You need to stay fit and active to stay healthy and happy. It’s natural to go to the gym to work out and get a social buzz from doing something with a group. And we’re all for it.
Unfortunately, not everyone can go to the gym or afford it. That’s why many people exercise at home. So what’s the secret? Getting fit without going to the gym can be just as thrilling as gym classes.
We will talk about CrossFit today, which is one of the hottest workout styles out there. We will teach you how to find nice CrossFit WODs, what you need for at-home workouts, and how to stay on track with your health in your own home.
Are you ready? Let’s go!
Let’s talk about the essence of the workouts
First things first, you need to learn all about CrossFit at home: how you can do it, what exactly a CrossFit workout is, etc. The already mentioned WOD or a Workout of the Day in CrossFit means a series of exercises you need to do during one session or do as many sets of given exercises during a specified period.
Usually, these sessions include both cardio and strength segments that you can choose according to your preferences and abilities. Also, never forget about pre-workout warming up because it is a thing that helps your body to prepare for physical activities.
As for the benefits of workouts at home, we want to point out that you can do it whenever it is convenient for you: some of us hate morning exercises, but others despise evening workouts. Also, you can do the exact set you want and change it as you wish, whether when you go to the gym, you can be limited by your CrossFit group or a trainer. And the last significant benefit of home workouts is that you can do it in any comfortable outfit you want because no one sees you!
Equipment for CrossFit at home
Now let’s talk about the training equipment you will need for CrossFit exercises. Also, we will add equipment alternatives you can find at home.
First, you need weights for strength sessions. In other words, barbells, dumbbells, and a medicine ball. But if you don’t want to invest in them, use cans of food, bottles with water, or bags with sand. As for the ball, find anything with comfortable handles like a bottle of a fabric softener.
The next thing you will need is a jumping rope: many CrossFit workouts have this piece of equipment in warm-ups and actual sessions. You can do this rope by yourself if you have a long resin cord: just attach two sticks to it, and here you have it!
Next, you need a timer (already on your phone) and proper attire: your workout clothes must be comfortable, flexible, and non-restraining. Do not workout in inappropriate shoes: invest in nice comfortable sneakers because bad shoes (or lack of them) can lead to traumas!
Depending on your chosen style of exercise, you also will need resistance bands, a weighted vest, or gliders. All of these can be replaced with stretchable fabric like pantyhose, a full backpack, and sturdy plastic plates, respectively.
Find good exercise programs
Of course, there’s no such thing as one best home workout program for everyone. Everybody is different and special, so you may need a program absolutely different from the one we need.
The only way to find what works for you is to try out everything. Look on YouTube for free sessions, hire a professional trainer to create an exercise routine, especially for you, or upload a special training app like Peloton with a bunch of different sessions for you. Who knows what will work, so try everything, and you will come up with the best one eventually, trust us!
Fixate your progress
Fixating your process is good for your motivation (look how much you have achieved!) and for noticing issues in your routine and fixing them.
We advise you to record your sessions on camera to see what you do right and wrong. You can even start a YouTube channel (make it private if you will) to capture your journey and show how regular people can change themselves at home.
Let us give you a couple of ideas for videos: share your personal troubles with getting into fitness, create do’s and don’ts in a CrossFit, or try different CrossFit apps and share your experience.
We now have tons of free video editors like OpenShot or the same where you can create awesome clips for your channel, so you can do YouTube as your side hobby and invest only your precious time in it. Don’t forget to use some video converters like Movavi movie converter so that your fans can open your clips on any device.
Take care of your diet and rest
Sport is only one part of a healthy body, and to feel good during and after training sessions, you need to take care of other aspects of your life. First, we will talk about food because healthy choices make the sport feel not like a choir but a treat. We do not encourage you to get into a full-blown athlete diet, but do revisit your menu and think about healthy replacements for junk food.
Next, you need to invest in your mindset and learn to nourish your soul along with your body. It is as important as giving your body good food because your mind should be as healthy as possible too. We recommend mixing CrossFit with yoga sessions, meditation, breathwork, etc. Also, if you have anxiety, try therapy, and do not underestimate the importance of your mind’s wellness.
Well, now you have it all to start your CrossFit workouts and become a better version of yourself. We also would like to encourage you to try your best every day but not be too harsh on yourself.
You see, everybody has slip-offs, many of us can’t eat only one cookie at a time, and you just have those days when you can’t make yourself get up and exercise. If you have a bad day, that’s okay: the most important thing is your attitude afterward. Don’t punish yourself; keep doing your thing, and try to make it better the next time. You are capable of it, trust us!