When my wife and I bought our house back in 2013 we had to give up a number of things in order to balance our budget so that we could afford the monthly instalments on the mortgage. One of the things I sacrificed was my gym membership which meant that I had to start getting creative with my approach to fitness.
I started using workout apps with great success but soon realised that I need a dedicated space at home where I can do my workouts. I didn’t need much, only a pull-up bar and open floor space of about 3m x 2m.
Now I’ve had this space before. A makeshift area at the back of the house which can be seen in one of my earlier posts. However apart from the love I have for my family, very little else really last forever. So I had to give up that space when we decided to do some renovations.
I was left without a pull-up bar and no dedicated area where I can train.
But, thanks to a YouTube video that inspired me to build my own pull-up bar I am proud to announce that I’m back in business (so to speak)
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They say the Chuck Norris doesn’t do Push-ups instead, he pushes the earth down.
This is not actually possible of course, but it is a nice intro for my first post in 2017 under the topic of bodyweight training. A topic that I will focus on throughout the month of March.
You see, I think it is a fair assumption on my part that anybody who trains for the purpose of improving their health, physical appearance and general well being are using some form of resistance training, because resistance training is the only natural way to change the shape, size, strength and endurance of your muscles. Simply put when a certain movement is made more difficult to do as a result of some kind of resistance that acts directly opposite to the direction of the movement and is repeated up to the point where the movement can’t be completed without having to rest, resistance training is achieved.
Continue reading “Resistance is not Futile.”
Having goals in life is important. In striving to reach your goals you practice a few skills that you need to have mastered to get through all the challenges in your life. You have to make smart choices, sacrifice some things. You forego lots little joys that, were it not for your inner drive to achieve that goal, you would be indulging. Not overdoing it of course, but what exactly is wrong with laying in a little more, a little bit of sugar in your one-a-day cup of coffee or as I discovered break away from precious workout time to enjoy a magical moment with my 2-year-old son.
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When it comes to doing a home workout effectively, the only measure to go by is the amount of work that gets done. The term work is used to describe “moving a weight over a distance” and the SI unit of work is joule (J), which is defined as the amount of work required to move an object over a distance. This measure of work- Joule, can be converted to Calories. As we all know, Calories being the well-known measure of the energy we get from food, as well as the energy expended in the workouts we do as well as our daily activities, it’s therefore directly related to the amount of work completed during our workouts. Continue reading “HIIT it as hard as you can.(Video)”