Four Ways to Stay in Shape at Home

Why, hello! With my new work schedule, I’m predicting that you’re going to be seeing a little less of me (less frequently anyway)- but don’t fret- I’m not going away altogether. :)

Working from home certainly takes adjustment and lots of discipline. I pretty much get to set my own schedule- which has it’s good and bad points. The good is, I can take some time during the week to go ski, hike, teach late morning Spinning classes or just to run errands in the middle of the afternoon. The bad is- that time still needs to made up somewhere else during the week, which usually ends up being during a weekend or evening hours. I’m sure I’ll figure it out soon and have a good schedule for myself- and definitely look forward to be in more of a routine!

One thing that really does save some time is when I do my workouts at home. Traveling to and from the gym takes time (and I usually lose track of time when I’m there!). It’s so nice to be able to just roll out of bed, put some exercise clothing on and head downstairs to bust out a workout. I’ve been fortunate enough to have had a free gym membership for over five years, since it’s one of the perks of being an instructor. However, I still appreciate that you don’t have to pay a monthly gym membership to stay in shape. If you pick up just a few pieces of equipment, you can easily get fit in the comfort of your own home.

Here are four ideas of great ways to get a killer workout without joining a gym:

1. Pick up a few pieces of equipment that are inexpensive and versatile

I have been building up my home gym for several years now, and it contains a mix of equipment that I’ve either bought or inherited for free (and some I’ve even gotten as gifts!). Amongst other things, I have a Spinning bike, a TRX, steps with risers and BOSU trainer.


Those items are great- but not necessary. If you pick up a resistance band (and if you want to splurge- a few dumbbells or kettlebell) you’re totally set. If you know how to do basic strength training exercises for different muscle groups, you can use your own body weight, resistance bands and dumbbells for almost anything you need to do. The internet is also crawling with videos and images that demonstrate various exercises (just make sure you find a reputable source)- I love the exercise library from ACE Fitness.

2. Purchase a few great exercise DVDs

Another thing that I’ve collected several of over the years are exercise DVDs. I usually buy them on clearance online or at Target- and don’t think I’ve ever paid over $10 for a single one. Here are my favorites:


I wrote an entire post about my favorite exercise DVDs that you can read if you’re so inclined. Although I haven’t been working out to any of these lately (most are still packed away from when we moved!) I’ve pulled one or two out when I simply wanted to shake up my routine (or didn’t feel like going to the gym that day). Most exercise DVDs range between 30-60 minutes in length and require little or no equipment. A few from Bob, Jillian and Jackie require a set or two of dumbbells, but that’s it.

My favorite exercise DVD of all time is Bob Harper’s Yoga for the Warrior. The other DVDs in his Inside Out Method series are all fantastic too- and every time I do them I’m sore for days (which is probably why I need to break them out more often!). FYI- you can buy DVDs from the Inside Out Method series on Bob’s site for $5.99 a piece- and they’re worth every penny!

3. Sign up for online training or bootcamps

Many reputable trainers offer online training as a way to increase their client base. This usually comes after years of crucial experience of “traditional” training in the gym in order to gain experience with various types of people. I only trained clients for about nine months in a gym setting, so I don’t feel that I’m quite qualified to dive into the online training realm- but I can certainly appreciate the programs that more seasoned trainers offer! Also, online training is typically offered at a cheaper rate than training in person.

I’ve done one online bootcamp in the past- through Fitmixer- and I loved it! I didn’t have to worry about planning out a workout for that particular day and just logged into a website to find my workout for the day. I’ll be starting another program soon- this one through my very talented friend Paige!

what does it include

If you’re interested in signing up for Paige’s bootcamp, there’s still time! Check out her site for details.

4. Download a few great exercise apps

For just a few bucks (and some even for free!) you can find some really great apps that help control and plan home workouts. I have a few different timers (and most often use the Tabata Timer app) that I mostly when I’m traveling and have to do quick, intense body weight workouts in a hotel room. I usually just make a list of a few different exercises and do a few rounds of each, which seems to be pretty effective!


Sometimes I create a full-body workout and other times I focus on either upper or lower body or straight-up cardio. This is another great way to shake things up so that you don’t get bored, costs next to nothing and can be done anywhere!

Have a great weekend!

What are your favorite ways to work out at home?


  1. I’m working out at home all the time now with the little one, and I’m working on building my home gym! You have a great set up girl! Can’t wait for BOOTCAMP!!!

  2. Also if you have Amazon Prime, a lot of workout dvds are available from there for free streaming – especially Jillian Michaels. My favorite home workout equipment (well besides my rower now) is the pull-up bar in my garage that Kevin made out of some pipes???? from home depot. I would’ve never learned to do pull-ups without it. That and a jump rope got a LOT of use last summer for under $20.

    • Oooh I DO have Amazon Prime- thanks for the heads up. I never even thought to look there! We need a pull-up bar too. Maybe then I’ll work up to being able to do ONE. :)

  3. Thanks for the app recommendation! Downloading it now :D

  4. Working out at home is all I have done throughout my journey! I don’t own any equipment, but I do love my workout DVDs! Jillian being my fave of course! ;)

    I also love looking up videos on youtube! FitnessBlender is great and you can pretty much find a Zumba routine to any song out there. It’s great!

    • Jillian- OF COURSE! :) I do love her videos- though I’m not crazy about the yoga one of hers that I have. I’ll have to look up Fitness Blender- I love a Zumba workout and no one would be able to see how uncoordinated I am in my own home. :)

  5. Speaking of an at home workout, I did one this morning! Same days I just want that extra 10 minutes to roll around in bed, it really makes a difference when your on the grind 6 days a week. I love me some SHAUN T! haha, I also enjoy speed rope, HIIT, and circuits I create with dumbbells and plyometrics. There’s always my love for running and road cycling as well. Great post with fabulous tips! I may need to take you up on those step ups!

  6. I think you’re doing a great job so far! You totally resisted temptation to get that work done instead of ditching it for a fun day with Katie and me ;) (which we will make up on a day you’re free!)
    Thank you for the boot camp shout out again!!

    • Girl that took EVERY BIT of control not to go have fun with you girls. Wednesday… it might be a fine day for piercing? ;)

  7. TRX is pretty much the only way I do strength workouts out at home, but I haven’t pulled it out in a while. I do regularly ride my bike on the trainer indoors, however. :)

    • I haven’t pulled out my TRX since we moved. I want to get certified to teach it, so I need to start using it at home more (I do use it at the gym regularly though!).

  8. These are great tips!! I have loved working from home–it’s the bomb. Happy weekend!

  9. Have you used Nike Training Club? It’s seriously my favorite work-out app! I wish I worked at home… just so I could work out whenever :)

  10. I would love to work from home because I am such a homebody as well. I can imagine the temptations though! We have dumbbells and a exercise ball that we use pretty regularly at home.


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