My favourite piece of home equipment is a suspension trainer (TRX, pic below). This is hugely versatile, takes up little room and allows anyone of any fitness level to get a very effective workout for the full body whether the goal is losing body fat or gaining muscle.
A pull-up bar (these can be installed in a door frame, as above) is another good buy, and both this and the TRX will serve you well long after lockdown is over.
Many people struggle to get into the good habit of motivating themselves to train from home and end up cutting their workouts short. 'Little but often' is the key here - if you’re feeling lazy or unmotivated, a 50-60 minute session may seem unappealing but most people could commit to 20-30 minutes pretty easily.
With bodyweight exercises, I’d advise taking all your sets to the point of failure (where you physically can't do any more) to ensure you’re challenging your body. Without the heavy loads, this is essential to still make the exercises effective, especially when it comes down to muscle and strength.
You can also look to increase the total number of sets you do by 25%. Due to the lighter loading, you will be able to recover more easily.
If you've got no equipment at all, here are some of the best bodyweight exercises you can do. Make sure you have good form on all of these.
Some real results from home workouts
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