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Amid the recent COVID-19 outbreak, I’ve shared some home exercise videos to social media over the past few days. As long time readers will attest, I’ve been an advocate of home-based/low-tech workouts for the past 20+ years. With that in mind, I’m happy to share what’s worked well for me. Two examples include resistance bands and furniture sliders. Both are relatively inexpensive and quite useful for home training and/or when traveling.
Resistance Band Training
First, you’ll find a video demonstration of several resistance band exercises. Throughout the video, I am using 41-inch bands from Iron Woody Fitness. I’ve had the same set of bands for many years and haven’t had any problems. There are other reputable suppliers though so be sure to shop around. For example, a quick search of Amazon will provide additional options (ex. Serious Steel). I wouldn’t expect to find too much of a difference between the more popular brands.
As for the handle used within the video, it’s a homemade tool that I first discussed in 2011 (see here). I also use 2-inch PVC pipe for seated rows and tricep pushdowns.
The recent COVID-19 outbreak has brought about unprecedented times. Schools and businesses around the world have closed, and no one knows exactly what’s happening or what the future will bring. I certainly don’t pretend to have the answers, but I do know that panic and fear will do nothing to help the state of the world. With that in mind, I urge everyone to control what can be controlled, namely your strength and fitness.
There’s never a good reason to abandon your quest to be healthy and strong. Thus, while many gyms have closed, you can always take it upon yourself to continue exercising wherever you are. One of the beauties of bodyweight exercise is that it can be done anywhere with little or nothing. Exercises such as bodyweight squats, pushups, and lunges can be done anywhere. You can also head outdoors to walk, jog, run, cycle, etc.
As I’ve said before, the specifics matter less than the effort put forth behind your actions. Now isn’t the time to seek out a complex fitness plan. Instead, it’s a time to keep things simple by continuing to sweat and move however you’d like.
Or as Theodore Roosevelt once said,
Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.