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Training at home has several advantages: it’s accessible and affordable, your program fits your schedule and, once you’re well equipped, you can vary the exercises as you wish. Follow a customized plan that includes all types of training: cardiovascular, bodybuilding and yoga. What are the keys to success? Planning, intensity and motivation.                      

Here are four essential tips to put together and stick to an at-home training program. 

1. Have a Game Plan 

To achieve your goal (whether you want to keep fit, gain muscle or lose weight), make sure you set specific and realistic objectives. Plan a schedule with the types of workouts you want to do and try to vary the exercises. To track your progress, record your results—you’ll know when you’re hitting your targets and you’ll be able to make adjustments throughout the program. There are several mobile apps you can use for this kind of tracking: Argus, Fitbit, or MapMyFitness. Give them a try—they’re free! 

2. The Right Workout Equipment 

Find the most spacious place in your home for your workouts. To avoid the urge to skip a workout, make sure you have all the equipment you need at your fingertips. Equip yourself with versatile and easy-to-store workout accessories, such as free weights, jump rope, kettlebells and rubber bands.

A good yoga mat is also a must for your floor exercises, stretching and post-workout recovery. With the right basic equipment, you can vary your workout and work different body parts with little to no fuss. 

Training accessories

3. Adapted Sportswear 

Since we don’t always have the same space at home that we do at the gym, we often find ourselves exercising in a closed room. For this, choose lightweight clothing that breathes. 

For your top, wear high-performance, short-sleeved shirt with soft, stretchy and comfortable fabric that dries quickly and wicks moisture. 

For your choice of bottoms, choose biking or training shorts that stay comfortably cool and dry. 

Even if you’re in the comfort of your living room, don’t forget the shoes! Support for your feet means you’ll prevent injuries and be able move with more intensity. Among the many options out there, we suggest a pair of shoes that is made for indoor training. Something ultralight that provides the stability you need. 

 Women’s sportswear

Men’s sportswear

4. A Source of Motivation that Moves You 

Sometimes working out at home makes it hard to stay motivated. If you need someone to push you, get yourself a workout partner. It’s best if this person is at the same level as you are—this will keep you motivated and will encourage both of you to stay on track. 

Do you feel that you are not using your equipment to its fullest potential? Find inspiration on the web! Millions of free tips and exercises are available both on YouTube and on various blogs. We suggest: 

·                         FitnessBlender : Workouts lasting from 10 minutes to 25 minutes. 

·                         Strala Yoga : Yoga teacher Tara Stiles presents several routines. 

To get in even better shape, combine your at-home workouts with another sport you love. Identify your weaknesses and build a customized program that will enhance your performance and take you to another level of fitness. 

Happy training