So I made some space and confronted my fear that I couldn’t get a challenging workout at home. Using bodyweight exercises , an exercise ball and bands, I became a home-gym convert, and here’s why: Machines can make you lazy. They support the body and allow you to exercise only one body part at a time. As a result, you cheat yourself out of the extra calories you’d burn and the muscles you’d work by exercising in free space. This allows you to engage the entire body to support the movement, leading to not only greater calorie expenditure but extra training for supporting musculature and a more integrated and functional workout.
Whether you’re willing to admit it or not, metabolic-style training is fun despite its high degree of difficulty. The workouts move quickly, the exercises are constantly changing, and it forces you to use your entire body as a unit— the way it’s intended to move—instead of performing the same repetitive moves for set periods of time, a la steady-state cardio. You can also train this way anywhere. Whether you’re traveling, pressed for time, or you’d rather wait until you’re home from the gym to receive your metabolic ass kicking, most of the exercises in this set of workouts involve just your body weight—with the rest utilizing dumbbells, the weight of which can remain constant. In other words, you won’t need a ton of time, space, or gear—just the desire to shred those last bits of winter body fat and a plan to complete the job.
I started the program today and I am so excited for the next 4 weeks. When I spoke with you at the arnold, I told you about how frustrating it is to lean out with my athletic build and my short height, it’s not a good combo for a girl to cut up… However you show me that the body type I want, with a short height, is attainable from hard work and because of that, you are my favorite physique in the fitness world and a huge inspiration of mine. I’m going to follow the diet & exercise plan exactly over the next 4 weeks and I truly hope my results reflect your physique. I’m so excited, finally I have a plan that will hopefully work for me and get me the results I want! Thank you so much for your plan!!