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Anyone on their journey with out the use of a gym?


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Any members out there who aren't relying on the gym?  And achieving great success?

I realized I am not a gym person after I spent $44 bucks a month (for an entire year) for a membership and never had the time to go.  It was automatic withdrawl with a contract... :-(

How are you getting your strenght training in? 

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I don't have access to a gym.  I live in a rural area and the closest gym is probably atleast 35min. away.  I also live in a TINY house where I have no space for equipment besides handweights.

I rely on exercising outdoors (running/walking) and videos I can do in my livingroom.  Right now I am on a big Jillian Michaels kick and have several of her videos I rotate through. 

Is it ideal?  Absolutely not, I love the gym and I love machines.  Can it be done?  Absolutely. 

 

I doing this without the benefit of a gym membership. I do, fortunately, have a very nice treadmill that we bought a couple years ago with the intent of losing weight.  Unfortunately we didn't use it then, but the goal is to use it now!  I haven't done any strength training and was curious what others at home were doing too.  I have been walking/running and watching my food intake by counting calories (it's amazing how much snacking I was doing before without even realizing it!) and bought some DVD's with the intention of doing them, however I have not mustered up the courage to attempt one yet.  I have 2 young children that I stay at home with, so chasing them and picking them up and swinging them around has been my form of "strength training", but I would definitely be interested in something more structured.

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That is how most gyms' thrive, too bad you had to learn the hard wayFrown

I do not use a gym and I am dropping weight by walking everyday and taking the stairs whenever I can. watching the calories etc. I also happen to be male which helps, sorry I did not plan it that way... That being said, I am an older male which makes it harder to get this #$#@% weight off!

Good luck!Smile

Started getting healthier in 2006 and over 40 lbs later still haven't set foot in a gym (outside hotel fitness centers when I traveled).

I started my strength training by first doing power yoga, and then last year I got a pair of 8 lb weights to use with the "turbo sculpt" routine that came with my Turbo Jam videos.  Not doing the turbo sculpt anymore, but I still love the power yoga.

Then, based on glowing reviews here on CC, I started the New Rules of Weightlifting for Women in January, and have only been using home equipment.  I bought a 40 lb set of adjustable dumbbells, 2.5 lb wrist weights, extra 2.5 and 10lb plates for the dumbbells, an aerobic step, and I already had a swiss ball.  I added an inexpensive jumprope to alternate with a treadmill I already had for the interval training.  The investment overall has been under $150, and well worth it.  (I don't like gyms, for various reasons.)

I have a spare room that is my gym.  I have:

treadmill

weight bench

step

weights (barbell, dumbbells, and ~150 lbs of plates)

stability ball

books (New Rules of Lifting for Women, and New Rules of Lifting)

TV (small one mounted on the wall -- I can watch whatever I want)

I use it several times per week and it has been working great.  The best part is that when I'm done I can walk into my kitchen and make a protein shake, and go to my bathroom and take a lovely shower.  I hate locker rooms. 

My only regret is that sometimes I wish I had someone who could watch me and tell me if I'm doing a lift wrong, or to spot me.

Honestly the most important, #1, top of the list factor in losing weight and fat is your diet. Obviously you don't need a gym for that! If you have Comcast (I don't know about other cable providers) they have a Fitness section in the OnDemand with lots of work outs you can do with no equipment at all, or simple things like some hand weights or one of those dang ball things.

I love running but my knees have been acting up and work has been really busy so I've been doing Jillian Michaels crap on OnDemand. I'm sorta laughing at myself since I'm the biggest RAWR DO WEIGHTS person and there I am doing things called "butt kicks" and whatnot, but hey I'm getting some exercise in there, right?

Original Post by spirochete:

Honestly the most important, #1, top of the list factor in losing weight and fat is your diet. Obviously you don't need a gym for that! If you have Comcast (I don't know about other cable providers) they have a Fitness section in the OnDemand with lots of work outs you can do with no equipment at all, or simple things like some hand weights or one of those dang ball things.

I love running but my knees have been acting up and work has been really busy so I've been doing Jillian Michaels crap on OnDemand. I'm sorta laughing at myself since I'm the biggest RAWR DO WEIGHTS person and there I am doing things called "butt kicks" and whatnot, but hey I'm getting some exercise in there, right?

 hehehe....ahhhh Spiro...what have you been doing...lol...

(shut up eddie....GOSH!!!Cool)

Good exercises without equipment are; Pushup, situps, squats, lounges, calf raises, dips, arm circles. A good place to look is Prevention magazine.

If you have kids or can lift your spouse a fun exercise is the superman. lay on your back, shoes off, put your feet on whoevers belly, grab there arms and lift them up in the air and they can pretend theyre flying; when i was a kid that was the funnest thing ever. If you cant do a full pushup or even a half pushup try wall pushup. Wall sits- back against the walland act like your sitting hold it as long as you can. Pushup position, hold as long as you can, works out your abs.

I don't use a gym.  I get my exercise outside whenever possible, so it didn't seem worth the cost.  For strength training, I do a lot just with my body weight and heavy stuff I have around the house.  I also use my big backpacking pack pretty often.

I walk briskly 4 miles 5 days a week.  I also try to do atleast 1 hour of something that is going to have me dripping with sweat for 5 days.  I recently got a pilates rower resistance band and I am going to add it as my strenght training.  I also do the Wii Fit yoga for about 20 mins.  I would love to get a treadmill but my dog is loving our long walks.  I hope I can start jogging/walk eventually.  I like the back pack idea!  I also got some 2 pound weights I try to use when I am stepping.

Spread out eddie I have an old injury Frown

I started just doing bodyweight stuff like squats, lunges, etc.  Also did a bit of running before my knees really started to bug me a lot.

I have progressed a little with using free weights I got on craigslist.  I got a set of a couple barbells and some dumbbells with weight plates and used those a bit and then just recently got an actual bench with heavier weights.  I've paid $70 for all of it and it has been well worthwhile.  I also paid $20 for a sledgehammer that I use for working out my upper body which also works really well.

I was making excellent progress, relatively speaking, by keeping a 1000 calorie deficit and doing the bodyweight strength training but when I added in the free weights and started doing weighted squats, etc. and also adding deadlifts, that's when I started so see some serious results.  It's only been a few weeks since I've had the weight to add to my workouts and I've seen so much change in my body it's insane.  I didn't know it was possible to reshape yourself so quickly, to be honest.

So, keep an eye on craigslist.  You really don't need much equipment to get an effective workout - your average set of free weights will do the trick.  Though, I am looking forward to when my sister gives me her treadmill so I can run inside which will give me a lot more flexibility in terms of workout times.

stumptuous.com also has a great article on how to work out at home with no gym equipment using things that sit around the house.  Backpacks filled with books, etc. 

I've been stalking craigslist lately! LOL.  I want a mini stepper but I don't have retail mini stepper money. 

Yep absolutely.  I'm a cheapskate so I won't pay for much of anything if I can get the same results for "free."  I walk, in-line skate and bike around my neighborhood.  I also Wii Fit, Yoga, My Fitness Coach and do calisthenics at home.  I have dumbells, a step and a stability ball.  Looking into getting a weight bar with some 10, 20 lb free weights in the near future.  It can be done!  I'm 14 lbs lighter and much fitter than in January.

No gym here, on a student's budget and schedule. I'm 16 pounds down in 4 months, so it must be working. I have 8 and 20 pound hand weights and my boyfriend has a device that makes a regular bicycle a low-intensity stationary bike. Excellent for winter! I try to do half an hour on that a few times a week, and I've also been walking about half an hour more than usual each day.

I'm a PhD student-- no money for the gym and not exactly on a 9-5 schedule. I run outside and alternate my route to do different hills at different speeds on different days. On days when it is too cold or rainy, I do squats, lunges, jumping jacks, and exercise tapes. I'm thinner than I was in college and haven't gone to a gym once.

Original Post by karozel:

I have a spare room that is my gym.  I have:

treadmill

weight bench

step

weights (barbell, dumbbells, and ~150 lbs of plates)

stability ball

books (New Rules of Lifting for Women, and New Rules of Lifting)

TV (small one mounted on the wall -- I can watch whatever I want)

I use it several times per week and it has been working great.  The best part is that when I'm done I can walk into my kitchen and make a protein shake, and go to my bathroom and take a lovely shower.  I hate locker rooms. 

My only regret is that sometimes I wish I had someone who could watch me and tell me if I'm doing a lift wrong, or to spot me.

I'm the same. I have a basement gym that I workout in. I have:

-treadmill, squat rack, 2 benches (his and her), lat pulldown bar, lots of free weights (diff plates and bars), 2 ab ball

I do alot of walking outside when its nice (I have an anxiety disorder, so getting that vitamin D from the sun is key for me)- I have a 30 min route that I do 2-3 times a week.

 

 

I have a weight bench that is falling apart from one too many moves and two too few bolts...some dumbells...a stability ball...a jump rope...and the 'tower of pain' (power tower).  Working on finding a six pack that ain't in my fridge....

All of this is in my 'dungeon' (unfinished part of the basement).

I don't really understand the gym thing.

You don't need a gym...I have a treadmill and free weights...yeah they're nice to use...however...you get such a better FULL BODY workout doing routines that call for NO MACHINES...Jumping jacks, lunges, frog jumps, push ups, tug-o-war challenges...remember back in the day when it seemed that less and less people had "weight problems"??? That was before expensive gym memberships, ipods, cell phones, etc....  remember when kids weren't overweight...and if they were...there was only "1" in a class of 25??? That was before video games, regular trips to the fast food joints, mp3 players...and yes...even Wii!!! B/C it's still SIMULATED! :) lol....not to be preachy, but my point is...I have a gym membership AND some basic equipment at home...and I STILL get bored and find myself burning cals and gettin' the metabolism revved up w/o ONE MACHINE...just plain ole' fashion exercise!...hope that makes you feel better...good luck...by the way...I don't know how far you are into your plan, but Jillian has a 60 -minute Metabolism Boost workout that will absolutely kick your ass!!! Excuse my french...and guess what??? NO GADGETS, MACHINES, BALLS, ROPES, etc...  give it a try!

I've lost 36.5 lbs so far, and between 4-6 pant sizes, without touching a gym.  I have an eliptical, but didn't get that until January.  I've been doing "on-demand" body weight strength videos on cable (some use hand weights as well), I use my eliptical when the weather is poor, or I'm short on time.  Otherwise, I'm running (finally up to 4.5 km!) or biking outside... even just walking the dog burns a hefty amount of calories :)

It IS possible, and I've had better results WITHOUT the gym, than I did during my last attempt, where, like you, I threw money at them every month and got nothing out of it.

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