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Weight Training Without Weights

Aug 12, 2008
These days many people are looking for ways they can exercise at home and get the benefit of weight training exercise without using weights. Of course it is very easy to understand why this is true with all the busy life styles that we all lead. With a few simple tools like some free weights or dumbbells an exercise matt and some exercise tubing, there are several exercises you can do while staying right in your house. There are many things you can do by using your own body weight as a resistance that will give you the same benefit that you would get from weight training. The key to your success will be doing these exercises correctly in order to avoid injury.

The great thing about training at home is that you can do it on your own schedule and not be bound to the appointment schedule of a personal trainer or the time restraints of a gym. For those of us that have inconsistent work schedules or we work from home and for stay-at-home moms, this is an excellent solution. Not having to buy a gym membership also makes home exercise more appealing to a lot of people.

For me, working out at home is the only way to go because of the convenience. I can multi-task while I workout. For instance I can watch the television program that I want while running on my own treadmill, or I can listen to my MP3 player or even read a book. For me it is just a much more enjoyable and convenient way to exercise. In order for home exercise to work a person needs to have self motivation and discipline. Of course this is true of all exercise programs, however paying for a program can be a motivator in itself.

There are many reasons why many people would find exercising at home more beneficial. Maybe the commute is to long getting to the gym after a long day at work. After you get to the gym you are looking forward to getting your workout completed and getting home but you find that you are waiting in line for a piece of exercise equipment and that many people there seem to be more interested in socializing rather than getting a workout. You may feel intimidated by those who you may perceive as being further in their workout skills than you. Although some of these things may be important to you, it is not what you should be paying for when you join a health club.

Here are just a few exercises that you can do with no more equipment than to have a couple of dumbbells: Push-ups, abdominal crunches, dips, shoulder raises, curls, shoulder presses and trunk twists.
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