Sometimes home workout can be a solution to build muscle at home, even though I want to make clear that this option could never offer results comparable to those that a real gym can give you.
But I know how things go, not everybody can first of all afford yearly memberships to the gym (not even mentioning monthly and very expensive memberships).
Others don't have the time to go to the gym, many people don't.
Busy Busy Busy...
Work, family, kids...you name it, sometimes even I struggle to find the time to go to the gym, and I recognize that my life is not even too busy.
Recently I started going to the gym during my lunch break. Before I used to go in the evening, but that had some cons:
- You're more tired in the evening
- You probably have problems falling asleep if you don't finish your workout at least 2 or 3 hours before bedtime
- The gym is more full of people
But I understand it, who can go during the day if they have a standard 8-5 job?
I hope your life is not so busy forever though! I mean, some periods like that happen and if you're serious about building muscle you should really try to find a way to join a gym.
In the meantime, some home workout can definitely keep you busy, and keep your muscles active and well trained.
Not so much to make serious gains, but at least to build some endurance and be ready for when you start lifting heavy weights.
What Is the Best Home Workout?
I'd say, it depends on your goals.
If you want to tone your muscles and don't need any weight or mass gains, you can workout at home without the need of any equipment.
All you need is some good motivation and time, because with just your body weight and some equipment that every home has you have a pretty wide choice of exercises that you can do.
If you don't have any equipment at home then here I come help you with some tips and ideas to cover all your muscle groups:
- Home Abs Workout
- Home Arm Workout
- Home Back Workout
- Home Chest Workout
- Home Leg Workout
- Home Shoulder Workout
In most of these home workouts you will have to use your body weight or some equipment like a pull up bar or resistance band.
Some of them require you to use a dumbbell, at least for some variations.Wanna Do Some Gains? Home Workout with Dumbbells!
If you want to build muscle and put mass on, then the first and most important advice I can give you is to invest some money in free weights or a home gym (we will talk about home gym exercises here).
You can find free weights in any store like Walmart and Sears or, if you live in Canada, at Canadian Tire.
What I recommend though, is to check out some online stores that have better prices, and also better quality and wider choice.
My top product is the adjustable dumbbells, those dumbbells where you can select the weight from like 5 to 50 lbs, or 10 to 90 lbs and so on depending on which brand you choose.
Something like this:
With a set of dumbbells like this you can select the desired weight by turning a dial and start your workout.
Adjustable DumbbellsThis is what I would go if I could afford it and if I needed it right now: adjustable dumbbells. They're becoming quite popular and they're the ideal choice to work out at home.
- Easy to use
- Change weight resistance in a blink of an eye
- No need to buy other expensive dumbbells
- Replace 30 dumbbells
- Save lots of room
- Quite pricey
Update Jan 11, 2015: I just sold my free weights and replaced them with Bowflex SelectTech 5-52 for the best home workout!
As you can see, pros are much more than cons. You can save a lot of room with only 2 dumbbells that allow you to choose 30 different weights.
You save time too, imagine if you had to load the dumbbells with different plates every time you want to change weight (this is what I have to do with my set of free weights).
Here, with one turn of a dial you select the weight that you want, the parts in excess stay down.
The only question is: can you afford it?
I guess you can as much as you can afford to buy a full set of dumbbells. Trust me, if you don't have a wide choice of weights, you will give up and goodbye home workout motivation.
You need small increments at the time to see improvements, and a set like this gives you many options. If only I could choose now I'd definitely go for these.
Anyway, here are some models that you might want to check out.
Best home workout adjustable dumbbells online:
- Bowflex SelectTech 1090 Dumbbells
- Bowflex SelectTech 552 Dumbbells
- Bowflex SelectTech 552 Adjustable Dumbbells (Amazon)
- Bowflex SelectTech 1090 Adjustable Dumbbell (Amazon)
- Bayou Fitness Adjustable Dumbbell
- CAP Barbell 40-pound Adjustable Dumbbell Set
- PowerBlock Elite Set Dumbell, 50-Pound
- Bayou Fitness Adjustable Dumbbell
With a dumbbell set you can really build some muscle because you can do a bunch of exercises for every part of your body, like if you were at the gym.
Maybe just complete your home workout environment with a simple bench and you're good to go.
I have a bench at home, bought it at Canadian Tire, but I can't say it's my favorite... The Bowflex bench is much better, and especially stable.
I mean that it doesn't shake when you use it with heavy weights, which is a big advantage compared to the one I have.
I saw one at the store, tried it, loved it.
With a bench and a set of dumbbells you can do all kinds of home workouts to build all the muscle you want.
Lifting weights + correct diet plan + sleep = muscle gains!
...or...Get Yourself a Home Gym!
Home gyms allow you to do several exercises and train basically all your muscles, together with free weight provide the best home workout possible.
I own a home gym and used it a lot in the past, less now because I've had a gym membership for the last years and I do home workout only when I can't make it to the gym.
My wife uses it often, I use it when I can't make it to the gym and on those days when I want to train some muscles that I don't train at the gym (calves, forearms, abs etc.).
Click here to see what the best home gyms are, based on my personal experience. I owned 2 home gyms so far, and I have friends that own other models so I could try them and also listen to what they had to say about their equipment.