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Wating to Lose 10 lbs, Can't Get to Gym


#1

I've been working out for the last couple of years at home and have successfully lost about 50 lbs. Still have about 10 more to go to be satisfied...for now. I started out doing a couple of Tony Horton's programs but now I'm stuck! Not loosing any weight...so I started lifting dumbbells to tone at home.

I've had the opportunity to go to the gym for the past week (kids visiting Grandma) and LOVE it. Really wish I could go all the time but can't. I guess I need some ideas on how I can make my apartment into a gym. (w/o spending a fortune) All I have as of right now are 40lb dumbbells. Also any suggestions as to what I can do at home to get the results I want (both weight loss & strength) would be great!


#2

Check out fitnessblender on YouTube for great at home workouts. All the videos are free and they sell workout programs for 15 bucks. I lost 20lbs doing their fb30 program. Also check out powerblocks, I have yet to get a pair but I’m told they are great space savers


#3

Kettlebells. They can be stored under a bed, brought out and used in a tiny little patch of space, and returned to their starting place at the end. They will cost a little money up front but they’re an indestructible piece that you’ll have forever. You also can get a heck of a workout in a short amount of time (some examples provided below).

I would probably start with a 25 pounder and a 35 pounder (my fiancee started out with a 25, but quickly surpassed that and now does most of her work with a 35 and a 45 pound KB). You may eventually need a heavier weight, but that should get you started.

What to do with your kettlebells, you ask? Swings, goblet squats, and get-ups would be a good start. Here are some great articles from this site on the respective movements:






#4

You can take your 40 lb DBs for a walk. Farmer’s carries are great.

Also, someone mentioned fitnessblender.

You could also look into some of the free workout apps for coming up with some quick BW circuits at home.