

I’m going to write what you said down on a piece of paper as a constant reminder:

“The only thing that really keeps me going is that I believe this:

1) Most people quit when things get tough
2) I want better results than most people”

Chris Cannon

Frank October 16, 2009 at 7:59 pm

Good post rusty, i think one thing is making sure that you keep your mind calm. wanting to cut a workout short or half heartedly do it means you’re looking for a way to bail out. if we can get our minds to quietly push through it then we’re more able to put in max effort during the workout. i try to focus on keeping my form perfect especially if i’m feeling fatigued. all those ugly thoughts you stated above cross my mind too. i guess also just think about what oyu want to be in the long term, and will short changing your workout help you get there?

Kat October 16, 2009 at 8:05 pm

For me I can go harder at home because of the very fact that no one is watching. Possibly this is due to growing up female and becoming conditioned by society to always feel the need to look pretty. When sweat is dripping off me and my face is red and contorted from keeping the intensity on high I certainly don’t feel very “pretty.” I do, however, feel bad ass and extremely awesome.
I do know what you mean by the mind games and the excuses we allow ourselves. Those suck. But most days I’m able to push past them and often the best part of the workout is the point were I’m out of breath, heart rate is soaring and I feel truly alive. I try to make a point out of living inside that moment as its happening in order to savor that feeling and keep it for later when I wanna quit or not start at all.

Baz October 16, 2009 at 8:56 pm

I have 2 pictures on my phone that I take tithe gym and look at to ge me past the point where I begin thinking like that. The first is a picture of an amazingly beautiful girl. I would never get a girl like that looking like a sack of potatoes. The second is an incredibly toned and very proportional guy. This keeps me goin thinking if I was standing next to this guy at the beach shirtless realistically which one of us would the majority of people be looking at. A guy who looks like he was chiseled out of ice or a guy with his abs covered in fat? These are 2 very superficial points but the reality is it’s true.

Denmark October 16, 2009 at 9:20 pm

When I started loosing weight and changing my body, it was all about looks..
Now that I am there, it is all about health. (and a little bit of looks;)
My personal health on the in side and making sure I feel good and am healthy.

No one cares if you stop or give up, the only person that cares and the only one that you are cheating is yourself.

Don’t cheat yourself! Just think of how good it feels once your workout is over for the day..

Stick with it everyone, the results are worth it, no matter how tough it may seem at times…

Greg October 16, 2009 at 9:34 pm

It’s true that its easier to slack off when no one is watching, and having a partner gives you someone to answer to. Having said that, people who are committed to changing their life will do so regardless of who may be watching.

The truth is, most people have so many responsibilities that its difficult to schedule workouts with a partner. That’s the entire reason I took up running — at the time, it was one of the few activities I could do without a partner. Now I’ve branched out and still rarely have a partner.

Brad Campbell October 16, 2009 at 11:02 pm

Rusty, it’s like you read my mind with this post. I’ve had a gym membership my entire life and have always ‘fallen off the wagon’ whenever I would travel, vacation, visit friends and family, etc.

This, combined with how busy I’ve been the past year, caused me to develop a totally new training system that would allow me to workout from home…in a very short amount of time…with little-to-no equipment…WITHOUT sacrificing results.

Now, I workout at home about 90% of the time and love the fact that I’m done with everything in less time than it would have taken just to drive to the gym. Plus, I have no excuses when I’m traveling and only have a small hotel room with no equipment.

I think it’s important and very beneficial for everyone to learn how to effectively workout from home with body-weight-only training. I’m not saying you have to ditch the gym for good – in fact, I still have my gym membership as sort of my ‘safety net’…but I doubt I’ll ever use it more than a couple of times per month.

However, working out from home does present one huge obstacle: it’s harder to focus and maintain intensity throughout the entire workout…and you hit the nail on the head with this post.

Even with ultra-short workouts, I find myself wanting to quit early. As soon as things start to get uncomfortable…my brain starts searching for valid excuses to throw in the towel, or at least make a mid-workout change that makes it easier for me to get through.

In learning how to overcome this mental obstacle, I think I’ve grown as a fitness enthusiast who is always striving to achieve that impressive, lean body that demands respect…as well as a fitness professional, who can now empathize with (and coach) others who want to achieve amazing results, but who can only workout at home, have very little time and don’t want to spend thousands on an elaborate home gym.

I’d be lying if I said it was easy, but I now know it’s possible it get lean and ripped while working out from home. There are so many benefits, including saving money and time…and even the downside (being harder to focus and have productive workouts) becomes a positive when you consider that you’re now more likely to succeed and prevent setbacks when life gets busy or you’re forced to travel away from home and don’t have access to a fully-equipped gym.

Here are 2 things that have helped me overcome exactly what you discussed in this post:

1) Great music – for me, usually rap/hip-hop or anything with an awesome beat, a good hook or the ability to raise my energy and get me into the zone.

2) Meditation – nothing hardcore or technical…just 30-60 mins pre-workout that I spend listening to my iPod, sipping my Diet Rockstar (my one bad habit) and visualizing the body I want to have, the lagging body parts I want to improve, how I want to feel walking down the beach, what I’d like friends and fam to say after they haven’t seen me in a while…you know, superficial (but highly motivating) stuff like that to get me pumped and ready to attack the workout, instead of the other way around.

Anyways, another great post…and thx for the compliment!

Enjoy your weekend.

Brad Campbell

Sue October 16, 2009 at 11:55 pm

Why would you want a girl that is only interested in your looks?
Anyway, need to look good for yourself. My husband loves me regardless of the fact that I’m overweight. He could live with me like this but I can’t live with me so hence I am doing something about it.

Sue October 17, 2009 at 12:00 am

I should have said – hubby could live with me being overweight as long as I stopped complaining about being overweight!!

Kat, I can go stronger at home with the exercises aswell. Its not pretty, particularly my face that turns a lovely shad of beetroot. But I can easily quit too.

Nick October 17, 2009 at 1:21 am

Why does vic look so upset in the vid – exercising should be fun! When it gets so intense that i really kill myself with the weights and get dripping wet with sweat, it feels great… i don’t usually feel any pressure to succeed or anything. though i still agree with what they say in the vid, that can be applied to almost anything

Alex October 17, 2009 at 1:53 am

Lance Armstrong once said, “When I was sick, I didn’t think about dying. When I trained, I didn’t think about quitting. Dying, quitting, it’s the same thing.”

DragonMatt October 17, 2009 at 2:14 am

Rusty.

I always train at home.

To me, gyms are a waste of time and money.

The way to keep motivated during a solo workout at home?

2 things:

1. Pop 2 caffeing tablets before the workout ( I believe you also recommend this on an old HIIT post when you said take 200mg 30 mins before).

2. The MOST IMPORTANT thing…. A KICKASS PLAYLIST ON YOUR IPOD!!! Put together 15-20 songs that get you going and go nuts!!

I take it to 200% effort everytime as long as I have both those things.

Speak soon.

Matt

Bill October 17, 2009 at 2:14 am

Agree, feel if you have a partner, share your victories, as well as challenges on a forum, most important of all thinking….this one more rep, exercise, circuit takes me closer to what I really want.

Besides Rusty’s video at the end of my post is another awesome link to enjoy and get you motivated!! Best to Everyone in conquering your challenge to Grow in Mind and Body!!!

Yeah, each time before doing the workouts I knew my a** was going to get kicked big time. But also reminded me of saying read from Navy SEAL Richard Machowicz,

“We all have conversations with ourselves all the time and they play a tremendous role in what we do. The conversation that one has with him or herself is what kills you. Especially under extremely stressful situations like “hell week” where you are almost up for 110 hours a week!

I had to get myself in the mindset of never giving up no matter what.

A buddy of mine gave me a quote which stated, “A man can only be beaten in two ways: if he gives up or he dies.” I had that quote in my wallet until the pencil marks rubbed off. I really lived that motto. I decided that if I am *not dead*, then I *cannot quit.*”

Have read where intense training is as much mental as physical. That it
builds a person that will not quit; developing their heart. If you do not have heart, you could be the greatest athlete in the world. However you are going to cave when the pressure comes. You have to have the guts to finish what you start.

Also Mr. Richard Machowicz stated, “if people can say yes to the following three questions, they have the guts to finish anything:

* **1. Are you willing to make a choice? *Very rarely do people make choices that fundamentally effect their lives. For example, changing channels on the TV is not something that fundamentally effects your life. You have to step up to the plate and make a fundamental life changing choice.

*2. Do you have the courage to start now?* We get people that make choices but do not do anything to get started. Half the people that made a choice drop out at this stage. They do not take the first step to move in the direction that they want.

* **3. Do you have the commitment to finish?* You can start, but can you finish? This is where most people disappear. Very few people finish. People can start things, but can they see it through the end? Can they be there when it matters?

Would further like to share a video that has really been inspiring.

It’s on YouTube and here’s the link…..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-vB59PkB0eQ

Dave October 17, 2009 at 8:37 am

Solid info Rusty.
I can’t really remember having a problem working out by myself at home. One thing that really helps though is VARIETY. Doing the same exercises day in and day out will quickly zap your zest for working out.

Dave

Roland October 17, 2009 at 10:21 am

Have an online workout log on a forum or blog site. Invite virtual training partners to follow your plans and progress. Make sure they know your program, your scheduled plans to workout, and your results.

On your blog/log, include video or photos of your exercise sessions AND your ongoing progress shots.

Challenge others keep overall motivation toward a goal very high. As part of the challenge, follow their logs/blogs, too. Participate with each other. It can be just winning the challenge, or you can win the challenge and a pool of money, too.

Matt October 17, 2009 at 10:49 am

Just the pick up i needed. I’m in the process of moving right now, and it’s been easy to put off my training the past couple weeks. I’ve been training halfheartedly. I will keep this motivation in my mind as I push forward.

Shannon October 17, 2009 at 11:02 am

One thing I do when I workout at home is turn my cell phone on silent and put it in the other room. When I go to the gym my cell phone is in the locker room and I don’t ever hear it ring or let it interrupt my workout. I have found out that when I’m at home if my phone is ringing and in the same room as me I tend to stop what I’m doing and answer it, even if it’s on vibrate I can still hear it.

It’s important to not have those little distractions cut into and interrupt your workout.

That’s my two cents!

Rodney October 17, 2009 at 11:13 am

I only workout at home…no gym membership, and I try to keep it simple. When I approach a tough workout I know the hardest part is just getting started. During those workouts I always tell myself “just make it half way”. Once I get there I set another intermediate goal. Each time I reach a goal I decide that from that point I CAN do a little more and don’t really want to quit. I quickly reach a point where I NEED to go the whole way just to prove to myself that I can do it. While I might doubt that I can finish a whole workout somewhere in the middle, I always know that I can do a LITTLE more, so I just keep doing that until I reach the end.

Elle October 17, 2009 at 12:21 pm

It all comes down to a choice: get busy livin’, or get busy dyin’.

Karen October 17, 2009 at 1:58 pm

Hey Rusty,

Like Kat above, I’ve always worked out just as hard at home as at the gym. For me, I think it’s because there are less distractions for me at home (i’m down in my basement which is not that attractive-no tv’s, windows, etc.). However, I did get sucked into purchasing a tabata soundtrack online and have to admit it’s really ampted up my home workouts dramatically. It’s from a company called “Workout Muse” and they have 3 different packages- 20/10 (20 seconds of work and 10 seconds of rest) 30/30 and 50/10. They sell them in these large packages with different music genres (which I bought). However, in hindsight you really only need one cd of each and your fine (they aren’t cheap). To be honest, I’m listening to the timing- not the music since I’m working so intensely. Again, this isn’t for every kind of workout, but it’s a great tool to keep you from slacking off or having to look at the clock constantly. I do my really intense kettlebell or HIT workouts w/ the 30/30. I do my bodywieght w/ cardio workouts w/ the 50/10 and I do heavy load workouts or core workouts w/ the 20/10.
I’ve also started using them when teaching some of my group classes.
I have absolutely no ties to this company and if someone finds something similar to this for less $$$, please let me know! However, this has really helped me with my workouts at home.

Karen 🙂

Rafi Bar-Lev at Passionate Fitness October 17, 2009 at 2:34 pm

I find that while you can easily make up excuses not to do things, you can also use your mind to play tricks on yourself to keep training hard.

I’m training on a bike right now for physical therapy, and even though I only do it for a set amount of time I get myself to work hard at it by telling myself the harder I push the faster I’ll finish, even though it’s not really true.

And yeah, that video by Vic is great.

Great post Rusty!

-Rafi

cenz October 17, 2009 at 2:57 pm

i dig what frank said up top about keeping the mind calm– not getting mentally panicked. when i’m doing some nasty circuits, i focus on my breathing and turning the exercises that i enjoy most into “rest.” even if my body is totally shaking as i’m doing a plank in the middle of a circuit, i start trying to control my breath and the doubtful thoughts disappear.

Steve October 17, 2009 at 3:58 pm

This is a tough one……On one hand you don’t want to short change yourself & on the other you don’t want to burn out. I find it more important to be consistent with the workouts than to worry about whether I gave 100%. My busy life won’t allow me the luxury to physically or mentally be at my best every time I train.

Bob October 18, 2009 at 12:05 am

Consistency is more important than intensity. You can have a hard workout one day, and then back off a little the next workout, but the main thing is to work out! More is not always better. We are weaker some days than others, we have to listen to our bodies, and adjust accordingly.

Baz October 18, 2009 at 8:19 am

Rusty,

I remember you writing a post a while back about not having a post workout shake if fat loss is your goal because of the insulin spike. How about if my post workout shake it pure protein and no sugar at all? Would this be ok seeing as though it had no sugar meaning no insulin spike.

mickieb October 18, 2009 at 8:29 am

This was a good post and funny how I just went back to my gym membership! I had been a member for years, then over this Spring and Summer, I went solo at home.

I set up a home gym and did fine until the beginning of Fall. For some reason, I just lacked the motivation to keep up with the routines. I even tried changing up, but its just that motivation wasnt truly there. Going back to the gym, gave me that push that I needed. Kind of an obligation, week to week and class to class. I take alot of classes there, so the variety is there and although there are some gym meat heads, the other people are regular people. Its never perfect in any case, but choosing the one that works best, is the way to go.

The psychological burn out is worse than the physical burn out.

I will still use my home gym when the weather is really foul or if I want to go solo for the week. Now I have choices!

Charles Valerio October 19, 2009 at 1:36 am

I say whatever makes it easy for you to workout. Everyone is different and has different preferences. Be honest with yourself and ask what works for you. That advice came from a teacher I hated but was one of the best advice I ever got from any of my teachers.

Mike M. October 19, 2009 at 8:18 am

Rusty, this is a very timely article. I recently shut down my gym membership for the winter in an effort to save time by working out at home. What you said is completely true – I’m having a difficult time staying motivated! I’m going to keep this article with me to refer to when I’m feeling lazy. Thanks for the great work.

Patrick October 19, 2009 at 10:47 am

I’ll admit that i’ve always liked a distraction, such as a hot chick doing cardio or somewhere near me. I know i’m not going to fail no matter what just b/c she might be watching (probably not) but in my mind I think that she is. I guess when i don’t have a distraction to get me going, i just think about the inner satisfaction of having the mentality to be one tough SOB and go past the pain barrier,and knowing that nobody else will get out of their comfort zone. I think a deep down enjoyment for wonderfully painful sessions is something your wired with from birth and cant be acquired. good article Rusty, that is very true it is much harder when you know there is no possible distraction and you have to rely on your mentality to do what it takes.

Joe October 19, 2009 at 3:50 pm

My motivation when I train solo, which is 95% of the time; The more you bleed during training, the less you sweat in “combat”. (you may apply your favorite metaphor there…)

Bottom line is this, I am coming home at the end of the shift/mission/job, period! There’s no room for second place, and if there is, it ain’t gonna be me. Like the highlander used to say: “There can be only one”.

I’m not knocking on anyone, but the emphasis on looks is not my primary goal. Yes, it’s nice, but it’s not my primary goal. Work capacity, efficiency/endurance are. Having the confidence, and mental toughness, stress inoculation factor and endurance are. Knowing that I can “hold my own” while working, or playing, or living… that’s where it’s at for me!

First time, long time! Rusty, keep up the great work!

Semper Paratus! (Always ready!)

Rahim October 19, 2009 at 5:10 pm

For me, personally, I have 2 sayings that get me through taking shorcuts with my workouts.

1. If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.

2. If you’re always willing to do what’s easy, life will be hard. If you’re always willing to do what’s hard, life will be easy.

Liz October 19, 2009 at 5:22 pm

Nothing is worse than the pain of disappointment. I tell myself the physical pain of the workout will fade, but the pain of feeling like a slacker will remain. That will motivate me to gut it out.

And get some music pumping as well! Hip-hop, heavy metal, whatever it takes to get you going!

Matt October 19, 2009 at 9:41 pm

@Liz:

YEAH! Right on sister! 🙂

mindbodygoal October 20, 2009 at 8:27 am

I always train alone at home with my powerlifting and kettlebell workouts and never have a problem with motivation, in fact, I often have a problem holding myself back from doing too much.

For me, the key to success when it comes to training at home is down to setting goals and keeping it varied.

The goal setting is the most important aspect for me.
As many of your readers know doubt know, setting over all long term, specific and achieveable goals are crucial to the success of any program of fitness – after all, how can one motivate themselves fully without something specific to strive for?

However, coming down to individual workouts, well I see each session as having a goal of its own, whether to achieve a specific amount of reps with a certain weight, or to perform a specific amount of work.

For example, a recent session goal for me was to complete 100 kettlebell snatches within 6 minutes, repeated 5 times.

My sessions are rarely the same exercise for exercise, but their purpose always plays a part in where I am headed (normally for powerlifting training in my case).

The Spaniard October 20, 2009 at 12:17 pm

Rusty, quick question that has nothing to do with this post. According to my knee x-ray, the good news is that it is not broken, the bad news, it seems to be arthritis. That means that runnig for now would be out of the picture until I lose weight…but, what leg exercises can be done to maintain the muscles on my legs without hurting the knee? Yesterday I was practicing with my son some martial arts kicks and when I had to put all the weight on my left leg it hurt. Basically, all the leg exercises that I know would hurt: squats, lunges, leg extension….

Sue October 20, 2009 at 7:35 pm

You need to do strengthening exercises for your arthritic knee. Just google it – strength exercises for arthritic knee. Also, take fish oils for their anti-inflammatory effect and maybe something else to strengthen the cartilage.

Daniel Munday October 20, 2009 at 9:35 pm

The key is knowing where you want to be. That has to be your driving force – knowing where you want to go and never going back to where you were.

The other thing as mentioned is crank the tunes – whatever works for you. That’s a key to always pumping me up when needed

Dave October 20, 2009 at 10:56 pm

I disagree with your two-point belief system. I don’t want to be better than other people, that creates an arms race I don’t want to be in. That’s how men with six packs are unhappy after seeing someone with an 8 pack. and a man with an 8 pack unhappy with his body because he saw some photoshopped b.s. with more definition than him.

How do I know this? Even though I’m fit and healthy, a couple years ago I had an 8 pack more defined than marriem-webster. I didn’t notice, I have to look at pictures to believe what kind of shape I was in–I was too busy comparing myself to others.

Chris October 21, 2009 at 2:24 am

Intense exercise, absolutely needs a strong mindset otherwise you are doomed to failure.
One should work on self motivation and this is a marathon procedure and not a sprint.
Nice job.Keep on!

The Spaniard October 21, 2009 at 11:02 am

Sue, thanks.
No problem with the fish oils (my wife has been giving them to me for a long time now) and a funny story about my cartilage: when the doctor checked my knees he found out that my cartilages look like the ones of a little kid (that’s why I have always suffered from pain on my knees and legs).. I must be a mutant 😉

Ron October 22, 2009 at 12:37 pm

motivation is need by everyone at different times in their life, thanks

saddam riaz October 23, 2009 at 2:20 pm

hay rusty ,
i wanted to thak u i started dieting (eat stop eat)with hiit and steady cardio 4 times a week with 3 training days and first week i didnt loose any fat but today i was shocked to see that i lost 2 kgs in a week well almost 2 its like 1.8 to be exact but i m so excited diet really becomes easy when u see the results and good thing is now im lukin and feelin great my body fat level is 22 % ryt nw ill wanna get it down to 8% and also i wanto tell u that im 6,1″ and 80 kg what do u think would be the ideal ripped weight for me ??im planning to loose 1 kg every wekk i no its alot but m just eating 900 to 1000 calories a day with 2 days of fast

Jason G October 23, 2009 at 2:30 pm

The best way to stay motivated at home is to constantly beat your record. Make it a habit of always doing better than last time. If its cardio add a extra minute or up your intensity. If its weight lifting try adding another rep or increase the weight another 2 1/2 pounds. You might not always beat your record, but you will be working out close to your potential.

Sekasi_Oz October 26, 2009 at 6:08 pm

Results are what keep me motivated. A low carb diet with a lot of attention on ketosis combined with body weight exercise has brought me down to 9% body fat and for every month I see new muscles appear from leaning down.

That and really brutal metal. Nothing better 😉

Chris Maxcer November 2, 2009 at 1:27 am

I’ve been working out at home for years. What I miss from the gym is all the equipment — some days it’s nice to have 120lb dumbbells on hand. But I’ll echo the point about variety — different types of pushups, for instance. As for getting going and skipping workouts, sometimes I’ll fake myself out — say, “OK, just bust out 50 pushups and 24 curls.” Usually, once I break the inertia and get moving, I can get a real workout in.

One more thing: fantastic video. Thanks for posting.

Ruoall Chapman November 25, 2009 at 1:22 am

The biggest problem I have is discipline. Damn, it’s so true that when you are alone, there’s no-one to push you.

I bought myself the Bodylastics system (Terrell Owens) and I am ashamed to say that I have only used it about 5 times in as many months. I know I know, I’m useless…

When I train, I get nauseous and feel like passing out… Why is that? I hate that…

Denzel - Genf20 December 9, 2009 at 10:48 am

@ Ruoall,

Your nauseous feeling could be caused by some unknown “glitch” in your body; if this persists even after a long time, go for a check up to rule out some other more serious cause. For example, diabetes type 1 onset can make it difficult to exercise without feeling a vague fatigue internally. But so can many other syndromes or disorders, os it’s best to rule out something serious.

Azri Miskal September 18, 2010 at 10:42 am

I think why some people want to workout at home is because of the fact that they feel daunted by going to the gym, or feel lost when it comes to gym equipments. Therefore, working out at home seems appropriate, but again another evil hits them – lack of motivation to see their workout through.

Chris- Exercise Ball March 20, 2011 at 5:36 pm

I have been working out at home for two years now. I find i am actually much more effective on my own since the gym can often distract me

Jenny August 31, 2011 at 3:11 am

I have always found it difficult to stay focused and finish what I had planned to achieve during my home workouts. Thank you for the inspiring and helpful read!

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