Using Weights to Encourage Progress at Home
We have a wide range of free weights and resistance equipment in all of our gyms which help you to increase muscle and boost your strength at Xercise4Less. Whilst our gyms are temporarily closed under Government instruction, we want to help you keep making positive progress with your fitness.
By using weighted equipment such as dumbbells, kettlebells, barbells and medicine balls, you have option to increase your muscle mass or just maintain the strength and muscle you already have. Play around with different techniques and styles of training to see which way of working works best for you.
Get Creative with Your Weights at Home
If you’re one of the lucky ones who has some weighted equipment at home then congratulations! We’re aware that this equipment is difficult to hold of with an increase in demand so if you haven’t got equipment such as kettlebells, dumbbells, benches and squat racks at home, that’s not a problem because there are ways to work around this.
There are some great dumbbell alternatives that you probably already have in your home that you never thought of using. You could fill up some water bottles or empty fabric softener bottles. Bags of rice and sugar are also good alternatives. For heavier weights, fill two carrier bags with an even amount of jars and tins. To recreate a kettlebell at home, fill up a rucksack with heavy household items or use a tin of paint or even a bag of protein. Barbells could be created with some filled washing baskets on either side of a stick or pole. The possibilities are endless, just get creative and see what you already have in your home space.
Get creative with your types of training too. To encourage muscle growth, use time under tension techniques. This means performing reps slowly e.g. lower your body into a squat for 3 seconds, hold it and then return upright in 3 seconds. If you struggle with the weight whilst doing it, lower the weight and if it’s too easy, increase it.
Another way to maintain muscle and possibly boost strength is to perform a high number of reps and keep pushing yourself until you have no option but to give in. This means that you’re reaching your full potential and your muscles have no option but to get stronger. Increasing the frequency of training certain muscles will help you whilst you’ve got limited equipment too. Repeat the same 3 workouts twice in a week to ensure you’re maintaining the muscle that you’ve worked hard to build.
Preventing Injury with Weighted Workouts
Whilst using free weights equipment at home, it’s just as important as ever to make sure that you’re exercising safely to prevent injury. Just like you would when using our gyms, before you start your workout, you need to be in a big enough exercise space so that you can move freely with little to no limitations.
If you can, try to position your workout in front of a mirror or somewhere that you’re able to see your reflection so that you can keep an eye on your form. For example, when performing weights squats your back should be straight at all times and not hunch over. If you don’t have a mirror big enough, set up your phone to record yourself and then watch it back to see if you’re making any mistakes that you can rectify next time. If you’re unsure of how to perform an exercise, complete your first couple of sets slowly until you’re comfortable with the form and can feel it working the correct muscles.
Home Workouts Will Help You on Your Fitness Journey
We understand how important your fitness journey is to you and that’s why we’ve created a wide range of @Home Workouts for different fitness abilities and fitness goals so that everyone can focus on their fitness journey at home. By signing up to our FREE 90 day online gym pass, you’ll have access to exclusive home workouts such a HIIT, Abs, Core, Buns of Steel, Shoulder Blast and many more. All existing Xercise4Less Gyms members already have access.
Stay active, stay safe and we look forward to seeing you once our gyms reopen.