The leading fitness expert adds weight to the perennial question: home gym or gym membership?
Marc Fitt didn’t necessarily need to build his body, since he already had a handsome Hollywood face. But he had to fit the last name, and a-scultpting he did go.
A Canadian native, he’s one of the top online fitness models in the world (almost 4 million Facebook followers and counting).
Marc gives fitness and nutrition advice, motivational support and philosophical inspiration to his loyal army; his optimistic online videos have been viewed over ten million times.
With all this success, does he have time to go to the gym? Yes and no. Here, Marc spots us with some direction on how to pump up your home space for getting in shape.
Can a home gym be achieved with any given space?
Of course. You don’t even need equipment to have a home gym. All you need is a body and a floor. Bodyweight exercises like push-ups, squats, crunches, and so much more can be done to get an effective workout in.
Can a home gym share a room with another function, such as bedroom, garage or recreation room?
I personally believe that the gym is a sanctuary — even if it’s a home gym. It should be a place with as little distraction as possible, because it’s an intense focus on your workout that will bring you results.
Having your home gym double as a bedroom, garage or recreation room will only add distraction. Of course, you must use what resources you have on hand, but it’s not preferable.
What do you recommend for those who are most interested in doing cardio workouts at home?
HIIT (high intensity interval training) cardio is the most effective method for cardio, and what’s best about it is that it requires no equipment to do. You can do it in less time, too, so there’s no need to drag out 45 minutes on a treadmill or StairMaster!
Are free weights a must or are there other ways to build muscle?
Free weights are my personal favorite, but they’re not the only way to build muscle. Like I mentioned earlier, bodyweight exercises can be extremely effective — for example, the pull-up is quite possibly the best exercise for your back — but having a good, quality set of dumbbells will make every workout a good one.
Are there certain types of people who would just be better off with a gym membership?
Absolutely. For example, it’s unconventional and unrealistic to expect a power lifter or Olympic lifter to have a home gym. The amount of weight that individual would need to purchase to have an adequate workout is crazy!
However, there are plenty of people out there who are in fantastic shape and swear by their home gym. Personally, I like to switch between my home gym and my traditional gym. Having the luxury of choosing which atmosphere I will work out in at my leisure is something I enjoy.
The most important thing for each person to keep in mind is their needs and their means. Choose what’s best for you based on what you need to accomplish when you work out.
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