Working out at home is better.

Ramon

Legend
The gym works best for me because of the heavy weights, but apparently this home gym stuff is really catching on. You can't buy a dumbbell online and they are all sold out at the stores!!
 

movdqa

Talk Tennis Guru
The gym works best for me because of the heavy weights, but apparently this home gym stuff is really catching on. You can't buy a dumbbell online and they are all sold out at the stores!!
It's been like that for two months. You can find stuff but at four times the typical cost.
 

movdqa

Talk Tennis Guru
On the plus side, there are going to be some absolute bargains to be had in the second hand market in the coming months and years.
I wonder about that.

I think that most weighed the costs and benefits of a home gym carefully as you need to have the space cleared and make the purchases which has been quite difficult. You can spend five years of gym memberships outfitting a home gym. We might have a permanent conversion to home gym from a conventional gym. Two of the large gym chains are on the brink of bankruptcy. I'm pretty sure that Planet Fitness will survive as they have the broadest appeal (they aren't hardcore).
 

Raul_SJ

Legend
To ogle them? Isn't that why people go to gym or yoga studios?
Yes, many women would be ogling you.
Very rarely see any women working out in the free weight room... Always guys.
Lots of these guys just stand around posing and looking in the mirror.

65% of women avoid the gym over anxiety about being judged. And that’s just one of the shocking statistics from a survey of 1,000 people across the U.S.​
Although pumping iron among the toughest, strongest guys in the gym can give your ego feminist a boost, there is definitely something appealing about working out among your fellow gals.​
 
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movdqa

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Very rarely see any women working out in the free weight room... Always guys.
Lots of these guys just stand around posing and looking in the mirror.

65% of women avoid the gym over anxiety about being judged. And that’s just one of the shocking statistics from a survey of 1,000 people across the U.S.​
Although pumping iron among the toughest, strongest guys in the gym can give your ego feminist a boost, there is definitely something appealing about working out among your fellow gals.​
I live in an area known as a good place for raising families so you have adults in their 30s and on up. Not many singles - they go to the big city when they can. So you have a lot of people that are overweight and out of shape doing low-intensity cardio or they use the weight machines at minimal settings. You have curious teens too but they're there just to check things out.

The vast majority use the machines and not the freeweights. The people that use the freeweights tend to know what they are doing.

One exception area is personal training. The people that get personal training do the free weights, machines and TRX. These people are all over the place. Some are actually really fit; some are beginners, many are in-between. If you're paying $30-$40 an hour, I guess you'll put more effort into it. Or maybe the scheduling aspect of personal training overcomes the desire to just skip the workout.

We have classes at the office - held in a very nice classroom. The people in the class are all women. The guys are in the other gym using the treadmill, bicycle, elliptical, free weights or the cable machine. Some stop in before running or bicycling outside. It's been this way for decades. Men and women just have different preferences for working out.

There are exceptions - there is a lady that works out with free-weights and I don't think that she does the classes but she's super-fit and works out for two hours a day (one hour strength, one hour cardio).
 

Turbo-87

Hall of Fame
On the plus side, there are going to be some absolute bargains to be had in the second hand market in the coming months and years.
This is correct. You can find some stuff in really nice shape being sold by people who had good intentions. I got very lucky and bought a few things before gyms closed while others were scrambling for toilet paper. Two days after they closed, everything was gone in the used marketplace. I got my stuff for pennies on the dollar but I am going back to the gym when it is safe for me.
 

Tennis sprew

Hall of Fame
The lockdown has definitely motivated me to start working out, I’ve been running miles on the treadmill and doing mainly core and leg workouts for when tennis resumes so I’ll be in top form. Then when I learn how to string, game over.
 

movdqa

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The lockdown has definitely motivated me to start working out, I’ve been running miles on the treadmill and doing mainly core and leg workouts for when tennis resumes so I’ll be in top form. Then when I learn how to string, game over.
I've started going to a local track for running. I find that I have fewer joint issues on a track than road running. The thing that's helped is that the weather is warmer - it was fairly miserable so far this year.

I would love to have a treadmill at home but there are three major disadvantages for us:

1) Noise
2) Cost
3) Space

An exercise bike is about half the cost, one-third the space, and near silent so it works well for us. I have worked on increasing the space for our home gym and it's looking very good. I was not able to do barbells for several days because the bike was in the way but I can get to them now. I also have two areas for bodyweight exercises and Yoga.
 
Gotta say it does indeed beat the gym. @TheGhostOfAgassi and I are both in better shape than before coronavirus and gym 3x a week.

It takes a fraction of the time and effort too.

Been doing this everyday:

1. 3 sets of chin ups/pull ups (you decide). 1st one narrow grip go to max (I did 49 yesterday she did 20). 2nd medium width grip and 3rd wide grip.

2. 3 sets pushups with perfect pushup disks on yoga mat twist out while going down. Sets of as many as you can do, try to add over time. I do 21.

3. Medicine ball (8 kg) squats 3 sets. Medicine ball above head calf raises 3 sets.


This hits pretty much every muscle group in your body and takes 30-40 minutes. I'm a naturally slender guy (athletic but slim) and I thought I need complicates gym workouts to keep muscle on. But I'm actually ADDING muscle doing this. Takes 30-40 min a day and in the comfort of your own home. I even skip days at a time from laziness or needing to rest and it hasn't slowed progress.

Give it a try Why bother with the gym when you can do it from the comfort of your own home...absolutely no need to be forced to interact with sweaty guys on roids packed like a sardine can in a gym :-D:-D
 
If you're inviting us to choose your work out for you, then today I'd like pull ups please!

If it was more a comment on the naming conventions, then the generally accepted definition is that chin ups are with your palms facing you, pull ups are palms away.
Chin ups involve biceps more so they're easier but it's a full back/bis workouts
 

EddieBrock

Professional
Gotta say it does indeed beat the gym. @TheGhostOfAgassi and I are both in better shape than before coronavirus and gym 3x a week.

It takes a fraction of the time and effort too.

Been doing this everyday:

1. 3 sets of chin ups/pull ups (you decide). 1st one narrow grip go to max (I did 49 yesterday she did 20). 2nd medium width grip and 3rd wide grip.

2. 3 sets pushups with perfect pushup disks on yoga mat twist out while going down. Sets of as many as you can do, try to add over time. I do 21.

3. Medicine ball (8 kg) squats 3 sets. Medicine ball above head calf raises 3 sets.


This hits pretty much every muscle group in your body and takes 30-40 minutes. I'm a naturally slender guy (athletic but slim) and I thought I need complicates gym workouts to keep muscle on. But I'm actually ADDING muscle doing this. Takes 30-40 min a day and in the comfort of your own home. I even skip days at a time from laziness or needing to rest and it hasn't slowed progress.

Give it a try Why bother with the gym when you can do it from the comfort of your own home...absolutely no need to be forced to interact with sweaty guys on roids packed like a sardine can in a gym :-D:-D
Last week I did 4 sets of push ups and pull ups (using assistance bands and alternating the type of pull up) and I was done for the day.

What's the benefit of using the perfect pushup vs. push up stands? I've got both and have never used the perfect push up. Does the rotating seem to help?
 
Last week I did 4 sets of push ups and pull ups (using assistance bands and alternating the type of pull up) and I was done for the day.

What's the benefit of using the perfect pushup vs. push up stands? I've got both and have never used the perfect push up. Does the rotating seem to help?
The twist allows you to engage more muscles, I feel a much deeper activation thruout the whole chest, and especially in shoulders and triceps. It also ensures perfect form.
 

ollinger

G.O.A.T.
Gym figures to be a viral hellhole. No, not because everyone touches the same equipment. Have read a few exercise physiologists the past few weeks saying that the kind of heavy breathing that goes on in a gym is ideal for spewing lots of viral aerosol into the gym air.
 

movdqa

Talk Tennis Guru
Gym figures to be a viral hellhole. No, not because everyone touches the same equipment. Have read a few exercise physiologists the past few weeks saying that the kind of heavy breathing that goes on in a gym is ideal for spewing lots of viral aerosol into the gym air.
I don't see how you can fix this problem.

Some gyms with cardio equipment are suggesting spacing but I don't think that's enough.

In the meantime, those that can, are building home gyms.
 

TheGhostOfAgassi

Talk Tennis Guru
Last week I did 4 sets of push ups and pull ups (using assistance bands and alternating the type of pull up) and I was done for the day.

What's the benefit of using the perfect pushup vs. push up stands? I've got both and have never used the perfect push up. Does the rotating seem to help?
I can assure you the discs makes it more effective.
My starting point wasn’t great even without them. For some reason I can do chin ups and pull ups but push ups more tricky. I could do 7 with the push up discs as a start and that’s not many. W my knees down too.
Just after a week I could do many more w the discs and I put the discs further apart to target more of the back muscles in the upper arm. I get work out pain and everything in both that back arm muscles and chest muscles as well.
You twist the discs while doing the push ups. It’s super effective and not an expensive thing either. I have some joint issues and I feel the discs also strengthen the wrists. Normal pushups haven’t been so good for my wrists.
 

yossarian

Rookie
Barely

I'm actually slender/muscular. Weigh about 82 kilos.

Pull ups/chin ups is more about strength to size than pure strength or pure size.
I do them weighted. Haven’t tested a max body weight set in a while but I could probably get 16 ish. My endurance on them isn’t great

if you guys want a more difficult push up variation, I’ve found this to be good. I just use a glossy magazine paper in lieu of a slider

 
I do them weighted. Haven’t tested a max body weight set in a while but I could probably get 16 ish. My endurance on them isn’t great

if you guys want a more difficult push up variation, I’ve found this to be good. I just use a glossy magazine paper in lieu of a slider

I've gotta try that, do you feel a lot isolated in the pec of the side you're doing?
 

yossarian

Rookie
I've gotta try that, do you feel a lot isolated in the pec of the side you're doing?
yeah i can do a one arm push up but not enough in a row to actually make an exercise out of it. So this is an easier variation. I try to keep most of the weight on the one arm and definitely feel it

occasionally I’d feel a bit of discomfort in the lat/teres major reason of the arm that’s out in front, so I’ve found elevating the working arm slightly on a book mitigates it
 

EddieBrock

Professional
I can assure you the discs makes it more effective.
My starting point wasn’t great even without them. For some reason I can do chin ups and pull ups but push ups more tricky. I could do 7 with the push up discs as a start and that’s not many. W my knees down too.
Just after a week I could do many more w the discs and I put the discs further apart to target more of the back muscles in the upper arm. I get work out pain and everything in both that back arm muscles and chest muscles as well.
You twist the discs while doing the push ups. It’s super effective and not an expensive thing either. I have some joint issues and I feel the discs also strengthen the wrists. Normal pushups haven’t been so good for my wrists.
I'm the opposite. With my push up bars I can do 20+ push ups but like I mentioned before only 3 or so pull ups unassisted.

I'll give the push up disks a try next week.
 

TheGhostOfAgassi

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Gym figures to be a viral hellhole. No, not because everyone touches the same equipment. Have read a few exercise physiologists the past few weeks saying that the kind of heavy breathing that goes on in a gym is ideal for spewing lots of viral aerosol into the gym air.
When you know how many that don’t wash their hands after being to the bathroom... only that itself. Then touching all the equipment.. it’s a bit gross.
 
How many squats can you do with the 8 kg medicine ball?

Once these get too easy, a variation you can try is one-legged pistol squats. Then once bodyweight gets too easy you can start adding weight.
Many like 15 or more deep squats, yeah I seem to get decent results but they are quite easy, one of my friends mentioned pistol squats, how do those work for you?
 

onehandbh

Legend
Many like 15 or more deep squats, yeah I seem to get decent results but they are quite easy, one of my friends mentioned pistol squats, how do those work for you?
I actually only do them once in awhile or when I am traveling and don’t go to a gym. They require a combination of balance and strength.

Another exercise I like when traveling is running up stairs 2 or 3 steps at a time.

The gym I belong to is currently open because there are almost zero cases of covid19 where I am. I just go on off hours. I generally only go about once every 3-5 days.
 

TheGhostOfAgassi

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I actually only do them once in awhile or when I am traveling and don’t go to a gym. They require a combination of balance and strength.

Another exercise I like when traveling is running up stairs 2 or 3 steps at a time.

The gym I belong to is currently open because there are almost zero cases of covid19 where I am. I just go on off hours. I generally only go about once every 3-5 days.
We ended our gym membership.
The owner been trying to call us and he has also sent us e-mails. It feels little bit bad to not support the local gym, but it’s no point going there anymore. Hard to find inspiration to use their machines when results there slower and also takes more time.
 

movdqa

Talk Tennis Guru
My membership is at the 24 Hour Fitness chain of gyms; I suspect they may actually start to see some more business in the gym at 3 AM with people trying to stay out of harm's way.
I'm a bit surprised that you haven't constructed a home gym or have one already. It is hard to build one right now but things should get better in July for buying certain things. It's still easier to workout at home at 3:00 AM.
 

Turbo-87

Hall of Fame
I don't see how you can fix this problem.

Some gyms with cardio equipment are suggesting spacing but I don't think that's enough.

In the meantime, those that can, are building home gyms.
Problems at gyms can't be fixed because they contain people.
I can't tell you how many times I have seen people use the restroom and just go right back out on the floor without washing their hands. You just had your junk in your hand, dude. Let me know what you are using next.
I will always contend that everyone's definition of a workout is different and there are just some things you can't replicate at home. Home gyms DO work for some.
 

movdqa

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Problems at gyms can't be fixed because they contain people.
I can't tell you how many times I have seen people use the restroom and just go right back out on the floor without washing their hands. You just had your junk in your hand, dude. Let me know what you are using next.
I will always contend that everyone's definition of a workout is different and there are just some things you can't replicate at home. Home gyms DO work for some.
Most people can't afford or don't have space for a cage or Smith Machine and you don't have spotters available at home. So, no, you can't have everything.

But tennis players generally aren't bodybuilders.

I'm still working on my home gym. I would be exceedingly happy with another two 25 pound plates and four 10 pound plates. I'd love a pullup/dip/roman chair machine too. Amazon has them for $149. Space is a current problem with such a machine though.
 

TheGhostOfAgassi

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Most people can't afford or don't have space for a cage or Smith Machine and you don't have spotters available at home. So, no, you can't have everything.

But tennis players generally aren't bodybuilders.

I'm still working on my home gym. I would be exceedingly happy with another two 25 pound plates and four 10 pound plates. I'd love a pullup/dip/roman chair machine too. Amazon has them for $149. Space is a current problem with such a machine though.
Isn’t it other options than the chair that takes space?

My dad always working out at home, and he never went to the gym. Very fit and big to this day. He always said gym is for the beginners. He has a weight system that took about 2x2 meters he has been using for over 20 years. Still works.
Cardio just do jumping rope, running or tennis.
 
Isn’t it other options than the chair that takes space?

My dad always working out at home, and he never went to the gym. Very fit and big to this day. He always said gym is for the beginners. He has a weight system that took about 2x2 meters he has been using for over 20 years. Still works.
Cardio just do jumping rope, running or tennis.
@TheGhostOfAgassi dad is an actual alpha male. Old school Italian, high t even in his 60s but still has full head of hair, very big and fit, doesn't need a gym and steroids etc etc.

I find this way of doing things more natural and inspiring.
 

TheGhostOfAgassi

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@TheGhostOfAgassi dad is an actual alpha male. Old school Italian, high t even in his 60s but still has full head of hair, very big and fit, doesn't need a gym and steroids etc etc.

I find this way of doing things more natural and inspiring.
Too much testosterone sometimes, been waiting for it to come down lol
But I think maybe I inherited some strength from him even though I’m not big, I can lift and do more than average. And he has thought me a lifestyle w sports and being fit.
 

movdqa

Talk Tennis Guru
Isn’t it other options than the chair that takes space?

My dad always working out at home, and he never went to the gym. Very fit and big to this day. He always said gym is for the beginners. He has a weight system that took about 2x2 meters he has been using for over 20 years. Still works.
Cardio just do jumping rope, running or tennis.
Running and tennis are subject to weather. Jumping rope isn't great for knees and feet.

Which is why I went with a spin bike. Rowing was another option but they're quite noisy. I also have to keep two other people in the household with the home gym.

My tennis club has three facilities and weights and cardio along with indoor tracks. Life will be easier when they reopen though I don't know how much will open. Best option is still home gym for me. I just need a few more plates.
 

TheGhostOfAgassi

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Running and tennis are subject to weather. Jumping rope isn't great for knees and feet.

Which is why I went with a spin bike. Rowing was another option but they're quite noisy. I also have to keep two other people in the household with the home gym.

My tennis club has three facilities and weights and cardio along with indoor tracks. Life will be easier when they reopen though I don't know how much will open. Best option is still home gym for me. I just need a few more plates.
I like home gym too!
I love being at home in general. I feel the most comfortable at home. The 55” tv is good to have while doing squats, binge watching some Netflix or HBO.
And then of course having people I love the most around not needing to leave. In the middle of the pandemic we got a kitten too! All this spending time at home has gotten him so much attention and love. He is the most cuddly and naughty kitten we ever had. He loves to take his space and be a part of the family. And he is active when we are active too! Just have to be careful we don’t step on him coming down from the bar.

Sneakers is one of his favourite toys, this is a Hoka, but think his favourite is Nike’s



After a days work, dinner, family and so on, it’s just really nice to not have to leave the house anymore to a gym. But to be at home doing a quick workout w better results than I had at the gym, just feels better on every level.


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