The Push You Needed
Entrepreneur, Fitness Enthusiast, Strength Coach
Since the middle of March, the S&P 500 has recovered 10%. Stocks that support a remote work environment, such as OKTA, NIVIDIA, Docusign and ZOOM average up over 105%. Businesses such as Facebook and Twitter have already made remote work permanent. Storied retailers such as Macy’s, Penny’s, Sears and others are closing stores at a rapid pace putting enormous pressure on the commercial real estate they once occupied. The rapid growth in the revenue of companies like Peloton, Netflix and ZGNA indicate that Americans intend to work out and play more from or near our homes - putting even more pressure on the physical gyms.
This article in NO WAY is to deter you from continuing to support your favorite local health & fitness facility, this is more about empowering you to be proficient in and around your community and giving you the push you needed to take your fitness routine home without going backwards on your personal progress.
If you are part of the statistical average you were spending over $150 in health & fitness per month. That includes gym memberships. So over time if you were to compare that to making some smart calculated purchases in ways of at home equipment that holds its value, you would would easily see a return on that investment in a relatively short period of time. Plus, you would then be left with an asset that holds value.
Of course this comes with some caveats. For instance, It will depend on the deal you are getting on equipment and the weights (never buy at a premium). It can be pricey but try and follow the $ per Lb as a general framework and you shouldn't ever get to sideways in your newly purchased fitness assets. Check out our recommendations here.
Important to note: Never discount the knowledge of a great professional trainer or fitness group experience.
Convenience & Time Savings
This can mean different things for many individuals. For myself, my local fitness facility is well uhh, not that local and so there is 40 minutes wasted round trip along with another 15 min in changing.
Additionally, I must have "talk to me in the middle of my set" written on my forehead, as I am always met with many folks who love to talk for 45 min and workout for 15. My weight training of choice is more based off of an average of total sets. I normally clock in between 25 to 30 total sets.
After committing to a home gym space, I noticed that the undivided attention yielded quicker rest times, more focused sets, and a natural build of momentum. As a result, I got a lot more done in a short period of time. However, I do miss the comradery, the encouragement form a gym partner, and the competitive spirit of a group/team workout setting.
New Challenges & Exercises
In the build of the new gym and creating our Quarantine Home Workout Series, I decided to invest in an Apple Watch. I knew that if I was going to begin doing activities outside my comfort zone I would need to see goals & progress to become committed, excited, and ultimately successful. Regardless of my competitive sprint background, I can tell I NEVER enjoyed running as a cardio source. I still don't and at my size there is a lot of effort involved into keeping a good pace. Needless to say getting into "running shape" was a new challenge I took on and I am very happy I did. I have also been able to focus more on functional training techniques that I would have not otherwise been comfortable attempting in-front of my peers. I now feel more well rounded and shed some needed quarantine weight in the process.
The Privacy & Flexibility
I will be the first to admit, I enjoy my work outs many times for the pure therapy of it all. Being a father, husband, and entrepreneur there are many instances in which my window of time to workout is different depending on the day, week, and season. Having the ability to be more flexible with no added stress of having to be somewhere at a certain time is absolutely great. In fact, I can throw any old ratty cloths on or try out a "new look" I wouldn't be caught dead testing in public. I can blast the music I like, talk to myself, drop a weight and be un apologetically me and enjoy every minute of it in the privacy of my own home.
I will never be able to stop attending my local fitness facilities and having that sense of community. Working out on commercial grade equipment with a variety of exercises. Attending group training and being challenged by my peers. Working along side industry experts sharing one another knowledge and passion. But in this moment of time, I have found the change of pace I was looking for and plan to lean into this fully with open arms.
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