So You Can Only Work Out at Home

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I know so many of you rely heavily on gyms. It may be the social aspect, it may be the competition, it may be the equipment, it may simply be the variety. Most of us can’t go to the gym right now. I have belonged to gyms on and off, but hadn’t been a member of one for a while. Fitness pros are taking to the Internet in droves! There are so many ways to work out on the cheap at home right now (and many are free!).

Today I’m simply sharing a few resources for working out online:

  • My YouTube Channel here (gotta toot my own horn, although I’m sure you’re kinda tired of that by now)
  • Pahla B Fitness here. Her workouts are fun, hard, and plentiful!
  • AMR Stride Through Social Distancing here, 3/23-4/26 for $10 — get ready for racing again — yes, we will race again! — for only $10.
  • ZOOMA Fitter Stronger Faster Challenge here. A 6 week challenge to get you stronger to run faster. It’s totally free if you don’t want swag, and it’s reasonably priced if you do want the swag. Tough decision!
  • No Meat Athlete has a free 30 Day Fitness Challenge here. Free 15 minute workouts daily!
  • Final Surge Free Virtual 5k. More info here.
  • Merrymaker Sisters are offering their membership for free until April 1 (no credit card required) here. Pilates, Yoga, Meditation. They’re Aussies, so the accents are fun, too.
  • Lauren Roxbourgh’s Immunity Boosting Movement Medicine here (also no credit card required). Yoga, foam rolling, meditation.
  • Skirt Sports Women Who Move FB group here. Live workouts and inspiration to get moving.
  • OrangeTheoryFitness daily workouts on YouTube here. Thanks, Kim @ Kookyrunner!
  • Danette May offers some free workouts on her blog here. HIIT, Yoga, Fusion.
  • Deborah @ Confessionsofamotherrunner’s list of a year’s worth of challenges here(seriously, Deborah, how did you know we’d need this?).
  • Debbie @ Debruns cross training and bootcamp workouts here.
Almost four years later — still using it!

What’s in my gym
I thought I’d share what’s in my home gym:

  • Treadmill
  • Stationary Bike
  • Free Weights
  • Kettlebells
  • Resistance Bands
  • Yoga Wheel
  • Yoga Mat
  • Yoga Blocks
  • Yoga Strap (Resistance Bands work just fine, too)
  • Foam Rollers

You can get great workouts with nothing at all — just your own body! At the minimum I’d suggest some resistance bands and weights. I still love my FitDesk (Amazon Affiliate link here and review here), especially that it doesn’t require any electricity and can be fairly easily moved around. No power? No problem!

What resources can you add?ย 

What’s in your home gym?ย 

Are you still exercising outside? As long as I can, I will!


Linking up with Zenaida Arroyo and Kim @ Kookyrunner

This week I am also joining up with the new Runners’ Roundup linkup.


30 thoughts on “So You Can Only Work Out at Home

  1. An excellent list, Judy, thank you!
    I don’t have a lot of equipment at home – only a yoga mat, foam rollers, resistance bands and a bouncy ball. But there are some good outdoor gyms I could use if it’s not too cold.
    Greetings from Paris airport!

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    1. Unfortunately working out outside is still pretty hard up here. And is for at least half the year. Which is why I do have a pretty good home gym, but then again, it’s something I’ve been putting together for well over a decade!

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  2. I have a treadmill, Total Gym and multiple DVDs. I have continued exercising. So helpful with stress. I am looking forward to warmer weather so I can run more outside. As an introvert, I donโ€™t have much issue with being alone and with my husband. I am still working and continue to support our local businesses. Even with curbside service. We are going to get through this time. I make it a point not to watch too much news. It helps.

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  3. Didnโ€™t work out before. So that wonโ€™t change. Lol

    I still work full time.

    But thanks for the list.

    I hope to keep getting outside. Inside of gym bike on rest days Iโ€™m trying to walk longer. Maybe even drag my bike up from the basement once the snow melts.

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  4. Great resource!

    We don’t have a lot of equipment at home – I’m more of an outdoors person, and I can still go for walks outside. That being said, I have never wanted a Peloton more than at this moment, so we may be looking at that in the future.

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    1. I would love a Peloton, but don’t have the $$ or space. OTOH, we lost power for much of the day today — I was still able to ride my stationary bike (which doesn’t use any electricity). ๐Ÿ™‚


  5. I’ve got enough equipment at home to keep me going, although I would like some heavier kettlebells and dumbbells. I wouldn’t use them normally but nothing is normal now! Thank goodness my CrossFit is continuing to post workouts daily.

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  6. As you know, I do most of my workouts at home (when I’m not running outside, that is). Of course, I love my stairway, and I do a lot of HIIT workouts, many of which incorporate intervals of stairs. I only have two sets of hand weights (8-pound and 12-pound) and those work well for pretty much any kind of upper-body strength workout. My 15-pound kettlebell seldom gets used, though….

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  7. Ok I love that bike desk! I am so happy to see so many companies offering free classes when we all need them the most. So many options. The challenges are fun too especially now. Thanks for sharing and for linking up!

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  8. I’ve been working out at home for a few years so i’ve built up a pretty good home gym. There are so many great free workouts and challenges right now! I’m trying a new strength program and will probably do some virtual races.

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    1. If you have a Peloton you don’t need a FitDesk. Wish I had a Peloton. OTOH, the other day we lost power for a long time, so I was happy with my FitDesk (we have a generator, but it does mostly the important stuff in the house).


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