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Build your own workout
What you need to get fit at home

01/22/15
By Angie Sykeny asykeny@hippopress.com, Angie Sykeny asykeny@hippopress.com



The gym can be a daunting place. The membership fees, waiting in lines, braving the hi-tech machines, worrying about what you look like  — the downsides have left many running to fitness stores instead to build a gym at home. 

“Working professionals, parents, or anyone with a limitation on time can benefit from a home gym,” said Guy Fuller, store manager of Fitness Equipment Northeast in Nashua. 
 
Why the gym might not be for you
While the atmosphere of a public gym is motivating for some, for others it is a nightmare. Watching and being watched by others can be stressful. You may find yourself comparing yourself to the other gym-goers or feeling self-conscious maneuvering the complicated equipment with which you aren’t familiar, both of which can be discouraging and inhibit your own progress. Plus, between driving to and from the gym, waiting in lines for the machines and wiping down the machines after each use, you may find that your “one hour” workout has taken up a significant chunk of your day. 
“Some people don’t prefer a gym setting or won’t get themselves to a gym before or after work, so working out at home is more convenient,” said Donna Wilczek, an NSCA-certified in-home personal trainer out of Goffstown. “The more convenient and less stressful working out is, the more likely it is to get done.”
 
Home equipment
Fitness Equipment Northeast sells everything from cardiovascular equipment like treadmills, ellipticals and stationary bikes to strength-training equipment such as free weights, benches and power racks. One of the best-selling products, Fuller said, is the functional trainer, a multi-faceted piece of equipment designed to work all the major muscle groups. 
“If you’re just starting out, I recommend a treadmill or elliptical,” Fuller said. “But you need a balance of both cardiovascular and strength training equipment. The strength training is just as important, because the more muscle we build, the more fat we burn. It’s a great stress-reliever too.” 
 While the expensive fitness equipment is useful, it is not necessary for a good workout. If you want to start small, Wilczek recommends having two or three different size dumbbell sets, a physio ball, and a staircase or a step.
 
Training at home
Even with the equipment conveniently in your home, it can be hard to get the motivation to use it. That’s why some opt to hire an in-home personal trainer to help them with their workout.
Wilczek meets with clients in their homes up to three times a week, assessing their goals and fitness level and developing programs for them.
“Most people do not know how to work out or what type of workout they need to do to achieve their fitness goals,” she said. “Almost every client I’ve had in my 15-year career has told me that they are more motivated working out with me at home because I keep the routines interesting, keep them motivated and get results.”
The convenience is a benefit as well.
“All they need to do is meet me at their home after work, roll out of bed in the morning, or [have me come whenever] it’s most convenient for them,” she said. 
 
As seen in the January 22, 2015 issue of the Hippo.





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