Tips for Working Out *Without a Gym Membership*

Hey there and happy Wednesday!

So fitness confession here: I haven’t belonged to a gym since last summer, when I was a member of a little local gym for about a month and a half. I joined shortly after my toe started giving me troubles in marathon training, hoping that if I cross-trained, I’d still have a fighting chance at running my marathon (and it worked!) Since then, I’ve continued to cross-train sans gym (though that might be changing shortly…). But if you are like me, and a gym membership is simply too expensive or not practical for you at this point, you CAN still get in some killer workouts and some serious cross-training. So I’m switching things up a bit and sharing some of my tips this week for the Wild Workout Wednesday Link-up (as always, hosted by AnnMarie of The Fit Foodie Mama, Angelena Marie of Happy, Healthy, and Balanced, Upala of Pretty in Pink Fitness, and Amber of Bold Fit Mom).

Tips For Working Out Without a Gym Membership

  1. Invest in a few pieces of workout equipment. Over time, my family has built quite a nice home gym. We have an exercise ball, yoga mats, resistance bands, and many sets of free weights! If you’re just starting out, I’d recommend going with 2 sets of free weights to start – a lighter pair (like a 4-5 lb pair) and a heavier set (8-10 lb is what I like best).
  2. Go online. There are SO MANY free workout videos available on YouTube! I love FitnessBlender and this full-body barre workout from Shauna Kathleen, but there are many other workout channels too like Popsugar Fitness and BeFiT that feature awesome full-length workout videos. Runners’ World’s website is also a good source for cross-training videos specifically targeted towards runners. Don’t have any workout equipment yet? Not a problem – just try searching for “no equipment workouts” or “body weight only exercises”.
  3. If you can, get a family member to commit to doing these workouts with you. In my personal experience, you will always get more out of a workout if you’re doing it with other people (this is one of the reasons I love and miss taking group exercise classes at the gym).
  4. Stick with it. The first time I did a workout video, I could not believe how sore I was the next day! But it is the most awesome feeling when you realize you’re actually getting stronger, and new little baby muscles that you never knew existed begin to appear!

Tips for Working Out Without a Gym Membership*Such dramatic results are not guaranteed! 🙂

5. Keep mixing it up. If you do the exact same workout with the same amount of weight all the time, you’ll eventually reach a fitness plateau. Take advantage of the huge variety of videos available online and try something outside your comfort zone, whether it be barre, yoga, Zumba, pilates, cardio kickboxing, or tabata. After all, if you aren’t at the gym, there’s no reason to feel self-conscious if you don’t know what the heck you’re doing!

Tips for Working out without a gym membershipMake all the crazy, pained faces you want without fear of being judged.

So there you go! Hope these help, although now you have no excuse to skip your cross-training!

What are your favorite sources for workouts? Have a great end of your week!