I’ve heard every excuse in the book. No time, no money, no partner, no equipment, nagging injuries, my kids soccer practice, my employee meeting ran late, I had car trouble, I broke a nail, my dog ate my workout, etc…Bah-humbug! Like I said in a previous post, The Magic Pill, get over it and get up and move! This post is here to debunk the “no equipment” excuse. Do you have a body? Then you have equipment. Really, that’s all you need. If you live in a house or an apartment, then chances are you actually have plenty of other options to choose from as well. Here are a couple examples…
If you’ve got a chair then you have enough equipment. Here’s a 10 minute routine that includes pushups, lunges, ab work, and a great thoracic spine mobility drill for anyone who sits for prolonged periods.
2. GALLON OF WATER AND A BROOMSTICK
Use these two common items or a five-movement circuit that includes get-ups, torso rotations, shoulder mobility work, lunge variations, and a challenging broomstick falling press up.
3. YOUR OWN BODY
No “household equipment” available. You can get a full body routine in using just your body, My Favorite Piece.
Most of us could stand a little more movement in our lives. Moving does the body good. This post was simply to help show you that you don’t need expensive equipment or a membership to a fancy gym in order to get a productive workout in.
All you need to reach your fitness goals is a positive attitude and the desire to take action…and maybe a broomstick.
Doug Balzarini is currently the strength and conditioning coach for the Alliance MMA Fight Team in Chula Vista, CA. He is also the founder of DBStrength.com, which provides fitness-related articles and education. Previously, Doug worked at Fitness Quest 10 for 6 ½ years as a personal trainer, strength coach, and Operations Director for Todd Durkin Enterprises (TDE).
A Massachusetts native, he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science with a minor in Business Management from Westfield State University. Since moving to San Diego he has completed some graduate work in Biomechanics at SDSU, obtained an ACE Personal Trainer certification, the NSCA-CSCS certification, TRX instructor training, EFI Gravity instructor training, LIFT Sandbag Certification, Spinning certification, FMS training, and received his CPR/AED instructor status. He has also appeared in dozens of fitness videos, written numerous fitness articles, completed a MMA Conditioning Coach certification program and has competed in multiple grappling tournaments.
Prior to working at Fitness Quest 10, Doug worked for the American Council on Exercise as the Continuing Education Coordinator where he was responsible for managing over 400 continuing education providers.
For more information please visit www.dbstrength.com.