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Top 3 Common Home Workout Mistakes

by Susan · 15 comments

Top 3 Common Home Workout Mistakes

I’m a personal trainer and weight loss coach. And in all my time working with people towards their health and weight loss goals I see a ton of common mistakes when it comes to a good home workout.

A lot of mistakes, actually.

In no particular order, here are the top 3 home workout mistakes that I see most frequently in my clients:

1. Not using the equipment that you already have.

It’s the classic “use your treadmill as a clothes line and dust collector” phenomenon. If you are looking to start ramping up your home workouts then using equipment, especially your dusty ‘ol cardio equipment, is a great way to get started. Hop on your treadmill or stationary bike for 10 or 15 minutes per day to get yourself back in the swing of things. Gradually increase your time every few days.

One of my favorite ways to use cardio equipment in your home workout is to park it right in front of your TV when your favorite program is on. Hey, if you’re going to sit and watch TV, you may as well be sitting on a stationary bike.

2. Thinking you have to buy expensive and super intense follow along workout DVDs from TV infomercials.

If you don’t have a treadmill or stationary bike, that’s perfectly fine. You definitely don’t need to go out an invest in one. In fact, you can get better workouts from some of the strength training and cardio interval home workouts I design.

Additionally, those really popular home workouts you buy on DVD from TV infomercials are ok, but in my experience they are so super intense that you have to already be in shape to even complete a DVD. And those programs are often 7 day per week home workout programs. I just think they are over kill for the average person sitting at home right now wanting to lose weight.

3. Using lack of time as an excuse not to workout.

You do not need to workout for an hour to meet your weight loss goals. You don’t need to workout for 45 minutes. And often times you don’t even need 30 minutes. All of those times are good and have their place in your workout routines but when you are pressed for time, trust me, you still have time to do a home workout.

The fact is, you can ramp up your fat burning furnace just from doing some higher intensity exercise (strength training and/or cardio intervals) for just a few minutes. Have an extra 15 minutes? Do a home workout. Have an extra 10 minutes? Do a home workout. Have an extra 4 minutes? Yup, do a home workout. Even 4 minutes can get your metabolism fired up enough to torch calories. So when you add that to all the other positive things you are doing for yourself all day long (portion control, walking the dog, racing through the grocery store) it will definitely be a boost.

The Perfect Home Workout For You

Everybody’s body responds a little differently to different exercise. So, you have to find one that works best for you and that may involve a little trial and error.

If you would like a few free home workouts to try take a look at a few of these fitness challenges I’ve been sending out this holiday season:

Fitness challenge week 1

Fitness challenge week 2

Fitness challenge week 3

Fitness challenge week 4

And if you would like a complete done for you home workout program, you should check out Ultimate Home Workouts. It’s 12 weeks of home workouts using strength training and high intensity interval training right in the comfort of your own home. It also comes with a nutrition guide, xpress workouts for when you’re stuck for time, and a success journal where you can track your workouts and food consumption.

You even get a coaching call with me if you decide to grab a copy.

Your Coach,

Susan Campbell, MS, CSCS

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1 Todd@PhitZone December 22, 2010 at 1:54 pm

Hey, where’d you get that picture of my treadmill? j/k Seriously, we had one YEARS ago that had clothes hanging on it.

Those dvd’s and expensive equipment drives me nuts. I love good equipment, but it’s not “needed” for a good workout. Some of my favorite training sessions have been done with body weight and some tubes.

2 susan December 22, 2010 at 2:15 pm

Hey Todd, thank you so much for stopping by and taking the time to leave comments and RT. Much appreciated. I found your site today and loved poking around on it. I’ll be back! Too many people use their treadmill as a clothes rack or a dust collector – not me, I refuse to buy one. If I want to use a treadmill I will hit the gym. And those DVD’s that are popular really drive me nuts too – they are way too hard for normal people to do yet they advertise that you will be cut and ripped and all that in 90 days……that might be true for someone who can actually start the program and not have to take breaks because they did too much muscle damage. Drives me nuts, can you tell? :-)

3 Todd@PhitZone December 22, 2010 at 3:40 pm

We bought our current treadmill about 5 years ago. Between the two of us, and now my daughters as they begin training for track season, it gets used at least once a day.
I’m kind of drawn on the dvd’s. If it gets somebody exercising, then I’m all for it. On the other hand, like you said, many are too advanced, and will end up as yard sale fodder after sitting on the shelf collecting dust.

4 susan December 22, 2010 at 6:42 pm

Yeah, I suppose whatever keeps people moving, especially in the winter, is a good thing.

5 Joe Cannon MS CSCS NSCA-CPT December 22, 2010 at 9:59 am

I agree Susan. good to know Im not the only myth buster out there. Are you on facebook? if yes I will friend you so we can keep in touch

6 susan December 22, 2010 at 12:13 pm

Hey Joe, yes, you can find the link to my facebook profile in the upper right hand corner of my blog :-) Happy to connect with you!

7 Joe Cannon MS CSCS NSCA-CPT December 21, 2010 at 4:22 pm

From one MS CSCS to another I really liked how you mentioned that exercise does not have to be complicated to be effective. So many times I get annoyed at how fitness trainers (in gyms, on TV on the web etc) appear to want to make exercise difficult. As I see it they do this as a way to get clients or sell a product. Thanks for being different!!


8 susan December 22, 2010 at 9:57 am

Hey Joe, thanks for visiting and taking the time to leave a comment. Yes, I totally agree that there are way to many scammers out there throwing out info they want their audience to believe just to make a buck. I try to keep things very real on this site and update readers on research as it comes out. It is nice to meet someone who feels the same way! :-)

9 Ryan December 15, 2010 at 7:19 pm

Just came across your blog and love your info. Seems like a wealth of great workout info! Thank you!

10 Uttoran Sen @ Current Health Articles December 15, 2010 at 9:45 am

excellent article Susan,
one of those reasons why i do not ask to purchase the treadmill for home… no one really use it and it ends up as a clothes rack. nice idea about putting it in front of the Tv. well, we can never stop watching Tv. so why not make the worthless hours in front of the Tv. productive by doing a few work out on the exercise cycle or the treadmill.

good point about the excuses, most people just need some motivation to start doing the workouts. a 5 minutes here and a 10 minutes… it all just adds up.

11 susan December 15, 2010 at 11:37 am

Hey there, Uttoran. Wow, you used your name! Thanks for reading my article and taking time to comment. People use all kinds of excuses why they don’t exercise, and I just don’t think they have any validity, considering you can get kick ass workouts for any fitness level right at home! I think if people already have a treadmill or bike in the house they don’t use they should start using it. But if you don’t have one, there is no need to get one. You can do burpees for 10 minutes and get a better workout then walking on the treadmill for 30 minutes. And THAT’s why you can’t use time as an excuse not to exercise :-)

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