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1. Choosing the right space in your house
Imagine you are going to the gym, what isn’t in your way? There aren’t piles of laundry you know need to get done, in the corner of your eye. There aren’t stacks of the work piled up next to you to sweat all over and there are NO KIDS!
These are distractions. They have a MASSIVE effect on your mindset/attitude towards gearing yourself up for some hard work, mainly because they clutter your thoughts with the hard work you have to do outside the gym too…eliminate these distractions as best as possible.
Clear an area of any distractions, Face away/ a wall should your house be open plan or better yet, find a room with a door that can be closed and put a do not disturb sign/prop it shut with a chair!
All will be fine, just as if you left the house for an hour, so squash that need to know everything that’s going on in your home because if you left the house you wouldn’t think twice.
2. Bare Essentials!
Now that we have a space, it needs to feel like your training environment so here are a few things to consider:
Do you train in a brightly lit gym, or a low-lit lifting bunker with a thing mist of powdered chalk floating through the air? Get this right, this external factors can really help set the tone for your session ahead. Use lamps, Open Curtains, even get some cheap coloured LED strips/bulbs. It will make all the difference.
Get yourself some quality headphones or a speaker and smash a few tunes on!
Quality Gym mats – This will really tie the environment together and make your space ready for some kick-a*s training. We recommend something sturdy to protect those lovely hard wood/ tiled floors from you and you from them! They want to be thick, but not too spongey and big enough that you can lay flat on your back with your arms and legs spread.
Whilst it isn’t “ESSENTIAL” that you buy weights because you can get a more than decent workout using just your bodyweight… this will only serve you for so long, especially if you are used to training loaded movement patterns.
As a bare minimum, we recommend a Hex Dumbbell, a Cast Iron Kettlebell (traditional shape), a Resistance band, a Skipping Rope and of course some Hytro BFR TechWear.
The Hex Dumbbell – Perfect for its multifunctional properties, being that it has six flat edges which provide for a plethora of different grips/racking options. It can be used like a para-lette, providing a raised grip from the ground. These flat surfaces also mean the dumbbell won’t roll away from you when you put it down.
The Cast Iron Kettlebell – This is a very sturdy, multifunctional bit of kit and can be used for SO MANY different exercises. The physical qualities of the traditional shape provide for many similar functions to the Dumbbell and more, but also comfort, when moving around and potential impact points, the smooth round edges won’t nearly do as much damage as some of the dodgier variations out there!
The Resistance Band – Perfect on its own for certain exercise resistance or even assistance, can be used for stretching and can be used to increase the load on patterns affixed to your Dumbbell/Kettlebell.
The Skipping Rope – The most affordable piece of home conditioning equipment money can buy. You can get a REAL workout using just this!
And Finally, the Hytro TechWear. Blood flow resistance (BFR) training is perfect for anyone to do at home with light or bodyweight. The beauty of BFR is that its designed to recruit all the muscle fibres, optimally using the muscle whilst only requiring a weight that is 20-30% of your 1 rep max, allowing you to have a quality workout with little to no weights!